NY Online Sports Betting: When Will Online Betting Launch in New York?

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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 casinos 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 were 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.

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 Queens 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 the 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, it appears as if Cuomo and Speaker Carl E. Heastie are warming up to the idea. The hope is that Cuomo will sign the bill into law by December 31, 2020.

If that happens, sports betting won’t begin immediately in New York, but Senator Addabbo believes that it could launch by the Super Bowl or March Madness. Although those are optimistic dates, it is entirely possible to pass legislation and go live by that point. The Super Bowl and March Madness are two of the biggest betting events of the year and they represent great opportunities to give the state a shot of tax revenue.

While online sports betting alone won’t resolve the deficit, its launch would bring a significant source of needed revenue to the state. According to a report from Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, $837 million went from New York to New Jersey for sports betting in 2019. That’s a lot of money that the state is leaving on the table.

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.

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How Realistic is a Launch by the Super Bowl?

Over the past six months, much has changed with the future of mobile sports betting in New York. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cuomo and Heastie were asking lawmakers to go the constitutional amendment route in order to legalize online sports betting in NY.

That’s a process that would likely take until 2024 to come to fruition. Thankfully, the Governor and Speaker appear to be backing off that stance. As Senator Addabbo has pointed out numerous times to ESNY, as long as the servers are on-site at the physical casinos, there is no need for a constitutional amendment.

Convincing Cuomo and Heastie to abandon the constitutional amendment represents a major step forward, but it’s not a done deal yet. The hope is that lawmakers can pass mobile sports betting legislation and have Cuomo sign it into law by the end of 2020. That would allow for enough time to properly set up regulations and launch by the Super Bowl.

“It takes time to set up the regulations correctly, the equipment, the programming, getting everything all set up,” Sen. Addabbo told Elite Sports NY. “You hope that if you do it now, maybe by the time the Super Bowl or March Madness comes, you’re ready.”

Nothing is set in stone yet, but there are reasons for New Yorkers to be optimistic about the possibility of mobile sports betting coming to NY in 2021.

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, Mets, Giants, Jets, and more.

1. DraftKings Sportsbook

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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

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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.

3. BetRivers

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Owned by parent company Rush Street Interactive, the SugarHouse Sportsbook and BetRivers brands experienced early success in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

4. PointsBet

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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

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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.

 

FAQ

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:

Deposit methods

Online sportsbooks offer the following deposit options:

  • online banking
  • credit or debit card
  • PayPal
  • 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.

Sports available

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

450 NY-31

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 offer sports betting.

 

Sticks Sports Book and Grill Akwesasne Mohawk Casino

837 NY-37

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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