If you live in Arizona, I have some good news for you.
Yesterday, the Grand Canyon state announced that legalized sports betting would go live on Thursday, Sept. 9-- the same day as the NFL's opening night showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Daily Fantasy Sports, known as DFS, will launch even sooner on Aug. 28.
Arizona has become somewhat of a model state for legalized betting, both in terms of competition and quickness and ease to market. On Monday, we saw the state's Department of Gaming post its legal sports betting rules and also open the license application process. The state is set to allow 20 different mobile operators, which already includes books like DraftKings, FanDuel, Barstool, PointsBet and Caesars. The number of mobile operators is much more than other states, which is great news for bettors. Simply put, there will be more books, which allows bettors more options to place their bets and get better numbers. While mobile is set to launch first, retail betting in person is expected to follow shortly after, with sportsbooks set to launch at the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Cardinals stadiums.
Arizona could quickly become one of the faster growing legal states. It is home to 7.5 million residents, making it the 14th-most populous state. It is also strategically located next to the vast Southern California market as well as the New Mexico and Texas markets to the East.
Now it's on to Tuesday where as we have a loaded slate of 15 MLB games to choose from. For an updated breakdown of Tuesday's betting action, be sure to tune in to the VSiN Market Insights Podcast with Josh Appelbaum. It will be posted by 1 p.m. ET. I'll also be co-hosting Betting Across America with Mike Pritchard from 3-5 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, let's discuss where the action is flowing for several MLB games tonight...
7:05 p.m. ET: Washington Nationals (45-54) at Philadelphia Phillies (50-49)
The Phillies shocked the Nats 6-5 in last night's series opener, cashing as -125 home favorites. Philadelphia won in the bottom of the 9th thanks to an Andrew McCutchen 3-run walkoff home run. The Nats have now lost five games in a row while the Phillies have now won three of their last four. In tonight's rematch, the Nats start righty Erick Fedde (4-7, 4.88 ERA) and the Phillies counters with lefty Matt Moore (0-2, 5.79 ERA). This line opened with Philadelphia listed as a -115 home favorite and Washington a + 105 road dog. Respected money has gotten down on the Phillies at a short chalk price, driving Philadelphia up from -115 to close to -125. Short home favorites -140 or less are 250-178 (58.4%) this season, good for roughly + 30 units. Home favorites off a win are 345-219 (61.2%), good for roughly + 11 units. The Phillies are 30-19 at home this season. The Nats are just 18-29 on the road. Philadelphia is 35-30 against righties. Washington is just 12-17 against lefties.
8:10 p.m. ET: Chicago White Sox (59-41) at Kansas City Royals (43-55)
The Royals came up huge for sharps and contrarians in last night's series opener, beating the White Sox 4-3 as + 110 home dogs. Kansas City has now won six straight while Chicago falls to 1-4 over their last five games. In tonight's rematch, the White Sox give the nod to righty Dylan Cease (7-6, 4.21 ERA) and the Royals give the ball to fellow righty Brad Keller (7-9, 5.84 ERA). This line opened with Chicago listed as a modest -135 road favorite and Kansas City a + 125 home dog. Sharps seem to be buying low on Chicago to get back to their winning ways as we've seen the White Sox move from -135 to -145. Chicago has cashed at a high rate when they're expected to win, going 51-24 this season as a favorite. On the flip side, the Royals have gone 22-39 as a dog. Chicago has also gone 40-31 against righties while Kansas City is just 28-41 against righties. The White Sox are 26-14 (65%) following a loss this season.
10:10 p.m. ET: Oakland Athletics (56-45) at San Diego Padres (58-44)
Both of these playoff contenders are looking to snap losing skids. The Athletics just lost three straight to the Mariners while the Padres just lost two straight to the Marlins. In tonight's series opener, Oakland sends out righty James Kaprielian (5-3, 2.65 ERA) and San Diego taps fellow righty Chris Paddack (6-6, 5.17 ERA). This line opened with San Diego listed as a -130 home favorite and Oakland a + 120 road dog. Sharps have pounced on the Padres at home, steaming San Diego up from -130 to -150. Home favorites -150 or more coming off a day off are 46-23 (66.7%) this season. Non-division home favorites receiving 10-cents of steam or more are 177-108 (62.1%), producing roughly + 24 units. Interleague home teams with a line move in their favor are 68-47 (59.1%). San Diego is 51-31 as a favorite. Oakland is 13-18 as a dog. The Padres will lean on their bats in this one. San Diego is hitting .244, which ranks 9th in MLB. Oakland is hitting .233, which ranks 25th. Adam Frazier, who leads MLB in hits, is expected to make his Padres debut tonight after being acquired in a trade with the Pirates.
Remember to check the VSiN Betting Splits every day for money and ticket counts so you can tell who the public is betting on.