HomeArizona Sports Betting NewsArizonans Wager $648.2 Million on Sports During October

Arizonans Wager $648.2 Million on Sports During October

The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) released a report Wednesday revealing Arizona sports bettors wagered $648.2 million during October. This was a 4.8% spike from a year ago and ranks the state seventh in the nation in October betting handle.

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The handle improved 6.1% from the $610.7 million bet in September and helped DraftKings and FanDuel reach $4 billion in betting handle since the September 9, 2021, the opening date for legalized sports betting in Arizona.

The state collected $3.29 million in “privilege fees” from the 17 legal sports betting companies operating in the Grand Canyon State.

DraftKings Sportsbook Top Mobile Destination

DraftKings AZ edged FanDuel by just over $200,000 for the top mobile honors, accepting $220.6 million in wagers. The Boston-based sportsbook generated a statewide high of $12.7 million in Adjusted Gross Wagering Receipts (revenue). It was one of only four operators claiming at least $1 million in revenue during October.

FanDuel AZ joined DraftKings in the $4 billion handle club by accepting $220.3 million in wagers. Their AGWR revenue was $11.5 million, good for second in the state and the only other operator reporting revenue exceeding more than $5.3 million.

BetMGM ($90.4 million), Caesars ($59 million), and Barstool Sports ($13.8 million) round out the top five platforms handling the most October wagers. 

BetFred, Churchill Downs/TwinSpires, Golden Nugget, Rush Street Interactive (RSI), and Wynn Bet failed to generate any revenue and weren’t subject to October privilege fees.

Promotional Bonus Bets Decline in October

October also saw a decline in promotional bonus bets and other bonuses allowed by the ADG to help the bookies attract new customers. The bookmakers handed out $22.5 million in Arizona sports betting bonuses during October, down from the $27 million given out during September. 

DraftKings led the way with $9.1 million in free offerings, followed by FanDuel ($8 million), BetMGM ($3.5 million), and Caesars ($1 million) as the only bookmakers willing to spend at least $1 million in free bets and other promotions.

Privilege Fees 

Privilege fees are just a fancy way of saying taxes. The 17 Arizona-based mobile apps paid $3.29 million in October taxes for the privilege of operating legally in the Grand Canyon State. The ADG has collected over $59 million in tax dollars since September 2021, courtesy of sports betting.

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