By now, Arizona sports fans have seen the billboards all over the valley. Ads continue to appear on social media and in TV commercials while watching sports.
The sports betting operators are here and they have made deals with professional sports teams in the area and Native American tribes since Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey enacted the Gambling Pact and Gambling Law in April. sports betting amended in the tribal state.
As of August 28, players can register as bettors on their favorite sports betting app, and there are many promotions that these bookmakers are offering to new registrants. On September 9, all state-regulated sports betting is expected to become legal online and in person.
New gambling laws allow up to 20 sports betting sites in Arizona, giving fans options.
At present, 10 betting licenses for tribal casinos and 10 for professional sports teams have been awarded. Among the teams that have partnered with sports betting, the Phoenix Suns have partnered with FanDuel, the Arizona Cardinals with BetMGM, the Diamondbacks with Caesar’s Sportsbook, the Mercury with Bally’s and TPC Scottsdale / PGA Tour with DraftKings.
“I know from experience that customers from Arizona come to Vegas to place a bet, and now they don’t have to,” said Johnny Avello, director of racing and sports betting operations for DraftKings. “I’m telling you what’s going to make Arizona different from Nevada for example. Is that you don’t have to go to a physical location to register. You can remotely download the app and fund it and you are gone and run. “
The Arizona Coyotes have yet to announce a partnership but are in the process of finalizing their sports betting details. The Arizona Rattlers have licensed mobile sports betting and announced a partnership, but Phoenix Rising FC football has not.
The Suns and more recently the Diamondbacks have previously posted renderings of what their on-site sports betting will look like on the property of Footprint Center and Chase Field.
“The operators, they are trying to kick you out, and so they have the pre-registration offers, they are trying to hit the ground and trying to gobble up as much market share as possible,” said Christopher Boan, analyst from Arizona and sportsbook writer for BetArizona.com.
“The whole vision for that is that it’s going to be mobile sports betting, then retail sports betting, then you have daily fantastic sports and you can do the ones you want to play the most,” Boan said.
Boan has learned that the state of Arizona can expect more than $ 30-35 million in taxable income from sports betting legalization by fiscal year 2024, and more than $ 200 million in economic impact.
“Sports betting is much more socially accepted today than it was five or ten years ago,” said William Labanowski, CEO of WagerLab, a company that provides an app for more social and relaxed betting. between friends. “Many polls show that people, especially the younger generation, sports betting is just another form of entertainment. On top of that, a lot of these organizations like the NCAA, the NFL, just see the opportunity in sport bet. “
Arizona, with its many professional teams, great college sports, and top-level sporting events, is a ripe new market for sports betting operators offering so much betting.
Once a fan has downloaded the app of their choice, the next step is to choose a sporting event, individual or team and check the odds and bet lines.
Additionally, fans should make sure they have funded the account in order to be able to place bets. Each app shows users how to do this, as well as how to collect payments.
Next comes to decide how much money to bet and take into account the odds. For example, if $ 50 is placed on the Cardinals to win and they are listed as a three-point underdog, the bettor gets the payout that the odds state at the time the bet is placed whether the Cardinals win or cover the spread. of points.
If the opponent wins by threes, the bet is called a “push” and the money goes to the best. Money is lost if the opponent wins by more than three points.
Labanowski said odds, spreads and moneylines can be intimidating for the new bettor, but everything is easy to understand.
There are many different types of bets out there, so a player should make sure they know what type of bet is being placed, whether it is to win or lose based on spread, total points (or runs or goals). , etc.) marked in the game or even incidental bets, which are more detailed.
“It’s like a Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper situation, whatever they want to go with. It’s called odds shopping,” Boan said. “You download the big three. You get the best odds for what you want to bet on. A lot of people are just going to pick the one they like best.”
Many people seek the convenience of placing bets, while some prefer the live sports betting scene with comfortable seats, TV screens, and an atmosphere that is much different from the comforts of home.
“A lot of people don’t want to have to go to a casino to go place a bet on a game. They want to be able to sit on the couch, open their phones and just place their bets.” said Labanowski.
For the most part, expect plenty of direct bets on the results of Arizona customers’ games early on, starting September 9, as it will take time for new users to familiarize themselves with the process.
“We welcome competition. We know these other players are doing a good job, but we think we’re the best because we have the best app. It’s easy to use,” said Avello of DraftKings. “We have more content. There is more to bet on, and we believe our customer service is second to none.”