New York sports betting legislation has been in place since 2013, but if it seems like its still not really a thing, there is a reason. And if you are still waiting on mobile wagering to be available in New York (instead of driving or busing to New Jersey), that is coming soon too.
The initial law to allow sports betting at New York state casinos was basically shelved until PASPA was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2018. That was when the New York Gaming Commission voted to allow in-person wagering at four locations. By July 16, 2019, the first wagers were being booked.
The problem so far has been the absence of New York mobile betting, which state regulators were starting to consider in 2020 before the COVID-19 epidemic broke out. The major population in New York state is around NYC, where many bettors do not have access to land-based casinos in the north.
A study suggested that many New Yorkers do their betting in New Jersey and another pegged the state is losing more than $200 million by not having online sports betting in New York. A July story in LegalSportsReport indicates the necessary votes to make this happen might be ready soon.
Is sports betting legal in New York?
Yes. The Gaming Commission has approved it, now legislators are pushing for online betting (mobile betting) in New York to truly take advantage of the new laws.
Daily fantasy powerhouses Draft Kings and Fan Duel continue to operate in the state while their case is under appeal.
Where can I bet at New York sportsbooks?
To date, there are four casinos in upstate New York permitted to offer in-person sports betting. They are Tioga Downs, Resorts World, Rivers Casino and Del Lago.
Daily fantasy (DFS) operators can also accept action from their land-based locations.
- FanDuel Sportsbook (Tioga Downs)
- DraftKings Sportsbook (del Lago Resort Casino)
- Rivers Sportsbook (Schenectady)
- Turning Stone (Syracuse)
- Point Place (Bridgeport)
- Yellow Brick Road Casino (Chittenango)
- Resorts World Catskills (Monticello)
What about mobile sports betting apps in New York?
As mentioned previously, New York stands to generate huge sports betting volumes if and when it opens up wagering to online sportsbooks. The DFS operators are already primed to offer this, as they are doing so already in New Jersey and other states that allow mobile betting.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has opposed this step and basically vetoed discussion in early 2020 while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. In the meantime, DraftKings sportsbook has instituted a grassroots push to have mobile betting permitted in New York state.