Four of those five mobile sports betting apps had the opportunity to make themselves available on or after Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at 9 a.m. ET, and can be used by excited New York sports bettors. BetMGM later joined the group on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.
The sixth sports betting app pundits think will make its way to the NY sports betting market is PointsBet, which was believed to be ready to launch on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. However, that process has been delayed.
The online piece of NY sports betting somewhat surprisingly arrived prior to the start of the NFL playoffs, and even before the final week (Week 18) of the NFL regular season—something that should give New York Jets and Giants fans an extra boost to close the season on a positive note.
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.
Where Available: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), Web Browser
States Available: NY, AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, MI, NJ, PA, TN, VA, WV
App Store Listed As: Caesars Sportsbook
Google Play Listed As: Caesars Sportsbook
Seller: Computerized Bookmaking Systems, Inc.
Caesars Entertainment’s acquisition of William Hill now means there’s another big player in the online sports betting space. Naturally, it’s why Caesars Sportsbook NY entered the Empire State’s online sports betting market upon the state going live.
Where Available: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), Web Browser
States Available: NY, AZ, CO, IA, IN, MI, NJ, PA, TN, VA, WV, WY
App Store Listed As: BetMGM Sportsbook
Google Play Listed As: BetMGM Sportsbook
Seller: ROAR Digital, LLC
BetMGM NY is the online sports gambling platform of the famed MGM Resorts and Casinos. Its aggressive strategy in the market provides us with no doubts that it’ll enjoy major success in New York, now that it’s live, as of Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.
Where Available: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), Web Browser
States Available: AZ, CO, IN, MI, NJ, TN, VA
App Store Listed As: WynnBET: NJ Casino & Sportsbook
Google Play Listed As: WynnBET: NJ Sportsbook & Casino
Seller: WSI US, LLC
WynnBET NY is a big name starting to gain momentum in the online sports betting world. The sportsbook behind Wynn and Encore casino chains will be one of the first to enter the NY online sports betting market.
Where Available: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), Web Browser
States Available: CO, IA
App Store Listed As: Bally Bet Sportsbook
Google Play Listed As: Bally Bet Sportsbook
Seller: Bally’s Corporation
Although Bally Bet NY is relatively new to the online sports wagering scene—May 2021 represents its first state entry (Colorado)—it now has serious momentum. This is especially the case thanks to the latest New York news that’ll have the company in the mix from the get-go.
9. Resorts World Sportsbook NY
Where Available: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), Web Browser
States Available: NV
App Store Listed As: Resorts World
Google Play Listed As: Resorts World
Seller: Resorts World Casino New York City
Resorts World Sportsbook is one of the mysteries in the US sports betting market. Scarcely available, Resorts World Sportsbook will have an opportunity to join the NY online sports betting market.
Fanatics Sportsbook Is Pushing For NY Entry
In addition to the already-live sportsbooks in other various states, there’s a mega-company seeking to enter the NY online sports betting market as soon as it’s possible.
Fanatics Sportsbook is not intent on keeping anything much of a secret these days. Along with Jay-Z, CEO Michael Rubin and company have already filed for a NY sports betting license and are making moves en route to live-action in 2022.
The gaming commission’s decision to not select Fanatics Sportsbook as one of the early entrants leaves the company on the outside looking in, for now. Rubin will now have to look for an alternative way into the market.
Read more about the recent Fanatics Sportsbook happenings over at Crossing Broad.
NY Online Sports Betting News Timeline: The Road To Legal Online Sports Gambling In New York
The journey leading up to this point has been a long one, to say the least.
Prior to the Jan. 8, 2022 go-live news, the most up-to-date and sensical go-live projection had always remained before Super Bowl 56 (sometime in late January). On Dec. 23, Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. told ESNY that NY online sports betting would most likely launch in the second or third week of January.
“I’m still optimistic, and it’s very credible that we can start before the NFL playoff season. In my opinion, I think we can start in the second or third week of January, which is great because it will allow us to work out all the glitches and kinks before the Super Bowl rush,” Addabbo Jr. told ESNY.
Previously, Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo poured cold water on the December-launch idea by revealing that he’d be “ecstatic” if NY online sports betting were to launch prior to Jan. 1, 2022.
“If the uniform start date is before the end of the year, I’d be ecstatic at that point. I’m an optimistic person, but I’m trying to be realistically optimistic and say sometime in January,” Addabbo Jr. told ESNY.
On Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, the state made one of its most substantial NY online sports betting decisions. It was then when we found out which sportsbooks would be available once NY sports gambling becomes an online reality in this great state.
The New York Gaming Commission made it official when members unanimously approved FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, Bally Bet, Kambi, Caesars, Wynn Interactive and PointsBet as online sports betting providers.
“New York has the potential to be one of the largest sports betting markets in the U.S. and BetMGM is particularly well-positioned to become a leader in the state given the strength of the M life customer database, close proximity of Empire City Casino to support our omni-channel strategy, and parlaying our already leading positions in nearby states,” said Adam Greenblatt, CEO, of BetMGM in a release.
The commission also approved FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, Bally Bet, Kambi, Caesars, Wynn Interactive, PointsBet, Rush Street Interactive and Resorts World as online sports betting operators.
The final tax rate will be 51% and the licenses will be for 10 years.
The decision means that Jay-Z, the man involved with the ambitious Fanatics Sportsbook, has been denied—for now. The Jay-Z, Fanatics and Barstool group finished fourth behind Bet365.
FOX Bet and theScore Bet, along with Bet365, whose advertising barrage in New York has been felt for quite some time, have been left in the cold.
The state released its Request For Applications in July of 2021, which officially opened up the process for interested operators. The RFA features complex and detailed requirements that usually produce higher scores for applicants who propose higher tax rates.
Here were the bidding groups and listed partners that threw hats in the ring:
FanDuel Sportsbook (primary applicant). Bally Bet, BetMGM and DraftKings (partners).
Kambi (primary applicant). Fanatics Sportsbook, Penn Interactive.
Kambi (primary applicant). Caesars, Resorts World, PointsBet, Rush Street Interactive and WynnBET (partners).
theScore Bet (now owned by Penn National Gaming).
DraftKings had always been all-but-confirmed that they would be involved in a bid during their second-quarter earnings call with investors, but few could have seen them teaming with FanDuel, BetMGM and Bally Bet in the same application.
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.
With the Jan. 8 date now officially here, New York will join bordering states such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, both of which were quick to enter the space.
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.
Interestingly, New York lawmakers had always cited the 2022 Super Bowl as a potential launch date. In terms of the former Governor’s (Andrew Cumo) vision, the state-issued application requests previous to July 1, and interested parties entered into a competitive bidding process.
The New York Gaming Commission considered potential platform providers’ gross revenue estimates, the tax rate it was 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 had 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.
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 is set to become a reality on Jan. 8, 2022, at 9 a.m. ET.
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.
November 2021: The New York Postreports that a total of nine sportsbooks will win New York online betting licenses. Later, the state commission announced those very same sportsbooks as those that would initially enter the market upon NY online sports betting’s live launch.
Shortly after the Post’s report, the Gaming Commission decided on the initial sportsbooks to enter the state once NY sports betting goes live: FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, Bally Bet, Kambi, Caesars, Wynn Interactive and PointsBet.
January 2021: The state announces that NY online sports betting will launch on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at 9 a.m. ET, and that the four sportsbooks that have met regulatory requirements are FanDuel Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook and BetRivers.
State Budget Director Robert Mujica stated that the plan is estimated to bring in $500 million annually once fully operational.
New York’s online sports betting market is currently projected to reach $1 billion in annual revenue, according to Macquarie. Furthermore, the state projects a mind-boggling $493 million reached in annual tax revenue by the beginning of 2025.
NY Online Sports Betting Retail Locations
NY online sports may now be live, but that doesn’t mean Empire State residents or those located within state borders have to exclusively use sports betting apps to lay down a wager.
New York showcases several retail locations where NY online sports betting is already legal and possible.
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 sweetgrass, 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.
New York Pro Sports Teams To Bet On
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.
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.
Yes: 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. NY online sports betting launched on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at 9 a.m. ET. As of Jan. 17, 2022, five mobile sportsbook apps are available to use: FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, BetMGM and BetRivers.
Who Can Bet on Sports in New York?
Most adults 21 and over: 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?
Several physical locations are available: 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?
Many, save for in-state collegiate athletics: 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?
Yes: NY online sports betting launched on Jan. 8, 2022, at 9 a.m. ET. In November 2021, the Gaming Commission chose the initial sportsbooks to enter the state once NY sports betting goes live: FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, Bally Bet, Kambi, Caesars, Wynn Interactive and PointsBet.
When Did Sports Betting Go Live in New York?
2019: 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?
Many: 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?
51%: Currently, New York is tied for the highest sports betting tax rate on revenue in the nation (New Hampshire), at 51%, which could make it a challenge for operators to tremendously profit in the state.
Which Mobile Sportsbooks are Available for use in New York?
FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, BetMGM and BetRivers: All told, there are five mobile sports betting apps legal and available to use in the exploding online New York sports betting market.
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