How To Bet on Sports In Arizona


One of the highly anticipated launches of 2021, sports betting in Arizona is set to kick off with the start of the NFL season. The September 9, 2021 launch date has fans jumping at the opportunity, with pre-registration opening in late August. With only 20 licenses available, the ADG received 26 applications; 16 tribes and ten sports organizations. Currently, four sportsbooks are confirmed for the market; FanDuel Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, BetMGM, and Barstool Sportsbook.

Which Sports are Available for Online Betting?

Multiple sports are available for wagers and betting within the sportsbooks. Sports betting websites like Play Arizona will include most professional sports leagues (NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, and UFC), boxing, horse racing, esports, and fantasy leagues. The betting methods required depending on the sport, with several different options available for each sport. Here are a few common sports bets, according to the league.

Popular Terminology for Sports Betting

The anticipated launch brings a whole new gambling genre, often with terminology and phrasing that can confuse newcomers. For those looking to play, having a solid understanding of terminology can help. To help you get started, here are a few key terms you need to know before getting started.

  • Bankroll: These are the available funds you have to wager with at any given time. It’s always a good idea to budget out how much you’re willing to spend before betting online.
  • Bookmaker: The licensed individual that creates betting lines and takes wagers from bettors.
  • Chalk: This is the favored or more popular team in a match.
  • Dime: Any bet made of $1,000.
  • Dog: A term bookmakers use to identify the underdog in a match (or the team they believe will lose the game).
  • Future: Any bet that comes in advance of an event. Typically, these will include bets for championship games at the beginning of the season.
  • Hedging: A bet placed on the opposite side of a wager you’ve already made. A hedged bet will try to guarantee a profit or to cut losses.
  • Nickel: Any bet made of $500.
  • Pick ’em: A bet where neither team is favored. This bet would be noted as a line of 0.
  • Runner: An individual that places a bet on behalf of someone else.

NFL Betting

Several ways to bet on NFL games are available to Arizona fans. Betting the point spread uses an odds specialist to determine a team’s specific advantage or disadvantage in any given match. From there, a number is calculated, outlining the odds. This number is called the spread. Bettors must determine whether they think the favorite team will win more or less than the spread. Additionally, you can bet the totals of an NFL game, complete with whether you believe the game will go under or over the set total. The moneyline involves wagers on which team will win the game outright.

How to bet on MLB Games

Similar to NFL games, the runline gives one team an advantage over their competitor. This advantage is either a +1.5 or a -1.5. This betting option means bettors must choose whether the team will beat their competitors by more than the runline. Another popular betting option is betting the top half of the game. Also known as F5 bets, these wagers are similar to moneyline, except for the first five innings. Another popular bet is the combined score. As a bettor, you’ll want to use statistics and understanding of the game to determine whether the combined runs will be over or under the oddsmaker’s number. Choose correctly, and you’ll win.

Placing Bets on UFC

Although several betting options are available for UFC fights, the easiest two options are the moneyline bet or the straight-up. This bet will have participants choosing who is going to become victorious in the match. Another popular bet is the totals bet. You’ll need to predict whether the fight will go over or under the oddsmaker’s number of rounds when making a wager.