Legal XFL Betting in the USA

After a short run that lasted just a single season back in 2001, the XFL is back.

Vince McMahon of professional wrestling fame originally cooked up the idea of a more action-oriented version of football that would appeal to fans by speeding up the pace of the game and giving fans something to look forward as the NFL season winds down each year.

His original vision for the XFL did not pan out for a variety of reasons. Some of it was likely related to the league incorporating too many gimmicky elements from professional wrestling with team names such as the Memphis Maniax and scantily clad cheerleaders, but there were other issues as well that have been thoroughly dissected over the years.

Nearly 20 years later, the XFL made a second go of it with an improved and more family-friendly business model, fewer gimmicks and more sports betting. The new XFL also aims to avoid competing head-to-head with the NFL by scheduling its season to pick right up where the Super Bowl leaves off every year.

Whether the newest incarnation has more staying power than the original remains to be seen, but XFL betting is now in place at sportsbooks across the country and BettingUSA will break it all down on this page. The remainder of this page will explain where XFL betting is legal, the league’s relationship with sports betting and how to get started.

States with Legal XFL Betting

XFL betting is legal in nine states and growing. If your state has legalized sports betting but regulators haven’t yet authorized wagers on XFL games, that will likely change soon. We will update this page accordingly as additional states authorize XFL betting.

In the meantime, fans in most other states can also get in on the action via fantasy sports contests now that the country’s major fantasy sites have launched XFL fantasy contests.

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States with legal XFL betting

Map Key

  • Blue: Sports betting is legal and XFL betting is approved
  • Green: Sports betting is legal but XFL betting not yet approved
  • Red: Sports betting legislation has been passed, but waiting for implementation

Gaming regulators in the following states have approved licensed sportsbooks to accept XFL wagers:

  • New Jersey
  • Nevada
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Iowa
  • Indiana
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • West Virginia

The Relationship Between the XFL and Sports Betting

The XFL differs from the NFL and other sports leagues in more ways than one. Most notably, the XFL is a much younger league and does not share the same complicated relationship with sports betting as do most other leagues.

Unlike the other major sports leagues, the XFL did not fight tooth and nail against New Jersey’s effort to challenge the federal sports betting ban (PASPA). In fact, the XFL wasn’t even in operation during that whole saga.

To the contrary, the XFL embraces sports betting. While other leagues are just now coming around to embracing sports betting and forming data-sharing relationships with operators, the XFL launched in February 2020 with betting lines integrated into broadcasts from day one.

XFL President Jeffrey Pollack acknowledges that betting is an important part of the modern sporting experience. Here’s how he put it in an interview with ESPN prior to the league’s launch:

 For a lot of our fans, free-to-play gaming, fantasy and legal sports betting have become [as] essential to the football experience as the helmet, ball and jersey.

It is thus no surprise that the XFL has wasted little time in cozying up to the gaming industry. Just days before the first game of the inaugural season, the XFL struck an agreement with DraftKings making the sports betting operator its “Official Daily Fantasy Sports Partner” and an “Authorized Gaming Operator” for the league’s first season.

Best XFL Betting Sites

Most licensed sportsbooks offer XFL betting online in states that have approved wagers on the league. This makes finding reputable XFL betting sites a simple matter of staying with mobile sportsbooks licensed in your state.

You can see our state-by-state guides to see which betting sites are licensed in your state.

Currently, there is not much difference in the extent to which XFL betting is offered by sportsbooks in the USA. XFL betting is not nearly as developed as NFL betting, and it appears operators are easing into the league. For the most part, mobile sportsbooks offer a handful of wagers for each XFL game (moneylines, point spreads and totals) along with futures on who will win the season championship.

We expect to see legal betting sites expand their betting menus as the XFL matures and grows its fanbase. The XFL was practically tailormade for betting with rules that foster a faster pace and even more opportunities for in-game props (such as the outcomes of point-after-touchdown plays).

As the XFL settles in and establishes itself as a league with staying power, BettingUSA will revisit these rankings and make changes as betting sites increase their coverage.

In the meantime, there really isn’t much to differentiate one XFL betting site from the next. As long as you stick with sportsbooks that are legal and licensed in your state, you’ll have access to roughly the same types of wagers and your money will be safe.

How to Bet on the XFL

XFL betting largely resembles betting on the NFL. The XFL implements some interesting rule variations that distinguish it from the NFL and that will impact strategy, but the basics of betting remain the same. Any prior NFL betting experience will translate well to the XFL.

As a relatively new sport that has yet to prove its long-term viability and viewership potential, the XFL tends to be covered with only the most basic of wagers so far. XFL betting sites currently offer four primary types of wagers.

XFL Moneylines

XFL moneylines work just like they do in the NFL. The sportsbook prices each team according to which seems most likely to win and you make your selection. The prices posted next to each team indicate how much you stand to win relative to your wager.

The team deemed most likely to win (the favorite) is priced with a negative number, which indicates you’ll be risking more than you stand to win in terms of net profit. This number shows how much you need to risk to win $100.

The other team (the underdog) is priced with a positive number, indicating you stand to win more than your original wager. This number shows how much you stand to win per $100 wagered.

The goal of the oddsmakers is to make it equally worthwhile to bet on either team. Bets on the favorites are more likely to win but come with smaller payouts while wagers on underdogs are less likely to win but come with bigger payouts.

If the oddsmaker does well in pricing the game, the sportsbook will get roughly an equal amount of action on each team.

Let’s look at a real example from the first XFL season:

  • Los Angeles Wildcats: +200
  • Houston Roughnecks: -250

The LA Wildcats came into this game as +200 underdogs, which means you stand to win $200 for every $100 wagered. A successful $100 wager on the Wildcats would result in a total payout of $300. You can also break it down even further and say you stand to win $2 for every $1 wagered.

The Houston Roughnecks are priced as fairly heavy favorites at odds of -250. This indicates you will need to risk $250 for every $100 in potential winnings. A successful $250 wager on the Roughnecks would result in a total payout of $350 for a net of $100.

The one shortcoming of the moneyline odds format is that it is not always intuitive when it comes to seeing at a glance how much you stand to win or lose, especially with odd-sized wagers.

However, online and mobile sportsbooks make it easy to select a bet, type in a wager and instantly see how much you stand to win.

XFL Point Spreads

Point spreads also involve picking the winning team in an XFL game, but feature odds that are much closer to even money compared to moneylines. In point spreads, the oddsmakers account for differences in skill by requiring the favorite to win by a certain number of points.

Here’s another real example from the first XFL season:

  • Tampa Bay Vipers: -3.5 (-110)
  • New York Guardians: +3.5 (-110)

The Tampa Bay Vipers are the favorites in this matchup and we can see they are “giving” 3.5 points to the New York Guardians.

If you bet on the Vipers in this example, you would need the Vipers to win by 4 or more points for your wager to win. If the Vipers lose the game outright or fail to “cover the spread,” your wager would be a loser.

Conversely, the Guardians are being given 3.5 points. If you bet on the Guardians, your wager wins if the Guardians win the game outright or lose the game by fewer than 3.5 points.

Point Totals

With point total wagers, the goal is to predict whether or not the combined score of both teams will exceed the total set by the oddsmakers. This not a wager on who will win, but rather on how many points will be scored.

Here’s an example from an actual XFL game:

St. Louis BattleHawks vs. Dallas Renegades

  • O 53: -110
  • U 53: -110

In this example, the sportsbook has set the points total at 53 points and your goal is to predict whether the actual combined total will be higher than 53 points or lower than 53 points.

XFL Futures

Futures wagers mostly deal with events whose outcomes will not be known until further in the future compared to wagers on an upcoming game. The typical example of an XFL future would be betting on which team will win the XFL Championship.

The time frame over which futures operate is both their greatest advantage and greatest drawback. Placing a futures wager early in the season may lock in a great price on a team that most of the betting public is sleeping on. As your team racks up wins over the season and other bettors scramble to lock in falling prices, you can watch contentedly having locked in a much better price.

This can also work against you because information is increasingly limited the further out you place a future bet. If you back a team that looks very strong at low odds, and then they go on to lose their starting QB or simply fail to perform, you’ll be stuck with a wager that has the worst of both worlds in terms of probability and payout.

Daily Fantasy XFL Contests

The first daily fantasy XFL contests kicked off in tune with the beginning of the first XFL season, giving fans in states without legal sports betting a chance to get in on the action. If you do not live in a state with legal sports betting, daily fantasy XFL is the next best thing.

DraftKings and FanDuel both embraced XFL from the beginning and host some fairly large fantasy contests involving the league. Prize pools for some XFL fantasy contests are already deep into six-figure territory with first-place prizes topping $100,000.

Scoring rules for fantasy XFL differ by site but largely resemble those for fantasy football in general. As a player, you start with a virtual budget and use it to build a team of players from around the league. As they score points and rack up yardage in the real world, your fantasy team earns points to move you up the rankings.

Here’s how each of the nation’s two largest fantasy sites scores XFL contests:

DraftKings

Offense

  • Passing TD: 4 points
  • 25 passing yards: 1 point (0.04 points/yard)
  • 300+ passing yards game: 3 points
  • Interception: -1 point
  • Rushing TD: 6 points
  • 10 rushing yards: 1 point (0.1 points/yard)
  • 100+ rushing yards game: 3 points
  • Receiving TD: 6 points
  • 10 receiving yards: 1 point (0.1 points/yard)
  • 100 receiving yards game: 3 points
  • Reception: 1 point
  • Kick return for TD: 6 points
  • Fumble lost: -1 point
  • 1 point conversion: 1 point
  • 2 point conversion: 2 points
  • 3 point conversion: 3 points
  • Offensive fumble recovery TD: 6 points

Defense

  • Sack: 1 point
  • Interception: 2 points
  • Fumble recovery: 2 points
  • Kick return for TD: 6 points
  • Interception return for TD: 6 points
  • Fumble recovery for TD: 6 points
  • Blocked kick return for TD: 6 points
  • Safety: 2 points
  • Blocked kick: 2 points
  • 1 point conversion return: 1 point
  • 2 point conversion return: 2 points
  • 3 point conversion return: 3 points
  • 0 points allowed: 10 points
  • 1-6 points allowed: 7 points
  • 7-13 points allowed: 4 points
  • 14-20 points allowed: 1 point
  • 21-27 points allowed: 0 points
  • 28-34 points allowed: -1 point
  • 35+ points allowed: -4 points

FanDuel

FanDuel XF contests involve six offensive players only – no points for defensive actions

Offense

  • Rushing: 0.1 point/yard
  • Rushing TD: 6 points
  • Passing: 0.04 points/yard
  • Passing TD: 4 points
  • Interception: -1 point
  • Receiving: 0.1 point/yard
  • Receiving TD: 6 points
  • Reception: 0.5 points
  • Kick return for TD: 6 points
  • Fumble: -2 points
  • Own fumble recovered for TD: 6 points
  • 1 point conversion: 1 point
  • 2 point conversion: 2 points
  • 3 point conversion: 3 points
  • 1 point conversion pass: 1 point
  • 2 point conversion pass: 2 points
  • 3 point conversion pass: 3 points
  • Field goal: 3 points
  • Overtime conversion scored: 2 points
  • Overtime conversion pass: 2 points
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