What’s The Closest Legal Betting Option For Every NFL Fanbase?

Written By Brant James on January 21, 2022 - Last Updated on June 13, 2022

There will be legal sports betting in State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona for Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12, 2023. And that will be historic.

Wagering will be available to every fan with a phone via a mobile option. And there will even be a BetMGM retail sportsbook on the grounds.

The NFL will have turned another corner. Although the league has long since embraced legal sports betting as a revenue stream and source of deeper fan engagement, Super Bowl LVII will be a major milestone. For the first time, a Super Bowl will be held in a state with legal sports betting.

Arizona won’t hold the distinction for long though. The Super Bowl will be held in Las Vegas in 2024 and New Orleans in 2025. Both Nevada and Louisiana have mobile and retail markets underway.

Arizona will become a fascinating case study in sports betting tourism and a predictor of how bountiful a Super Bowl the nation’s entertainment epicenter can be in 2024.

But even with sports betting spreading to more than half the country in just more than three years, not every NFL fan in major fan hub cities will have a legal option. So here’s PlayUSA‘s guide to help them and their luckier compatriots find their way.


Falcons fans desirous of making a legal bet need only to head north on Interstate 75 toward Tennessee. Camping World of Tennessee is right there at the border. Because sports betting in Tennessee is available only online and via mobile, their car will be their sportsbook. (Undoubtedly, with one of those Georgia Bulldogs flags). It’s 110 miles from downtown Atlanta, or anywhere from two to 50 hours, depending on the typically maddening traffic in the capital of the new South. You might as well grab some Sugar’s Ribs (same exit) before heading back. Traffic, remember?


Cardinals fans will be able to bet in a sportsbook at State Farm Stadium, which will be the host stadium for the 2023 Super Bowl. That’s cool and all, but they can currently bet while paramotoring – safely! – over the Grand Canyon if they want because sports betting is available via mobile in Arizona.


Marylanders will eventually have a mobile option. It’s legal, just not implemented yet. So for this Super Bowl and the foreseeable future, the nearest option to M&T Bank Stadium will have Ravens fans tapping on the sportsbook door at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, just a half-mile away.


If Bills Mafia members need to blow out the driveway, anyway, they might as well head down to Buffalo Seneca Creek Casino about 12 miles from Highmark Stadium. But if the comforter is feeling cozy and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy is on again, NY sports betting is newly legal on mobile and online.


Sports betting in North Carolina is currently limited to two Eastern Band of Cherokee sportsbooks in the western fringes of the state. There’s Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, 178 miles from Charlotte in Cherokee. Then there’s Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River outside of Murphy. That’s 236 miles. That makes the first rest area in Virginia, off I-77 North, the best option at a brief 97 miles. North Carolina continues to make things hard for bettors hoping to do the right thing until it expands with a mobile sports betting option.


One day, football fans in Chicago might have a sportsbook right there in Soldier Field … unless the team moves to Arlington Park in a tiff and some really nice real estate opens up by the Field Museum. Either way, Illinois sports betting requires only a phone or computer, or tablet, if so inclined.


Bengals fans should have full legal and retail options for what they hope will be a return to the Super Bowl. Until Ohio goes live, though, there’s full mobile and online sports betting just 24 miles to the west in Indiana and a sportsbook 27 away in Hollywood Casino & Hotel Lawrenceburg. Those Joe Burrow props will be legal by the time they pass State Line Restaurant on State Road 50.


Browns backers are hard by Lake Erie and hard up for legal options nearby until the state launches in 2022. For now, there’s the Michigan line 124 miles to the west and Pennsylvania 77 to the east.


It could be worse. They could live in Dallas. It’s 188 miles from deep in the heart of Texas to a raft of Lousiana sportsbooks in Shreveport. Sadly, there’s only one Buc-ee’s on the route.


Football fans in Colorado have a plethora of choices right there on their phones or computers. And you just know they’ll be hammering those Broncos and Russell Wilson futures. If in need of a big screen to yell at and a bunch of strangers to hear them, it’s a solid 40 minutes from Hile High Stadium out to the sportsbooks in Blackhawk and Central City.


Lions fans can ponder future wagers on their consistently high draft picksor make a play on the Super Bowl anywhere in Michigan on their phones or computers.

Green Bay

Wisconsin has one operational sportsbook, and it’s hardly where the people live. But it’s at least near where the Packers play. Fans can make legal wagers only at Oneida Bingo Casino until further expansion at other tribal facilities. Wisconsin also borders two mobile sports betting states: Iowa and Illinois.


More Texas dollars head east to Louisiana. It’s 144 miles along I-10 to the casino sportsbooks of Lake Charles.


The retail options in Indianapolis are limited, but that doesn’t matter. Every smartphone and computer is a sportsbook, as the state has adopted the full digital route.


It’s roughly the same distance to the Cherokee sportsbooks of western North Carolina (465 miles) to casinos in Biloxi, Miss., and the mobile market of Tennessee. That makes Ocean Sportsbook aboard select Carnival Cruises the most accessible option. It comes with a buffet! And maybe a quarantine.

Kansas City

Hello, Lamoni. It’s about 100 miles north on I-35 to the field of sports betting dreams that is the fully mobile sports betting market in Iowa. Maybe keep your rapture to yourself, though, as the burg of a couple thousand has deep roots in the Mormon pilgrimage. And you know how Utah feels about sports betting. And other fun stuff.

Los Angeles

It’s either live out some Sammy Hagar fantasy on a 227-mile run to Primm, Nevada, or 228 miles to Ehrenberg, Arizona. Or, again, a Carnival Cruise.

Las Vegas

Self-explanatory. See you in 2024, by the way.


It’s 56 miles to Alice Town in the Bahamas, but it could take a while if the Crockett and Tubbs cigarette boat montage goes into slow-mo. Nearly 800 miles from any domestic legal options, South Floridians will be tempted to find a local bookie. Or a Carnival ship.


The Iowa border is 108 miles south down I-35. Midwesterners drive that far for goofs.

New England

Rhode Island’s solitary, state-run mobile sportsbook calls to Patriots fans from just 20 miles south. But no one can understand it with that accent.

New Orleans

Sports betting launched in Louisiana retail outlets this fall, but mobile has yet to be implemented because of a series of regulatory and climatic – Hurricane Ida – setbacks. One day fans will be able to bet on their phones from inside the Caesars Superdome, but for now, the best option is down Poydras Street at Harrahs.

New York

The Giants and Jets take their name from New York but take the highway to New Jersey for home games. Either way, sports betting is legal, mobile, and online in both states. While in-state retail sportsbooks are a few hours from New York City, there’s a FanDuel shop at the Meadowlands astride the MetLife Stadium footprint.


There’s a FanDuel sportsbook at Live! Casino and the South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook down from Lincoln Financial Field, but the couch is much better. Sports betting is legal through online and mobile outlets in Pennsylvania. For the Iggles fans in Cherry Hill, New Jersey is fully online and mobile, too.


There’s Rivers Casino down along Ohio for those seeking a communal experience, but in these masked-up, safety-first times, sports betting is available state-wide through mobile and online.

San Francisco

In one of the more scenic runs to the book, Niners fans would pass through Tahoe National Forest and South Lake Tahoe to the Nevada border.


Tribal sportsbooks have opened in the area, but there’s nothing remotely close to the Stadium District, Space Needle, or any of the zillions Starbucks in town. The Snoqualmie Casino Sportsbook is 27 miles east, way past Jeff Bezos’ house on Mercer Island. The Suquamish Casino Resort north of town literally requires a ferry.

Tampa Bay

For about a month, mobile sports betting was underway in Florida. But then judges started reading the fine print. Not quite as ‘lucky’ as Jags fans or unfortunate as the Dolphins’, Bucs’ fans can make a long drive, take a cruise or keep swiping up on that Hard Rock app.


Sports betting is legal via online and mobile throughout Tennessee from Memphis to Chattanooga and all the hilliness in between. There are no retail parlors in this unique regulatory market.

Washington, DC

Whether hanging out at the team’s training facility in Ashburn, Virginia, or within the actual boundaries of the jurisdiction that defines the team, Commanders fans are surrounded by mobile and online choices and retail sportsbooks. Maryland will eventually add mobile, too.

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Brant James is a veteran journalist who has twice been recognized in the Associated Press Sports Editors Awards, most recently in 2020. He's covered motorsports, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball among a myriad of others beats and written enterprise and sports business for publications including USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com.

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