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Arizona has now legalized online sports betting! The first online sportsbooks went live in September 2021.
Arizona has now legalized online sports betting! The first online sportsbooks went live in September 2021.
Online sports betting legal in Arizona
In April 2021 the state of Arizona finally legalized sports betting after two years of wrangling in the House and Senate over the proposed bills.
The decision may have taken a while, but the final bill that was approved has paved the way for an aggressive fast-track process with the first sportsbooks expected to go live in September 2021.
The new laws will allow 20 online sportsbooks to operate in the state.
The first online AZ sportsbooks went live in September 2021.
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Here are your most commonly asked questions regarding online sports betting in Arizona.
Yes. As of April 2021, sports betting is legal in the state of Arizona.
The first online sportsbooks went live in September 2021 in time for the start of the NFL season.
In order to place a sports wager in Arizona, you must be 21 years or older.
You simply sign-up to a licensed online sportsbook that is operational in the state of Arizona.
You will need a valid ID and a US bank account. You will also need to be physically in the state of Arizona to place a wager.
The following online sportsbooks are now live in AZ:
Sports betting is legal in the state of Arizona as of April 2021.
The first legal sportsbooks went live during the fall of 2021.
As of April 2021, sports betting is legal in the state of Arizona.
Sports betting has certainly kicked off with a bang in the state of Arizona. The state registered the best start to legal online sports betting since the US Senate withdrew the nationwide ban in 2018.
Before a dollar had even been wagered there were dozens of online sportsbooks lining up to receive a license in time for the start of the NFL season in 2021.
The current state legislation requires online sportsbooks to be partnered with an existing tribal casino or an AZ-based sports team.
The number of licenses is capped at 10 sports team partnerships and 10 tribal partnerships.
This means that there are some big names, such as PointsBet that missed out in the first round of licenses.
PointsBet were able to partner with a tribal casino but have not yet been issued a license by the Arizona Gaming Board
Once you have selected what sportsbook you wish to sign-up with, you will need to follow a simple sign-up process.
Before we go through these steps it is important to remind you that you must be within state borders in order to legally wager.
If you are a sports bettor in Arizona, then this is things don't get much better than this.
Arizona is an entirely new market and therefore online sportsbooks are investing in some truly outrageous welcome offers to get you on board. Since the competition is high in Arizona, with a load of online sportsbooks all coming online at once, there will also be a high level of competition between the sportsbooks further inflating the number of welcome bonuses.
Put simply, a sportsbook such as FanDuel will not want their welcome bonus to be lower than the other sportsbooks, so if one other sportsbook raises the stakes, FanDuel will most likely follow suit.
This can both be good and bad news for you as a new customer.
The higher competition will lead to larger bonuses for you. It will also force sportsbooks to offer a range of different types of bonuses such as risk-free bets or even the much-coveted no-deposit bonuses.
However, in an effort to appear more competitive, sportsbooks will undoubtedly become more creative with their small print which can ultimately result in some misleading claims. We usually see this in the form of a high turnover requirement. This means that you are required to win a certain amount of times with your original bonus before it is counted as real money, and not a free bet. This can mean lead to a situation where one sportsbook may appear to offer a smaller bonus, but this bonus may in fact be better value.
Let's look at the following example:
At first glance, it would appear that sportsbook A is much better value, especially if you are willing to put down $1000 as a first deposit. However, in the small print, you find a turnover requirement.
This stipulation is often included far down in the terms and conditions. Sportsbook A's requirement means that you will need to win 12 wagers in a row with your free bets before the money is yours compared to Sportsbook A where you must only win once, making it a much better value.
The lesson here is you must always do your homework! There are some bonuses that really are too good to be true.
This is currently the in vogue welcome bonus.
A risk-free bonus guarantees your first wager back in the form of free bets if you lose.
This is a great type of offer and can offer your some real value. However, it is important to remember that it is not - as the title would have you believe - without risk.
You are repaid your original wager in the form of a free bet, which means you will need to place one more wager and risk losing before the money is counted as yours.
You can see some of the different outcomes in the example below.
The Diamondbacks are playing the Phillies.
You have signed up for a new sportsbook which has offered you up to $500 in a risk-free bet.
You decide to wager a $500 risk-free bet on the Diamondbacks at odds of -200.
There are three potential outcomes to this wager.
As long as you have accounted for the fact that a risk-free bet is not entirely risk-free, then we can highly recommend this type of bet.
We prefer to see this type of bet as an opportunity to have a second try, should you screw up your first wager. This is especially relevant to a new customer who may not be acquainted with sports betting or that particular sportsbooks product. Arizona's online sports betting market is completely new, so we can imagine there will be many residents trying their hand at online wagering for the first time. But, again, a risk-free bet is a great way to test the water.
As we mentioned earlier, there are some outrageous risk-free promos out there at the moment. However, we do not recommend that you go for the maximum amount straight off the bat.
This form of bonus matches your initial deposit.
So, if you make a $100 deposit, you will receive $100 in free bets.
Every matched deposit on offer will include a minimum deposit amount (usually $10) and a maximum deposit amount.
With this type of offer, it is especially important to check the turnover requirement.
Sportsbook X is offering a matched deposit bonus of up to $500.
You make a deposit of $100 and receive $100 in free bets which include a x1 turnover requirement.
The Phoenix Suns are playing the Dallas Mavericks.
You decide to wager your $100 in free bets on the Suns to win at odds of +700.
Here are the following outcomes.
This type of bonus is the holy grail of sportsbook promotions.
If you are lucky enough to come across a no deposit bonus with a licensed and reputable online sportsbook then we highly recommend that you snap it up.
A no deposit bonus requires no financial commitment from you. You simply need to sign-up to the sportsbook which has offered a no deposit bonus and collect your free bets.
It is comparable to walking into a retail store, providing your details and simply being handed a load of vouchers.
No deposit bonuses only appear once in a blue moon and usually as part of a marketing drive. However, as a new market, it is highly likely that an AZ sportsbook will offer a no deposit bonus at some point.
Since the US Senate removed the federal ban on sports betting, dozens of states have decided to legalize sports betting. As a result, there are now a significant number of legal and licensed sportsbooks operating all over the country.
Despite this, there is still a great deal of confusion within the US banking system regarding transactions to and from sportsbooks. This means that there is always a great deal of uncertainty surrounding direct bank transfers and Visa and Mastercard transactions.
Banks routinely block perfectly legal deposits using Visa and Mastercard. So if you manage to get your money in using your card, you are more than likely not going to be able to withdraw any winnings using the same method.
This teething phase has led to many trusted payment providers filling the gap, playing intermediaries between the banks and the sportsbooks.
All licensed sportsbooks in Arizona offer PayPal as a payment option.
The world-renowned payment provider is currently the most popular deposit and withdrawal option for sports wagering in the country.
There are several reasons for this:
An easy-to-use platform → PayPal is trusted and used by millions of people across the world. It has built its brand around its functionality and user-friendly interface. It has both an excellent desktop website and mobile app.
Ease of payments → As PayPal is trusted by both banks and sportsbooks, it is the perfect middleman, allowing you to circumvent restrictions placed on you by the banks. Instead, the banks simply see money going to your PayPal account.
Security → PayPal boasts a state of the art encrypted security system that guarantees your payments are safe and adds an extra layer of security to your sportsbook deposits and withdrawals. In addition, if you use PayPal as a payment option, you will not need to store sensitive banking information with your sportsbook.
Skrill is another payment provider that offers an almost identical service to PayPal.
The company is much smaller, and much more of its revenue comes from sports betting compared to its main rival, PayPal which boasts a global customer base across every imaginable industry.
However, the fact that Skrill is focused on sports betting has meant that it is popular with a number of global brands including British sportsbook giant Bet365.
Skrill ticks all the same boxes as PayPal including a secure encrypted payment service and great functionality.
Skrill is not offered as a payment option by all online sportsbooks in the US. It is currently partnered with four online sportsbooks:
Even though the two payment providers offer almost identical services, there are a few factors to consider when picking which one to use.
Why use PayPal over Skrill?
No withdrawal fee → PayPal will charge you a 2.9% fee when you deposit into your account along with a flat $0.30 fee. However, it will not charge you when you withdraw your funds. This means that if you like to place a larger lump deposit but withdraw your funds more frequently, then PayPal is the best option. Skrill, on the other hand, charges you when you withdraw cash.
PayPal can be used for online shopping → Which means that it is possible to hold your winnings in your PayPal account and spend them online rather than transferring your money again from your PayPal account to your bank account. Unfortunately, Skrill is not accepted by as many online merchants.
Are you an existing customer? → If you are, then it makes sense to stick with a platform you are familiar with.
Why use Skrill over PayPal?
No Deposit Fee → Skrill will charge you $5.50 when you withdraw your cash from your Skrill account. This means that if you prefer to make smaller, more frequent deposits to your online sportsbook, then Skrill could be the right choice for you.
Keep your sports betting money separate → It can make sense to keep your sports betting winnings from the rest of your money. Since Skrill is primarily a sport betting payment platform, it is much easier to track what money is from sports wagering.
The Grand Canyon State is well represented when it comes to professional sports teams.
The most popular sport in the state is pro football. The most popular team is the Arizona Cardinals who play in the NFL and are based in Phoenix. The team have never won the Super Bowl but in the pre-Super Bowl era they picked up two Championship titles. They have made a total of 11 playoff appearances.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are a MLB team based in Phoenix. They were founded in 1998 as an expansion team and won the World Series after only four seasons. Caesars Sportsbook has announced that they will partner with the Diamondbacks.
The Phoenix Suns are an NBA team based in Phoenix. They have made it two NBA finals, losing both. Fanduel has announced that they will partner with the Suns
The Arizona Coyotes are an NHL team based in Glendale.
The Phoenix Mercury currently play in the Western Conference of the WNBA.
The Phoneix Raceway is located in Avondale, Arizona and hosts two NASCAR race weekends annually. The raceway has also hosted the CART, IndyCar Series, USAC and the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.