Football’s Opening Month Lifts Arizona Sports Betting Handle Past $500 Million

Football’s Opening Month Lifts Arizona Sports Betting Handle Past $500 Million
Fact Checked by Thomas Leary

The first full month of the football season provided Arizona sportsbooks the bump everyone expected.

Arizona betting apps and retail locations had $537.966 million in handle in September, a 49% increase from August, according to a report released Thursday by the state’s Department of Gaming.

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The September report, which covers the first month of the second full year of sports betting in the state, also featured a 10.7% jump in revenue from the August Arizona revenue report.

The state had $30.718 million in revenue in September that generated $3.058 million in taxes.

The $537 million in handle in September was the third most for the state and the largest handle since March, while it was also Arizona’s third-best month for tax revenue.

“September was clearly a strong month for Arizona sports betting, with the state seeing over $245 million more in wagers when compared to the same month of 2021,” Ted Vogt, ADG Director, said in a press release. “I am excited to see how the industry progresses through the winter months, which generally has the most popular sports for wagering in the United States.”

Arizona Sports Betting, September vs. August

Total HandleMobile Handle Revenue
Change Up 49.0% Up 48.4% Up 10.7%

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Arizona Maintains Status Nationally

Arizona has placed consistently among the top six states in sports betting handle, and that continued in September.

New York led the nation with $1.266 billion in handle for the month followed by New Jersey ($866.7 million), Illinois ($831.8M), Nevada ($760.9M) and Pennsylvania ($645.2M).

Colorado was less than $100 million behind Arizona in handle for the month ($450.2M), while Virginia was the only other state to surpass $400 million in handle in September ($411.3M).

Overall, legal U.S. sports betting operators generated $7.920 billion in handle in September and $822.1 million in revenue.

DraftKings Stays No. 1 in Arizona

For the second straight month, DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona led the state in handle.

The operator, based in Boston, took in $215.6 million in wagers. DraftKings had $129.8 million in handle in August, the first time since April it had beaten out FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona as the state’s top operator.

FanDuel took in $147.36 million in September, followed by BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona ($80.8M), Caesars ($47.2M) and Barstool Sportsbook ($14.6M).

Fubo Sportsbook, which announced its closing in mid October, had $512,129 in handle in its final full month in business.

Golden Nugget Online Gaming, which is owned by DraftKings, had the smallest handle in the state in September at $188,886.

Turf Paradise Horse Track, which holds a limited event wagering license to offer retail sports betting, had $292,596 in handle during September — a month when the track doesn’t feature live racing.



Michael Peters

Michael is a news editor overseeing coverage at He spent nine years as the sports editor of the Tulsa World. Before that, he was the high school sports editor at the Houston Chronicle. He also has been the sports editor at the Beaumont Enterprise and Galveston County Daily News in Texas.

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