The wait for NY online sports betting continues despite several states launching online wagering platforms in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision to repeal the nationwide sports betting ban.
Though New York began taking bets at upstate brick-and-mortar casino in July of 2019, the state has been slow to offer online and mobile options, unlike neighboring states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania, both of which quick to enter the space.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been diametrically opposed to giving the green light on mobile NY sports betting, recently opting to exclude it from the state’s latest budget, but there has been some recent optimism from its proponents that his stance may change as the Senate continues to turn up the heat.
The current shutdown in the sports world is the perfect opportunity for New York to move forward with online sports betting. State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. is pushing a “Plan, Pass, and Prepare” strategy that aims to have Governor Andrew Cuomo sign the bill into law by Dec. 31, 2020.
Language moving to launch mobile online sports betting in New York had previously made to the state budget, and, more recently, legal online sports wagering as gained some added support from the state assembly. Still, Cuomo and like-minded opponents must budge in order for it to finally launch. Working in the favor of those hoping to see such opponents relent is that the state could use a substantial revenue boost as it faces a troubling multi-billion dollar deficit.
With mobile sports betting legalized in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, New York State is 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 feels inevitable. Although COVID-19 has caused untold damage to New Yorkers, it presents the state with an opportunity. Mobile sports betting would bring in more money during a period in time where the state is trying to bounce back from a global pandemic.
Sen. Addabbo’s “Plan, Pass, and Prepare” strategy represents the state’s best chance at online sports betting right now.
Ultimately, many believe it’s not a matter of if but when New York finally goes live, so let’s take a look at everything you need to know about NY sports betting.
When Will New York Online Sports Betting Be Legal?
Quite literally, this remains the money question.
It’s becoming clearer that sports betting is going to become legalized throughout the country sooner or later. There is no definitive timetable for online sports betting to go live in New York, but there exist a few possible scenarios that would dictate the timing of its launch.
In 2019, legislation in support of online and mobile sports betting sponsored by Bronx Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. was great enough that it appeared in the Senate budget, but never made it to the final state budget.
In 2020, New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow publicly joined Addabbo’s efforts to get the bill into the final budget, but coronavirus pandemic derailed any hopes of legal online sports betting passing in the latest state budget.
Still, there is a path forward for those in New York to potentially begin placing online sports wagers in early 2021.
—With the increased need to generate revenue thanks to the financial hardships facing the state due to COVID-19, Addabbo’s recently proposed to the “Plan, Pass, Prepare” strategy. The hope is that Cuomo will sign the bill into law by December 31, 2020.
While online sports betting alone won’t resolve the deficit, its launch would bring a significant source of needed revenue to the state.
For sake of comparison, it is estimated that New Jersey has collected over $45 million in taxes from sports betting since going live in 2018. This past January, New Jersey collected a single-month record of $6.6 million in tax revenue. The population of New York City alone nearly rivals New Jersey’s population, while the New York State’s population is more than twice that of its neighbor, so it’s not hard to see the potential nine-figure economic impact.
“Plan, Pass, and Prepare” Gives NY Online Sports Betting Life
If Cuomo signs the bill prior to the end of the year, residents of New York could begin legal online sports betting by early 2021.
Once the bill is signed, New York State will have time to “prepare” for the return of live sports and the official launch of NY online sports betting. Although pushes for mobile sports betting in New York have stalled in the past, there will never be a better opportunity for the state to pass a bill and ensure a smooth rollout.
“If we take advantage of this break in sports, we can hash out all of the details to come up with a comprehensive, long-term mobile sports betting bill this session and credibly be ready to go when the sports come back,” Addabbo said. “When games do return, there will most likely be limited fans in the stadiums and arenas in a continuance of protecting public health until the crisis is more under control. Mobile sports betting can be a means for fans to interact and participate in their favorite sports, while safely practicing a social distance. I believe now is the sensible time to ‘Plan, Pass, and Prepare’ mobile sports betting for New York.”
In the current climate, online sports betting is a safer alternative to walking into a sportsbook and physically placing a bet. As Sen. Addabbo points out, most sporting events are going to be held with limited fans in attendance. Online sports betting represents another way for fans to connect to the sports they love.
Ultimately, the potential further economic disruption caused by a second wave of COVID-19 makes online sports betting a safe and social distancing-friendly revenue stream.
Best NY Sports Betting Apps
New York does not currently offer mobile sports betting, but top industry players such as DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and BetRivers already have licensing deals with upstate casinos. These popular online sportsbooks figure to be well-positioned to go live once legal online sports betting gets the green light, while others are sure to follow. Each of the sportsbooks will offer you the option to bet on the Yankees, Giants, Mets, and more.
1. DraftKings Sportsbook
Because of its outstanding daily odds boosts, unique betting promos, clean look and superior functionality, DraftKings Sportsbook is, for our money, the best all-around sports betting app. DraftKings also offers an excellent promo code for new users– up to $1,000 in free bets.
2. FanDuel Sportsbook
FanDuel is the biggest online sportsbook brand. With a solid $500 risk-free bet offer for new users, daily bet boosts, and other solid promos like parlay and late loss insurance, FanDuel Sportsbook offers a quality betting experience for both casual and seasoned sports bettors alike. Though FanDuel’s app is aesthetically pleasing and easy to use, it does experience the occasional glitch and lag, thus it’s currently our number two pick.
Owned by parent company Rush Street Interactive, the SugarHouse Sportsbook and BetRivers brands experienced early success in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
PointsBet appears positioned to make a big run in New York. They have a licensing partnership in place with Tioga Downs which means its unique betting experience figures to be available when the state introduces mobile betting.
5. FOX Bet
Following Flutter Entertainment’s (owner of FanDuel) acquisition of the Stars Group (FOX Bet) late last year, it’s expected that FOX Bet will find its way into the New York online sports betting market.
Is sports betting legal in NY?
Sports betting is legal in NY. Legislation passed in 2013 paved the way for four upstate NY commercial casinos to offer sports gambling in the event of a federal repeal. That repeal finally came in 2018, and more than in a year later in July 2019, the first legal sports wager was placed at Rivers Casino in Schenectady.
Is online sports betting legal in NY?
No--at least not yet. Online sports betting almost immediately received strong backing from the state senate, but the bill never reached the voting phase. Recent public support for mobile sports betting from a growing number of Assembly members has ignited some hope that Governor Cuomo could sign off on a bill by December 31, 2020.
When might online sports betting be legal in NY?
Why isn’t online sports betting currently legal in NY?
Despite neighboring states such as Pennsylvania and New Jersey quickly jumping into the online sports betting fray, New York has been slow to follow suit. While online sports betting has long had support from the State Senate and has gotten increasing backing from the Assembly, Speaker Carl Heastie, and, more importantly, Governor Cuomo haven’t shared the same enthusiasm. In his January budget address, Cuomo cited a hesitance to rely on “irresponsible revenue” sources.
Where can I bet on sports in NY?
Currently, those 21 or older can bet at New York’s four upstate casino sportsbooks and tribal casinos. Those locations include: Rivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino & Resort (Schenectady) FanDuel Sportsbook at Tioga Downs Casino Resort (Nichols) DraftKings Sportsbook at del Lago Resort Casino (Waterloo) The Lounge (Caesars Sports) at Turning Stone (Syracuse) The Lounge (Caesars Sports) at Point Place (Bridgeport) The Lounge (Ceasars Sports) Yellow Brick Road Casino (Chittenango) Sportsbook 360 at Resorts World Catskills (Monticello) Sticks Sports Book at Akwesasne Mohawk Casino (Hogansburg)
Will I have to be in NY to bet?
You are currently permitted to bet online in states where it is legal, or at the various upstate sportsbook casino locations. If and when NY sports betting goes live, you will need to be within state lines to use NY sports betting apps.
How old must I be in order to bet in NY?
As is the case in other states, sports bettors must be at least 21 years of age.
What types of bets can I make in NY?
Casino sportsbook locations offer spread bets, moneyline bets, totals bets, futures bets, parlays, in-game betting, and others traditional wager types. However, NY sports bettors are not permitted to bet on college or amateur teams within the state.
What are the NY sports betting tax rates?
Retail casino operators pay an 8.5% tax, similar to that of neighboring New Jersey. It is expected that if online sports wagering passes, tax rates would be in the neighborhood of roughly 12%. This percentage would come in addition to an initially licensing fee of $12 million.
NY Sports Betting Promos
Given that some of the top legal online sportsbooks are currently running uniform promos in other states, it’s safe to assume that similar offers will be available for NY online sports betting.
Potential Concerns Slowing New York Online Sports Betting
There are some concerns from some influential NY lawmakers about legal online sports betting. Chief among them is addiction.
Addabbo, who has led the charge to bring legal and regulated online sports betting to New York, believes the foundation is in place to combat such concerns.
Addabbo, along with like-minded proponents, believe that promoting awareness of the dangers is key. Profits earmarked for marketing and education about addiction will be key, as well as tools such betting limits and “cool-off” periods that are typically seen in legal online and mobile sportsbooks.
“I agree we cannot go forward without addressing addiction and thankfully, the Gaming Commission was given accolades and awards nationally for its treatment of public service announcements with regards to gaming addiction,” Addabbo told ESNY back in May.
How To Bet on Sports in New York
In order to bet on sports in New York, one must be at least 21 years of age and physically present at one of the state’s approved casino sportsbooks. When the online component is eventually legalized, those betting with an NY legal sports betting app will need to be physically in the state’s limits.
Here’s a look at everything else you need to know about wagering on sports in NY once online goes legal:
Online sportsbooks offer the following deposit options:
- online banking
- credit or debit card
- Prepaid cards
- Pay with Cash at 7-11
- Cash at Cage
- wire transfer
Most apps recommended online banking, but PayPal is also a quick, secure, and effective way get money in and out of your account.
Types of bets
It is expected that New York will allow a wide range of sports wagers, including spread, moneyline, totals, parlays, teasers, futures, player props, game props, and in-game bets.
Like other states where online sports betting is legal, NY will offer action across major sporting events and a variety of national and international leagues.
It is unknown how New York will treat events special events such as the NFL Draft, or entertainment like the Academy Awards. To this point, New Jersey and Indiana have been a bit more relaxed with such events, while Pennsylvania has been more restrictive. Given New York’s reluctance to proceed with online sports betting, a more conservative legislation is expected.
Currently, sports bettors in New York cannot place legal wagers on any of the state’s colleges or universities.
NY Sports Betting Locations
DraftKings Sportsbook at del Lago Resort Casino
1133 State Route 414
Waterloo, NY 13154
Following its opening last August, DraftKings Sportsbook at del Lago Resort Casino offers bettors a 6,000+ square foot space loaded with 23 betting kiosks, four betting windows, and 1,000 square feet of LED video screens to pair with more than 30 beer options and a full menu.
FanDuel Sportsbook at Tioga Downs Casino Resort
2384 W River Rd.
Nichols, NY 13812
The 2,600 square foot FanDuel Sportsbook began taking action last summer when the first bet was placed on July 19, 2019. Featuring eight betting windows, 27 video displays, multiple sports tickets, and lounge seating, FanDuel Sportsbook offers bettors a full-service experience.
Rivers Casino & Resort
1 Rush Street
Schenectady, NY 13478
The Rivers Sportsbook lounge opened and took its first bet on July 16, 2019. Sporting a 5,000 square foot space, the lounge accommodates up to 80 guests with five private booths, VIP seating, and 32 tabletop seats. The space also features a 53’ x 9’ LED video wall and 22 additional televisions.
The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Point Place Casino
Bridgeport, NY 13030
Powered by Caesars Sports, Point Place Casino began taking sports action on August 1, 2019. Featuring 30 LED television screens and a 24-foot video wall, Point Place Casino provides bettors with VIP area and luxury seating options to take in a wide variety of sports action.
The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Yellow Brick Road Casino
800 W Genesee St.
Chittenango, NY 13037
Yellow Brick Road Casino also offers sports betting at the Lounge with Caesars Sports with a Vegas-style experience. The largest sports book in New York State, which opened on September 4, 2019, features a 32-foot video wall and 30+ television screens (six of which are 85”). The lounge, which features a full bar and slots, also holds dozens of recliners and enough seating for more than 200 bettors.
Sportsbook 360 at Resorts World Catskills
888 Resorts World Dr.
Monticello, NY 12701
Sportsbook 360, which opened in September 2019, gives visitors to Resorts a 6,000 square foot space engulfed by a 360-degree arc of 35 different 75-inch flat screen televisions and a 9’ x 16’ high definition screen. With space for over 100 sports bettors, Sportsbook 360 has 14 betting kiosks and a counter to make wagering quick and easy.
The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Turning Stone
5218 Patrick Rd.
Verona, NY 13478
Turning Stone formally opened on August 1, 2019 when it accepted its first sports bet—a $100 wager, on Michigan football to win the national title. Like Point Place Casino and Yellow Brick Road Casino, Turning Point is owned by the Oneida Indian Nation and operated by Caesars Sports. It became the first Central New York casino to offers sports betting.
Sticks Sports Book and Grill Akwesasne Mohawk Casino
Hogansburg, NY 13655
Sticks Sports Book and Grill opened began taking action this past January during the NFL Playoffs. Bettors can wager while watching games on a 9’ x 13’ video wall with 18 additional 65” televisions. Bettors can also take advantage of a live odds board, a fully stocked bar, and dining menu.
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