Arizona’s Wild First Weekend of Sports Betting

The game may have been held in Nashville, but that didn’t stop fans of the Arizona Cardinals from participating in Sunday’s action. Arizona only launched its online and in-person sports betting on Thursday, but the state took in more than 6.1 million different transactions from over 271,000 different newly created accounts.

All of this information comes from GeoComply Solutions, a Vancouver based tech company that verifies where most legal US sports betting is done. The company recorded 58.2 million transactions via geolocation from Thursday through Sunday in the 18 sport betting legal states across the country as well as Washington DC.

Phoenix-Arizona

The Arizona desert was hotter than usual with the sports betting action pouring in

Red Hot Betting Numbers in the Desert

FanDuel Sportsbook reported that they saw more online wagering in Arizona on its first day than in other more well established states like Colorado, Illinois, and Tennessee. It seems as though the neighbors of Nevada’s famous sports betting destination Las Vegas were eager to get in on the action themselves.

Incredibly, Arizona is fourth in metrics from GeoComply that measures both log ins and bets. They were only behind New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

Sports books use Promos to Gain Market Share

In order to entice new Arizona bettors to partake on their betting platform, sports betting operators rolled out the red carpet with some crazy promos.

DraftKings offered residents of the Grand Canyon State an NFL or college football bonus that allowed them to bet $ 1 or more and get $ 200 in bonuses.

BetMGM also wanted the NFL market. They gave bettors the opportunity over the weekend to wager $ 10 and win $ 200 if their team scored a touchdown. Let’s hope no one bet on the Packers or Falcons …

Caesars allowed Arizonians (Arizonans? Zonies?) To place a risk free $ 5,000 bet! If you lost any bet up to $ 5,000, Caesars would cover it and you would be reimbursed (with site credit not real money) the entire sum. This was only for new users, but it allowed those users to place the one time bet on anything, not just college or professional football.

Perhaps not as appealing as Caesars, but FanDuel had a nice promotion of their own. They offered 40 to 1 odds for any moneyline bet. With this boost you could wager $ 5 and FanDuel would pay out $ 200.

WynnBET offered a promotion that took the Cardinals and Titans line of +3 and tripled it to +9 for Arizona bettors. However, $ 20 was the maximum that one person could bet.

Maybe not as crazy as these, but every operator is constantly offering promotions in every state that they are available in. You should always look to build your bankroll through promotions like free bets and odds boost. Find the best promotions for each state on our Operator Bonus Page .

Sportsbook

Sportsbooks like this one could pop up inside all of AZ’s sports stadiums

What’s next?

The flood gates have now opened wide in Arizona. After the revenue the state will collect on this year’s bets I’m sure lawmakers will wish they passed this legislation sooner. Although they can’t do that, they are working on other things to expand betting within the state.

BetMGM has partnered with the Cardinals NFL franchise and the Gila River Hotels and Casinos. With this partnership BetMGM will open and operate a sportsbook within the Cardinals State Farm Stadium. The sportsbook hopes to open ahead of the 2022 NFL season.

An interesting fact when considering that the stadium will play host to that season’s Super Bowl in February 2023.

Other teams and venues are looking to start similar partnerships with sportsbooks. You may soon be able to place a bet in a sportsbook at any pro sporting event in Arizona.

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