- Arizona sports betting officially went live on Thursday.
- Two retail sportsbooks and their mobile platforms launched for the opening day of the NFL season.
- Currently, FanDuel and Caesars sportsbooks are opened for fans in Arizona to place wagers with.
PHOENIX – Sports betting in Arizona started off with a bang as the industry went live on Thursday, the first official day of the 2021-2022 NFL season. The state-regulated its sports gaming market earlier in the year with their sights set on a launch date to coincide with the NFL season opener, which they were able to attain.
Sports Betting In Arizona
There was a bit of a snag in the process that people believed would delay the launch of the market but this was not the case. Regulated sports wagering in Arizona has a total of 20 licenses that are split between tribal and professional sports organizations. Legal action was taken to stop the industry from going live, as not all tribes were approved to open sportsbooks due to there being more tribes in Arizona than there are licenses to give.
Footprint Center in Phoenix opened a FanDuel Sportsbook and Chase Field opened their Caesars Sportsbook on Thursday. Governor Doug Ducey attended both openings but sadly did not place any wagers. It was Ducey who was a huge advocate of sports betting and was an immense help in making the regulated sports wagering industry a reality for Arizona residents.
Arizona Sports Bettors
NFL betting fans, as well as general sports gaming enthusiasts, were ecstatic about the two Phoenix locations opening and mobile applications launching along with them. Gone are the days where these people will have to travel to Las Vegas to place bets at retail sportsbooks or find other sources to get action in on the games.
Both locations that have opened thus far are in Phoenix but mobile platforms can be accessed statewide. With the unveiling of the sports gaming industry in the Grand Canyon State, the United States can say they are now home to 26 states that offer sports betting in some capacity since the repeal of PASPA in 2018.
“This is a great win for the state of Arizona,” said Jason Rowley, the Phoenix Suns president, and CEO.
There are no figures to be seen yet but the first monthly totals for handle and revenue from the sports gaming market in Arizona are expected to be big. More platforms will be opening before the end of September.
Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.