Arizona Sports Betting Has ‘Super’ February as Big Game Host

Arizona Sports Betting Has ‘Super’ February as Big Game Host
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Arizona sportsbooks were the biggest winners from Super Bowl LVII, with the state posting its fourth handle in excess of $600 million in February.

In total, the 17 operational sportsbooks in Arizona raked in $609,278,096 during February, representing a 3.1% jump from January’s haul of $591,220,793 and a 23.9% jump from last year’s total of $491,665,553.

But the Grand Canyon State’s sports betting revenue wound up at $16,169,915 in February, down substantially from January’s $28,961,017.

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Arizona sports betting apps and retail sportsbooks wound up paying $1,609,580 in wagering taxes during the second month of the year, down from January’s $2,886,501.

Jackie Johnson, who serves as the director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, highlighted Arizona’s role in hosting Super Bowl LVII and the 2023 Waste Management Phoenix Open as central to the surge in sports betting handle during the month.

Between fans of Kansas City and Philadelphia and those looking to take in the action at the TPC Scottsdale, there was no shortage of sporting interest in February.

“The second month of 2023 saw significant levels of sports betting in the state, with over $117 million more when compared to February of 2022,” Johnson said in a press release. “These figures highlight a robust event wagering market during the month, which encompassed wagering from Super Bowl LVII hosted here in Arizona.”

Arizona Sports Betting, 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%

What To Know About Arizona’s February Report

For a third straight month, FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona was the No. 1 operator by handle at $218,927,511, beating out DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona ($161,519,155), BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona ($80,771,2568), Caesars Sportsbook Arizona ($53,057,580) and Desert Diamond ($43,679,630).

Among the other heavy hitters in the state during February were Barstool Sportsbook Arizona ($22,636,888), Rush Street Interactive ($5,669,347), WynnBet Arizona ($5,167,648), BetFred Arizona ($4,588,601), Hard Rock Interactive ($4,321,834) and SuperBook Arizona ($2,120,035).

Rounding out the list in Arizona during February were smaller operators like Betway Arizona ($987,578), Unibet Arizona ($683,995), TwinSpires Arizona ($248,854), SaharaBets ($211,935), BallyBet Arizona ($184,630) and Golden Nugget Arizona ($148,700).

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How Arizona’s February Report Stacks Up

Overall, February’s sports betting handle in Arizona ranked fourth out of 18 months, coming in behind November 2022’s total of just over $618.5 million and ahead of January’s sum of $591.2 million.

The overall leader through 18 months in terms of handle is DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona, which has taken in more than $2.8 billion in wagers since launching on Sept. 9, 2021.

The No. 2 operator in Arizona by handle is FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona at just over $2.6 billion, followed by BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona ($1.5 billion), Caesars Sportsbook Arizona ($1.04 billion) and Barstool Sportsbook Arizona ($309.07 billion).

The biggest mover in terms of overall handle in February was Desert Diamond, which went from having the 10th largest handle in the state ($48.285 million) to the seventh ($91.965 million), jumping Rush Street Interactive, Hard Rock Interactive and SuperBook Arizona in the process.

Where Arizona’s February Handle Ranks Nationally

State sportsbooks — boosted by Arizona sportsbook promos surrounding the Super Bowl — wound up with the sixth-largest sports betting handle in the country during February, sandwiched between Ohio ($639.795 million) and Pennsylvania ($599.529 million).

Nationally, New York State had the largest wagering handle in February at $1.474 billion, followed by Illinois ($875.387 million), New Jersey ($847.405 million) and Nevada ($659.079 million).

Other states that Arizona eclipsed in February included Virginia ($433.807 million), Colorado ($425.142 million) and Michigan ($357.161 million).

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Christopher Boan is the lead writer at BetArizona.com after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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