NY Online Sports Betting: When Will Mobile Sportsbook Apps Launch?
NY online sports betting is officially coming to the Empire State. The former governor signed state budget and revenue bills that will enable online sportsbook operators to begin the lengthy approval process.
So, New York online sports gamblers who could once never dream of this possibility are now living in a world that’s nearly too good to be true—one that will be come reality soon enough.
Current projections mention Super Bowl 56 as the potential go-live date for New York online sports gambling. So, NY online sports bettors should expect early 2022 as the time when their previously unrealistic dreams become a legitimate reality.
New York will allow two “platforms” to underpin its online betting operation, potentially with multiple publicly-facing skins on top of it. For consumers, this should lead to the launch of DraftKings Sportsbook NY and FanDuel Sportsbook NY.
Soon, the long wait for New York online sports gambling will come to an end, and those within the industry and take part in the sports wagering simply cannot wait.
ESNY has all of your online sports betting news and eventual needs covered. Stick with us every step of the way until legal online wagering commences.
Though New York does not yet offer the ability to bet online legally, like neighboring states New Jersey and Pennsylvania, both of which were quick to enter the space, we now have much more clarity per the future of NY online sports betting.
In April 2021, the New York legislature agreed to a $212 billion state budget that includes an online betting plan. Interestingly, it closely resembles a vision promoted by the former governor throughout negotiations.
In terms of the former Governor’s vision, the state will issue application requests by July 1, and interested parties will enter into a competitive bidding process.
The New York Gaming Commission will consider potential platform providers’ gross revenue estimates, the tax rate it’s willing to pay the state (a bidding war), past experience in the field, a timeline of its potential operations, and its willingness to enter into revenue-sharing agreements with the state’s Native American tribes or nations.
Despite a minimum set 13% tax rate for providers, this will likely be driven much higher during the bidding process. Per previous reports, New York’s former governor expected nearly a 50% to 55% tax rate, which would be dramatically higher than New Jersey (13%) and even the high tax rate charged to operators in Pennsylvania (36%). It’s a “Choose Your Own Tax Rate” bidding process.
The state will have 150 days after receiving applications to select two platform providers. The selected platform providers will each pay the state a one-time fee of $25 million to host sports betting. Platform provider servers to host sports betting programs will be housed in a New York casino. Providers will pay casinos $5 million annually to house their mobile betting servers.
It’s unseen how Penn National Gaming’s recent acquisition of theScore will affect the two bid applications that include the companies.
Each bid package will be awarded points by the New York Gaming Commission and must include at least two proposed platform operators to be the front end of the state’s online sports betting program.
With mobile sports betting legalized in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, New York State is currently losing out on potential revenue as bettors travel across state lines to place their wagers. Not to mention, those who aren’t close enough to state lines to hop the border might turn to illegal offshore books.
New York online sports betting felt inevitable for quite some time, but the light at the end of the tunnel is now appearing.
Ranking the Online Sportsbook Apps Projected To Launch in New York
The framework which will guide online sports betting in New York remains undefined. But that hasn’t stopped operators from partnering with brick-and-mortar sites to take advantage of the legal retail sports betting in the state. This could give them an edge in online licenses.
The following is a list of sportsbooks that we anticipate joining the party once NY online sports gambling turns legal.
The mega-sports company quickly added to its fantasy sports empire by moving into the online sports betting industry. FanDuel Sportsbook is the most popular online sports betting site, usually beating the competition on a regular basis.
The company is already in New York as the official sportsbook of Tioga Downs in Nichols.
The monster company was one of the first to offer legal online sports betting following the repeal of PASPA in 2018, and DraftKings Sportsbook NY already has a strategic partnership in New York with Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo.
New York’s betting platform provider system is unclear, but both DraftKings and FanDuel make as good a case as any for companies who can land one of New York’s two platform provider licenses. They also have the deep pockets to do it.
3. Barstool Sportsbook NY
A new era of sports betting has officially arrived and the stoolies can’t be more excited. Barstool Sportsbook is currently active in seven states, two of which include Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
There’s no reason to think Barstool Sportsbook will bypass New York when it’s officially time to take the plunge.
Caesars Entertainment’s acquisition of William Hill now means there’s another big player in the online sports betting space. Naturally, it’s only wise to expect Caesars Sportsbook to dabble in the New York market once it officially turns live and legal.
BetMGM is the online sports gambling platform of the famed MGM Resorts and Casinos. Its aggressive strategy in the market provides us with no doubt that it’ll eventually become a major player in the NY online sports betting market.
Upstart Australian-based company PointsBet is shaking things up in the United States of America. Its unique PointsBetting feature is sure to be a hit in New York once it opens up for online sportsbook business.
BetRivers Sportsbook already has a New York presence as the sportsbook for Rivers Casino in Schenectady, but you better believe it’s ready to hop on the online end of things when it’s go-time.
The Road To Legal NY Online Sports Betting
November 2013: Voters approve a resolution calling for the expansion of gaming. Four new commercial casinos were built in designated upstate communities. The law includes a provision that authorizes these facilities to accept sports wagers if the federal ban under PASPA is overturned.
The bill does not authorize online sports betting—something that continues to lack in the state to this day.
May 2018: PASPA is overturned. NY bureaucrats set up a working regulatory framework for sports betting.
January 2019: The New York Gaming Commission releases rules for NY sports betting as authorized and constrained under the 2013 gaming expansion law. These rules remain intact today.
June 2019: State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., an advocate for NY online sports betting, fails to gain the support of the former governor.
July 2019: Upstate New York casinos accept the first wagers. Rivers Sportsbook in Schenectady, the first place in New York state where you can legally place a wager on a sporting event, opened on July 16.
Naturally, politicians were the first to place a sports bet. Gary Pretlow, chair of the state Assembly racing and wagering committee, placed a bet on the Seattle Mariners. Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy put his faith in the Boston Red Sox.
January 2020: New legislation is introduced in the General Assembly that aims to authorize online sports betting. A3294 creates a task force to report on the potential fiscal impacts of New York online sports gambling.
November 2020: Senator Addabbo estimates New York is missing out on approximately $1 billion per year without online sports betting. He continued to push other lawmakers on Senate Bill 17D, which would legalize online sports betting in New York.
December 2020: State Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow doubled down on his support for legal online sports betting in New York. He said that the State Assembly would review the topic by 2021 at the latest. Pretlow explained online sports betting would help reduce state revenue shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. joined in on the conversation by saying he’d like to see legal online sports betting in the state “sooner than later.”
The State Gaming Commission released betting revenue figures for November 2020, and bettors brought in $2.6 million for the state. Sports betting revenue doubled in just a year, as November 2019 saw $1.3 million in gross revenue. These figures will continue to grow if the state goes live with online betting in 2021.
February 2021: New York sports betting enjoyed a tremendous start in 2021. The state’s sportsbooks brought in a combined $3.57 million in gross revenue (through January).
January 2021: The New York Governor shocked many onlookers by declaring his support for online sports betting. The greatest surprise was his endorsement of a single-source model run by the state lottery. Why it surprised many is because the single-source model can be described as a system that has been heavily criticized in Washington D.C. Most pundits believe this system would lead to worse pricing for consumers courtesy of few options.
The New York State Gaming Commission declared $2.3 million in betting revenue for the month of December 2020. This represents a 210.6% increase compared to the previous year. New York finished 2020 with $10.7 million in sports betting revenue. The state’s sports betting industry was clearly hindered by retail locations being shut for five months due to COVID-19, which may increase support for online betting options.
April 2021: York lawmakers approve a $212 billion deal that legalizes mobile sports betting. The deal includes an online sports betting plan that closely resembles the former governor’s vision.
Super Bowl 2022 is referenced as the early benchmark for when NY online sports betting officially launches.
August 2021: New York Gaming Commission publishes a list of applicants that have applied for a sports betting license.
Projected NY State Betting Revenue
State Budget Director Robert Mujica who has said the plan is estimated to bring in $500 million annually once fully operational.
Located in Bridgeport, NY, the smoke-free, 65,000 square foot gaming and dining facility features a modern Las Vegas-style gaming floor with nearly 500 popular slot machines and 20 classic table games, including electronic Roulette and Big-Six.
Located 30 miles east of Syracuse at NYS Thruway Exit 33, Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino features world-class amenities including five hotels, two luxurious spas, five golf courses, more than 20 dining options, a 125,000 square foot Vegas-style gaming floor, a cabaret-style Showroom, a 5,000-seat Event Center, and a customizable meeting and conference spaces and four nightlife venues.
del Lago’s modern gaming floor features over 1,700 Slots, 66 Table Games including 14 Poker Tables, and our all-new DraftKings Sportsbook with 23 betting kiosks available 24/7 and over 1,000 square feet of cutting-edge LED video screens.
Nestled between several small rivers, as well as the larger St. Lawrence River, the Mohawk people thrived for generations among black ash trees and sweet grass, duck and deer, trout and bass. “Akwesasne,” as this area is known, translates to “Land where the partridge drums.” In fact, the St. Lawrence River Valley is as rich in natural resources as it is rich in Mohawk history.
How New York compares to other states
The online sports bettor is still patiently awaiting New York’s legal online sports gambling future. Until the great state of New York goes live, the Empire State will have to watch other legal states rake in the dough as a spectator.
Retail sports betting is currently live in New York, but until the legal online side is approved, the state will have to stand by while the likes of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia and many more rack in the extra cash.
New York is a professional sports town unlike any other. Not only do diehard fans have to combat rivals in other cities, but they also have to contend with another fanbase in their own backyard. It’s just part of the reason New York sports fans are so rabid.
All specific odds found on this page provided by FanDuel Sportsbook, last updated Sept. 9, 2021.
The New York Giants are one of the NFL’s classic organizations. One of five teams to join the newly-founded NFL in 1925, the Giants have won their first NFL championship just two years later in 1927.
All told, the Jints have eight championships in the column, including four Super Bowl victories.
While today’s Giants don’t resemble much of the Wellington Mara years, Dave Gettleman and Joe Judge are as active as any other franchise. The team’s 2021 free-agent acquisitions include star receiver Kenny Golladay, John Ross and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson.
The New York Jets joined the AFL in 1960 as one of eight original franchises. After watching the Houston Oilers dominate the league early, one man helped and one particular team helped transform an entire league.
After Joe Namath and the 1968 Jets stunned the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl 3, the first step en route to the NFL’s modern era had taken place. No longer would the AFL be viewed as second-rate.
Joe Douglas and the current Jets are taking a value-driven approach. Snagging Corey Davis and Carl Lawson in free agency leads them into a crucial draft that’ll help determine the team’s future.
The New York Knicks are the city’s team. If New York is a baseball town, basketball is its heart—the city’s game, and the Knickerbockers carry around a rich tradition.
One of the BAA’s original 11 teams in 1947, as well as one of the NBA’s original 17 franchises in 1949, the Knicks have assembled some of the most beloved teams in city history. The organization’s two NBA titles in the early 1970s endeared further enlightened fans on team basketball, while the early 1990s Knicks decided to wear the city’s workmanlike attitude on their sleeve.
With Julius Randle and Tom Thibodeau now leading the way, the Knicks are trending in the right direction after two decades of futility. Getting in on the action now, before the team becomes a winning certainty, is the sports gambler’s best bet.
The Brooklyn Nets are a well-traveled basketball team. Originally named the New Jersey Americans of the ABA in 1967, the first name change happened a year later. The blacktop legend, Julius Erving, otherwise known as Dr. J, led the New York Nets to two ABA titles in the 1970s.
After coming to the NBA in 1977, New Jersey’s team put together tremendous Jason Kidd-led teams at the turn of the century, eventually falling in the NBA Finals twice.
Today, the Brooklyn Nets have as good a shot to capture their first NBA championship as any team in the league. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden have come together to create the scariest mega team since the LeBron James-led Miami Heat or Stephen Curry-led Golden State Warriors.
What’s to not like about the New York Yankees? Well, that’s sort of a loaded question. After 27 World Series championships, there’s very little gray area here. Baseball fans either love or hate the most successful professional sports franchise in American history.
The organization that embraces its Evil Empire moniker built baseball’s most recent true dynasty in the 1990s. Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Andy Pettite, the great Mariano Rivera and others rattled off four championships in five years.
Today’s team, led by Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres, is the first Bronx Bombers club to truly be led by a young nucleus—a strategy that worked over two decades ago. Only the Los Angeles Dodgers are ahead of the Yanks on DraftKings Sportsbook’s list to win the 2021 World Series.
The New York Mets joined Major League Baseball in 1962 after the Dodgers and Giants took their act west. Quickly, the Mets developed a ball club the city will never forget. The 1969 Miracle Mets took the organization’s first World Series title home.
In 1986, the Mets knocked off the cursed Boston Red Sox in what probably still is the most suspenseful World Series of all time.
Today’s Mets, under new owner Steve Cohen, recently made a statement with the acquisition of Francisco Lindor. For many sports betting experts, the 2021 Mets represent a sneaky play.
The New York Rangers, one of the NHL’s Original Six teams, boasts a hockey tradition unlike any other. After winning three Stanley Cups in their first 14 years of existence, Broadway’s Blueshirts went on one of the longest droughts in professional sports history.
It took Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Adam Graves and Mike Richter to break the 54-year curse in 1994. Although the wait was long, the payoff hit Manhattan harder than most championships.
Today’s Rangers continue to slowly built towards the future. With youngsters like Adam Fox, Alexis Lafreniere, Kaapo Kakko and Igor Shesterkin, the Blueshirts represent a nice future play for sports bettors.
The New York Islanders represent a classic NHL organization whose successes reached the highest of highs.
Not only did the upstart Islanders quickly get the better of the rival Rangers, but they also captured four-straight Stanley Cups in the early 1980s. If not for Wayne Gretzky’s dynamite Edmonton Oilers, the Isles could have won even more.
Today’s Islanders, led by mastermind Lou Lamoriello and defensive-minded head coach Barry Trotz, are one of the favorites to bring home the 2021 Stanley Cup.
One of the WNBA’s eight original teams in 1997, the New York Liberty shot out of a cannon quickly. Rebecca Lobo helped pave the way for the franchise to make four WNBA Finals appearances in the league’s first six years.
Although the Liberty are still searching for their first championship, the team’s prestige remains impressive.
Today’s Liberty are stuck in a bit of a down time, but you better believe they’ll scrap their way as many wins as possible.
Sports betting is legal in New York, but it can only be done at one of the state's brick-and-mortar sites that allows sportsbook action. The wait for online sports betting in New York continues despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision to repeal the nationwide sports gambling ban.
Who Can Bet on Sports in New York?
Most adults ages 21 and over are allowed to wager on sports at New York casinos. Excluded are those who are registered on a gambling self-exclusion list and certain individuals involved with professional or collegiate sports organizations.
According to the New York sports betting rules, you are be prohibited from sports betting in NY if you fall into any of the following categories:
1. Any athlete whose performance may be used to determine, in whole or in part, the outcome of such wagering.
2. Any person who is an athlete, player, coach, referee or any other game official, physician, trainer, team employee or governing body employee, in any sports event overseen by such person’s sports governing body.
3. Any person with access to material, non-public confidential information about a sports event that is the subject of such wagering.
4. A person identified to the commission by a sports governing body that the commission agrees is a person who should be a prohibited sports pool participant.
5. Any person who holds a position of authority or influence sufficient to exert influence over the participants in a sports event that is the subject of a wager, if such person is not otherwise described by this subdivision.
New York residency is not required to participate.
Where Can I Bet on Sports in New York?
New York sports betting laws place limitations on how many licenses can be granted for in-person sports gambling.
The NY sports bettor can visit any one of the authorized brick-and-mortar locations:
1. Resorts World Catskills
2. Rivers Casino Schenectady
3. Point Place Casino
4. Yellow Brick Road Casino
5. Turning Stone Resort & Casino
6. Tioga Downs
7. del Lago Casino Resort
8. Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort
Which Sports Can I Bet on Sports in New York?
Similar to New Jersey, New York prohibits in-state collegiate betting. This means that any collegiate athletics representing a school from the state of New York cannot be wagered on. Prohibited sports event means any collegiate sport or athletic event that takes place in New York or a sport or athletic event in which any New York college team participates regardless of where the event takes place.
Is Online Sports Betting Legal In New York?
No. The wait for NY online sports betting painfully continues as a direct result of the state’s sports betting laws and regulations. Sports wagering shall occur only in a sports wagering lounge of an operator, as required by Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law section 1367(3)(b). Lawmakers will need to pass another law that allows online sports betting in the state.
When Did Sports Betting Go Live in New York?
Retail sports betting in New York went live in 2019.
Will I Have to be in New York to Bet?
Yes. You can bet on sports in any of the approved retail sports betting locations in New York.
Do I Have to be a New York Resident to Bet?
No. It is not required that the sports gambler resides in New York to place wagers in person.
What Types of Bets Can I Place in New York?
New York offers many of the same types of bets seen in the online space.
Straight bets (Moneyline, spread, O/U), Parlays & Accumulators, Pleasers & Teasers, Player & Championship, Futures Live Betting Props & Exotics
What are the New York Sports Betting Tax Rates?
Currently, with the bills in the works to bring online betting to New York, there would be an 8.5% tax rate on physical sportsbooks and a 12% tax for mobile sportsbooks. There also would be a $12 million one-time licensing fee for mobile sportsbooks entering the state. By way of comparison, New Jersey offers an 8.5% tax rate for in-person sports wagering and a 13% online tax, while Pennsylvania holds a much higher 36% rate.
How Old Must I Be to Place a Bet in New York?
As is the case in all states where sports betting is legal, gamblers must be at least 21 years of age.