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New York Sports Betting Legalization News


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Editor Note: Nine online sportsbook licenses have been awarded and mobile betting should begin in early 2022 for New York residents. Read more.

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. In-person sports betting has been legal in New York since 2019. The legalization of mobile sports betting has taken much longer but is coming sometime in 2022. Nine licenses were awarded to operators in early November, 2021, and mobile betting is expected to launch in time for the Super Bowl in February, 2022.

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.

What about mobile sports betting apps in New York?

Mobile sports betting has been legalized in the state and the first nine operators have been chosen to receive licenses. However, the launch of mobile sports betting in the state is not expected to happen until early 2022. The nine mobile sportsbook that have been recommended to receive licenses include:

Bally Bet
Caesars Sportsbook
DraftKings Sportsbook
FanDuel Sportsbook
Resorts World
Rush Street Interactive

Gov. 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.

What is the legal sports betting age in New York?

The legal age is 21 to place a bet in New York, as is the case in many states.

Who is allowed to offer New York sports betting?

The four casino groups listed above are currently the only licensees. This may change in the future, but may not be necessary once New York mobile betting is approved. This will open the door to online providers and allow the land-based providers to offer up a digital service.

  • Rivers Casino & Resort
  • Resorts World Catskills
  • Del Lago Resort & Casino
  • Tioga Downs Casino

Who regulates or licenses New York sports betting?

New York Gaming Commission has been tasked with overseeing betting in New York state. View the legislation establishing legal New York sports betting back in 2013.

What sports will be favorites of New York sports bettors?

New York is one of very few markets big enough to support multiple professional franchises and it does so in all the major professional leagues. New York sports bettors looking to wager on their favorite teams have the following options:

NFL – New York Giants; New York Jets; Buffalo Bills

MLB – New York Yankees; New York Mets

NBA – New York Knicks; Brooklyn Nets

NHL – New York Rangers; New York Islanders; Buffalo Sabres

MLS – New York Red Bulls; New York City FC

WNBA – New York Liberty

The New York college sports betting scene is even more varied with NCAA football and NCAA basketball extremely busy with action across numerous conferences.

School Nickname Conference
Albany Great Danes America East
Army Black Knights Independent (football), Patriot hoops
Binghamton Bearcats America East
Buffalo Bulls Mid-American
Columbia Lions Ivy League
Cornell Big Red Ivy League
Canisius Golden Griffins Metro Atlantic Athletic
Colgate Raiders Patriot League
Fordham Rams Atlantic 10
Hofstra Pride Colonial Athletic Association
Iona Gaels Metro Atlantic Athletic
LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds Metro Atlantic Athletic
Manhattan Jaspers Metro Atlantic Athletic
Marist Red Foxes Metro Atlantic Athletic
Niagara Purple Eagles Metro Atlantic Athletic
St. Bonaventure Bonnies Atlantic 10
St. Francis NY Terriers Northeast
St. John’s Red Storm Big East
Siena Saints Metro Atlantic Athletic
Stony Brook Seawolves America East
Syracuse Orange Atlantic Coast Conference
Wagner Seahawks Northeast



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