Arizona sports betting became legal in 2021, opening the way for in-person and online gambling, as well as another way to have fun watching the games. You can bet on your favorite teams across the nation or wager on Arizona’s own teams including the Arizona Cardinals (NFL), Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Coyotes (NHL) and collegiate teams. The state also hosts events such as the Super Bowl and March Madness, which makes it opportune for sports gambling. Here’s where and how to bet on sports in Arizona.
If you’re new to AZ sports betting, here are some common terms to know:
- Favorite: The team that more people are betting on to win.
- Underdog: The team that has less money bet on them and thus will pay a higher return if they win.
- Money Line: A set of odds where you bet on one team winning the game outright.
- Point Spread: The margin of points which the favored team must exceed to win.
- Parlay: Betting on multiple teams to win.
Scottsdale-area casinos offer the best destinations for in-person gambling by spoiling bettors with comfortable seating in front of giant TV screens, self-service kiosks and live betting windows and plenty of delicious food and beverage options.
At Casino Arizona, the sportsbook at CAZ Sports Bar features three live betting windows and six betting kiosks. Eight screens display betting lines along with 46 4K screens including two theater-quality projection screens to watch your teams. To enhance all the action, diners and drinkers can enjoy a full menu with 50 local craft beers on tap and a Monday Night Tailgate menu featuring a team inspired sandwich such as Kansas City brisket or NY Giants pastrami.
For the state’s largest sportsbook TV at 50 feet long and 10 feet wide, visit We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort’s new Betfred sportsbook. The state-of-the art 4K TV can also be broken up into three individual screens to enjoy Arizona sports gambling while watching multiple games. The main space includes three betting windows and two kiosks (with four more on the casino floor), along with ten plush recliners and six highboy tables. Open to the WKP Sports Bar, the space totals 5,000 square feet and 200 seats with a layout that allows the immense sportsbook TV to be viewed from all angles. The restaurant itself features multiple flat-screen TVs, pub food favorites, 43 draft beers from all over the world and nightly live entertainment such as comedians, dueling pianos and tribute bands from the Eagles to the Four Seasons.
Looking to gamble on horse racing? Currently, there is no pari-mutuel betting at Scottsdale casinos, but Off-Track Betting (OTBs) can be found in sports bars and restaurants statewide. Popular Scottsdale OTB locations include K O'Donnell's Sports Bar & Grill, Tavern Grille, R.T. O'Sullivan's Sports Grill and The Bevvy. The latter is the only venue in Old Town Scottsdale allowing betting on horse racing. A 5,000-square-foot gastropub with outdoor patio and 30+ flat-screen TVs, it’s a popular gathering spot in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale's Entertainment District. For a fun time celebrating the Kentucky Derby, visit The Bevvy for lively race day festivities, mint juleps and contests awarding prizes for “Biggest Hat” and “Best Dressed.”
DraftKings Sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale (Coming Soon!)
And stay tuned – the PGA TOUR and DraftKings have collaborated to open a state-of-the-art sport facility at TPC Scottsdale golf complex in the fall of 2023. The 12,000-square-foot DraftKings Sportsbook will be located at on the Southeast corner of Greenway-Hayden and Bell Road and will offer 3,400 square feet of video walls and screens, a full-service restaurant and a patio with video screens, VIP cabanas and fire pits.