In January, Arizona sportsbooks experienced an increase in handle but a decrease in revenue.

Arizona Sportsbooks See Handle Rise, Revenue Fall In January
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The 17 Arizona sportsbooks kicked off the 2023 fiscal year in January with a strong start, bringing in a total handle of around $591.2 million.

According to the Arizona Department of Gaming, the state’s handle of $591,220,793 ranks fifth among the 17 months recorded. This reflects a 3.3% increase from the previous month and a 4.9% increase from the previous year.

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Arizona’s gaming revenue dropped to $28,961,017, with the tax amount decreasing to $2,886,501. This is a decrease from the previous report in December, which showed revenue of $37.3 million and taxes of $3.7 million.

In a statement released by the department, Jaclyn Johnson, the director of the ADG, expressed that the sports betting handle in January signifies a promising start to the second year of wagering in the state.

In the release, Johnson noted that Arizona had a successful start to 2023 in sports betting, with nearly $600 million in wagers placed in January. He looks forward to monitoring the growth of betting activity for the rest of the year.

Comparison of Arizona Sports Betting in January and December

Total HandleMobile Handle Revenue
January$591.221M$585.418M$28.961M
December$572.491M$566.478M$37.315M
Change Up 3.3% Up 3.3% Down 22.4%

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Things to understand about the January report

FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona has once again claimed the top spot among 17 operators in the sports betting report for January, marking the sixth time in 17 months that they have surpassed DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona.

In January, FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona came out on top with a total handle of $195,455,762, while DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona closely followed in second place with $171,428,299.

BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona had a handle of $89,851,549 in January, followed by Caesars Sportsbook Arizona with $59,197,789, Barstool Sportsbook Arizona with $20,409,155, and Desert Diamond with $20,029,144 closely behind.

After that, you can find Arizona sportsbooks like Rush Street Interactive ($7,209,332), WynnBET Arizona ($6,168,787), Hard Rock Interactive ($5,056,830), Betfred Arizona ($4,635,381), SuperBook Arizona ($2,935,659), Digital Gaming ($1,249,696), and TwinSpires Arizona ($706,257).

After that, the Arizona betting apps with the lowest revenue in January were Unibet Arizona at $610,573, SaharaBets at $214,168, Golden Nugget Arizona at $155,658, and BallyBet Arizona at $103,953.

DraftKings Sportsbook has maintained its position as the top sportsbook in the state for 17 months, with a handle exceeding $2.6 billion. FanDuel Sportsbook follows closely behind with $2.4 billion, while BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona, Caesars Sportsbook Arizona, and Barstool Sportsbook round out the top five with handles of $1.5 billion, $984.2 million, and $286.4 million, respectively.

What is Arizona’s national ranking for January handle?

In January, Arizona placed seventh in the country for sports betting handle, coming in just below Pennsylvania with $772,289,648 and Colorado with $547,189,025.

New York took the lead in January with a total handle of $1,799,048,366, while Ohio reached over $1 billion in handle following the legalization of wagering.

After California, New Jersey had $1,082,233,033 in revenue, followed by Illinois with $1,070,033,292, and Nevada with $935,792,553.

Arizona sportsbooks are on track to achieve historic milestones in 2023, with impressive handle numbers expected from Super Bowl LVII in Arizona and the upcoming March Madness tournament.

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Peterson Christopher

For more than seven years, Peterson Christopher has been reporting on sports and sports betting in Arizona. His prior work includes contributions to ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News. Currently, he serves as the primary writer for yengols.com.

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