We all love New York, except for the fact that there’s no way (yet) to legally bet online on the biggest football game of the year in the Big Apple.
Sure, you can head out to one of the many legal sportsbooks in New York to bet on Super Bowl 55 this week, but they aren’t as convenient to many New Yorkers (especially those living in NYC) as legal online sportsbooks in neighboring New Jersey are.
In fact it’s extraordinarily easy to hop across the Hudson and bet online with one of the many legal online sportsbooks in New Jersey. That’s why we’ve put together the following guide to signing up in New York and jumping over the border to New Jersey to bet Super Bowl LV online.
Best NJ Betting Apps for NYC Bettors
How to sign up in New York and bet in NJ
If you live in NYC, the best thing about New Jersey online sportsbooks is that you don’t have to leave home to sign up for an account or make a deposit with one. After all, you’re not playing – yet.
Before you make the trip, check the list above for a link to the NJ online sportsbook of your choice and click on it to start the process. As long as you come armed with the minimal amount of personal and account information required, you’ll be able to register in a matter of minutes.
What you can do from New York:
- Register for an account
- Download any NJ betting app
- Claim your free bets, risk-free bets and bonuses
- Play free Super Bowl contests
- Deposit and withdraw funds in and out of your betting account
- Manage your account and settings
What you need to go to New Jersey to do:
- Place Super Bowl 55 bets including moneyline bets, spreads, totals, futures and props bets
- Fill in bet slips, view payouts, combine bets to make parlays
Download your Super Bowl betting app in NYC, Bet in NJ
You can download any (or all) New Jersey betting apps to your phone or tablet from anywhere in New York. It only takes a couple of simple steps
Just click the link in the list above to the website for the NJ online sportsbook of your choice. There, you will find a download link for both iPhone / iPad and Android devices. Click on it to download and install the app.
2. Install the geo-location app
You may also be prompted to download and install a geo-location app. This is what New Jersey online sportsbooks use to make sure you’re in the state when you place bets. No, there’s no getting around it. You can’t have a friend in New Jersey log into your account from there, either.
3. Enter Promo Code
Note any bonus or promo code listed above as well when you’re creating your account. That way you can claim the best possible bonus. You can do this either before or after you download the app in the registration process.
4. Claim Bonus, Deposit Money
After that, simply deposit money in your New Jersey online sportsbook account using your choice of available deposit methods. These will likely include everything from credit cards (Visa, MC) and debit cards to your bank online, third-party payment processors (Skrill, Neteller etc), and Pay Near Me, available at 7-Eleven and CVS.
Then, take the PATH subway, the Port Authority Bus, the train from Penn Station, drive yourself (or take a rideshare) across the George Washington Bridge or through the Lincoln Tunnel. Just get to New Jersey however you normally get to New Jersey and once you’re there, browse through the Super Bowl LV betting markets at the NJ online sportsbook app you downloaded and fire away.
Best Super Bowl odds boost, bonuses, and promos
New Jersey online sportsbooks do all kinds of things to get you to bet with them, especially during the Super Bowl. These include various promos, bonuses, and odds boosts. Here’s a look at the best current Super Bowl 55 promos, bonuses, and odds boosts at NJ online sportsbooks for Super Bowl 55:
To claim either odds boost, just click the Play Now link above and create a new account.
Free to Enter Super Bowl 55 Contests in NY
A few major free Super Bowl contests are also directly open to entering right from NYC (no travel involved). As these are free to enter you don’t need to be inside NJ to bet; you can enter from any US state including New York.
Here are the three best free to enter contests for Super Bowl 55:
2021 Super Bowl Free Contests
The sportsbook heavyweights have again rolled out some enticing free Super Bowl contests to bring new players in. Here’s a look at a few of the best:
DraftKings $55 Million Predictions Contest
- Who can play: Users in all 50 states including NY
- Total prize pool: $55 Million
- Winner share: $1 million
- Instant prizes: $3 to $25,000 just for entering
- Answer questions in advance predicting what will happen in 4th quarter
- Watch the 4th quarter and keep your eye on leaderboard
- Wait and see which instant prize you’re awarded and for how much!
How to play:
DraftKings $55,000 Super Bowl Squares
- Free to play
- Prize pool of $55,000
- Game only on the DraftKings app
- Available in every state including NY
How to find:
- Download the DraftKings app
- Register an account
- Click the “Rewards” tab at the bottom of the screen
- Click “Promotions.”
- Find the Super Bowl squares promo
- Click PLAY FREE
- Pick your square at random
- See if your numbers hit!
Over on FanDuel they brought back their popular Big Game Bingo contest—only this time they’ve dramatically upped the stakes to $100,000.
How to register:
- Download the FanDuel app
- Create a new account
- Go to the “Free Games” tab before kickoff and claim your free Bingo card
- Your bingo card will have 24 game/pop culture props on it (plus the free square)
- Watch the game
- Hit “Bingo” in any direction (your card is updated automatically when one of your squares hits)
- Win a share of $100k along with any other players who hit Bing!
- Note: Every entrant gets 1,000 FanDuel Points for future use
Make Your Super Bowl bets in New Jersey
You need to be inside New Jersey state lines to place Super Bowl bets with NJ online sportsbooks. There’s no other way to do it. Once you’ve signed up for an account and filled it with funds, all you need to do is get to Jersey to bet on the Super Bowl.
In current times, you may want to avoid public transit and take a rideshare service if you don’t have a car. Other than that, there are three primary ways to get from NYC to the Garden State:
- George Washington Bridge from Harlem River Drive to Fort Lee, NJ
- Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from Brooklyn to Staten Island and then Goethals Bridge to Elizabeth/Newark, NJ
- Holland Tunnel via the West Side Highway to Jersey City and Hoboken
- Lincoln Tunnel from the West Side of NYC to Weehawken, NJ
Via Mass Transit
New Jersey Transit offers trains from Penn Station connecting to New Jersey. The first train stop in New Jersey is Secaucus, but check the schedules as not all NJT trains stop at Secaucus.
The PATH Subway (Port Authority Trans Hudson) goes from the following NYC locations to Newark, Hoboken, Harrison, and Jersey City:
- 9th St
- 14th St
- 23rd St
- 33rd St
- Christopher St
- World Trade Center
Finally, you can get on a bus to NJ from the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd St.
Most popular places in New Jersey to bet Super Bowl online
Based on the Super Bowl last year, we know some 18% of New Jersey betting comes from New York gamblers. According to Bloomberg, some of the New Jersey train stations listed above have become hubs for NYC gamblers.
However, most New Yorkers will bet on the Super Bowl online in New Jersey at places where they can also watch the game. New Jersey sportsbooks are great places to watch the Super Bowl and bet on the game, either at the counter or on your phone with any New Jersey betting app.
The NJ sportsbooks closest to NYC are:
- FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands
- William Hill Sportsbook at Monmouth Park
You can also go down to Atlantic City where there are another eight NJ sportsbooks inside Atlantic City casinos, including:
- DraftKings at Resorts Atlantic City
- The Book at Bally’s
- The Book at Harrah’s
- The Sportsbook at Golden Nugget
- Hard Rock Sportsbook
- William Hill at Ocean Casino
- William Hill at Tropicana
- Moneyline Bar & Book at Borgata
If you’d rather watch the game at a sports bar where you can bet on the action on your phone using an NJ betting app, there are many close-to-NYC options. Popular sports bars just across the Hudson from NYC include:
- Hudson Blue Bar & View
- Bar One Public House
- Wicked Wolf Tavern
Before heading over, please check and see if any are currently open and available due to legal restrictions.
Betting in Pennsylvania from New York
New Jersey sportsbooks aren’t the only online Super Bowl betting option for people in New York State.
Those Upstate and closer to the Pennsylvania state line can play the same game with PA online sportsbooks that NYC residents do with the ones in New Jersey. Online sportsbooks in PA that take Super Bowl bets include:
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- Unibet Sportsbook
- BetMGM Sportsbook
- FOX Bet Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook PA
- BetRivers Sportsbook
Live Super Bowl betting in NY/NJ
Live betting may just be the most exciting way to bet on Super Bowl 55 on game day. It involves betting during the game on many of the same lines available before the game at live odds that change alongside the action. Plus, it may also include betting on quarter and half lines and an increased number of in-game props.
Live betting is available via all New Jersey online sportsbooks. While retail sportsbooks in both states will post live odds as well, online sportsbooks are the most convenient way to play. The odds change so fast, it’s almost impossible to get a live bet down at a retail sportsbook counter before they change again.
In contrast, online sportsbooks are built for the speed of live betting and let you place bets with a click. That makes that same list of New Jersey train stations, bars, and sportsbooks above the best places to live bet the Super Bowl.
Just make sure your New Jersey sportsbook app is downloaded, installed, and ready to go.
How to bet on Super Bowl at New York retail sportsbooks
We think we’ve made a pretty good case for heading to New Jersey to bet on Super Bowl LV online. But for those who simply can’t leave the state, there are retail sportsbooks in NY State taking bets on the game. Here’s a list.
Commercial casinos with sportsbooks:
- Resorts World Catskills
- Del Lago Resort and Casino (DraftKings Sportsbook)
- Tioga Downs (FanDuel Sportsbook)
- Rivers Schenectady
Tribal casinos with sportsbooks:
- Turning Stone Resort Casino
- Point Place Casino
- Yellow Brick Road Casino
- Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino
- Seneca Niagara Casino
- Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
- Akwesasne Mohawk Casino
When Will Online Sports Betting be Legal in New York?
There’s been plenty of back-and-forth over the years about legalizing online betting in New York, especially since retail sportsbooks opened their doors back in July 2019.
But in January 2021, The New York Daily News reported Gov. Andrew Cuomo is finally willing to bet on NY mobile sports betting. Apparently, he will make it a central part of his policy proposals in his upcoming State of the State address.
In fact, Cuomo said New York has the potential to be the largest sports betting market in the US, and by legalizing online sports betting in the state, he is aiming to keep millions of dollars in tax revenue inside NY.
It’s going to take some time to set it all up. Plus, it appears Gov. Cuomo is in favor of some kind of single-operator monopoly instead of the competitive market that makes NJ sports betting so great.
So, for now, the millions of dollars in tax revenue Gov. Cuomo is talking about will still be leaking out to New Jersey (including Super Bowl LV bets), and your best bet for betting online remains a trip over the state line.