Browse articles by topic

Four leading operators receive Arizona licenses before sports betting launch


A group of high profile operators are set to launch in Arizona, as DraftKings, BetMGM, FanDuel and Penn National Gaming and have all obtained operating licenses. 

DraftKings confirmed that it had received a sports betting license, allowing the company to launch its mobile sports betting app in the state by the time Arizona sports betting launches in September. 

In addition, DraftKings continues its US expansion by making Arizona the 44th state to launch its daily fantasy sports product, subject to regulatory approval. The launch is set for 28 August, a date chosen with the return of the NFL season in mind.

DraftKings North America president and co-founder Matt Kalish said: “There is no better time of the year to launch our leading daily fantasy sports app than ahead of the NFL season.

“We’re excited for the opportunity to provide Arizona sports fans with the thrill of having some skin-in-the-game as we head into what we expect to be the busiest time of the year for our company.”

BetMGM has also been granted an official state license from the Arizona Department of Gaming. Pre-registration for the app opens up on 28 August.

BetMGM chief executive Adam Greenblatt said: “It is an exciting day here at BetMGM to get the official sign off to launch on day one of sports betting in Arizona.

“Through our partnerships with Gila River and the Arizona Cardinals, as well as the benefits of being connected to MGM Resorts properties nationwide, we have many exciting things in store for sports fans in Arizona.”

Local sources say FanDuel and Penn National Gaming have also received licenses, but neither have responded to iGB North America’s request for confirmation

In addition, affiliate Group has been given a temporary supplier license by the Arizona Department of Gaming, allowing it to launch

The free-to-use website will allow Arizona-based customers to compare legal online sports betting services.

“With more than 7 million people, two dozen land-based casinos, five major professional sports teams, two Power-5 conference universities, and Super Bowl LVII in 2023, it’s only a matter of time until Arizona becomes one of the largest regulated online gambling markets in America,” said Max Bichsel, vice president of U.S. business for Group.

“Whether you’re a seasoned sports bettor looking for the best sign-up deals and bonuses or just a curious sports fan looking to get some skin in the game, is a go to resource for this exciting new regulated market.”