Here’s where you can bet in Arizona starting Thursday


Just five months after Arizona lawmakers made event betting legal in the state, some operators are preparing to go live at the earliest possible moment – at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. The Arizona Department of Gaming recently issued 18 event betting licenses – eight to professional sports teams / franchises and 10 to tribal casinos across the state.

Most of the major operators in partnership with professional teams / franchises plan to go live in one way or another on Thursday. BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel and Penn National Gaming / Barstool Sportsbook will launch digital platforms, while some will also welcome punters for in-person betting. Bally Bet, in partnership with the WNBA Mercury, will not launch its digital platform until next year and does not have an outlet, while the NHL Phoenix Coyotes do not have an announced partner.

FanDuel, which was the first to announce market access to Arizona when it teamed up with the Phoenix Suns last fall, will open its state-of-the-art space at the Footprint Center at 9 a.m. Thursday. Governor Doug Ducey and former NBA players Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson will be on hand for a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. followed by a Thursday night football opening night.

The modern bookie, who will only be the second in the United States to open in an NBA arena (William Hill, now Caesars, opened the first at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, last summer), is located in a converted restaurant space. It will feature LED screens that surround the viewing area, live counters, kiosks and a seating / viewing area. Players can enter the space from the street or from a lobby inside the Footprint Center.

“Our technology is user-friendly and intuitive,” said Jose Torres, director of sportsbook design and construction for FanDuel. Sport grip. “You don’t need an engineering degree to bet. It is very easy to use. The other part of the technology, the state-of-the-art LED screens that surround the viewing area, create a more immersive experience and we try to create an experience that you wouldn’t have at home.

Throwing dovetails with the NFL kickoff

Arizona’s launch coincides with the start of the NFL season, which kicks off with the Dallas Cowboys at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. The league is in partnership with most of the major operators, as BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, FoxBet, PointsBet and WynnBet have all signed deals.

BetMGM will leverage its partnership with the NFL during opening week by launching its new “Win ​​Like a King” commercial, featuring Jamie Foxx, during games.

On the tribal side, Kindred is among those that will go live. Partnering with the Fort Yuma Quechan tribe, Kindred aims to launch its mobile platform – Unibet – on Thursday, according to Senior Vice President Manuel Stan. “On the retail front, we are aiming for launch by the end of the month, or as soon as all of our partners obtain the necessary licenses to operate in the state,” Stan said.

The tribe owns and operates the Paradise Casino in Yuma, near the California border.

Other authorized tribes that have announced partners are Ak-Chin Indian Community (Fubo Sportsbook), Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation (BetFred), San Carlos Apache Tribe (WynnBet), San Juan Souther Paiute (Digital Gaming) and Tribe Tonto Apache (TwinSpires). There are also four licensed tribes that have not announced partners, and BetMGM has gained market access through the NFL Cardinals, but also has a deal with Gila River Casinos.

Where to bet, pro-team edition

Here’s a look at where you can bet – both in person and in cyberspace – starting Thursday, and what the operators are offering:

Bally Bet digital platform

Mobile launch: Scheduled for 2022.

Retail launch: Bally’s, which is in partnership with the WNBA Phoenix Mercury, will not have a retail outlet. The team shares space with the NBA Phoenix Suns, who are partnering with FanDuel, which will have a retail bookie at the Footprint Center.

Barstool Sportsbook at Phoenix Raceway

Mobile launch: Thursday, to be determined. PNG’s Barstool Sportsbook will offer a first deposit bonus, a risk-free bet up to $ 1,000, Dave & Dan’s $ 1.5 million Overs tournament and two Bears specials – a multiplier and a bet of $ 5 to win $ 50 on the Bears broadcast.

Retail launch: Not yet announced. Penn National Gaming will be among the first to open a bookmaker on a NASCAR site through its partnership with Phoenix Raceway.

What they say : “We are extremely pleased to partner with NASCAR to launch our online Barstool Sportsbook in Arizona as the college football season begins and the NFL season begins tomorrow.”

BetMGM Sportsbook at State Farm Stadium

Mobile launch: Thursday, to be determined. BetMGM offers a myriad of promotions and promotions, including $ 20 added to each mobile account that a bet is made from in week 1, $ 1,000 risk free for college football and several football team specific bets. university. Players will also be able to build a parlay in a single college football game. The company offers several free games.

Retail launch: BetMGM plans to open its retail bookie at State Farm Stadium in time for the 2022 NFL season. The company says the book “will combine the excitement of a Las Vegas book with the in-person energy of NFL stadiums. We are very excited about the opportunity there and look forward to sharing more details as we get closer to the opening. “

What they say : “We are very excited about the future in Arizona,” said Matt Prevost, director of revenue at BetMGM. “During the NBA playoffs, the world learned that the state has one of the most passionate fan bases in the country. With that comes a lot of expectations and we look forward to delivering a superior and superior sports betting experience with unique mobile and retail activations statewide. “

BetRivers sports betting

Mobile launch: Unknown

Retail launch: Unknown. BetRivers is in partnership with the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League, which play at the Footprint Center. The company has not announced whether it will have a retail bookie. FanDuel was the first to claim the arena through a partnership with the Phoenix Suns.

Caesars Sportsbook at Chase Field

Mobile launch: Thursday, to be determined

Retail launch: thursday at counters 21-25 and five kiosks on the north side of the square in front of the new sports betting site. Caesars intends to create a new bookmaker in what is now the Game 7 Grill. The new space will include counters, kiosks, a rating wall, a video wall, a sports bar and a broadcast studio. The permanent space, which will cover 20,000 square feet and two floors, will not open until early 2022.

What they say : “Caesars Sportsbook at Chase Field will bring our brand vision to life by celebrating Caesars’ promise to treat everyone like royalty,” Caesars Digital Co-President Eric Hession said in a press release.

(Courtesy of Caesars)

Coyotes Sportsbook

Mobile launch: To be determined

Retail launch: To be determined

What they say : “We are fortunate to have an ownership group with great expertise in sports games and look forward to starting our operations this season,” a Coyotes spokesperson said Wednesday. “We are in the process of finalizing the details for our sports betting operator and will provide more information at this time.”

DraftKings Sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale

Mobile launch: Thursday, to be determined. The company is offering a no deposit introductory bonus of $ 150. DraftKings uploaded their DFS product on August 28.

Retail launch: Unknown

What they say : “I’m going to tell you what’s going to make Arizona different from Nevada, for example,” said Johnny Avello, director of operations for DraftKings Race and Sportsbook. Republic of Arizona. “It’s that you don’t have to go to a physical location to register. You can download the app remotely and fund it, and you’re good to go.

FanDuel Sportsbook at the Footprint Center

Mobile launch: 12:01 am Thursday. FanDuel offers a risk-free first bet of $ 1,000, among other specials. The company launched its DFS platform on August 28.

Retail launch: FanDuel will open the doors of the new retail bookie at Footprint Arena on Thursday at 9 a.m. with plans for an official groundbreaking ceremony at 3 p.m. followed by a launch party. The hypermodern bookmaker will be accessible from outside the arena and will feature counters, kiosks, a state-of-the-art video wall, comfortable seating and more.

What they say :

(Courtesy of FanDuel)

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