After two straight months of cracking the $600 million barrier in handle, Arizona sports betting wagers slipped to $572.49 million in the month of December.
While some states have already announced their sports betting revenue reports for February, the Arizona Department of Gaming wrapped up its reporting for 2022 on Friday.
The department’s December report saw a 7.2% drop in handle from November, but revenues and taxes were more steady. Arizona betting apps and retail locations generated $36.95 million in revenue, down just 3.8% from November.
And the $3.695 million in taxes collected by the state was only 3.9% behind the November Arizona revenue report.
Arizona Sports Betting, December vs. November
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FanDuel Pushes Ahead of DraftKings in December
For just the fifth time since Arizona sports betting launched in September 2021, DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona did not lead the state in monthly handle.
That honor fell to FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona, which announced $185.4 million in handle in December. DraftKings had $171.93 million in handle, down from the more than $200 million it handled in November.
Of FanDuel’s total handle, more than $3 million came from its retail location at the Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix. It’s the first time since May that FanDuel’s retail handle topped $3 million.
BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona was third in handle at $95.1 million, while Caesars was fourth among the state’s 17 operators at $64.7 million.
Barstool Sportsbook Arizona was the only other operator to crack $20 million ($20.19 million).
Six operators failed to take more than $1 million in handle, with Bally Sportsbook and the Tonto Apache sportsbook powered by TwinSpires both under $100,000.
Arizona Stays Sixth Nationally
As has been the case for much of the year, Arizona remained sixth nationally in handle during the month of December.
New York led the country in December with $1.632 billion in handle, followed by New
Jersey ($1.056 billion) and Illinois ($1.028B). Nevada ($880.4 million) and Pennsylvania
($754.8M) also came in ahead of Arizona.
But the state figures to slip when January numbers are reported, as the new market in Ohio reported more than $1 billion in handle for the month.
Arizona’s December figures pushed the total national sports betting handle for the year past $93 billion, with more than $6.5 billion in revenue. The nationwide handle figure in December was $10.048 billion, a national record and the second month in a row national handle has exceeded $10 billion.