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Aug 26, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; The Kansas City Chiefs mascot KC Wolf performs during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
- Legal sports betting on NFL games is now live in 35 states across the US
- NFL Week 1 kicks off tonight with Lions vs. Chiefs on Thursday Night Football
- Kentucky retail sports betting is the most recent launch with online early registration now open
The NFL is finally set to kick off again tonight for the 2023-24 season. Sports bettors across 35 states will have legal betting access when the regular season gets underway this evening, with more states expected to follow in the coming months.
See the full list of states that can bet on NFL games, along with details on states that will soon be able to as well.
What States Can I Bet On NFL Games?
A total of 35 US states have legalized and launched sports betting, whether that be online, in-person at retail sportsbooks, or a combination of both options.
Here is the full list of the states that can bet on NFL games:
|States With NFL Betting||Online Sportsbooks||Retail Sportsbooks|
|Kentucky||Yes||Pending – September 28, 2023|
|North Carolina||Pending – 2024||Yes – Tribal Casinos Only|
Tonight’s kickoff will be the first opportunity for online sports bettors in the Bay State to wager on NFL games after Massachusetts sports betting apps launched in March. And while Ohio sports betting went live in January in time for last year’s playoffs, Buckeye Sports bettors will be eager to wager on the Week 1 matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.
NFL Week 1 Kicks Off With Detroit Lions vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The 2023-24 NFL season gets underway tonight, as the Detroit Lions visit the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs will be looking to start their season off on the right foot after winning Super Bowl 57 last year, while the Lions will be looking to make a push back to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
There has been some huge line movement on this matchup since it was announced that Chiefs star TE Travis Kelce suffered a knee injury that could limit his availability. The Lions have moved from 6.5-point underdogs to +4.5, so bettors who got in early could have found good value leading up to kickoff.
— NFL (@NFL) September 7, 2023
Track all the line movement with our NFL odds page to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.
The rest of the country will be looking forward to the huge slate of games on Sunday. Fans in the New York sports betting market are eagerly anticipating the Monday Night Football matchup between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, where QB Aaron Rodgers will make his debut.
Kentucky Online Sports Betting Early Registration Now Open
The next state to go live with legal online NFL wagering is the Kentucky sports betting scene. In fact, retail sportsbooks opened at nine Kentucky racetracks earlier today in time for the start of the NFL season. And with Kentucky online sports betting launching on Sept. 28, sports bettors can still sign-up to grab some limited-time early registration promos.
The next states on deck expected to launch NFL sports betting include North Carolina and Vermont. North Carolina sports betting is anticipated to go live in January 2024, with a similar timeline expected for the state of Vermont.
A sports fanatic and strategic wordsmith, Mitchell has been writing gaming content for over seven years. As sports betting emerges in markets across the globe, he’s ready to journey alongside those who haven’t wagered before with informative articles and comprehensive how-to guides.