The Big Apple and the Windy City aren’t exactly used to being left out of the loop on much of anything. Yet when it comes to getting a little skin in the game on Super Bowl Sunday, New York City and Chicago residents won’t be able to do so legally while sitting at home.
Just two short years ago, as Super LII between the Eagles and Patriots unfolded, the only legal bets in the United States placed on the contest originated in Nevada. That had been the case since Super Bowl 1 in January 1967.
Fast forward 24 months from Philadelphia’s upset win over New England, and you now have 14 states offering legalized wagering opportunities on the Big Game.
Residents of those jurisdictions — or those just temporarily physically located within their borders prior to or during Super Bowl Sunday — will be able to take a personal financial stake in the game as they enjoy the NFL’s national holiday.
Legal sports betting just a road trip away
But, there’s a bit of irony in the availability of legal betting for Sunday’s 49ers-Chiefs showdown. Namely, some of the country’s most avid, rabid sports markets – New York and Chicago the most prominent – are still devoid of either a full-fledged sports betting market (the former), or don’t yet have any legal sportsbooks in operation (the latter).
The news is not altogether bleak for sports betting enthusiasts in those respective metropolises. Thanks to the wonders of geographical proximity to states that have active legalized wagering markets, Big Apple and Windy City bettors can still get in on the action.
As a reminder, state laws simply require for a bettor to simply be geolocated within the physical boundaries of a state when placing a wager on a mobile platform. They do not require the individual to be a permanent resident of the state.
And, bettors in states without legalized wagering are still able to download mobile sportsbook apps in a “view-only” type of capacity. That enables them to review lines and make some decisions on wagering opportunities from the comfort of home. Then, if within driving distance, the bettor can make the short trip across state lines into a legalized jurisdiction to make those bets actionable.
Options for Chicago-area bettors:
- Download DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook or BetRivers Sportsbook app, the currently available mobile sportsbook options in Indiana.
- Make the short drive to the Indiana state line.
- Place any bets on the sportsbook app (or in person at a retail sportsbook) while within Indiana.
Options for metropolitan New York City-area bettors
- Download the app for any of the mobile sportsbook options in New Jersey. These include:
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- William Hill NJ
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- Fox Bet NJ
- BetMGM Sportsbook
- Sugarhouse Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
- Unibet Sportsbook
- 888 Sportsbook
- Make the short drive to the New Jersey state line.
- Place any bets on the sportsbook app while within New Jersey.
By Super Bowl LV in February 2021, there will be even more convenient legalized sports betting options available to residents of another yet-to-be-determined number of states. The minimum number of new jurisdictions would be six. That includes Illinois, one of those six states that have already passed sports betting legislation but have yet to officially open up their markets.