December was a record-setting month for Arizona sports betting.
The state produced a sports betting handle of $499.2 million, 7% higher than November’s $466.7 million. The previous record was $486.1 million set in October 2021.
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Arizona’s December mobile handle was also a record with the state taking $494.5 million in online bets, a 7.7% increase from November’s $459.3 million. October 2021 was also the previous mobile handle high with the state recording $479.3 million in wagers during the month.
December’s sports betting revenue (adjusted gross event wagering receipts) was $17.3 million, a decrease of 45.8% from November’s $31.9 million. State taxes from sports betting in December was $1.7 million, down 45.8% from November’s $3.2 million.
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Arizona Sports Betting Revenue & Handle, December vs. November
|Total Handle||Mobile Handle||Revenue|
|Change||Up 7.0%%||Up 7.7%||Down45.8%|
Arizona went live with its retail and online sports betting market on Sept. 9, allowing its residents to bet on all major college and pro team sports, tennis, golf, motorsports, boxing, soccer, rugby, darts and Australian rules football.
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In total, 18 operators, including 10 tribes and eight professional sports teams, were granted sportsbook licenses in the initial application period. The bigger brands such as FanDuel, BetMGM, DraftKings, WynnBet, Unibet and Caesars were the first to go live in the state and begin accepting wagers.
Top 10 states for December
Overall, in December, the nationwide sports betting handle was $7.350 billion, with total sports betting revenue at $280 million.
New Jersey had the highest overall handle in December at $1.34 billion, while Nevada was the only other state to eclipse $1 billion in handle at $1.015 billion. Pennsylvania ($750.4 million), Michigan ($514.6 million), Arizona ($499.2 million), Indiana ($463 million), Colorado ($461.4 million), Virginia ($426.6 million and Tennessee ($341.8 million) rounded out the top 10 states with the highest handles in December.
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Top Arizona Sportsbooks in December
DraftKings Sportsbook recorded the highest handle of Arizona’s sportsbooks during December, taking in $146 million in bets.
FanDuel was second at $131.1 million, while BetMGM was third with $103.7 million. Caesars produced a handle of $76 million and Penn Sports’ Barstool Sportsbook recorded $20.6 million.
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