Why Can’t I Bet on DraftKings, FanDuel for Super Bowl 2023? Explanation & Other Options
You’ve probably seen loads of ads for FanDuel and DraftKings, no matter what state you’re in. TV commercials, stadium sponsorships, and integrated partnerships with the leagues themselves.
But in almost half the country, you still can’t bet on these sites or any others. About 20 states have full online betting (I say about because it depends how you definite online; in Mississippi, you can bet on your phone but only if you’re inside a casino).
DraftKings is in 19 states. FanDuel is in 18 states. And if you’re somewhere without these legal options, can you still get money down on the Super Bowl?
You can! Here are three potential options.
1. “Fantasy” Sites
PrizePicks is a daily fantasy operator — meaning they’re available in more states (29!) than sports betting — that allows you to pick two or more player stats together. Even though it’s considered DFS, you’re putting up real money and playing against the site, not against other players like traditional DFS contests on DraftKings or FanDuel.
For example, I could put $20 on Travis Kelce to have over 7 receptions and AJ Brown to have under 5 receptions. If both those picks win, I’ll double my money. If I add Jalen Hurts under 46.5 rushing yards and all three win, I’d 4x my money.
Use promo code ACTIONNFL for $50 free if either QB throws for 1+ yard in the Super Bowl. PrizePicks operates in a few large states that don’t have online sports betting, including California, Florida, Texas, Kentucky and Georgia. Here’s a full list of where it’s legal.
There are a few other sites that have popped up over the last few years offering a similar product, including:
2. Traveling and Betting
You can bet in a state with legal betting, as long as you’re inside the state at the time. You don’t have to live there. So if you live in California and trek to Arizona to bet, that’s totally fine.
You can also cash out your winnings after you’ve already left the state — so if you go AZ before the Super Bowl to make your bets, you don’t have to go back to collect the money.
Check out our full guide to betting while traveling.
3. Free to Play Contests
Sportsbooks try to acquire your contact information ahead of legal sports betting going live in your state. So they offer “free to play” games that require no entry, making them legal in all states.
That’s why FOX Bet offers the free “Super 6” pick’em and DraftKings has “free to play” pools with cash prizes but no entry fee.
So if you’re not in a legal state, you can still take advantage of their “generosity” by signing up and entering.
For example, DraftKings has a “prop sheet” pool sponsored by Xfinity that asks users to pick the correct answer to 10 questions, like who will win the game, what color will Rihanna’s hair be, etc.
When Will Full Online Betting Come to My State?
We’re tracking every state’s online betting status here.
Massachusetts will be the next to launch full-scale online betting, with a targeted go-live date of late March 2023.
Other states like California and Florida have no real timeline due to legal holdups or opposition from tribes that oppose online betting.
Some states have in-person sports betting, but you must wager at a casino/sportsbook, and can’t do so online.
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