Start spreading the news! Despite numerous hurdles, New York has joined the sports betting scene with four casinos/racetracks offering legalized sports wagering. And while licenses will be limited to the state’s four state-run casinos and tribal gaming facilities, there should still be ample opportunities for Empire State residents to bet on sports to their hearts’ content.
Here’s a look at the current New York sports betting landscape:
New York Sports Books
|CASINO/RACETRACK||SPORTSBOOK PROVIDER||LAUNCH DATE||MOBILE STATUS||OFFERS/PROMOTIONS|
|RIVERS CASINO AND RESORT||RIVERS SPORTSBOOK||JULY 16/19||OFF||COMING SOON|
|TIOGA DOWNS CASINO||FANDUEL||JULY 19/19||OFF||COMING SOON|
|TURNING STONE CASINO RESORT||CAESARS||AUG. 1/19||OFF||COMING SOON|
|POINT PLACE CASINO||CAESARS||AUG. 1/19||OFF||COMING SOON|
|DEL LAGO RESORT AND CASINO||DRAFTKINGS||AUG. 23/19||OFF||COMING SOON|
|YELLOW BRICK ROAD CASINO||CAESARS||TBD||OFF||COMING SOON|
While this looks like a modest offering, it’s possible that New York will expand the sports betting reach to tribal gaming facilities in the near future; that list includes:
- Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort
- Mohawk Bingo Palace and Class II Casino
- Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
- Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino
- Seneca Gaming & Entertainment Irving
- Seneca Gaming & Entertainment Salamanca
- Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
The state’s other brick-and-mortar, non-tribal casino – Resort World Catskills – is expected to launch its Bet365-powered sportsbook shortly despite Empire Resorts recently selling its remaining stake to majority owner Kien Huat Realty and Genting Malaysia.
New York Sports Betting History
New York has been champing at the bit for the Supreme Court to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), having enacted the New York Gaming Economic Development Act in 2013 that would allow for its four state-run casinos to offer legal sports betting once that occurred.
But unlike in states like New Jersey and Delaware, where both brick-and-mortar and online sports betting were introduced within months of the SCOTUS decision, sports betting advocates faced resistance in their quest to join the party. While New York is moving forward with a gradual rollout of legal sports betting, online sports betting could take a while longer.
Mobile sports wagering was not made part of the state’s recent budget, as the Senate and Assembly appear to be at odds on whether to make mobile sports betting a budget priority for 2019. Governor Andrew Cuomo also remains lukewarm on the prospects of mobile sports betting in New York – in particular, whether allowing the practice is constitutional. With mobile betting omitted from the state budget, a standalone bill has been crafted in an effort to speed up the timeline.
New York Sports Betting at a Glance
Here’s what you need to know about New York’s current sports betting landscape:
- New York’s two state-run casinos combined to bring in nearly $350,000 in revenue over the first 16 days of legal sports betting. Rivers Casino ($295K) generated the majority of that revenue.
- Pretlow’s online sports betting bill might also allow for competition between operators within the state, though each casino would only be permitted one or two skins for online sportsbooks.
- Pretlow suggests there’s a 50-50 chance of his online sports betting bill passing before the end of 2019 (“If I were a bookie,” he said, “(it’s) plus-110.”)
New York Sports Betting FAQs
Where can I place a legal sports wager in New York?
Interested parties can make a sports bet at any of the following casinos (*: tribal casino):
- Del Lago Resort and Casino, 1133 Route 414, Waterloo, NY, 13165
- Point Place Casino*, 450 NY-31, Bridgeport, NY, 13030
- Rivers Casino and Resort, 1 Rush Street, Schenectady, NY, 12308
- Tioga Downs Casino, 2384 W River Road, Nichols, NY, 13812-1406
- Turning Stone Casino*, 5218 Patrick Rd., Verona, NY, 13478
When will mobile sports betting be available in the state?
Not in the near future, it would appear. With both sides in the sports betting debate still somewhat entrenched, it’s difficult to know when there will be further progress. For what it’s worth, Gov. Cuomo has said in the past that he is “not a fan of mobile sports betting,” and suggested that the revenue generated in New Jersey from sports betting is “a rounding error in our state.”
Will other brick-and-mortar locations be offering sports betting in New York?
It’s possible; in addition to the quartet of commercial casinos expected to be given the green light, a handful of tribal gaming institutions could be added to the mix shortly after the initial wave. From there, sports betting could be expanded to a host of other gaming locales, including both live racetracks and off-track betting (OTB) sites.
How is sports betting regulated in New York?
The New York State Gaming Commission regulates all sports betting activity within the state.
What kinds of sports wagers can I make at New York casinos?
New York sportsbooks offer a wide range of bet types, including (but not limited to):
- Straight wagers
- Totals wagers (Over/Under)
- Moneyline wagers
- Prop wagers
- Futures wagers
What sports can I wager on at New York casinos?
As with the majority of states that have legalized sports betting to date, New York casinos provide bettors with a wide selection of sports to bet on, including:
- Professional and college football
- Professional and college basketball
- Professional hockey
- Professional baseball
- Auto Racing
Bettors can make wagers on New York-based professional teams, but are prohibited from betting on New York-based college teams or on any collegiate event held within the state.