DraftKings Sportsbook in Arizona
On September 9, 2021, Arizona became the latest state to legalize online sports betting. The new law allows for 20 sportsbook licenses in all, and DraftKings was among the first to receive one. Read our full review of the DraftKings Sportsbook here.
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Legalized Gambling in Arizona
In 1988, Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which paved the way for legalized gambling on tribal lands. But that path was not so simple in Arizona. There were FBI raids of Indian casinos and various legal challenges on both side before Arizona signed its first tribal compact in 1992. The state signed 16 in all between 1992 and 1994 and added a 17th compact in 1998.
In 2002, Arizona voters approved Proposition 202, which authorized tribal casinos in an ongoing manner and updated the parameters for the compacts that the state signed with tribes. By 2003, 21 new compacts had been signed with local tribes, and a 22nd was signed in 2017. Each compact lasts for a period of 10 years, at which point it must be renewed or extended up to three years.
PASPA Deemed Unconstitutional
While there was certainly voter appetite for legalized sports betting, there were roadblocks at the federal level. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992—also known as PASPA and the Bradley Act—effectively illegalized sports gambling throughout much of the U.S., including Arizona. But the state of New Jersey had been fighting that law in court, and in 2018, the Supreme Court made a landmark ruling in favor of New Jersey when it deemed the Bradley Act unconstitutional.
That ruling opened the doors for Arizona to decide its own fate when it came to sports gambling, but decisions would not be made overnight. The process, which had begun prior to the fall of PASPA in anticipation that it might happen, had taken about five years in all. That was according to Governor Doug Ducey when he signed the sports betting bill into law on April 15, 2021. There were even unsuccessful last-minute challenges from area tribes trying to block the bill.
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Legalized Online Sports Betting in Arizona
The Arizona law currently allows for 20 sports betting licenses. Ten of those licenses are reserved for tribal lands where sports betting has already been legal. The other 10 are reserved for sports organizations, and most of those organizations have teamed with an established gambling provider. TPC Scottsdale, for instance, was granted a licensed and partnered with DraftKings to provide services.
DraftKings and the other providers were allowed to make their Arizona-facing websites and mobile apps available on August 28. On that date, fantasy sports contests became legal, and Arizona residents were allowed to create DraftKings accounts for the purposes of gambling online and in person. Sportsbooks were able to accept wagers starting on September 9, which is when the 2021 NFL season kicked off.
DraftKings Sportsbook in Arizona
You can bet DraftKings Arizona through the main website. DraftKings has a portal set up for each state where it currently offers its sports betting and DFS services. You can also access DraftKings through a mobile app. The DraftKings Sportsbook app is available through Google Play for Android devices, through the Amazon Appstore for Fire tablets and through the Apple App Store for iOS devices.
In Arizona, you must be 21 years old to place a wager via a sportsbook. You must also be physically located in Arizona. If you are visiting Utah, for instance, then you are governed by its laws and thus not allowed to place bets through DraftKings using your Arizona-based account.
When you create an account with DraftKings, it may give you the choice of joining its sportsbook or its DFS platform. It does not matter which you choose in terms of the services to which you have access. It will, however, affect the welcome bonus you receive. Therefore, sports bettors should make it a point to join through the sportsbook portal and claim the sportsbook welcome bonus.
DraftKings Sportsbook Promo Code Bonus for Arizona Residents
All DraftKings Sportsbook customers are entitled to a welcome bonus when making their initial deposits. The current promotion is good through October 26, 2021. It requires just a $5 deposit. The bonus amount is equal to 20% of the deposit. The minimum deposit therefore would give you access to a $1 bonus, and you would need to deposit $5,000 for access to the maximum bonus of $1,000.
Bonuses are provided as site credits and awarded in $1 increments each time you have spent $25 at DraftKings. Any real money spent on sports wagers, DFS games and casino games count, and this is true whether you win or lose. You have 90 days to claim your bonus.
Arizona Bettors Can Claim $150 in Free Bets
Making an initial deposit of at least $5 also gives you access to $150 in free bets. To claim this offer, your first bet must be on an NFL game between September 21 and October 4. The wager must be for at least $1, and it cannot be a parlay or involve live betting. Once that wager concludes, win or lose, the DraftKings Sportsbook will award you six $25 free bets usable on the events of your choosing.
Refer a Friend
Through October 5, Arizona customers can refer up to five friends. They must use your referral link, which you will find in your account settings. Your referrals must deposit at least $25, and you will earn a free bet worth between $25 and $100 depending on how much they deposit.
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