What You Should Know About Online Sportsbooks in Arizona
Online sports betting will be legal in Arizona as of September 2021, according to the state’s Office of Gaming Regulation. Online betting on sports and other events around the world is now legal in the state thanks to new legislation. There are still, however, some restrictions that apply to sports betting via a mobile device in Arizona that the new bettor should be aware of. Mobile app gamblers in Arizona must follow the same rules as those in many other states, and some aspects of online gambling, such as fantasy leagues, are still prohibited. So, what should an Arizona online sports gambler know?
Choosing the right sportsbook provider for your personal style and needs is essential. Before deciding which service to use, a new player should take into account all of the features of the service, including customer service, user reviews, interface, and more. There are currently 20 sportsbook providers operating in the state of Arizona. Half of these are located at Native American venues, the other half at professional sports venues.
Some of the more popular ones in operation in Arizona include Barstool, Ballys Corp, BetMGM, Betfred Sports, Digital Gaming, Caesar’s Sportsbook, DraftKings, Fubo Gaming, FanDuel, Rush Street, Golden Nugget, and Unibet, among others. All sportsbooks must operate with licenses issued by the state, the Arizona Department of Gaming, as well as permission from Native American governments if they will operate within tribal venues.
Consider the local laws and regulations regarding sports betting in the place where you plan on betting before you get started. Arizona has some of the more generous gambling laws in the country, but there are still restrictions, especially with regard to online betting. Some of them are as follows:
- You must be over the age of 21.
- All bets must be placed within the state itself. Arizona sportsbooks use geolocation technology to determine a user’s location, and will not work outside the borders of the state.
- Each pro team allows one sportsbook on the premises of their games.
- Betting on college sports is permitted, except for prop bets.
- The tax rate for profits from gambling is set at 10% for online bets, and 8% for retail bets.
- Funding of sportsbook apps allowed within Arizona includes direct wire transfer, PayPal, debit cards, eCheck, cash at a physical location, prepaid debit cards, and paper checks also at a physical location.
Sports to Bet On
American football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and motor sports will all be available to bettors in Arizona. Tennis, golf, and horse racing, all of which are minor spectator sports, will also be available. On-line wagering in Arizona joins the ranks of physical casinos and racetracks like the Desert Diamond Casino, the Talking Stick Resort, and Casino Del Sol Resort, and race tracks such as the Arizona Downs as venues offering sports betting in Arizona. If you’re looking to place a bet in Arizona, the following teams are worth keeping an eye on:
This is a professional baseball team located in Phoenix, who call Chase Field their home. Founded in 1998, they play in the National League’s West Division, and beat the New York Yankees in 2001 for the World Series.
This BMA team plays in the Pacific Division of the National Basketball Association. They were founded in 1968 and play their home games in Talking Stick Resort Arena.
This professional football team is based in Phoenix and was originally founded in 1898 in Chicago. They call the State Farm Stadium their home field, and play in the NFL West Division.
Based in Glendale, this professional hockey team competes in the NHL West Division, and plays their home games in Gila River Arena. Originally based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, they moved to Arizona in 1996.
Bonuses and Promotions
Choosing one of the many sign-up bonuses and promotional features offered by Arizona’s sportsbooks can be a challenge for first-time customers. In addition, many offer free trials, which is a great way to find out whether a service is right for you before committing to it. It is important to know your own requirements and what features you are looking for in a service. It is also important to know what features or practices are lacking in a service that might cause you to reject it. You should think about how you prefer to fund your account and receive your payouts, as some services offer features that others do not. Keep in mind that the best promotional offer may not always be the best long-term service for you. The following are some current promotions available to bettors in Arizona:
- Ceasar’s Sportsbook : $1,500 deposit match.
- BetMGM : $1,000 risk free first bet.
- FanDuel : $1,000 risk free first bet.
- Bet Rivers : $250 match.
- Unibet : $250 risk free first bet.