DraftKings and BetMGM have launched their respective online sports books in Arizona, meaning sports fans aged 21 and over are now able to place wagers on a variety of betting markets across professional, collegiate and other sports leagues via the companies apps.
The announcement comes following a successful launch of DraftKings’ daily fantasy product which experienced more than 90,000 contest entries in the first 12 days.
“With the launch of our digital sportsbook coinciding with NFL kickoff, the busiest and most exciting time of the year for our company, we could not have imagined a better time to introduce Arizona’s sports fans to the DraftKings experience,” said Matt Kalish, co-founder and president of DraftKings North America.
“We would also like to thank the PGA TOUR, TPC Scottsdale, as well as Governor Doug Ducey and his team, Representative Jeff Weninger, Senator T.J. Shope, the Arizona state legislature, and the Arizona Department of Gaming for working together to further fan engagement across sports. We look forward to becoming the sportsbook of choice for Arizonans across the state.”
“The PGA TOUR is excited for the launch of mobile sports betting in Arizona as a major step forward as we look to advance audience development and fan engagement opportunities,” said Norb Gambuzza, Senior Vice President of Media and Gaming at the PGA TOUR.
“We are diligently working with DraftKings, the City of Scottsdale, The Thunderbirds and the Waste Management Phoenix Open on plans for a world-class sportsbook experience at TPC Scottsdale. We look forward to being able to share the plans in the near future.”
Arizona marks the 15th market in which BetMGM’s mobile and online products are available. “We’re pleased to officially bring BetMGM’s mobile sports betting offering to fans in Arizona in time for football season,” said BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt.
“We’ve built strategic partnerships with Gila River Hotels & Casinos and the Arizona Cardinals, two key players in the state, enabling us to create one-of-a-kind experiences for our Arizona customers.”
Gila River’s three Arizona locations owned by the Gila River Indian Community, Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva, will feature BetMGM Sportsbooks scheduled to open later this year.
BetMGM also plans to open a first of its kind BetMGM Sportsbook at State Farm Stadium, home of the Cardinals, in time for the 2022 football season.
BetMGM’s integration with MGM Resorts’ M life Rewards programme gives Arizona’s BetMGM players the ability to redeem their gameplay for experiences at MGM Resorts properties, including Bellagio and MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Borgata in New Jersey, MGM National Harbor in Maryland, Beau Rivage in Mississippi and MGM Grand Detroit.