Arizona Sports Betting Sees Large Drops in Handle, Taxes in June

Arizona Sports Betting Sees Large Drops in Handle, Taxes in June
By Christopher Boan
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

It was a June to forget for Arizona sports betting, with the lowest full-month handle in the state’s 10 months of reporting.

The Grand Canyon State reported $318.774 million in handle during the sixth month of the year, down more than 30% from May’s total ($461.450 million).

June’s handle represented the lowest total for the state since September’s opening month (which launched on Sept. 9), when Arizona reported $291.2 million in sports betting handle.  

Arizona betting apps brought in $7.680 million in sports betting revenue in June which generated $761,801.04 in taxes to the state.

The tax figure represents an 81.4% drop, month-over-month, from May’s record-breaking $4.1 million privilege fee total.

Operators gave out $9.2 million in free bets and promotional credits in June, the lowest number since sports betting launched last September — and the first time the number has been less than $10 million.

As is the case across the country, these numbers are expected to rebound as sports fans in the state turn their attention to Arizona NFL betting.

For Ted Vogt, who serves as the director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, Tuesday’s report shows how Arizona’s sportsbooks are continuing to hang in there with their national peers.

“Despite June being a historically slower month for sports betting, Arizona’s figures were strong nationally,” ADG Director Ted Vogt said in a department press release. “Arizona operators contributed over $750,000 in privilege feeds during June, resulting in nearly $17 in privilege fees since the start of legal operations in September 2021.”

Arizona Sports Betting, June vs. May

Total HandleMobile Handle Revenue
June$318.774M$315.594M$7.681M
May$461.451M$456.654M$41.402M
Change Down 31.0% Down 30.8% Down 81.4%


Where Arizona Sports Betting Stacks Up Nationally

Arizona’s $318.774 million handle for June ranks sixth nationally, behind New York ($1.056 billion), New Jersey ($633.184 million), Illinois ($628.459 million), Nevada ($490.558 million) and Pennsylvania ($393.494 million).

The 48th State’s sports betting scene continued to show its growth compared to other western states with similar populations, such as Colorado, which had a $313.215 million handle in June.

Other states that Arizona one-upped in June include Virginia ($295.235 million in handle), Michigan ($292.389 million), Indiana ($256.307 million), and Tennessee ($215.774 million).

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What to Know About Arizona’s June Sports Betting Report

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the ADG’s June report from a sportsbook perspective is FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona has managed to remain the No. 1 operator for a second consecutive month.

The New York-based operator knocked DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona off its longstanding top spot in the state again in June, with FanDuel reporting $103.976 million in wagers, versus $92.823 million for DraftKings.

BetMGM and Caesars Sportsbook Arizona retained their No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the rankings, with handles of $59.7 million and $33.245 million, respectively.  

The only other operators to report a handle in excess of $1 million in June were Barstool Sportsbook ($9.324 million), WynnBET Arizona ($6.823 million), Rush Street Interactive ($3.010 million), SuperBook Sports Arizona ($2.663 million), and BetFred ($1.054 million).

Through 10 months of reporting, DraftKings Sportsbook still holds the No. 1 spot in overall handle with $1.46 billion in wagers, followed by FanDuel Sportsbook ($1.29 billion), BetMGM ($946 million), Caesars Sportsbook ($605.2 million) and Barstool Sportsbook ($176.86 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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