By Jim Tomlin | | 3 mins
Where Chiefs Fans Can Bet on Their Team in Super Bowl 2021
The Kansas City Chiefs are aiming to win consecutive Super Bowls as the defending champions face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.
For Chiefs fans craving Super Bowl betting action, there are no legal sportsbooks in either Missouri or Kansas, the states that share fandom in Chiefs Kingdom. But there is still plenty of good NFL betting news because Missouri residents have more options to place their bets on Patrick Mahomes and Co. than they did a year ago when their team won Super Bowl 54.
Like in 2020, Chiefs fans can go to Iowa to place a bet either at a physical casino or on their mobile devices for Super Bowl 55. The nearest brick-and-mortar casinos are in Council Bluffs – Harrah’s and Horseshoe Casino – and there are 16 other casinos in Iowa where fans can place a sportsbook bet.
New Super Bowl Betting Options for Chiefs Fans
But thanks to geolocation technology, you don’t have to go to an Iowa casino for your Super Bowl betting. You can be anywhere inside Iowa’s borders and place an online sports wager. A year ago, that was not an available option, but Iowa’s in-person registration requirement ended on Jan. 1, 2021.
Folks in eastern Missouri can also head to Illinois, another market that was not available to them 12 months earlier. For the time being, with casinos closed because of coronavirus concerns, Illinois has suspended its in-person registration requirement, so bettors from Missouri just have to cross the state line and register to place their online sports betting wager in Illinois.
The same is true in Tennessee, yet another option that did not exist for Chiefs fans in February 2020. Tennessee, a state without any casinos that borders a small strip of southeastern Missouri, became the nation’s first mobile-only sports betting market in late 2020. Again, all bettors have to do is cross the state line and register with one of four online sportsbooks available in Tennessee.
The other option for bettors in southern Missouri is a trip to Arkansas, where there is no mobile sports betting but three racinos (racetracks with casino options) exist. Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs and Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff are both about a seven-hour drive from the Kansas City metro area; the other Arkansas sportsbook is Southland in West Memphis.
Interest in Missouri Sports Betting
There is a push to make sports betting legal in Missouri, but for now options in border states will have to do.
As for Chiefs fans in Kansas, the three Arkansas sportsbooks are the most convenient option for most. But anybody in the western part of the state might prefer to head to Colorado, where online sportsbook options are plentiful.
Whatever works out to be the most convenient option, any of them are better than fans would have once they arrive in Florida for the Super Bowl. Tampa’s best sportsbook options are in southern Mississippi or tribal casinos in western North Carolina, many hundreds of miles away.