Arizona Sports Betting had a ‘super’ February as the host of the Big Game.

Arizona Sports Betting Has ‘Super’ February as Big Game Host
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Arizona sportsbooks achieved a significant win during Super Bowl LVII, with the state seeing over $600 million in handle for the fourth consecutive February.

In February, the 17 operational sportsbooks in Arizona made a total of $609,278,096 in earnings. This marked a 3.1% increase from January’s earnings of $591,220,793 and a 23.9% increase from the previous year’s total of $491,665,553.

Nevertheless, the sports betting revenue in the Grand Canyon State decreased to $16,169,915 in February, a notable drop from January’s $28,961,017.

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Arizona sports betting apps and retail sportsbooks paid $1,609,580 in wagering taxes in February, down from the $2,886,501 paid in January.

Jackie Johnson, the director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, credited the increase in sports betting handle during the month to Arizona’s hosting of Super Bowl LVII and the 2023 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

In February, sports fans from Kansas City, Philadelphia, and attendees of the TPC Scottsdale event showed a strong interest in sports.

Johnson highlighted in a press release that the state saw a significant rise in sports betting activity in the second month of 2023, with over $117 million more in wagers than February of the previous year. This increase in betting was credited to the robust event wagering market, particularly bets made on Super Bowl LVII in Arizona.

Comparison of Sports Betting in Arizona: February vs. January

Total HandleMobile Handle Revenue
February$609.278M$604.925M$16.170M
January$591.221M$585.418M$28.961M
Change Up 3.1% Up 3.3% Down 44.2%

Things to consider regarding Arizona’s February report

FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona has once again secured the top spot for the third month in a row, boasting a handle of $218,927,511. DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona came in second with $161,519,155, followed by BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona with $80,771,2568, Caesars Sportsbook Arizona with $53,057,580, and Desert Diamond with $43,679,630.

In February, some of the other key contenders in the state were Barstool Sportsbook Arizona, which raked in $22,636,888 in revenue. Following closely behind were Rush Street Interactive at $5,669,347, WynnBet Arizona at $5,167,648, BetFred Arizona at $4,588,601, Hard Rock Interactive at $4,321,834, and SuperBook Arizona at $2,120,035.

Additional operators in Arizona during February were Betway Arizona, which earned $987,578 in revenue, Unibet Arizona with $683,995, TwinSpires Arizona with $248,854, SaharaBets with $211,935, BallyBet Arizona with $184,630, and Golden Nugget Arizona with $148,700.

Comparing Arizona’s February Report

February’s sports betting handle in Arizona was the fourth highest out of 18 months, coming in below the total of over $618.5 million in November 2022 and surpassing January’s total of $591.2 million.

Since its launch on September 9, 2021, DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona has become the top leader in handle, with over $2.8 billion in wagers accumulated in the past 18 months.

In Arizona, FanDuel Sportsbook ranks second in terms of total bets placed with over $2.6 billion. Following closely behind is BetMGM Sportsbook with $1.5 billion, Caesars Sportsbook with $1.04 billion, and Barstool Sportsbook with $309.07 million.

In February, Desert Diamond experienced the greatest growth in overall handle, climbing from the 10th to the 7th spot in the state rankings. They outperformed Rush Street Interactive, Hard Rock Interactive, and SuperBook Arizona, as their handle surged from $48.285 million to $91.965 million.

How Does Arizona’s February Handle Rank in Comparison to the Nation?

In February, Arizona sportsbooks ranked sixth in the nation for sports betting handle, sandwiched between Ohio and Pennsylvania. Ohio had a handle of $639.795 million, while Pennsylvania saw a handle of $599.529 million. This was largely due to promotions tied to the Super Bowl.

New York State had the highest wagering handle in the nation in February, totaling $1.474 billion. Illinois followed in second place with $875.387 million, New Jersey in third with $847.405 million, and Nevada in fourth with $659.079 million.

In February, Arizona exceeded the total revenue of states like Virginia ($433.807 million), Colorado ($425.142 million), and Michigan ($357.161 million).

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher has over seven years of experience covering sports and sports betting in Arizona, with previous roles at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News. He currently holds the position of lead writer at yengols.com.

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