How to Bet on Sports Betting in Arizona
Sports betting is illegal in the state of Arizona. But that does not mean the Grand Canyon State is not attempting to change that. There was a sports betting bill introduced in late 2021 but quickly lost momentum early on in the legislative session. The sports betting act could have contained some consumer protection for bettors. However, no such bill was introduced and it is unclear when or if it will be reintroduced.
Despite this lack of action on the part of the Arizona state legislature, online gambling is legal in Arizona. Only online casinos are allowed to operate in Arizona. Poker rooms and blackjack sites do not operate over the internet. This makes online gambling in Arizona virtually impossible without leaving your house. However, if you decide to play at an online casino there is a good chance that you will be playing for real money. If you are playing for play money, then you are not playing for your “lucky chip” so to speak.
Not everyone is comfortable placing bets over the internet or even at a land based casino. Gambling has been illegal in Arizona since 1920. Although not nearly as serious a problem as it is elsewhere in the country, Arizona is still very strict about gambling. The only reason that not all cities and counties to allow gambling in Arizona is because of the state law. So where do you go if you decide to play the ponies?
The best option for a smart bettor in Arizona is to find a sports book. A sports book will allow you to place sports bets online or offline. There are three major sports books in Arizona. They are owned by professional sportbook companies. Each has a diverse collection of sports books that are located in different areas throughout Arizona.
The Arizona State Representative Ken Ivory introduced two bills to the Arizona State Legislature in June of 2021. One bill would have allowed sports betting on any games being played anywhere in Arizona, including bowl games and basketball championships. The second bill would have allowed any professional sport book to participate in a program sponsored by the Arizona State Athletic Association that would allow players to place sports bets through them.
SB 1525 passed the House of Representatives last year but did not come to a vote in the Senate last year. This year, SB 1525 came back for a vote, with one change: it now only requires that licensed sportsbooks accept bets from residents of Arizona. SB 1525 now allows any “person who conducts business in Arizona to provide services as a bookmaker for sports betting in Arizona.” Previously, it was necessary for an offshore sportsbook to be registered in both states as well as have its books opened in Arizona and Florida.
Unfortunately, SB 1525 does not specify which professional or college games are accepted by this new provision. This could be a problem for college and professional football fans in Arizona because it eliminates local coverage completely. Unfortunately, there will probably be no changes to the blackout rule, which prohibits bets on games from certain television stations that are owned by the leagues that own different sports franchises in Arizona and Florida. Another provision of SB 1525 would also eliminate the requirement for the NCAA’s three regional campuses to accept bets from all residents in each state that are served by them. This is a very important provision because it prevents out-of-state students from betting in Arizona State College games.
Both the House and Senate voted to pass this bill, but without the override provision that would have ensured that this law goes into effect immediately. The House and Senate voted to override the bill, and the Governor signed it on August 8th. Although no one seems to know what the implications of this law will be, one thing is clear: no more betting on Aprile football games at local bars and restaurants. Instead, people will have to place their bets at the many new sportsbooks that have recently sprung up throughout Arizona. So, perhaps this new law is really the last step in limiting your chances of losing money online and may very well curb some of the problem (at least to a point).