In May of 2018, the Supreme Court overruled a law that placed a federal ban on sports betting. This decision has given each state the power to legalize online and in-person sports betting.
Arizona introduced sports betting legislation in January of 2019. That legislation has not seen any movement and has gained minimal traction.
Is Sports Betting Legal in Arizona?
No. Sports betting is currently not legal in Arizona. If current legislation is passed, gaming tribes in Arizona would be able to offer legal sports betting.
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What Would Legal Sports Betting Look Like in Arizona?
Arizona legislators introduced SB 115 in January, 2019. The bill would allow recognized tribes to offer sports betting at their casinos. It would also allow the tribes to install betting kiosks at bars and other locations with liquor licenses. Aside from Nevada, Arizona is the only state I've seen that would potentially offer betting kiosks throughout the state. Betting kiosks are popular in Europe, where sports betting has been legal for years. It will be interesting to see if other states follow Arizona with this trend, at least in writing.
Would the bill legalize online sports betting in Arizona?
Currently, there is nothing in SB 115 that mentions mobile or online betting one way or another. I assume with the betting kiosks and tribal casinos that Arizona is going to initially avoid mobile betting.
Would the bill legalize online daily fantasy sports?
No, the current legislation in Arizona does not mention daily fantasy sports, which are currently illegal. There is also no mention of online poker, which is also currently illegal.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Arizona?
No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Arizona. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of Arizona as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.
Does Arizona have an online lottery?
No, the Arizona Lottery does not offer online games.