NFL Betting in New York

The NFL is king at the betting window at legal online sportsbooks in the US. Every game draws millions in action and that won’t change anytime soon. In fact, even more NFL betting is expected as more states, including New York, come online.

For those new to NFL betting, it’s a fantastic time to jump in. But there are naturally lots of questions. Can you find an edge betting on the NFL? How hard is it to bet NFL games vs. other sports? What are the biggest mistakes rookies NFL bettors make?

Check our complete guide to betting on the NFL in NY right here.  While we wait for online sportsbooks to go live in New York, you can download an New Jersey betting app in NY and cross the border to NJ to get your NFL bets in.

Live NFL Odds at Online Sportsbooks

When you get set to bet on the NFL, the best place to start is reviewing the weekly game lines while focusing on the teams you know. For fans of the New York Giants and New York Jets, you can focus on those squads to get your initial bets in. Check our odds feed below for Giants odds and Jets odds the current NFL lines as posted at online sportsbooks. (Note: Until online betting goes live in NY, this feed will be from NJ online sportsbooks). See more on using a mobile betting app in NJ here.

NFL game lines explained

The standard NFL game line consists of three components. You’ll see the odds for each of the big three bet types — moneylines, point spreads and totals. When you check out the NFL section at online sportsbooks, this is what will be displayed most prominently.

  • NY Jets +2.5 (-110)      +110    O 47.5 (-110)
  • NY Giants -2.5 (-110)       -130     U 47.5 (-110)

If we read from left to right, the Giants are favored by 2.5 points on the spread and favored on the moneyline in a game with a projected total of 47.5 points. Negative numbers point to favorites, and positive numbers for underdogs.

For the spread and total, you’ll see the benchmark numbers that oddsmakers have set — 2.5 and 47.5 in this case — as well as the actual odds for the bet. Most sportsbooks start with a default of -110 for spread and total bets, but the odds may shift in response to market action.

Over on the moneyline, there’s a link between the numbers you see there and the direction of the spread. The difference between the odds indicates how close of a matchup the oddsmakers perceive. A small gap points to a tight game, while a wide range indicates a paper mismatch.

NFL betting apps in NY

Sports betting apps are a fantastic way to get started, especially for things like live betting. Everything you need is right at your fingertips, and managing your account and placing bets is easy.

FanDuel Sportsbook appFor New York residents, mobile betting is available in NJ and Pennsylvania. There’s no residency requirement for using them, but you do need to be within the borders of a legal state to place bets. However, you can still monitor your account and deposit or withdraw from home. Getting started with mobile betting is really simple. Here’s what you need to do.

  • Click one of our links to create an account and claim the sign-up bonuses.
  • Enter some basic info to complete the registration process.
  • Your new account will be ready to go.
  • Download the app for your device directly from the sportsbook website.
  • Make a deposit from the available options, which include credit cards and PayPal.

After you’ve set up your account, you’ll have access to a real live sportsbook. You’ll be able to review the odds and lines whenever you want, deposit and remove funds, or simply explore the possibilities with various bet types.

As mentioned, to place bets, you’ll need to be physically within a legal state. Sportsbooks are required to verify your location before bets can go through. To do so, they use geolocation tracking, which runs in the background after download.

Many New York residents make the trip to New Jersey to take advantage of mobile betting offerings in the state. Once you have your bets in, you can feel free to stick around and make a day of it or head home to watch all of the NFL action.

How to read NFL betting lines

For each NFL game, the standard bets that we touched on earlier will all bring in a lot of wagering action. Let’s take a closer look at how they work by considering this hypothetical game line from the BetMGM app.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +2.5 (-110)      +120    O 52.5 (-110)
  • Kansas City Chiefs             -2.5 (-110)       -140     U 52.5 (-110)

The Chiefs are favored by 2.5 points. They’re also the moneyline favorite in a game with a projected total of 52.5 points. When you place your wagers, here’s what you’ll be looking for.

  • Point spread: You can take the favorite minus the points or the underdog plus the number. The side that you choose has to cover the spread for the bet to be a winner. For example, a 30-27 win for the Chiefs covers the spread, but a 31-30 victory does not.
  • Moneyline: This is a really simple bet that’s based on the result of the game without any extra points to worry about. All you need to do is choose which side you think will win.
  • Totals: You can place your wager on how many combined points you think will be scored in the contest. The sportsbook will release a baseline number, and bettors then choose whether they think the final score will be over or under that amount.

To place the bet, you just need to click in the box with the odds for your choice. It’ll go over to the betting slip, where you’ll add in your wager amount, verify and click submit. The book will display your potential return, but there’s also an easy way to figure it out at a glance.

When the odds are negative, the number tells you how much you have to wager for a return of $100 on winning bets. If the odds are -110, you’d have to bet $110 to get back a profit of $100 for a winner. When the odds are positive, the number tells you how much comes back your way on a winning $100 bet. For odds of +120, a $100 winner will yield a $120 profit.

What can you bet on in the NFL?

The big three bets are great ways to get involved with NFL betting, but there are a number of other wagering opportunities to consider. You can take a long-term view with futures, put a bit of a fantasy sports spin on things with props, and even live bet as the games play out in real time. Here’s a closer look at how these three bet types work.

NFL futures betting

Futures are wagers that you can place on outcomes that are farther in advance. NFL futures are among the most popular for this style of wagering. Odds will come out in the offseason and fluctuate based on betting action. Available markets include:

  • Super Bowl Winner Odds
  • Division and conference winners.
  • NFL playoffs odds – Teams to make or miss playoffs.
  • Over/under on regular season win totals by teams.
  • Individual award winners — MVP, etc.

The basic idea with futures is to find the choices you want at the best possible prices. If you make the right call, you could be in line for a fantastic score. For example, if you place a preseason $100 bet on the Buffalo Bills to win the Super Bowl at odds of +1500, you’re looking at a whopping $1,500 return if it turns out to be correct.

The futures market stays active throughout the year, and plenty of bettors continue to hunt for the best prices on their selections. You can do the same by line shopping with the top sportsbooks. For example, the DraftKings Sportsbook app may have one price on your Super Bowl pick, while the FanDuel Sportsbook app checks in with a better number.

NFL prop betting

NFL prop bets let you focus on specific segments of the game. In a nutshell, they’re side wagers on things that may or may not come up during the contest. You’ll find props on the game itself and individual teams, and many that are based on the performance of individual players. An example of a game prop is the following: Will the game go into overtime — yes/no?

NFL fieldFor team props, many bets have to do with what they’ll accomplish. Available options will vary, but should see some along these lines:

  • Which side will have more rushing yards in the game — Giants or Cowboys?
  • Total TDs scored by the Jets — over/under 2.5?

Player props are kind of like a crossover of fantasy sports into betting. Those who have experience in the former can use this as a good entry point as a result. Available opportunities will be similar to the following:

  • How many total combined yards for Saquon Barkley — over/under 119.5?
  • Who will have more receiving yards — Jamison Crowder or DeVante Parker?

Prop offerings will vary by sportsbook. While all of the top books will have plenty to choose from for each game, some go the extra mile with lots of options. FanDuel is among those that fall into this category, with a consistently fantastic selection of props.

NFL live betting

Once the games kick off, you don’t have to stop betting. Live betting lets you wager right along in real time as the action plays out on the field. This is a really fast-moving market in which the odds and offerings are constantly updating.

Online sportsbooks are more than up to the task. You can be logged in on your device while watching the action on the big screen, and pounce once you see a bet that you like. During the game, you’ll see options such as:

  • Updated odds for all of the main bet types.
  • Various prop betting opportunities.
  • Wagers for specific parts of the game, such as a quarter or half or even the next drive.

Live betting has grown tremendously in legal wagering environments. It’s available at all of the top books, but some stand apart with their offerings. DraftKings is among those in that category, with a platform that makes sure you don’t miss a beat.

Super Bowl betting in New York

The biggest betting event of the NFL year is the Super Bowl. It’s the culmination of the NFL season with a champion officially crowned once the clock ticks down to zero. Viewership numbers are generally through the roof for the big game.

The same applies from a betting perspective as the Super Bowl attracts billions of dollars in wagers. Sportsbooks go all out for the festivities. Beyond the usual assortment of wagering opportunities, you’ll find hundreds of props to consider.

While many will be of the standard variety such as which player will score the first TD or which side will have more rushing yards, there will also be dozens of the entertaining variety. Actual offerings will vary, but here are a couple of the most popular from this category year after year.

  • What will be the result of the coin flip — heads or tails?
  • What color Gatorade the winning sideline celebrate with?

The number of choices can seem overwhelming, but the good news is that there’s a break in between the conference championship games and Super Bowl. Oddsmakers will release NFL betting odds for the big bet types as soon as the matchup is finalized, while others will flow in as the game approaches.

There’s nothing quite like Super Bowl Sunday in the sporting world, and we can now get involved with all of the excitement like never before. Beyond the standard bets and props, don’t forget that you can live bet as the game plays out in real time.

Top 10 NFL betting questions answered

NFL betting can be lots of fun and a great source of entertainment. While that should always be the focus when it comes to wagering, bettors continually look to improve their skills and enhance their chances of winning. We’ve compiled 10 of the most frequently asked questions on that front and have the scoop on what you need to know. Let’s take a look.

1. What is public betting?

Public betting refers to which side is attracting the most action for a game. There are a number of websites that track the public money in percentage form, but you can also glean clues by looking for line movements in advance of the game. If a sportsbook makes one side more attractive than the other, then the less attractive side is seeing most of the money. This can be a valuable tool to help gauge public sentiment on a contest, but it should never be the sole determining factor for your wagers. 

2. Is it better to bet on Monday Night Football or Thursday Night Football? 

The NFL’s primetime games are always very popular betting attractions. All of them will attract tons of betting action, but that doesn’t mean that you absolutely have to jump in the pool. For each game, you should be looking for a clear advantage that indicates a good spot for wagering. If you can’t find the edge, there’s nothing wrong with passing. When that’s the case with a primetime tilt, you can always explore different opportunities such as props or live betting.

3. Are NFL betting systems a scam? How about buying picks?  

The surge in legal sports betting matches a rise in NFL betting information for sale. While there are some solid folks and companies out there who strive to do a legitimately good job, many of these fall into the scam category. There is no holy grail for sports betting. No one is right all of the time, and those who claim that they are simply aren’t being truthful. Instead of wasting money trying to find a reputable option, focus your efforts on devising a handicapping system you can call your own.

4. Moneyline or spread? Which one is the better bet? 

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer here. While many top handicappers swear by the spread as the way to go, there are plenty of others who happily pick their spots on the moneyline. The answer can also vary by game. For example, when you can’t make heads or tails of the spread but have a great feel for the outright winner, the moneyline is the way to go. In short, analyze each game on its own merits and decide which wager you feel most comfortable with.

5. Do I bet early in the week or right before the game? 

This is going to depend on the amount of time you have available for handicapping. If you can dig into the numbers right after the current week is complete and walk away with a sense of how the next games will play out, then it makes sense to get your bets in early before the lines move. However, there’s also a case to be made for waiting and seeing what develops with any news surrounding the games and line moves. If you only have time to handicap as the week moves along, then take your time and place your bets when you’re ready.

6. Do injuries and weather matter in NFL betting? 

Yes, but the actual impact will vary. On the injury front, the absence of a key player — starting QB, major piece of the offensive line, top cog on defense — can impact the proceedings. An injury to a role player won’t have much of an impact. You should certainly assess the injury outlook for both teams, but know that major information will already be baked into the odds. As for weather, it depends on the elements. Light rain or snow may be nothing to sweat, but a torrential downpour or blizzard is worth paying attention to. Additionally, keep an eye on the wind speed, as a steady stream of really strong gusts can impact the passing and kicking games.

7. Are NFL parlays dumb? 

Parlay bets are incredibly popular, but they’re also a huge source of the hold for sportsbooks. Let that sink in for a second. Multi-leg parlays are very tough to hit. The more choices you add to the slip, the more the odds go against you. There’s a reason that sportsbooks are willing to pay such astronomical returns: the chances of such a bet paying off are slim, and the books make up for it with other losing parlay tickets. If you want to do a parlay or two for fun, go for it, but keep the wagering amount small and focus your efforts on more predictable wagers.

8. How much should I bet on a single game or prop? 

This really depends on your bankroll and overall comfort level. A conservative wagering strategy calls for 1%-2% of your bankroll on any single wager, while a more aggressive approach could call for 5%. You should always only be wagering with amounts that you can afford to lose. The same holds true with your total bankroll. If these are funds you need for another purpose, you shouldn’t be wagering with them.

9. Does a team’s record against the spread matter? 

It’s definitely a factor that’s worth considering as you break down the weekly slate of games, but it’s not the end-all and be-all. Each season, there are teams that outperform ATS, as well as others that underperform, with everyone else somewhere in the middle. When analyzing a head-to-head matchup, you should compare the season-to-date ATS records. If one side has a distinct advantage over the other, that’s a checkmark in their column, but not an automatic green light to wager on them.

10. What’s the No. 1 thing NOT to do when betting on the NFL?

Betting on the NFL can be exciting and lots of fun, but there’s also a downside. Thankfully, it’s one that you can avoid. Remember this simple pearl of wisdom and stick to it no matter what: always bet with your head and never over it. There are no guarantees with sports betting, so any funds you use should be amounts that you can afford to lose. If you stay in your lane, you’ll be comfortable with the outcome. When you go too far, you’ll know that, too. If you find yourself overly nervous as the game plays out or completely despondent over a loss, it’s time to dial back immediately. There will always be time to move up in stakes as your skills advance.

Best sportsbooks/bars for NFL betting in New York

Heading out to catch the NFL games can be a good time. Thanks to the wonders of mobile betting, you can have the best of both worlds with a real live sportsbook app at your fingertips at all times. Here’s a pair of great spots to check out for the next Giants game.

Standings

  • 43 E. Seventh St., New York, NY
  • 212-420-0671
  • Mon.-Tues., 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Fri., 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat., 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun., noon to midnight
  • Neighborhood feel in the heart of the East Village with craft beers, quality grub and plenty of screens.

LIT Sports Lounge & Grill

  • 234 North Ave. New Rochelle, NY
  • 914-365-1236
  • Mon., 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • If you’re looking for a spot outside of the city, this is a newer bar and grill in Westchester County with lots of TVs to catch the action on.

Jets fans are in luck as well, as there are plenty of spots to cheer on your favorite club. Here are two establishments to place on your to-visit list.

Blondies Sports

  • 212 W. 79th St., New York, NY
  • 212-362-3311
  • Mon.-Weds., 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Thur.-Sun., noon to 11 p.m.
  • A recognized Jets fan hangout on the Upper West Side that’s known for awesome wings, a great selection of brews and big screen TVs.

Demeters Tavern and Sports Bar

  • 51 Old White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY
  • 914-631-9679
  • Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Outside of the hustle and bustle of the city is this neighborhood joint with a full food and beverage menu and lots of screens to catch the game.

Retail sportsbooks in NY

Retail sportsbooks began opening up in New York state in the summer of 2019. Here are the details on where you can go to place your bets in person.

Resorts World Catskills

  • 888 Resorts World Drive, Monticello, NY
  • 833-586-9358
  • Sportsbook 360 is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mon.-Wed. and 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tues. with self-serve kiosks available whenever the casino is open.

Rivers Casino Schenectady

  • 1 Rush St., Schenectady, NY
  • 518-579-8800
  • Rivers Sportsbook is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with self-serve kiosks available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Point Place Casino

  • 450 452 State Route 31, Bridgeport, NY
  • 315-366-9610
  • The Lounge with Caesars Sports is open Mon.-Thur. from noon to 8 p.m., Fri. from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Yellow Brick Road Casino

  • 800 W. Genesee St., Chittenango, NY
  • 315-366-9400
  • The Lounge with Caesars Sports is open Mon.-Thur. from noon to 8 p.m., Fri. from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Turning Stone Resort & Casino

  • 5218 Patrick Road, Verona, NY
  • 800-771-7711
  • The Lounge with Caesars Sports is open Mon.-Thur. from noon to 8 p.m., Fri. from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tioga Downs

  • 2384 W. River Road, Nichols, NY
  • 888-946-8464
  • FanDuel Sportsbook is open Mon.-Fri. from noon to 10 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sun. from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

del Lago Resort & Casino

  • 1133 State Route 414, Waterloo, NY
  • 315-946-1777
  • DraftKings Sportsbook is open daily from noon to 10 p.m.

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort

  • 873 State Route 37, Hogansburg, NY
  • 518-358-2222
  • Sticks Sportsbook and Grill is open Wed.-Thur. from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sat.-Sun. from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For those in NYC who are looking for another option, keep in mind that there’s a massive sportsbook just a train ride away in the Garden State:

FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands

  • 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford, NJ
  • 877-689-0662
  • Open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight

NY sports betting rules and regulations

You can bet on a host of sports in New York in a number of ways at retail sportsbooks, but there are a couple of minor restrictions to keep in mind. Wagering on college teams that are based in the state is a no-no, as is betting on collegiate events that take place in the state.

It’s the same story in neighboring New Jersey, but Pennsylvania has no such restrictions. Also on the prohibited list is wagering on non-sporting events, such as the Academy Awards or US presidential elections. You also won’t be able to place any bets on esports in the state.

In order to legally wager, you’ll need to be 21 or older, and you can’t be a member of any self-exclusion lists for gambling. Affiliated league personnel are also prohibited from betting on their own sports. These rules have become pretty standard across the industry, so you’ll find the same policies in other legal states.

Illegal offshore betting/bookies in New York

Now that legal sports betting has arrived, there are a number of ways to get involved with NFL betting in completely safe fashion. Despite that, there are still other options out there that are more than happy to take your dollars.

The black market for sports betting, such as with offshore sites and illegal bookies, remains alive and well. The fact that they’re still available doesn’t mean that they’re an option you should pursue. You shouldn’t. Here’s why.

Legal and regulated sportsbooks have to go through a lengthy application process with the state. They’ve been fully vetted and have to invest heavily just to set up shop. The top sportsbooks have their sights set on the overall growth of the industry, and they operate on the up and up as a result.

To make sure that’s the case, state gambling authorities keep an eye on things while having clearly defined rules and regulations that sportsbooks must follow. Your money will be safe with these sites, and you’ll be paid for your wins without issue.

In the case of illegal options such as offshore sites, there are simply no guarantees for either of those things. These sportsbooks claim to operate in a legal gray area and are more than happy to take your business, but that doesn’t mean your money will be safe.

In fact, there have been plenty of instances in which offshore sites have vanished, leaving their customers high and dry. These days, there’s simply no justification for taking the risk, as you can quickly and safely bring your business to a fully legal and regulated sportsbook.

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