How Do I Start a Sportsbook From Arizona?

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Aaron Goldstein
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Arizona would seem like the ideal state for a bookie to operate, but he or she is up against a lot of competition.  Arizona does have some of the least number of restrictions when it comes to its own in-state regulated sports betting apps.  Still there are entry points that we explore below.


How to Start Your Online Mobile Sportsbook in Arizona

For a fee as low as $3 per head (per customer/player) per week, you will get a customized website for your players, 24/7 customer service (online and by phone), full odds service, live in-play wagering, betting on most international sports, full reporting, an online casino, a horse book and much more.  AcePerHead is currently running a FREE WEEK every month FOR LIFE promo.

There are no upfront costs such as the purchase of the software, etc...  Also no need to hire anyone other than the recommended accountant and perhaps an assistant.  Remember, you will be spending most of your time on the beach. 

Is Sports Betting Regulated in Arizona?

It sure is.  Arizona has one of the most attractive sports betting industries in the US.   There are currently 17 apps operating in the state of Arizona.  These include DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, Caesars, BetRivers, BetFred, WynnBet, Barsool Sportsbook, Unibet, TwinSpires, Hard Rock, Golden Nugget, SuperBowl, Betway, Bally Bet, Desert Diamond, SaharaBets

Bookies can benefit from those in the 18-21 age range since Arizona requires individuals to be 21 and up to place bets.

They can also dabble in college prop bets (not permitted to be offered by Arizona apps) and eSports.

For those using the apps, the tax reporting could prove to be a turnoff. There is a federal tax rate of 24% and a state marginal tax rate of between  2.59 - 4.50%. Winning $5,000 or more will result in winnings withheld automatically.

Benefits of Betting With a Local vs. Regulated Sportsbook in Arizona

There are plenty of state-regulated apps for the Arizona gambler.  But local bookies provide anonymity, wagering on credit and typically accept customers 18 and up.  They also do not require extensive paperwork.  Pay per head businesses like also provide wagering on many events and options not available at regulated books.  They also feature an online casino and racebook.  Local bookies do not report your winnings to the IRS (you still need to file your taxes).


Never accept customers you have not fully screened beforehand.  You should either be familiar with your customers or they should contain references.  A pay per head has eliminated a number of elements of the bookmaking business once deemed to be illegal such as the operation of a wire room and the settlement of payments/collections via cash.  For example, bets are placed over a secure website with servers outside the United States.  Bets by phone are strongly discouraged

Pay per heads like AcePerHead also offer money transactions via Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that take place via the website.

Take That Extra Step:

  • Do not take bets over the phone.
  • Avoid taking on customers who reside outside your state.
  • Know your customers and check referrals.
  • Do not engage with individuals involved in any type of criminal activities.
  • Use cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin Tumblers provided by AcePerHead, for secure anonymous transactions.
  • Keep your customers information private.
  • Always file your taxes.

Today's pay per head businesses are regular sponsors on your favorite search engines so they enjoy maximum exposure, but not all pay per head businesses are the same.  AcePerHead is one of the most established in the industry.

Avoid those services that only offer the software for super cheap and nothing else.

Arizona Team Report (Updated March 31, 2023)

Phoenix Suns - At the end of March, the Suns had a winning record at 41-35.  They were hovering around the .500 mark Against The Spread.

Arizona Cardinals NFL Football - The Cardinals won just four games in 2022. They did finish 8-9-0 Against The Spread.

Arizona Wildcats College Basketball - Your team enjoyed a successful regular season.  They went 12-6 Straight Up but flopped in the tournament.  They were good enough to be a No. 2 seed but lost in the first round to No. 15 seed Princeton.

Arizona Wildcats College Football and Arizona State College Football - These teams had bad outings in 2022.  The Wildcats won 5 games and ASU walked away with 3. 

- Aaron Goldstein,

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