It became a Sunday morning rite, to some even more important than grabbing their bagel and shmear. Thousands of New Yorkers who lived on the border of states that had legalized sports betting would hop into their cars and cross the border just long enough to grab a cup of coffee before the 1:00 p.m. NFL games.
In the time it took to fill up the gas tank, New Yorkers place their bets. Lot’s and lot’s of bets.
Until New York legalized gambling in early January, any bridge, tunnel, highway, or two-lane road leading in and out of the Empire State were so crowded on an NFL Sunday morning it looked like a Monday-to-Friday rush hour.
Which means this NFL season will be a lot easier and more relaxing for New York State sports bettors. In the first month of legalized gambling, New Yorkers placed more than $2 billion in wages. Kickoff can’t come soon enough.
The hottest bet this winter was on the state’s NFL team that often gets overlooked by the Giants and Jets. The Buffalo Bills, who are favored to win the Super Bowl (+550), have been hotter than Dubai will be for the World Cup.
There is no truth to the rumor that members of Bills Mafia have made NFL opponents offers you couldn’t refuse, but it would be understandable. The Bills are the only NFL team to have lost four straight Super Bowls. They believe this is the season they take home the Lombardi Trophy.
Football, of course, isn’t the only sport in town. Futures bets on the Yankees, who have an MVP candidate in Aaron Judge, and the Mets, who have gotten a huge infusion of money from new owner Steve Cohen, are saw a lot of action. There is a lot of action on whether the Yankees will complete the most epic collapse in franchise history.
And with all the news surrounding the Brooklyn Nets – Kevin Durant wants out, KD wants in. Kyrie Irving wants out. The Vaccine Kid wants in – their odds fluctuated like a broken scale.
Bottom line, if can think of a sports bet, you can make it in New York.
You can bet online from anywhere in the state and in-person at NY casinos. Online sports betting launched in January 2022 and nine sportsbook apps are available in the state. New York legalized sports betting at its commercial casinos in 2013.
Most major sportsbook now operate in the New York State and you can find them all through our website.