- We use trusted sources such as: The Arizona Republic and the The Arizona Daily Star to stay on top of all industry related news and developments.
- We aren’t just experts in sports betting, we have dedicated teams across the gambling industry including for casino games such as video poker and have created an online roulette guide.
- We keep on top of any changes to the law by closely following the movements of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the State Government of Arizona.
What is Daily Fantasy?
Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is a competition that asks contestants to build a team of players from a particular sports league and then put them head-to-head against other contestants in their pool, with points being earned based on the real-life perfomances of the players in that week’s round. All contestants are required to stick to salary caps when drafting players and competitions generally last for only a week but can even be as short as a day.
As of June 2019, DFS betting is illegal in Arizona. While other states in the USA are looking to legalize DFS or have already done so, there is no sign yet that Arizona will follow suit – with no legalization Bills currently passing through the government.
Online Daily Fantasy Sports in Arizona – Overview
When it comes to gambling laws, Arizona takes a more conservative approach to legislation. While 20 Native-American tribal casinos allow for casino-style table gambling and slot machines in the state, other casinos are illegal. Online sports betting is illegal, though residents can legally bet on horse racing, bingo, and the state lottery.
However, the law is still vague on the allowance of DFS betting, which is enough to keep DFS operators out of the state. The state Attorney General has expressed an interest to classify it as “Amusement gambling” which would make it legal, but there still is some ways to go for this to happen.
Until this happens, we have devised a list of current DFS leagues that could be popular with players in Arizona if legalized.
Online Daily Fantasy MLB – Studded With Diamondbacks
Arizona Major League Baseball supporters are sure to jump on board the opportunity to fill their Fantasy teams with star players from the Diamondbacks. In MLB Fantasy, players can draft their team of 10 players with no more than 5 hitters allowed per teams. Players can score points in a number of different ways, with 5 points for stealing bases, 10 points given for a home run, etc.
Online Daily Fantasy NBA – A Team Full of Suns
With Arizona being home to the beloved Phoenix Suns, the NBA Fantasy League is sure to garner a few fans in the state. In the NBA DFS League, contestants are to create a lineup of 8 players that must be playing in at least two different NBA games that week. Scoring is based on real life gameplay statistics e.g. 1 point for every point scored, 2 points for a block.
Online Daily Fantasy NFL – A Cardinal State Touch Down
While the Arizona Cardinals have never won a Super Bowl, this could be the chance that Cardinals supporters have always been waiting for to lead some of their players to National Football League glory. In the popular NFL Fantasy League, players are to build a team of 9 of NFL stars and watch them go head-to-head against other contestants’ teams. Points are scored similarly to other leagues.
Online Daily Fantasy NHL – The Coyote’s Call
Arizona is represented by the Coyotes in the National Hockey League, but who knows who individual players will choose to represent them in their own fantasy lineups? The NHL Fantasy League asks contestants to draft teams of 9 players from at least 3 different teams. Points are awarded to players for their goals, assists, and blocked shots, with goalies also earning more points for successful gameplay.
College Fantasy Sport – Wildcats Vs. Sun Devils
Arizona is home to a number of different universities that each have their own NCAA sports teams. The two most successful of these universities are the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, and over the years, the two teams have gone on to build a spirited rivalry. Whether you’re a Wildcats supporter (University of Arizona) or a Sun Devils supporter (Arizona State University), it won’t matter when building your DFS College Football team – if DFS betting was legal in the state, you could choose any player from the same league as you’d like.
Timeline of Daily Fantasy Sports Legislation
While no one really knows how much longer it will be before DFS legalization in Arizona is a reality, Arizona has come a long way since it banned all gambling in 1912. However, a small stipulation in legislation that allowed for amusement gambling in the same year might be the exact saving grace that DFS needs to be legalized.
However, there is still yet to be any bills introduced into the government to begin the process of making this happen, so it could be some time before lawmakers and the public support such action.
Below is a table of important years in Arizona’s gambling history. For more information on gambling in the state, visit our dedicated Arizona gambling page.
|1912||After becoming a state in the same year, Arizona bans all forms of gambling that profits the house. However, “amusement gambling” is still allowed.|
|1980||The State Lottery is approved, which over the years brings in millions of dollars in tax revenue for the state.|
|1988||The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act is passed, allowing tribes across the country and in Arizona to operate casinos on their land.|
|2019||Lawmakers introduce a bill to allow tribal casinos to offer sports betting at their premises. The legislation is yet to be passed.|
Legal Daily Fantasy Betting Age in Arizona
Betting on DFS is illegal in Arizona and any attempt to do so is not recommended. However, if a player wants to bet at a tribal casino, play the lottery, or buy a raffle ticket, they are allowed to do so as long as they are over 21 years old.
If a player is caught gambling underage or benefiting from gambling, it is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor and is punishable with no longer than a year in prison or a fine of $1,000.
DFS Betting AgeDFS betting is still illegal in Arizona.
Alcohol AgeThe legal drinking age in Arizona is 21 years old.
Weed AgeRecreational cannabis use is illegal in Arizona.
Is Daily Fantasy Betting Legal Outside of the State?
Despite its illegality in Arizona, Daily Fantasy League betting is legal in most states in the USA, with only nine states yet to legalize it left. These include states like Hawaii, Nevada and Idaho. while some of these states are progressing towards legalization other have pretty stiff attitudes against gambling activities all kinds ever being allowed. despite this the skilled nature to DFS drafting has allowed it be viewed more favorably by many lawmakers so only time will tell if total in USA is a possibility.For example Daily fantasy betting in Ohio is already legal and generates good revenue for the state.
Taxes on Daily Fantasy Winnings: Legal Overview
As gambling on Daily Fantasy Sports is illegal in the state of Arizona, there is no way to legally declare this income on your annual tax return.
Upcoming Regulation Changes to Be Aware Of
There are no confirmed changes to Arizona’s DFS laws. Since it became a state in 1912, Arizona has mostly been opposed to most forms of gambling. Many residents are thought to travel to neighboring state Nevada to get their gaming kicks, though, which in turn ends in lost tax revenue for the state government.
The same concern applies to DFS betting. Now that most states have legalized it, Arizona remains one of the few states that only stands to lose tax revenue while others are gaining. In time, we hope lawmakers will see that DFS gameplay relies on skill and could be a benefit to the state rather than a hindrance.