Here Are The Top Apps For NFL Sports Betting In Arizona, Beginning Sept. 9

Written By Brant James on September 9, 2021

Sports betting in Arizona is underway today.

After becoming legalized in April – and with many exciting Arizona pro team deals made since – the wait is finally over.

The Sept. 9 launch allowed the Arizona sports betting market to coincide with the crucial NFL betting season, as the Buccaneers and Cowboys begin the regular season tonight. More importantly for Arizona sports bettors, the Cardinals visit the Titans on Sunday.

That’s plenty of time to ponder Tennessee -3.

While 20 different sportsbook options will eventually be available in Arizona, seven made the opening kickoff. (More will follow.) They are some of the big ones that have become market leaders in other states, and can be expected to do the same in Arizona.

So with the virtual betting window open via mobile phones and computers, PlayUSA offers a quick primer for new Arizona bettors on what they can expect and what they can pop in their digital wallets. Remember, here are a few important steps to getting started sports betting in Arizona, including registration, and some fun facts about what legal AZ betting will bring to the city.

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BetMGM Sportsbook in Arizona

The MGM Resorts International label is a growing national power and snagged itself a prime partner by locking up the Arizona Cardinals. They plan to open a sportsbook at State Farm Stadium by the beginning of the 2021 season, which could be the first of its kind in the nation, if the contractors rivet quickly.

One of the cool aspects of the BetMGM Sportsbook app is the ability to edit bets before they are finalized, giving it a more customizable feel. BetMGM has promised to integrate the perks of its resort empire through the sportsbook platform in the future, so there could be some interesting perks in the future. New users get a $1,000 risk-free bet.

Caesars Sportsbook in Arizona

The casino giant is pushing across the United States after acquiring William Hill’s sports betting operation. Caesars Sportsbook‘s Arizona incursion will be made through a market access deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and a sportsbook is planned to open near Chase Field in 2022. Meanwhile, Caesars has the only retail sportsbook currently open, adjacent to the ballpark.

A glance at the Caesars Sportsbook betting windows at Chase Field on September 9, 2021. Photo by C.J. Pierre

“Caesars Sportsbook at Chase Field will bring to life the vision of our brand by celebrating the Caesars promise of treating everyone like royalty,” Caesars Digital Chief Financial Officer Eric Hession said in a release.

The Arizona launch will allow new sports bettors there to take advantage of the special bonus offer Caesars introduced during the re-brand: an industry-first $5,000 risk-free first bet. The offer expires at the end of September. Click here for more details.

Also, Arizona users get $200 in free bets for every point or run scored by an Arizona team before September 13.  So expect the locals to really hope harder than usual that the Cardinals are for real.

DraftKings Sportsbook in Arizona

The daily fantasy-turned-sportsbook giant was the first to officially announce its plan to seek a license in Arizona. DraftKings took a route designed to capitalize on its golf ties and will offer mobile sports betting state-wide and in person, eventually with a sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale, a PGA TOUR venue. As for the app, DraftKing’s offering is traditional fare, packed with plenty of prop bets and pools to keep things fresh. New users can snag a $50 free bet upon depositing, plus up to a $1,000 deposit bonus.

And then there’s a special Cardinals promotion:

Double Your Money if a Point is scored in the Cardinals-Titans game

  • Following Opt-In, you’ll be issued one single-use Odds Boost to use for ‘Either team to score a point’
  • Boosted Price is +100
  • Your et must be placed prior to kick off on Sept. 12, 10 a.m. PT
  • You must select the boost from your bet slip BEFORE placing your bet to apply the boosted price
  • Max Bet is $50
  • One qualifying bet per user
  • If the boost does not appear, refresh the page or try opting in again
  • Excludes live bets, parlays, same game parlays, free bets, cash out bets, and voided bets

FanDuel Sportsbook in Arizona

The national market leader was sure to be wherever DraftKings was – and a state of 7.2 million was a no-brainer, also – so FanDuel was quick to announce a deal with the Phoenix Suns to gain a foothold in the state and put a sportsbook in Footprint Center.

FanDuel is now live and ready to accept sports bets in Arizona. The FanDuel app is sleek and intuitive for those with sports betting experience or not. New users can tap into a $1,000 risk-free bet.

The first online bet at Fan Duel Sportsbook Arizona was $55 on the Green Bay Packers -4 @-110. The company’s sportsbook at Footprint Center, like Caesars at Chase Field, opened on Sept. 9.

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WynnBet Sportsbook in Arizona

Who knows if the sportsbook will deploy Shaquille O’Neal and Ben Affleck directly to Phoenix to stir up business, but a $1,000 risk-free bet and $200 free bet should do nicely, if not.

Unibet Sportsbook in Arizona

Market access gained through a deal with the Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe, the Kindred-powered platform was a surprise kickoff-day debut. Unibet is offering new customers a $600 risk-free bet. Use the promo code “BETBONUS.”

Barstool Sportsbook in Arizona

The bro-branded Penn National Gaming product enters Arizona via a deal with Phoenix Raceway in Avondale. Expect plenty of themed offerings around company logo Dave Portnoy and his fellow Stoolies. The company has gone all-in on Arizona, in essence buying the naming rights and marrow of the Arizona Bowl.

As far as future sportsbook operators launching in Arizona, there are quite a few, many with recognizable names in the industry:

  • BallyBet (Phoenix Mercury)
  • Betfred (Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation)
  • BetRivers (Arizona Rattlers)
  • Digital Gaming (San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe)
  • Fubo Gaming (Ak-Chin Indian Community)
  • Golden Nugget (Hualapai Tribe)
  • PointsBet (not yet approved)
  • SuperBook Sports (Fort Mojave Indian Tribe)
  • TwinSpires (Tonto Apache Tribe)
  • WynnBet (San Carlos Apache Tribe)

NFL odds for first week of sports betting in Arizona

Watch the bets begin pouring in early on Sept. 9 in Arizona

Photo by Rick Scuteri / Associated Press
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Brant James is a veteran journalist who has twice been recognized in the Associated Press Sports Editors Awards, most recently in 2020. He's covered motorsports, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball among a myriad of others beats and written enterprise and sports business for publications including USA TODAY,,

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