Arizona Sports Betting
AZ Online Sportsbook Apps & Best Offers 2022
Last updated: January 21, 2022
Sports betting went live in Arizona as of Sept. 9, 2021. Are you ready to get in on the fun with moneylines and point spreads? We've reviewed AZ mobile sportsbooks and the newest bonuses, compiled educational resources, and paired how-to steps with the latest Cardinals odds here. You'll be ready to bet responsibly for legal game-time action, on your phone or in person.
Arizona Sports Betting Key Takeaways
Is online sports betting legal?
Yes. Legal sportsbooks and mobile apps began operating in Arizona on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Fantasy Football was legalized simultaneously. This was just in time for the 2021 NFL season kickoff.
Earlier this year, the Arizona state senate passed HB 2772 on April 12, 2021, approving retail and online betting. Governor Doug Ducey signed the bill into law on April 15.
|What are the eligibility requirements for mobile betting?||
You must be 21 years of age and physically in Arizona (verifiable by your mobile device's geolocation tech, or a downloadable desktop plugin) to place bets.
|What online sportsbooks are available now?||DraftKings, BetMGM, FanDuel, BetRivers, Caesars (formerly William Hill), WynnBET and Unibet.|
|What sign-up bonuses and promotions are available now?||
DraftKings (20% deposit matching up to $1,000), BetMGM ($1,000 in risk-free bets), FanDuel (up to $1,000 in risk-free bets), Caesars (up to $1,001 risk-free in bet credits), WynnBET ($1,000 risk-free bet credits). We also update the bonuses for specific games in our "Sportsbook offer" section every week.
What sports will I be able to bet on?
Arizona bettors can bet on all the major league sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL) and more such as European basketball leagues, cricket and rugby.
Arizona Sportsbook Offers
Available Bonuses & Promos
Sign-up offers with bonuses are available for several legal sportsbooks in Arizona. No codes are needed, although we have them for some of the books below. Just follow the direct links here to claim the promotions:
DraftKings Bonus: Deposit a minimum of $5 and DraftKings will match 20% of your deposit amount up to $1,000 when you join.
Score: 9.8/10. See our DraftKings review.
BetMGM Bonus: Get up to $1,000 in risk-free bets when you join BetMGM.
Bonus Code: ACTION
Score: 9.8/10. See our BetMGM review.
FanDuel Bonus: New bettors can get up to $1,000 in risk free-bets when joining FanDuel.
Score: 9.5/10. See our FanDuel review.
Caesars Bonus: Get up to $1,001 risk-free in bet credits when signing up at Caesars.
Score: 9.5/10. See our Caesars review.
WynnBET Bonus: Get up to $1,000 risk-free bet credits when you join and place bets.
Score: 8.2/10. See our WynnBET review.
BetRivers Bonus: Get up to $250 bonus match when you register for BetRivers.
Score: 9.1/10. See our BetRivers review.
Unibet Bonus: Get up to $500 risk-free bet credits when you sign up for Unibet.
Score: 8.5/10. See our Unibet review.
Once you're registered, be sure to check out some of our betting resources to maximize value and return from your sign-up offers. Our Odds Calculator, Parlay Calculator and our Betting Education hub are great places to start.
Sports Betting Clears Legal Challenge; Arizona's Sept. 9 Launch on Schedule
Arizona judge James Smith dismissed the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe's motion seeking to delay the launch of the state’s first legal sportsbooks. The tribe sought a temporary restraining order to stop the opening, arguing the legislation enacting sportsbooks violated the state constitution.
Emergency Hearing Scheduled about Yavapai Prescott Lawsuit
The Maricopa County Superior Court Scheduled an emergency hearing for the Yavapai-Prescott's constitutionality case on Friday, Sept. 3. The lawsuit's impact is yet to be determined but has the potential to delay the state's intended launch timeline for sports betting.
Arizonans Can Download Sports Betting Apps Saturday, Aug. 28
Pre-reg is now live! Ahead of the Sept. 9 launch, Arizona sports bettors on Aug. 28 will be able to download and register on their preferred sportsbook app. Approved operators will also be able to begin marketing their respective apps at 12:01 am local time Saturday morning.
18 Arizona Sportsbooks Approved for Licenses, Will Launch Sept. 9
DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM highlight the list of 18 statewide mobile sportsbooks approved by Arizona regulators to take online and retail sports bets as early as next month.
Potential Launch-Blocker Lawsuit Filed
The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe filed a lawsuit against Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Ted Vogt, Director of the ADG, claiming the sports betting bill was unconstitutional and violates the Voter Protection Act. They filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, with the potential to delay the state's launch date.
Applicant List Expands with MaximBet
MaximBet is positioned to launch in Arizona after the company announced a market access deal. MaximBet, a partnership between Maxim Magazine as well as sportsbook and casino operator Carousel Group, is working with the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Arizona. If approved by state regulators, MaximBet could launch a statewide mobile sportsbook as well as a retail book in Pinetop, Arizona.
Applications Confirmed & Qualified Applicants to be Notified by the ADG
The Arizona Department of Gaming released applicant details which give us an idea of how competitive the Arizona market will be — 10 sports organizations and 15 tribes. Qualified applicants will be notified on Aug. 16.
Applications Close & Sportsbook Partners Finalize
The NFL Arizona Cardinals announce a partnership with BetMGM and three Gila River Hotels & Casinos locations, with additional plans to launch a retail sportsbook at State Farm Stadium. Known sportsbook operators with partners in the mix now include Bally's, Barstool, DraftKings, FanDuel, Pointsbet, WynnBet, Kindred Group, and finally, Twinspires.
AZ Rules Locked In, Applications Begin
AZ Legislature finalized the sports betting rule specifications Monday morning. The process of applications for operators, limited to a two-week window, also begins.
AZ Sports Betting Launch Still on Quick Pace for September
Arizona officials are projecting a Sept. 9 sports betting launch. Gov. Doug Ducey signed the state’s sports betting bill in April.
Arizona Online Sports Betting Legalization Bill Passes Legislature
Arizona lawmakers passed an online and retail sports betting bill Monday, April 12 that will allow as many as 20 statewide mobile operators and some of the nation’s first in-stadium sportsbooks.
Sports Betting Bill Passes House, Heads to Senate
The Arizona House easily passed a sports betting legalization bill , sending the proposal to the Senate and building hope legal wagering could come to the state.
How to Bet in Arizona, Legal Sportbooks & Betting Options
The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) met its planned go-live date on Sept. 9, the date of the 2021 NFL season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In-state bettors were legally able to wager ahead of the Cardinals’ opener on Sept. 12.
Here is everything you need to know about AZ sports betting.
Arizona Sports Betting Law Details to Know as a Bettor
The Grand Canyon State has laid the groundwork to be a major, bettor-friendly sports betting state. Fortunately, wagering on college sports is allowed. There are still some "can do" and "can't do" betting actions, however.
What can I bet on?
Legal Bet Types in Arizona — Sports fans can bet a full range of bet types, including:
- Point Spreads. Spread betting is a bet on the margin of victory in a game, or the point "differential." (See: Our Guide to Point Spread Betting)
- Moneylines. Moneyline betting is when you pick the winner of the game or event, either one team or another. (More detail here: Moneylines)
- First Half & Second Half. Halves let a bettor treat the first half and the second half as separate matches. (Additional insights: Half Bets)
- Totals. A total, also known as an over/under, is a bet on the number of points both teams will combine to score in a game. (See: Understanding Totals in Sports Betting)
- Futures. Future bets are a bet on an event that will be decided in the future (e.g., end-of-season results). (More: Longer-term Betting: Futures)
- Player Props. A "prop" bet, short for a proposition, is a wager that is not directly tied to the final score or outcome. (See: Everything to Know About Prop Bets)
Available Sports — You can take advantage of the different bet types to wager on these sports legally:
- Football: NFL & CFL
- Basketball: NBA, WNBA, European/international baseball league
- Baseball: MLB
- Hockey: NHL, international hockey leagues
- Soccer: MLS, English Premier League, UEFA Champions League
- College sports: NCAA football and basketball, more NCAA sport types will come online
- Golf: PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, PGA European
- Auto Racing: IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula One
Additional market choices like boxing, tennis, rugby and more will also be offered at AZ's sportsbooks.
What can't I bet on in Arizona?
There is No Individual Performance Prop Betting on College Sports ❌
What does this mean? You cannot bet that #26 on the Sun Devils will score a touchdown in a particular game. However, you can bet on if a particular Wildcat player is favored to win the Heisman this season. So, no very narrow individual player prop bets. There are concerns about gameplay impact otherwise.
Where can I place bets?
Online & Via Mobile Apps
For now, the most straightforward method to bet legally is online or via your mobile phone through one of the currently live sportsbooks: DraftKings, BetMGM, FanDuel, BetRivers, Caesars (formerly William Hill), WynnBET and Unibet. You will need to be within Arizona state borders — the sportsbooks will verify your location before you can commit to any bets.
Longer-term, Arizonans will have plenty of options from stadium sportsbooks to casinos in real life. The launch of these venues as sports betting destinations will be announced separately and begin opening individually starting in September. FanDuel at the Suns' Footprint Center and Caesars at the Diamondback's Chase Field have partial sportsbook offerings open to the public already. For more information, we detail all existing, potential, and known in-progress physical betting destinations in the "Sportsbook Partnerships" section and within the "Locations" information at the end of the page.
That covers the betting basics. We'll walk you through the next steps to place a sports bet below.
How to Place a Sports Bet
Sports fans with a mobile phone in Arizona are able to place their first legal bets. Here's how:
Step 1: Choose a Legal Sportsbook
In sports betting, it's best practice to have accounts at multiple sportsbooks to get the best price on every game you bet on. This is known as "line shopping," and covered on our YouTube channel here. But one step at a time — BetMGM is a great book to start with. You can sign up with this link. Click "Register Now," highlighted below on their site:
Step 2: Sign Up & Verify
Fill out all the required fields for a new sports bettor in the state: full legal name, email address, home address, phone number, and date of birth. BetMGM may ask you for a driver’s license or social security number to verify your identity. These questions and details are all standard measures sportsbooks take to protect you.
Step 3: Deposit with Preferred Payment
BetMGM will take you to the deposit screen once you’ve put in your personal information. Select your payment method, then click deposit.
Our preference is direct deposit via a bank account for speed. This way when you cash out, the money will be accessible in your checking account right away instead of being credited back to a card in a few days.
Step 4: Place an Online Bet
Here’s how to place your first wager. Remember — the app or website will geo-locate you to confirm you’re actually in Arizona before you’re able to bet.
BetMGM has a smooth mobile experience and user-friendly betting slip.
- Navigate to your desired sport (via the A-Z menu, or League Logo banner) and click the line you want to bet
- Head to your bet slip
- Select your bet type
- Enter your bet amount
That's it! You’ve just placed your first legal sports bet.
Licensing Info & Pro Sports Team Sportsbook Partnerships
The state's 2021 sports betting law allows as many as 20 individual operators, though not all are expected to launch before the end of the year. DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM highlight the list of 18 statewide mobile sportsbooks approved by state regulators to take online and retail sports bets.
The ADG is specific about the distribution of the 20 total sports betting licenses in the state:
10 will be associated with professional sports teams or franchises (e.g., NBA, NFL, MLB)
10 will be associated with federally recognized tribes located in-state (e.g., the Hualapai or Tonto Apache)
And for online vs. brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, the details:
1 license can support 2 online sportsbook brands (aka "skins" or styling) and 1 physical location
1 professional sports team license can support 1 primary sportsbook (generally home arenas) and 1 “adjacent” location (e.g., a retail location a block from the home arena)
Arizona is one of the first states to allow pro sports entities to open retail sportsbooks within or adjacent to their playing facility. Here's how the licenses have been assigned out so far.
Professional Team Licenses
Eight in-state professional sports organizations have petitioned and been approved to open books under the law in Arizona and have grand plans for local bettors. Here are the known details:
Arizona Cardinals (NFL) & BetMGM (1)
The Arizona Cardinals are partnered with BetMGM to create a sports gambling experience inside State Farm Stadium. This is one of BetMGM's plans to launch four retail sportsbooks, with the other three at each of the Gila River properties. The sportsbook at the home of the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale is expected to be completed before the 2022 season. Until then, Arizona residents and Cardinals fans in-state can sign up for online betting.
Phoenix Suns (NBA) & FanDuel (2)
In-person betting: Available Now
The Phoenix Suns have partnered with FanDuel to create a luxury sportsbook experience in the Footprint Area. Suns fans will be able to place bets throughout the arena on their mobile devices during games and sporting events. Additionally, the Suns’ existing partnership with Verizon means the stadium is already equipped with the 5G for seamless real-time mobile transactions in the FanDuel Sportsbook App. They expect their in-arena sportsbook to be fully constructed by the beginning of the 2021-22 NBA season.
However, Suns fans are already in luck if they prefer an in-person experience: 25 betting kiosks, five betting windows and one VIP window are already set up and accessible seven days a week. You do not need a game ticket to enter the facility and place a bet.
Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) & Caesars (3)
In-Person Betting: Available Now
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Caesars Sportsbook have teamed up for a long-term partnership, allowing Caesars to enter the market. Caesars is set on building a first-class sportsbook and bar on the plaza adjacent to the team's home turf, Chase Field.
While the full experience is under construction, in-person bets can be made at designated ticket windows (21 through 25) outside. This is the first MLB stadium where fans can make an in-person bet in the U.S. Additionally, a set of kiosks are set up in the plaza, giving sports fans more options to wager and engage.
TPC Scottsdale & PGA (Golf) & DraftKings (4)
DraftKings and The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) are teaming up to provide online sports betting at TPC Scottsdale, where the Waste Management Phoenix Open is held. The greens are sprawling and the location is set for spectacle — and soon with even more opportunity to engage in this unique DraftKings online betting experience.
Phoenix Raceway (NASCAR) & Barstool Sportsbook (5)
Barstool Sportsbook (via its parent Penn National Gaming) is set to launch through a new agreement with NASCAR and the Phoenix Raceway. Plans for a retail betting facility at the track are already in the works, and ambitions to increase sports bettor participation in NASCAR races are a marketing challenge Barstool is tasked with.
Phoenix Mercury (WNBA) & Bally's (6)
In June 2021, Bally's partnered with the Phoenix Mercury, making history as the first professional women's team to sign a sports betting partnership. There are ambitions to build a retail sportsbook in the vicinity of the Footprint Center.
Arizona Rattlers (IFL) & BetRivers (7)
The Arizona Rattlers plan to launch online sports betting in the state under the BetRivers brand during the upcoming NFL and college football season.
Arizona Coyotes (NHL) - No partner yet (8)
The Arizona Coyotes can legally partner with a sportsbook but have not established a public relationship with one yet.
Two additional licenses for professional sports organizations remain.
For more information on wagering on these professional teams, click here to jump to our "Teams to Bet" section. It’s unclear if existing lower-division pro teams such as the United Soccer League’s Phoenix Rising would be eligible for licensure in the future.
All Tribal Licenses Claimed
10/10 Tribal Licenses have been issued:
- Ak-Chin Indian Community & Fubo Gaming
- Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation & BetFred
- Fort Mojave Indian Tribe & SuperBook
- Hualapai Tribe & Golden Nugget
- Quechan Tribe & Unibet (Paradise Casino Location)
- San Carlos Apache Tribe & WynnBET (Apache Gold Casino Resort Location)
- San Juan Southern Palute Tribe & Betway
- Tonto Apache Tribe & TwinSpires (Mazatzal Casino Location)
- Navajo Nation & No Operating Partner Announced
- Tohono O’odham Nation & No Operating Partner Announced
Surprising License Denial for PointsBet
PointsBet's prospective retail partner Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, associated with the Yavapai-Apache Nation, was denied a sports betting license by the Arizona Department of Gaming. Their options to enter the market last September were limited.
The Navajo Nation, Tohono O’odham Nation and the Arizona Coyotes (NHL) are the only immediate options for available license partners. Longer-term, two professional sports team licenses remain.
Daily Fantasy Sports
Additionally, daily fantasy operators launched on Saturday, Aug. 28.
DFS is online in Arizona, too
Despite being available in most U.S. states, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has been illegal in Arizona. This changed with the legalization of legal sports betting in the state — DFS is now allowed.
Major DFS forces like DraftKings or FanDuel, which also have sportsbooks, are only gaining access to the market now. Often, they hold an "early movers" advantage in markets as sports betting goes live because of their DFS foothold. The competition will escalate as the market is flooded with options at once. We expect this to translate to strong offers to the sports bettor's benefit.
There are six approved daily fantasy sports operators in Arizona:
- Fantasy Sports Shark
- Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC)
- Underdog Sports
We cover Fantasy Football in-depth if you want to get tips and picks from experts.
How Arizona Compares: The AZ Sports Betting Report Card
We've graded Arizona on its sports betting bill and experience relative to other states on crucial categories that set the market's tone: the number of operators, tax rates, mobile offerings and more. For now, this is a projected grade, but things are looking promising for The Grand Canyon State. We're still learning more about the local market and will revise this scorecard as details unfold.
Arizona's Grading Card
Statewide mobile apps with six sportsbooks on day one (Sept. 9) and potentially twice that many in the next year is a strong beginning. Most top brands are expected to enter the market.
Leading sportsbooks and no restrictions mean plenty of deposit options.
A competitive market will all but assure industry-standard prices. This is a huge win for Arizona sports bettors — odds and upside (e.g., sign-up bonuses) will have to be stronger for consumers to attract new customers across the sportsbooks.
With reasonable taxes, high-profile sports teams and a significant population, most significant operators will enter Arizona and bring with them hundreds of leagues and sports to bet on, including in-state college teams. The limits on individual player college prop bets are within reason.
Arizona's Legalization Timeline
It's been a process getting sports betting to the goal line. We'll bet you care more about the sports of it all than the legal history, but here are some of the important events along the way:
Sports Betting Goes Live. As intended, Arizona launches Sept. 9 with six legal sportsbooks on day one. [The Action Network, Sept. 9]
Judge Declines to Delay Launch. The Yavapai-Prescott Tribe's motion seeking to delay sports betting's launch for constitutionality reasons is dismissed by Judge James Smith. [The Action Network, Sept. 7]
A new lawsuit was recently filed by the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe claiming that the bill legalizing sports betting in Arizona is unconstitutional. An emergency hearing was held Sept. 6, Labor Day, to address the lawsuit, but an Arizona judge dismissed the tribe's motion seeking to delay the launch of the state’s first legal sportsbooks. The Yavapai-Prescott Tribe was seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the opening, arguing the legislation enacting sportsbooks violated the state constitution.
The judge determined the tribe’s lawsuit did not merit the temporary restraining order as the case continues through the legal system. Though legal challenges are not yet over for Arizona sportsbooks — and the judge has indicated an appeal is likely — the decision is a strong indication the lawsuit will not ultimately prevail.
An Illegal Amendment Made. The Yavapai-Prescott Tribe claims HB 2772 Violates the "Voter Protection Act" by illegally amending a 2002 voter initiative (Prop 202) that authorized tribal gambling in Arizona by allowing non-tribal groups to have gambling operations without asking voters to weigh in.
Unfair Licensing Practice for Tribes. The Yavapai-Prescott Tribe also claims tribes are at a disadvantage with the current law's structure. Arizona has 22 tribes, and up to 19 qualifying tribal applicants, but only 10 tribal licenses are available (a deficit, and notably the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe was not granted licensing). However, there are 10 licenses for Professional teams with only nine qualifying teams or events (a surplus for fully commercial entities).
Key parties involved:
Judge: Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Smith
Arizona sportsbooks continued as planned for Sept. 9's launch. However, the legal pushback on licensing is not over yet. Full claim documentation is available here.
Preregistration Begins. As of Aug. 28, licensed sportsbooks began sign-ups and the DFS industry becomes legal. [AZ Gaming's Official Calendar, Aug. 28]
Licenses are Announced. The Arizona Department of Gaming announced 18 approved licenses. [The Action Network, Aug. 27]
Lawsuits May Block Launch. Two lawsuits were filed that contest the constitutionality of HB 2772, with the potential to delay launch timelines. [The Judicial Branch of Arizona, Aug. 27]
Four Books Confirmed. Barstool Sportsbook, BetMGM, DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook are confirmed as approved in Arizona. [Aug. 26]
Caesars Partners with Fiesta Bowl. Caesars and the Fiesta Bowl Organization (a college bowl game) announce a partnership to capitalize on passionate CFB fans. [Fiesta Bowl Org, Aug. 23]
Betfred Partners. Betfred announces a partnership with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. [AP News, Aug. 11]
BetMGM & NFL Cardinals. BetMGM announces a partnership with the NFL Cardinals & Gila River Hotels & Casinos. [PR Newswire, Aug. 9]
TwinSpires Makes a Deal. TwinSpires partners with the Tonto Apache Tribe. [TwinSpires Press Release, July 30]
Rules are Locked in. The state's sports betting rules are finalized. [AZ Gaming.Gov, July 26]
Barstool Links with Phoenix Raceway. Barstool Sportsbook and Phoenix Raceway (NASCAR) announce a planned alignment. [NASCAR Press Release, July 21]
PointsBet Partners. PointsBet partners with the Yavapi-Apache Nation to approach entering the market. [PR Newswire Release, July 20]
Tax and License Details Ready. Regulators released a proposed tax rate and license fee structure within the second draft of sports betting rules. In-person bets would be taxed at 8% and mobile wagers at 10%. Initial licenses cost $850,000. [AZ Gaming.Gov, July 2]
Comments Gathered & Released. The ADG allowed for a public comment period and then state regulators released public comments. [AZ Gaming.Gov, June 28]
Draft Rules Ready. A draft of the rules is released to allow for public comment. [Arizona Department of Gaming, June 17]
September Launch Set. The Arizona Department of Gaming indicates plans to launch Sept. 9, 2021. [iGaming Business North America, June 2]
Tribal Compact Approved. The U.S. Department of the Interior approves the state’s new tribal compact critical to sports betting going live. [CDC Gaming Report, May 26]
Sports Betting & DFS is Deemed Legal. Sports betting, DFS and keno become legal via a signature from Gov. Doug Ducey on HB2772. [American Indian Policy Institute, April 15]
Senate Approves, Sends for Signature. The Arizona Senate approves a sports betting bill, HB2772, and sends it to the governor’s desk for his signature. [TrackBill, April 12]
House of Representatives Approves. The Arizona House of Representatives approves HB2772. The Arizona Senate now needs to determine which bill (between HB2772 and SB1749) to proceed with. [TrackBill, March 5]
Gov. Ducey Supports. Gov. Doug Ducey indicates support of sports betting as a means to revitalize the economy in his State of the State Address. [Office of the Governor, Jan. 11]
Sports Betting Bills 2.0 Begin. Two Arizona lawmakers introduce Bill SB1525 proposing sports betting to the state. The bill proposed allowing tribes to offer sports betting away from their physical reservations, which may be better for bettors — but is potentially a violation of tribal gaming rules. [AZ Senate Documentation, Feb. 4]
Sports Betting Resources
Sports Betting Tips for Beginners
If you’re new to sports betting, you likely have questions: How much money should you be betting? Where should you be betting on the Cardinals' win totals? (First, check the NFL odds!) How do you find the best odds for a Diamondbacks game? Every sport and bet type comes with different considerations.
Here are our top sports betting tips for beginners to help you make smarter decisions with any action.
Sports Betting Glossary to Learn the Fundamentals
Sports betting comes with its own language and terminology — spreads and money lines, over/unders and props, juice and vig, and so much more. It can be intimidating for newer betting sports fans, so be sure to consult our sports betting glossary for detailed definitions of all the main terms.
We recommend each of the online sportsbooks to help define these terms within their product to make everything easier for you to understand, too.
Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid in Arizona
Whether you’re betting on the Phoenix game totals or Coyotes futures, sports betting isn't easy. It’s important to stay disciplined and not overextend yourself. There will always be ups and downs, but your sports betting experience will be much more enjoyable if you remain true to our critical mistakes to avoid. One of those mistakes is not paying your sports betting taxes correctly — read on.
How do taxes work with sports betting winnings (or losses)?
Whether you play online on a mobile device or at a physical sportsbook in Arizona, all sports betting winnings (and other gambling, including fantasy football) above $600 a year are taxed and must be reported. That amount could come from one big bet or smaller bets that add up to $600. The other details:
Federal TaxesThe federal tax rate on gambling winnings is 24%. Operators often withhold this for you when cashing out, and provide tax documentation. You are responsible for completing the IRS Form W2-G to report winnings. See the W2-G form and IRS details here.
The more detailed, specific-to-you part is state taxes, The state tax rate is dependent on your taxable income, between 2.59% - 4.5%, breaking down this way:
Income if Single
Income if Married
|2.59%||$0 - $26,500||$0 - $53,000|
|3.34%||$26,501 - $53,000||$53,001 - $106,000|
|4.17%||$53,001 - $159,000||$106,001 - $318,000|
|4.50%||= or > $159,001||= or > $318,001|
You can deduct sports betting losses, but only as an itemized deduction — foregoing the standard deduction that most people take. It may or may not be worth it to do so. Additionally, the losses you deduct can't be greater than the amount of gambling income you report.
Example: With $2,000 in winnings but $4,000 in losses, your deduction is limited to $2,000. You can’t write off the other $2,000 you lost.
Gambling losses claimed up to the number of winnings are classified as "other itemized deductions" on your Schedule A Form 1040 come tax time with the IRS.
We recommend bettors keep receipts and detailed records on betting activity — one of the reasons online sportsbooks are great. They're kept by default and easy to access.
Arizona Teams to Bet on
There's no shortage of sporting talent in Arizona, with home pro teams in all the major sports and strong college programs to bet on.
Pro Sports Teams in Arizona
NFL Betting in Arizona
Arizona Cardinals Partnered with BetMGM
The Arizona Cardinals are the oldest professional football team yet one of the least successful franchises in NFL history. Established in 1898 and joining the NFL for the inaugural 1920 season, the Cardinals have just one conference championship in eight playoff appearances since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. Arizona currently holds the longest active championship drought in professional sports — won the 1947 NFL Championship before the merger — at 73 seasons.
The Cardinals play home games at State Farm Stadium in Glendale and compete in the NFC West division. They are coached by Kliff Kingsbury, who looks to lead Arizona to its first playoff appearance since 2015. Franchise quarterback and former Heisman winner Kyler Murray will return under center for his third season.
Fortunately for Cardinals fans, sports betting should be legal by the start of the NFL season. These are the Cardinals' deep-seated rivalries that will likely draw out big bets from sharps and the public:
Arizona Cardinals Rivalry #1: vs. Seattle Seahawks. Since the 2002 division realignment, these two franchises have been NFC West's rivals. Playing each other twice a year, the height of this rivalry came in 2014-16 when the Seahawks and Cardinals competed for the NFC West crown. This series is always back and forth as Seattle holds a one-game lead all-time. The two franchises split 2020's season series.
Arizona Cardinals Rivalry #2: vs. San Francisco 49ers. Another NFC West division rival, the Cardinals and 49ers, plays twice a season. Both teams have shared years of dominance over one another since the 2002 realignment. The 49ers won nine of 10 from 2009-13 before the Cardinals instantly responded with nine of 10 of their own. San Francisco holds a 32-27 all-time lead over Arizona as both teams split the 2020 series.
A recommended resource list to help you make informed bets on Cardinals football in Arizona:
- How, Where To Bet On Arizona Cardinals Props, Futures For 2021-22 NFL Season
- How to Bet on Football Guide
- Check our Expert NFL Picks
- Keep an eye on betting activity and bet/money distribution with our NFL Public Betting data
NBA Betting in Arizona
Phoenix Suns Partnered with FanDuel
The Phoenix Suns joined the NBA as part of the 1968 expansion and, after taking a few years to find their footing, became a perennial playoff contender from the late 1970s through the late 2000s. The Suns have six division titles and a pair of conference championships but have never won an NBA Finals in 29 postseason appearances. Painful.
Monty Williams has coached the Suns and is primed for their first playoff berth since 2009-10. They compete in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference and play home games at the Footprint Center. The franchise is led by star Devin Booker and longtime NBA veteran Chris Paul.
Betting activity will depend on how far the Suns get and how consistent they can be. We expect big money to be put on the Spurs rivalry.
Phoenix Suns Rivalry: vs. San Antonio Spurs. Despite competing in different divisions, this rivalry features ten playoff series and over 200 games. Both teams were among the Western Conference's best, starting in the 1990s and reaching a new height in the 2000s. This rivalry got so heated that it is allegedly why Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich did not receive the opportunity to lead the USA Basketball team in the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Spurs have won six of the ten playoff series over Phoenix and lead the all-time series.
Here are a few assets to help you bet responsibly on the NBA:
- How to Bet on Basketball Guide
- Bet alongside the Pros with our Expert NBA Picks
- Follow or fade the public using our NBA Public Betting data
- Confident Suns fans can check out NBA Futures if they believe "this is the year!"
MLB Betting in Arizona
Arizona Diamondbacks Partnered with Caesars
The Arizona Diamondbacks' youngest team in MLB history joined as an expansion team ahead of the 1998 season and instantly found success. In their second year, the franchise won 100 games. In their fourth: a World Series. The Diamondbacks would return to the playoffs a year later but soon fell to mediocrity. The franchise has just one playoff appearance over the last decade.
The Diamondbacks are coached by Torey Lovullo and play home games at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. Arizona competes in the National League West division, which the franchise has won five times. When it comes to hot matchups, we expect to see extra bets on the Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers games. Here's why.
Arizona Diamondbacks Rivalry: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers. Though dissipating in recent years due to the Dodgers' success and Diamondbacks' lack thereof, there have been plenty of heated moments between the two over the last few years. After clinching the National League West over the Diamondbacks in 2013, the Dodgers celebrated by jumping into the pool at Chase Field. Benches have cleared on multiple occasions, too. The Dodgers lead the all-time series over the Diamondbacks.
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NHL Betting in Arizona
Arizona Coyotes No Partner Yet
The Arizona Coyotes were established in 1972 as part of the World Hockey Association and would later join the NHL — after the WHA ceased to exist — ahead of the 1979 season. Formerly known as the Winnipeg Jets, the Coyotes moved to Phoenix and rebranded as the Coyotes in 1996. The franchise has never been to the Stanley Cup and has one division championship.
The Coyotes play home games at Gila River Arena in Glendale and compete in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. However, due to COVID-19 and the temporary division realignment, the Coyotes are in the West Division for the 2020-21 season. Rick Tocchet coaches them.
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WNBA Betting in Arizona
One of the eight original franchises in the WNBA, the Phoenix Mercury were established in 1997 and has been one of the most successful teams in the league. The Mercury have made the playoffs 12 times over the last 14 seasons and are three-time WNBA champions. The team is coached by Sandy Brondello and features multiple stars, including longtime veteran guard Diana Taurasi and center Brittney Griner. The Mercury, like the Suns, play home games at the Footprint Center. Robert Sarver owns both franchises.
There are just four colleges in Arizona that field Division I athletics programs, but only two have a football team that competes at the FBS level. The state also has five professional sports franchises, all in the Phoenix area.
Arizona's College Sports Teams
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College Football Betting in Arizona
Arizona Wildcats Football
One of two Arizona college football teams competing at the FBS level, the Arizona Wildcats have produced six conference titles and competed in 21 Bowl games. Arizona recently hired Jedd Fisch as its new head coach ahead of the 2021 season, replacing Kevin Sumlin, who was 9-20 in three seasons at the helm. The Wildcats compete in the Pac-12 Conference and play their home games at Arizona Stadium, with a capacity of 50,782.
When it comes to CFB sports betting activity, a compelling Arizona market will be a homegrown annual face off for the Wildcats:
Arizona Wildcats Rivalry: vs. Arizona State Sun Devils. Just over 100 miles separate these two in-state rivals that first competed in 1899 and have played annually since 1946. Both schools joined the Pac-12 Conference in 1978, with the winner of this yearly matchup being awarded the Territorial Cup. In 94 meetings, Arizona holds the slight all-time edge, 49-44-1.
Arizona State Sun Devils Football
Arizona State has been the more successful program than its in-state counterpart, producing 17 conference titles and 32 Bowl appearances. The height of the Sun Devils came in the 1970s under Hall of Fame head coach Frank Kush. Arizona State would win four Fiesta Bowls and a Peach Bowl from 1970-75, finishing inside the top 15 of the Associated Press's end-of-season rankings all but once. The Sun Devils joined the Pac-12 Conference in 1978, where they have won three titles since and are currently coached by Herm Edwards. ASU plays its home games at Sun Devil Stadium, with a capacity of 56,634.
Arizona State Sun Devils Rivalry: vs. Arizona Wildcats. Despite Arizona jumping out to a 20-2 series lead in this rivalry, the Sun Devils have brought this series close and are currently on a four-game win streak. Being the only two FBS programs in the state has fueled the rivalry that has adopted many nicknames throughout the years, including the Duel in the Desert. The Sun Devils dominated the Wildcats, 70-7, in their 2020 matchup.
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College Basketball Betting in Arizona
Arizona Wildcats Men's Basketball
The Arizona Wildcats are the 11th-winningest program in college basketball and have won 16 Pac-12 regular-season championships since its transition in 1978. The program rose to prominence under Hall of Fame head coach Lute Olson, the winningest head coach in Pac-12 history. The Wildcats made the NCAA Tournament 25 consecutive seasons, starting in 1985, all but two coming under Olson.
Despite their frequent success in making the postseason, Arizona has just one National Championship in two appearances. They defeated three No. 1 seeds, including Rick Pitino's Kentucky Wildcats in the 1997 National Championship. The Wildcats have made four Final Fours, 11 Elite Eights in program history and last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2018. Arizona recently parted ways with head coach Sean Miller and hired former Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd to take his place. The Wildcats play home games at the McKale Center on campus.
Arizona Wildcats Rivalry #1: vs. Arizona State Sun Devils. Dating back to 1913, this in-state rivalry has mainly been controlled by the Wildcats. Under Lute Olson, Arizona finished 43-6 against the Sun Devils. Both programs compete in the Pac-12 and face one another twice a season in a home-and-home series. They have played annually since 1923. The Wildcats are on a two-game win streak and lead the all-time series 155-86. Since this is an all-in-state face off, we expect it will be a major betting event this year for Arizona.
Arizona Wildcats Rivalry #2: vs. UCLA Bruins. The height of this rivalry between Pac-12 Conference opponents came in 1984 when Olson took over the Arizona program. Both teams became powerhouses in the conference and combined for 13 straight Pac-12 championships from 1986-1999. These two programs play twice a season as the Bruins hold the all-time series lead and have won five straight.
Arizona State Sun Devils Men's Basketball
Arizona State has yet to win a Pac-12 Championship since its transition in 1978 but has 16 NCAA Tournament appearances to its name. Though not finding much postseason success, the Sun Devils have produced 36 NBA players, none more notable than current Brooklyn Nets star James Harden. Arizona State is currently coached by Bobby Hurley, who has led the program to two NCAA Tournaments — would have likely been three if the 2020 postseason was not canceled due to COVID-19 — in six seasons. The Sun Devils play home games at Desert Financial Arena.
Arizona State Sun Devils Rivalry: vs. Arizona Wildcats. Though more intense on the gridiron, the Sun Devils and Wildcats have met 241 total times since 1913. No team has played Arizona State more than its in-state rival, who has primarily controlled the series. The Sun Devils did have their fair share of dominance in the series, winning 41 of 56 from 1958 through 1983.
Grand Canyon Antelopes Men's Basketball
Grand Canyon basketball made the transition to Division I in 2013, finishing above .500 all but once. The Antelopes are coached by Bryce Drew, who secured the program's first-ever Western Athletic Conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2021. No. 15 seed GCU would fall in the Round of 64 to Iowa, 86-74. The Antelopes play home games at GCU Arena on campus.
Grand Canyon Antelopes Rivalry: vs. New Mexico State Aggies. Because of Grand Canyon's recent transition into Division I, there is no clear-cut rival. But one that seems to be budding due to the Antelopes' recent success in the WAC is against the Aggies. Not only is New Mexico State their most-played opponent, but Grand Canyon took down NMSU in the WAC Conference championship en route to its first-ever postseason bid. The Antelopes swept 2021's three-game series against the Aggies.
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Men's Basketball
Northern Arizona competes in the Big Sky Conference, where the program has won four regular-season conference championships and two NCAA Tournament berths. Their most recent appearance came in 2000, a near upset over No. 2 seed St. John's. The Lumberjacks are coached by Shane Burcar and play home games at Walkup Skydome.
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Rivalry: vs. Southern Utah Thunderbirds. This rivalry between Northern Arizona and Southern Utah developed on the gridiron but transitioned to the hardwood when the Thunderbirds joined the Big Sky in 2013. This is one of the closest series for NAU, as they trail by one game in the all-time series after being swept by Southern Utah in 2021. The Thunderbirds are leaving the Big Sky for the WAC, so only time will tell whether the rivalry will dissipate or become an annual non-conference bout.
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Other Sporting Events in Arizona
Arizona has a few notable events that extend beyond its in-state teams for sports fans and bettors alike to enjoy, including:
Fiesta Bowl (CFB) — Partnered with Caesars
This is an NCAA-certified college football game that has been held annually since 1971. The Fiesta Bowl is sponsored by Playstation and is held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. It is one of the New Year's Six bowl games and serves as a semifinal in the College Football Playoffs every three years. Iowa State is the defending Fiesta Bowl champion after defeating Oregon, 34-17. This year, there will be a new element at play — a Caesars Sportsbook partnership and on-site betting opportunities.
Guaranteed Rate Bowl (CFB)
Held annually since 1989, the Guaranteed Rate Bowl is now a postseason matchup between the Big Ten and Big 12 through the 2025-26 season. Before the new conference tie-ins, Air Force defeated Washington State, 31-21, in the 2019 bowl game. It was canceled due to COVID-19 the following year. The Guaranteed Rate Bowl is held at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Arizona Bowl (CFB)
The Arizona Bowl is an NCAA-certified college football game that has been held annually since 2015. The postseason event is sponsored by Offerpad and features teams from the Mountain West and Mid-American Conference. Ball State is the defending Arizona Bowl champion after defeating San Jose State, 34-13. The bowl is held at Arizona Stadium in Tucson.
Waste Management Phoenix Open (Golf) — Partnered with DraftKings
The Phoenix Open is a tournament held at TPC Scottsdale. It has been played annually since 1932 and is referred to as the Greatest Show on Grass. The course stretches 7,266 yards with a par of 71 and consists of a 7.3 million prize fund. Brooks Koepka took home the 2021 Phoenix Open with a 19-under par finish, his second time winning the event.
Instacart 500 (NASCAR)
Part of the NASCAR Cup Series, the Instacart 500 is held annually at Phoenix Raceway. Having taken place since 2005, this race is 312 laps. Martin Truex Jr. is the defending Instacart 500 champion, finishing the race in 3 hours and 20 seconds.
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Fort McDowell Casino
Betfred, a UK-based sportsbook, has teamed up with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation to enter the Arizona betting market. The tribe controls Fort McDowell Casino, which will serve as a home base for Arizona activity. In addition to the retail sportsbook, there will be a mobile and online betting launch.
Gila River Hotels & Casinos - Vee Quiva
BetMGM has partnered with a trio of Gila River hotels/casinos, which are known for their broad slot machines and more offerings.
Gila River Hotels & Casinos - Wild Horse Pass
BetMGM has partnered with a trio of Gila River hotels/casinos, which are known for their broad slot machines and more offerings.
Gila River Hotels & Casinos - Lone Butte
BetMGM has partnered with a trio of Gila River hotels/casinos, which are known for their broad slot machines and more offerings.
Cliff Castle Casino Hotel
PointsBet has partnered with the Yavapai-Apache Nation, which owns this casino hotel in Camp Verde. However, the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel was denied a sports betting license by the Arizona Department of Gaming.
Apache Gold Casino Resort
WynnBet has partnered with the San Carlos Apache, which operates this casino resort.
Apache Sky Casino
WynnBet has partnered with the San Carlos Apache, which operates this casino resort.
Unibet has partnered with the Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe, which operates this casino in Yuma.
BlueWater Resort & Casino
An Australian operator, Bluebet, is partnering with Colorado River Indian Tribes to leverage a license here.
Mazatzal Hotel & Casino
The Tonto Apache Tribe owns and operates this hotel and casino, where a TwinSpires retail sportsbook will open up.
Casino Arizona at Talking Stick Resort
Desert Diamond Casino - West Valley
Desert Diamond Casino & Entertainment - Tucson
Casino Del Sol
Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, Sahaurita
Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment
Casino of the Sun
State Farm Stadium
The Arizona Cardinals have partnered with BetMGM. The sportsbook is expected to be completed before the 2022 season.
The NBA's Phoenix Suns have partnered with FanDuel. Suns fans will be able to place bets throughout the arena on their mobile devices during games and sporting events. The WNBA's Phoenix Mercury has partnered with Bally. There is hope of building a retail sportsbook in the vicinity of the Footprint Center. The Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League is planning to launch online sports betting under the BetRivers brand.
The MLB's Arizona Diamondbacks and Caesars Sportsbook have teamed up, though no timeframe on the project has been announced. Caesars is set on building a sportsbook and bar on the plaza adjacent to Chase Field.
DraftKings and the PGA have teamed up at TPC Scottsdale, where the Waste Management Phoenix Open is held.
Barstool Sportsbook (the parent company is Penn National Gaming) has an agreement in place with NASCAR and the Phoenix Raceway. A retail betting facility at the track is currently in the works.
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Sportsbooks with Promos & Bonuses in State
Arizona bettors will benefit from taking advantage of "free bet" promotions and more across sportsbooks. These are the books with sign up offers and our review insights into the books themselves: