How to Start Sports Betting in Arizona: A Four-Step Guide

Posted By Brant James on August 28, 2021 - Last Updated on September 2, 2021

Legal sports betting in Arizona is scheduled to launch on Sept. 9. But before all those new sports bettors in Arizona can begin wagering on their favorite teams – or against their least-favorite – they’ll need to download an app, set up an account and fund it, all of which they can start doing before launch day.

The process is simple and fairly standard in every state. It’s designed to verify that bettors are of legal age – in this case, as in most, 21 – that their financial information for depositing and withdrawing is secure.

Also, coding that is baked into sports betting apps help the sportsbooks of choice and the Arizona Department of Gaming guarantee that bets are actually being placed inside the state, where they are properly regulated and taxed.

Let’s get started:

Downloading an Arizona sports betting app

Arizona will have 20 sportsbook operators. That makes for a lot of choice for sports bettors shopping around for a company or an experience that makes them comfortable. The process for getting ready for online sports betting in Arizona is generally the same with each.

New customers can go to the website of the company they wish to patronize and find the link to download the app. Or if you’re they’re Android user, slide over to the Google Play Store, which allows gambling apps. The Apple Store also has the apps.

Tap through the authorizations to download the app on your device.

How to set up a sports betting account in Arizona

Arizona law simplifies setting up an account. While you can opt to sign up in person at your affiliated sportsbook of choice, remote registration is also legal and convenient.

If registering on a mobile device, locate the button prompting registration once an app is loaded. New users will need several pieces of identifying information.

  • Full name
  • Valid email address
  • Date of Birth
  • Cell phone number
  • Address
  • Social Security number (or the last four digits)

Finally, enter a user name and password and a bonus code, if in possession of one. You’ll want one, as they often provide a great push into your experience with free bets and such.

How to deposit/withdraw with sports betting apps in Arizona

Gambling accounts are most easily funded and withdraws made electronically and online. This sometimes gives new users pause, but the safeguards set up through the electronic transactions are there to protect the customers.

In-person money transactions can be made at sportsbooks or at stores with payment processing kiosks, though.

The typical ways of funding accounts are:

  • Credit or debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, etc.)
  • Online bank transfers (similar to online bill pay)
  • Wire transfers
  • Electronic checks (ACH or VIP Preferred)
  • Prepaid cards (Play+)
  • Electronic wallets (PayPal, Skrill, etc.)
  • PayNearMe (via 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, CVS, Walmart)
  • Cash at the land-based casino sportsbook
  • Checks or money orders

Keep in mind that not all methods used to fund accounts can be used to take money back out of them. PayPal and Skrill, for example, only facilitate withdrawals if they were used for the deposit.

E-checks are the fastest method, but actual paper checks can be sent out, too, with the money being mailed to the address used to set up the account.

Withdrawal options for Arizona sportsbooks:

  • Online bank transfers (similar to online bill pay)
  • Wire transfers
  • Electronic checks (ACH or VIP Preferred)
  • Prepaid cards (Play+)
  • Electronic wallets (PayPal, Skrill, etc.)
  • Cash at the land-based casino cage
  • Checks
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How to bet on Arizona sportsbook apps

Now the fun part. Although each sportsbook app is defined by its branded color or logo, they’re really all very similar.

Using DraftKings as an example, there are tabs across the top for popular events currently underway, which will certainly include the NFL but also MLB and maybe even European soccer games.

Just below that, you will see something in the line of “baseball,” hockey, basketball” where the pro and college leagues will be housed. Swipe and tap and you’re in a level deeper.
From there, bets can be chosen and bet amounts selected quickly and easily.

If you’re completely new to sports betting, bookmark  PlayUSA‘s Sports Betting 101 page as a resource.

Bet responsibly and have fun, because sports betting in Arizona is upon us.

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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, ESPN.com, SI.com.

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