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DraftKings launches online sports betting in Arizona

9 Sep 2021

(PRESS RELEASE) -- DraftKings Inc. announced today the launch of DraftKings’ online Sportsbook in Arizona, marking the 14th state in which the top-rated mobile sportsbook is available. Arizona sports fans age 21 and over are now able to place wagers on a variety of betting markets across professional, collegiate and other sports leagues via the DraftKings Sportsbook app. The announcement comes following a successful launch of DraftKings’ daily fantasy product which experienced more than 90,000 contest entries in the first 12 days.

“With the launch of our digital sportsbook coinciding with NFL kickoff, the busiest and most exciting time of the year for our company, we could not have imagined a better time to introduce Arizona’s sports fans to the DraftKings experience,” said Matt Kalish, co-founder and president of DraftKings North America. “We would also like to thank the PGA TOUR, TPC Scottsdale, as well as Governor Doug Ducey and his team, Representative Jeff Weninger, Senator T.J. Shope, the Arizona state legislature, and the Arizona Department of Gaming for working together to further fan engagement across sports. We look forward to becoming the sportsbook of choice for Arizonans across the state.”

“The PGA TOUR is excited for the launch of mobile sports betting in Arizona as a major step forward as we look to advance audience development and fan engagement opportunities,” said Norb Gambuzza, Senior Vice President of Media and Gaming at the PGA TOUR. “We are diligently working with DraftKings, the City of Scottsdale, The Thunderbirds and the Waste Management Phoenix Open on plans for a world-class sportsbook experience at TPC Scottsdale. We look forward to being able to share the plans in the near future.”

Arizona boasts a strong sports culture including popular professional teams across several sports such as baseball, basketball, hockey, and football as well as major college sports football and basketball programs. With plenty of in-state teams, Arizona is well-equipped to offer year-round betting opportunities to the state’s skin-in-the-game sports fans. This includes same game parlays and micro-betting; a result of DraftKings’ migration to its own backend technology and provide a greater variety of betting means outside of standard wagering and pre-match options.

Additionally, as part of DraftKings’ commitment to environmental initiatives, and in collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation, DraftKings Sportsbook is hosting an earth-themed $500 free-to-play Pool open to all Arizona customers. DraftKings has committed to funding the planting of 1 million trees by Earth Day 2022, and each entry in the pool equates to one tree planted towards this overall effort.

Earlier this year DraftKings announced plans for a premium retail sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale as part of an expanded agreement with the PGA TOUR. A unique, “19th hole” experience, details surrounding the proposed retail location are set to be announced at a later date.

DraftKings remains committed to providing a safe and responsible gaming (RG) platform. Through RG tools, self-imposed player limits, identify verification and state-of-the-art geolocation, DraftKings Sportsbook ensures all players are provided secure and positive gaming experience. As an active member of the American Gaming Association (AGA) and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), additional details on DraftKings’ dedication to safe play are available via DraftKings S.E.R.V.E.S.
 
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