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NFL betting in California

NFL Betting in California is still out of bounds, as the state legislature has yet to approve sports betting even at the state’s tribal casinos. Despite other states continuing to expand the practice, momentum from the state’s lawmakers is minimal, especially following the massive flops of Propositions 26 and 27 (which would have legalized sports betting) on the 2022 ballot. Still, in anticipation of a time when the practice is approved and live in the state, we wanted to give Californians an overview of what NFL betting could look like. Here, we’ll showcase some of the top sportsbooks expected to arrive in California and provide other important information for new sports bettors.

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Which are the best expected California sportsbooks for NFL betting?

Because of the massive number of professional and collegiate teams in the state, many sports betting operators will flood the market once sports gambling is approved. Here are some of the best expected California sportsbooks for NFL betting.

FanDuel California


FanDuel is one of the biggest sports betting operators in the country, and California sports fans can already familiarize themselves with FanDuel through daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests on the platform. It is incredibly easy to learn to use, making it a quality option for new players.

DraftKings California


DraftKings and FanDuel often go hand in hand, so much so that a potential merger between the two was blocked by the Federal Trade Commission in 2017 for fear that the deal would lead to a monopoly. DK also runs DFS contests and carries an excellent selection for in-play betting lines.

BetMGM California


BetMGM has one of the top rewards programs in the industry, offering players points towards exclusive perks (casino/hotel discounts, entertainment tickets, luxury cruises, and more) for every dollar wagered on the site. The operator also frequently has same game parlay boosts available.

Caesars California


Caesars tends to have the highest value for welcome bonuses; we’ve seen them as high as $1,500 in bonus bets for new users. Additionally, the bookie has some of the best customer service in the industry and an outstanding mobile betting app.

When sports betting goes live in the state, you can expect many of the California betting bonus offers to center around NFL teams; in some cases, the teams may list an operator as their “official sports betting partner.” Here are a few of the popular promos we expect California sportsbooks will offer.

  • Bonus bets: Bonus bets are a perk that lets recipients add credits to their bets without having to use funds from their bankroll. Typically, bonus bets are disbursed in a preset amount (usually $10, $25, or $50), though we’ve seen other examples where users can deploy the credits as they wish.
  • Odds/profit boosts: Odds and profit boosts function in similar ways which is why we grouped them together here. Odds boosts are changes in the lines at the time you make your wager (for example, a line that is normally at -125 could be boosted to +125) while profit boosts are typically a flat percentage of your winnings that is added to your payout.
  • Second chance bets: Often marketed as “no-sweat” bets, second chance bets allow players to place a wager in a select market and receive the value of their stake back in bonus bets if their initial wager loses. This effectively gives the player two chances at hitting a winning bet for the same financial cost from their deposited funds.

Getting started betting on the NFL online in California

Getting started betting on the NFL online in California won’t be too difficult of a process once operators are approved and open registration. Here’s how you’ll eventually be able to sign up.

  1. Study up on approved operators: CASportsBettingSites.com will ONLY offer reviews on legitimate, licensed operators on this site. Once sports betting is legalized, these reviews will contain helpful information for deciding where to play, including bonus information, site/app features, customer support contacts, and an overall rating based on key performance areas.
  2. Complete your signup: Once you’ve decided where you’re going to play (it’s ok to try a few out and see what is the best fit for you), you can use the links provided in the sportsbook reviews to access the registration forms. These links are the best way to lock in the top available welcome bonus.
  3. Make a real-money deposit: Next, you’ll need to fund your account using an approved payment method (even if you’re planning to primarily use bonus credits to make your wagers). Typically, you’ll be able to use a debit card, link to your bank account, or connect with PayPal for payment, though other options may vary by sportsbook. Deposit an amount that qualifies you for the welcome bonus offer but is still within your financial means.
  4. Research the lines and lock in your bets: The more research you’re able to do before making your wagers, the more likely you are to end up a winner. Remember to shop around at a few sportsbooks to find the best odds for the bets you’d like to make so you can maximize value on wins and minimize the sting of losses. Good luck, have fun, and always gamble responsibly!

Wagers you will be able to place on the NFL in CA

There are many different wagers you will be able to place on the NFL in CA once the state legalizes sports betting. Here are a few of the most popular options.

  • Spread bets: Spread bets tend to be more popular than moneyline betting in the NFL because the values can be so lopsided. This wager type handicaps the final score by requiring the betting favorite to win by a predetermined amount of points rather than simply a straight-up victory. This also means a bet on the underdog could still pay out despite an on-field loss if they manage to keep the score close.
  • Prop bets: Prop bets are wagers focused on team- and player-based accomplishments in-game without necessarily being tied to the final score. Examples could include wagering on over/under 2.5 passing touchdowns for Justin Herbert, over/under 70.5 receiving yards for Davante Adams, the result of the 49ers’ first drive, or whether the Rams will score a defensive touchdown at any time.
  • Parlays/SGPs: Parlays have become a particularly popular bet type and the subject of many promotions, especially with the prominence of the same game parlay (SGP). This bet type contains multiple betting outcomes and combines them into a single wager. Odds are multiplied for each leg added, but a single leg failing to occur results in the entire bet being scored a loss.

Betting on NFL playoffs & the Super Bowl

Betting action particularly ramps up during the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl. In addition to wagering on the individual matchups, you’ll also find wagers for which teams will win the AFC and NFC Championship Games as well as the eventual Super Bowl champion.

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest annual sporting events in the world, with 123.7 million U.S. viewers tuned in for Super Bowl LVIII in 2024; estimates from the American Gaming Association indicate more than $20 billion was wagered on the Big Game.

Part of the reason Super Bowl betting is such a major event is because there are many more prop bet markets than at a regular football game that don’t require a thorough knowledge of the game, teams, and players. For example, some of these props include the result of the opening coin toss, the length of the National Anthem performance, or the color of the sports drink poured on the winning head coach.

How can you read NFL odds?

Reading NFL odds correctly is a frequent tripping point for new football bettors. However, by keeping two key details in mind, you’ll be a master at understanding them in no time.

Say the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers are playing each other on Monday Night Football. The moneyline odds for the game might read as “Los Angeles Rams +150 at San Francisco 49ers -170.

In this example, it’s important to note the “+” sign and the “-” sign. The Rams have a “+” sign next to their name, which means they are the underdog (that an L.A. win is the less likely outcome); on the other hand, the 49ers have a “-” sign next to their odds, indicating they are the betting favorite (the team that is expected to win).

The next thing to consider is the numbers after those symbols. Betting on the underdogs yields higher returns for the same stake but carries a lower likelihood of winning; the inverse is true for betting on favorites.

Next, to calculate how much money you would win betting on either team, look at the number after the +/- symbol. If you wagered $100 on the Rams and L.A. won, you would win $150 and receive a $250 payout.

Conversely, wagering on the favorite (the 49ers) means you need to bet more money to win a similar amount. In the example above, you would need to wager $170 on the Niners to win $100 (thus leading to a $270 payout). If you wagered $100 like the Rams scenario and San Francisco won, a $100 stake would only win $58.82 and pay out $158.82.

Tips when betting on the NFL

When you’re finally ready to head to the sportsbooks or gamble via a mobile betting app, keep these expert tips in mind when betting on the NFL.

  • Keep game location in mind: The NFL doesn’t have set requirements for stadium conditions, such as a dome, retractable roof, or open-air venue. This can make the weather a major factor at times; for example, in cold weather or precipitation, passing the ball can be more difficult leading to lower scores overall. Travel is another important location factor to consider, especially when teams on the West Coast travel to play teams in the Eastern time zone (or as we’ll see in the 2024-25 season, in Germany, the U.K., and Brazil).
  • Bet favorites early in the week and underdogs later: NFL lines will move throughout the week depending on the betting action. If you’re going to back a favorite, you’ll typically get better odds on them closer to when the sportsbooks open to wagers; the opposite is true for underdogs, where line movement later in the week may lead to more favorable odds.
  • Don’t go crazy with parlays: Every bettor dreams of hitting it big on a parlay, winning loads of money from a sportsbook with a relatively small stake. But because parlays fail if a single leg doesn’t convert, they are harder to win when you add more legs to your slip. We typically recommend keeping your parlays between 2-5 legs to help reduce your risk.