- Arizona lawmakers have issued out four sports betting licenses to operators.
- BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Penn National are now licensed sportsbooks in Arizona.
- These operators will go live ahead of the NFL season so residents can wager on the NFL with the use of their platforms.
PHOENIX – Arizona sports betting is progressing nicely as the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) issued out four sports betting licenses on Friday.
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Penn National were all given licenses to operate ahead of the NFL season, becoming the first official sportsbooks in Arizona.
The Arizona regulated gambling industry is fully prepared for the big launch come September 9, if not sooner.
Arizona Sportsbooks Incoming
The first operators to officially be issued licenses were FanDuel and Penn National. These two were quickly followed by licenses for DraftKings and BetMGM.
“It is an exciting day here at BetMGM to get the official sign-off to launch on day one of sports betting in Arizona,” said Adam Greenblatt, BetMGM CEO. “Through our partnerships with Gila River and the Arizona Cardinals, as well as the benefits of being connected to MGM Resorts properties nationwide, we have many exciting things in store for sports fans in Arizona.”
The four platforms will be go live with their retail sportsbooks at local casinos and their mobile apps to all residents soon. Mobile sportsbooks will come first with land-based venues to follow.
Sports wagering businesses in the state have to partner with local businesses and sports teams in order to operate in Arizona. For example, BetMGM will open at the Gala River Hotels & Casinos through its partnership with the Arizona Cardinals and DraftKings will see a sportsbook at the TPC Scottsdale through its PGA Tour partnership.
See you soon, Arizona! 🌵 pic.twitter.com/94XjOgP1eK
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) August 26, 2021
Arizona NFL Betting
These sportsbooks gaining their licenses is a major win as the Grand Canyon State aims to have its regulated sports gaming market live in time for the 2021-2022 NFL season.
Betting fans in Arizona will be able to place action just in time for the official Week 1 kickoff. This is the first-time regulated betting will be available in Arizona’s history.
While these four licenses were issued first, they are not the final set of sportsbooks residents will see. The law allows Arizona to license up to 20 sportsbooks, so expect even more licenses to be seen in the coming months.
It’s a new day for Arizona sports betting as now sports fans statewide will be able to wager with local sportsbook platforms.