Jacob LjunggrenResident expert on NV & AZ sportsbooks
The Grand Canyon State is soon online and looks like it will give Nevada a real run for its money. This article will go through everything you need to know about sports betting in Arizona.
Sports Betting in AZ → What are the rules for sports wagering in AZ.
FAQS → The internet's most common questions on the subject.
Sportsbooks in AZ → What companies are set to go live in the state.
AZ sportsbooks sign-up → Step by step guide to signing up to an AZ sportsbook.
AZ sportsbooks deposits → What safe payment methods are available for AZ sportsbook deposits.
AZ sportsbooks withdrawals → What safe payment methods are available for AZ sportsbook withdrawals.
Sports Betting in Arizona
Who could have guessed it? Arizona has become the sports betting industries most exciting market in 2021.
On July 26, 2021, the Grand Canyon State announced that it had fully legalized sports betting, and less than 24 hours later, online sportsbooks had already begun applying for licenses.
The first online sportsbooks are set to launch for the first NFL fixture: Dallas Cowboys vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The rules for sportsbooks
There are 20 licenses up for grabs in the state.
Online sportsbooks will have to partner with one of Arizona's ten tribal operators or ten professional sports teams or venues.
Arizona differs from many other states by allowing sports franchises to partner with sportsbooks as part of the licensing agreement. Usually, they are only allowed to partner with existing casinos to secure continued revenue to local companies. However, these sports franchises are not allowed to affect the daily operations of the sportsbooks. So the Cardinals, for example, partnered with BetMGM, is in no way involved with its business operations.
The rules for customers
You must be 21 years or older to place a wager in Arizona.
You are also only allowed to wager with a licensed AZ sportsbook.
You must be within state borders to wager, deposit or withdraw funds. You are allowed to sign-up in another US state.
When is sports betting legal in Arizona?
Sports Betting is now legal in the state of Arizona.
The deadline for sportsbook licenses is now over.
The first AZ sportsbooks will go live in the fall of 2021.
Can I bet on sports online in Arizona?
Sportsbooks in Arizona
All the sportsbook license applications are now in, and it looks like a full house.
The state of Arizona has confirmed that they have received more applications than available licenses.
However, there are a few online sportsbooks that we can be pretty certain will launch in September 2021.
Why can we be so sure? Well, they have already signed deals with professional sports teams or tribal casinos.
The sportsbooks we predict will go live soon are:
- Barstool Sportsbook → The popular sports media company only launched its first sportsbook product in late 2020, but it has already cemented its place amongst the big boys.
- BetMGM Sportsbook → The nation's third most popular sportsbook has already signed a deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
- Caesars Sportsbook → The Diamondbacks partner looks set to offer the best welcome bonus in Arizona.
- DraftKings Sportsbook → The sportsbook and daily fantasy sports operator is, along with FanDuel, the largest sportsbook in the country.
- FanDuel Sportsbook → Wherever DraftKings goes, so does FanDuel.
- PointsBet Sportsbook → The Aussie sportsbook has taken the US by storm with its unique points betting feature.
- Unibet Sportsbook → The European sportsbook looks set to launch its fourth US product in AZ.
Expected Sportsbook Bonuses
BettingScanner's Top Pick
Best AZ Sportsbook
Risk Free Bet up to $1,500
The Aussie sportsbook has sent shockwaves through the US sports betting industry since it arrived a couple of years ago.
There are several reasons why we expect PointsBet to be the best product available in Arizona.
One of the main reasons why the sportsbook has enjoyed such success in the US is its unique form of betting.
Points betting rewards or punishes you, the more or less right your wager is. This sliding scale not only makes bets, which have a clear favorite, more exciting, but it also works particularly well with sports popular in the US, such as basketball, baseball and football.
An Excellent Welcome Offer
We love this bonus for two reasons. First, it's actually two bonuses, and it's honest.
Risk-free bets are definitely in vogue at the moment. This type of bonus guarantees your original wager back, in the form of free bets, should you lose your bet. PointsBet actually splits its risk-free bet offer into two parts: fixed odds and points bet. Unfortunately, almost every other welcome promo in the market only allows you one risk-free bet.
Some of the small print you find with some of the welcome bonuses on the market render them almost entirely useless. One example is a turnover requirement, which makes you bet multiple times with your original free bets before the money is actually yours. PointsBet's promo, fortunately, does not include any pesky T&Cs such as high turnover requirement.
Since Arizona is an entirely new market, it is difficult for us to comment on sports betting odds in the state. However, if we look at the market average for many other states, we can see that PointsBet consistently offers higher value odds than its competitors. Ultimately this is what sports betting is all about!
AZ sportsbooks sign-up
The sign-up process can vary between sportsbooks, but there are certain steps that all of them require you to go through.
- Create your account → When you sign-up as a new customer, you will be eligible for a welcome offer. You can guarantee that you get this by signing up for your sportsbook by clicking on the green claim button situated next to the bonus offer above. This will automatically input the promo code to your registration form. Once you have clicked this, you will, with some sportsbooks, be redirected to a page where you select which state you wish to sign-up with. Once you have selected your state, you will be directed to the sign-up page, where you will need to enter some basic details, such as your name, SSN, address, email and phone number.
- Confirm your email address → Once you have passed this stage, your sportsbook will send you an email asking you to confirm your address. Follow the instructions and return to your sign-up page.
- Select your payment method → Below; we have listed the best sign-up options for you as a new customer in Arizona.
- Fund your account → You will need to make your first deposit now. Remember that this will define how big your welcome bonus is if your sportsbook has offered a matched deposit bonus.
- Place a wager → You can now go ahead and place your first online wager in Arizona!
AZ sportsbooks Deposits
When it comes to placing a sportsbook deposit in Arizona, we have both bad news and good news for you.
The bad news is that a simple Visa, Mastercard or bank transfer can be very difficult to make because, despite sports betting now being legal, banks routinely block transfers to sportsbooks. Furthermore, if you manage to transfer your funds, you'll most likely not be able to withdraw your funds using the same method.
The good news is that there are several reliable and trustworthy alternatives available to you. For example, PayPal is the most common deposit method in the US, and for a good reason.
PayPal is a trusted global payment platform. If you are an adult who has at any point logged onto that thing called the internet, then you are more than likely to have a PayPal account.
The payment platform allows you to circumvent the regulations placed on you by your banks legally. If you use PayPal, it sees you transfer funds into your PayPal account, a platform it trusts, and not a sportsbook. Your sportsbook simply sees money coming in from your PayPal account and therefore does not need to store any sensitive payment information. It's really a win-win for everyone.
PayPal also boasts a state of the art encryption system. This means that you also add another layer of security to your transactions.
PayPal does charge a 2.9% deposit fee along with a $0.30 flat fee.
Skrill is a payment platform that offers an almost identical service to PayPal.
The platform is trustworthy and enjoys the same encrypted technology as PayPal, so you really are in safe hands.
There are only two key differences we have noticed between PayPal and Skrill. The first is that only four online US sportsbooks offer Skrill compared to PayPal, which almost every major operator offers.
The second main difference is that most of Skrill's partners are sportsbooks which means that you are most likely to incur a $5.50 withdrawal fee. However, since PayPal is partnered with a large number of online merchants, it is possible to withdraw your funds from your sportsbook and then spend it online without having to send it to your bank account. However, Skrill does not charge a deposit fee, so it really comes down to a personal preference.
AZ sportsbooks Withdrawals
Ok, so it's time to get paid! Well, as we mentioned earlier, you can forget the idea of withdrawing your funds using a Visa or Mastercard. Not only is it highly unlikely that you will be allowed to use your card to withdraw funds, but if you do, you'll be drowning in fees.
Just like depositing, we can recommend you use a payment platform such as PayPal and Skrill to get around the restrictions placed on you by your bank.
Another option that is proving popular is the use of prepaid loyalty cards. They act as a middleman between your Visa/Mastercard, allowing you to deposit and withdraw for free into your prepaid card and then make a further transfer. Some prepaid cards are Mastercard allowing you to spend your funds online or withdraw cash at a cashpoint. A big advantage of a prepaid card is that you pay no fees, and transactions are instantaneous.