PHOENIX — Arizonans continue to bet more and more on sporting events each month, with nearly half a billion dollars wagered just in the month of December, according to a report released this week by the Arizona Department of Gaming.
A total of $499.2 million worth of bets were placed in Arizona in the final month of 2021, according to the report. More than 99% of those bets were conducted on mobile sports betting apps.
Since sports betting launched legally in Arizona in September, December's handle — or the amount bet — was the highest yet, up 7% from the previous month.
Of that $499.2 million bet, Arizonans won $459.4 million off wagers made in December, according to the report.
Sportsbook operators also gave out more free bets and promotions during December than they did in November — a total of $21.3 million.
All that led to a 33% drop in revenue for the sportsbook from November to December.