Sports betting is booming in the United States. Ever since the federal government lifted the nationwide ban on sports betting in 2018, the industry has been booming. The negative stigma that used to be attached to sports betting has disappeared from the United States and sports betting has now gone mainstream with many popular media outlets focusing on betting lines and picks, which would have been taboo a decade ago. Betting on sports is becoming the norm across the United States, and Arizona is no different.
Arizona does not currently regulate sports betting within the state, but this could change in the near future. At this time Arizona residents must use online betting sites that are licensed and regulated outside of the US to bet on sports.
On this page I will look at the legalities of betting on sports in Arizona, recommend our top two rated betting sites and look at the offline betting options (including horse racing) in Arizona.
Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Arizona?
The best way to answer this question is in two separate parts.
#1. It is NOT currently legal to operate a sportsbook (take bets) within Arizona.
#2. Most analysts agree that it is NOT ILLEGAL for Arizona residents to join and place bets through offshore betting sites that are licensed and regulated outside of the United States.
**Arizona lawmakers are currently working to push through a bill that would allow federally recognized tribes to offer sports betting within the state.
Best Online Sportsbooks for Arizona Residents
These are our two top rated betting sites for Americans.
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Both Bovada and BetOnline are popular betting sites serving the United States market. Both are trusted sites that accept players from Arizona and have served the US market for over a decade.
Offline Sports Betting in Arizona
There is currently no offline betting allowed within the state. If the current proposed bill that would authorize federally recognized tribes to offer sports betting passes into law, then sportsbooks will be added to tribal casinos in the state.
At this time, the only way to place bets from within the state of Arizona is to use an online betting site, like the ones recommended above.
Major Sports Teams in Arizona
Arizona has professional sports teams in all four of the major sports leagues in the United States. Below I’ve included a list of all of the pro sports teams that call Arizona home. All of the teams are located in or near the Phoenix metropolitan area, which is home to the majority of the population of Arizona.
- Arizona Cardinals (NFL)
- Arizona Coyotes (NHL)
- Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
- Phoenix Suns (NBA)
Horse Racing in Arizona
It is legal to bet on horse races at tracks in Arizona, and the state is home to some of the most popular horse racing tracks in the country. Below I’ve listed 3 horse racing tracks located in Arizona that offer live and simulcast racing year round.
You can also bet on any of the below race tracks online at Bovada.lv.
- Arizona Downs in Prescott Valley
- Rillito Park Race Track in Tucson
- Turf Paradise in Phoenix