Arizona has not yet legalized sports betting, but that is expected to change at some point in early 2021. A sports betting bill has already passed through the House and is now being reviewed by a Committee in the state Senate.
This bill would legalize a number of new gambling forms, including both retail and online sports betting. There has been plenty of support for this measure, including from Governor Doug Ducey.
Professional sports teams and Native American tribes in the state have also supported this measure, as both groups are set to gain if the bill is passed. There are still plenty of details that need to be worked out, but sports betting should be coming to Arizona soon.
Retail Sportsbook Options
Arizona is not looking to set up retail sportsbooks at casinos but is instead focusing on professional sports stadiums, racetracks, and some top golf courses. A few other states have legalized sports betting at stadiums, and this would provide the best solution for Arizona as well.
Tribal casinos would also be able to offer sports betting on-site as that is included in their gaming compacts with the state. Those properties would provide some additional options, but placing a bet at one of the ten major sports venues in the state will be the most popular retail option due to convenience.
Potential Online Sportsbook Apps in Arizona
Online or mobile betting is a part of the sports betting bill that is currently in the Senate, and this is expected to become the most popular way to bet in the state. The exact number of licenses has not been set, but some of the top operators in the US are expected to submit an application in hopes of launching in the state.
Here are some potential online sportsbook apps:
- Wiliam Hill
Teams to Drive Betting
When sports betting does officially launch in the state of Arizona there will be no shortage of teams to help drive the industry. Football and basketball are the two most popular sports to bet on, and Arizona is home to a popular professional team in each sport.
The Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League are the most popular team in the state, and they will bring in the most action. The Cardinals have turned the franchise around over the last two seasons, and another Super Bowl run could be in play.
The Phoenix Suns are another franchise that is headed in the right direction, and this team has plenty of popular young talent. The winter months in Arizona sports betting will be filled with betting on the Suns.
The Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) and Arizona Coyotes (NHL) are also popular teams in the state, but these two sports generally don’t see a ton of betting action. Betting on college athletics will also drive sports betting when the state finally allows sportsbooks to launch.
Arizona also has a rich history in professional golf, and that sport could become a popular betting option.