Pick'em: Sport gambling in Arizona underway and options are plentiful


September 22, 2021

The FanDuel Sportsbook at Footprint Center in Phoenix attracted fans interested in betting on games during the first day of legalized sports betting in Arizona. Photo by James Franks / Cronkite News

PHOENIX, Arizona - With early morning fanfare at Chase Field, a brand new day dawned in Arizona sports history.

By 7:30 a.m. on September 9, sports fans and gambling fans lined up outside the Diamondbacks' field, waiting to marry their two passions. Once one lucky fan placed the first bet at one of the five temporary betting windows, legalized sports gambling in the state finally became the norm.

The festivities continued later in the afternoon at Footprint Center as the Suns heralded the advent of live sports betting, while Phoenix Raceway in Avondale readied for its own historic moment.



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