Arizona Department of Gaming

  • Arizona sportsbooks are set to go live on September 9 for the opening day of the 2021-2022 NFL season.
  • The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) will have one more meeting on Friday to finalize the rules and regulations for the sports betting industry.
  • Eight sports wagering operators have already made partnerships in the state to open sportsbooks.

PHOENIXArizona is still on schedule to launch sportsbooks by the start of NFL season on September 9. The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) released their final set of rules and regulations for the sports betting industry in the state on Wednesday, with a public comment window opened through Friday.

On Friday, the ADG will hold another meeting where it is expected to be announced that the state will be able to reach its deadline to launch retail and mobile sportsbooks for the first day of the NFL season, as was the original plan.

What’s The Plan For Arizona Sports Gaming?

There will be 20 land-based sports wagering venues with 10 being at tribal locations and 10 being for professional sports or gaming venues. There are also another 10 licenses set aside for places like OTBs in the state. In total, 60 mobile sportsbook applications should be seen when the regulated sports betting industry of Arizona is fully functional.

To become a licensed operator, the current draft of rules requires an $850,000 licensing fee with the submission of an application. Taxes for sportsbooks are set at 8% for all handle collected with brick-and-mortar operations and 10% for all mobile application wagers placed. With about six weeks left to roll out the new market, Arizona sports betting is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality.

Sportsbooks Already Making Partnerships

According to the Arizona Department of Gaming, there are already eight sportsbooks slated to launch by opening day, either with their mobile app or through their retail location or both. Sports bettors in Arizona can expect to see Bally’s Sportsbook (Phoenix Mercury), Barstool Sportsbook (Phoenix Raceway), Caesars Sportsbook (Arizona Diamondbacks), DraftKings Sportsbook (PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open), FanDuel Sportsbook (Phoenix Suns), Kindred Group Sportsbook (Quechan Tribe), PointsBet Sportsbook (Yavapai-Apache Nation), and WynnBet Sportsbook (San Carlos Apache Tribe).

The Grand Canyon State and its sports gaming enthusiasts should be looking forward to both the kickoff of the NFL season on September 9 as well as the kickoff of the Arizona sports betting industry, all on the same day.

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