Start spreading the news – good and bad. New York appears to be on the precipice of offering legal sports betting at its four state-run casinos and tribal gaming facilities, but any notions of the Empire State bursting onto the legal sports betting scene in 2019 should be put to rest. There’s a long way to go, and no guarantee that sports betting in New York will expand beyond four upstate casinos in 2019.
What does this mean for New York betting enthusiasts? For the time being, you’ll need to keep making those trips to New Jersey, where sports betting has exploded both in scope and popularity – and will continue to generate plenty of money for both the operators and for the state government. And while NJ’s grip on the eastern seaboard’s betting sphere won’t last forever, New York isn’t close to ending that dominance this year – particularly where mobile sports betting is concerned.
New York Sports Books
|CASINO/RACETRACK||SPORTSBOOK PROVIDER||LAUNCH DATE||MOBILE STATUS||OFFERS/PROMOTIONS|
|DEL LAGO RESORT AND CASINO||NA||NA||OFF||TO BE ANNOUNCED|
|RESORTS WORLD CATSKILLS||NA||NA||OFF||TO BE ANNOUNCED|
|RIVERS CASINO AND RESORT||NA||NA||OFF||TO BE ANNOUNCED|
|TIOGA DOWNS CASINO||NA||NA||OFF||TO BE ANNOUNCED|
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
- Turning Stone Resort Casino
The Oneida Indian Nation has already aligned with Caesars Entertainment, which is prepared to operate sportsbooks at a trio of upstate casinos – Turning Stone, Yellow Brick Road and Point Place.
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 have faced resistance in their quest to join the party. While New York seems prepared to move forward with a slow 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:
- The New York State Gaming Commission will make the final sign-off on when the state’s four casinos can begin offering legal sports betting pending a 60-day review; that decision is expected later this spring, possibly as soon as the Memorial Day weekend.
- There are several amounts being bandied about regarding the cost of a sports betting license; Assemblyman Gary Pretlow’s initial sports betting bill lists a license fee of $12 million, higher than the Assembly’s $10 million recommendation but lower than the Senate’s $15 million figure.
- It’s expected that the tax rates for NY-based brick-and-mortars would be similar to those in other states currently operating, but with a 0.2 percent royalty fee paid to the pro sports leagues; no other state is presently paying a royalty or integrity fee to the leagues.
- The four casinos already approved for sports betting would likely not have to cover the initial fee, as they’re considered exempt. They’ll need to provide a sports betting lounge area and only offer accept wagers in that area. And they’re getting ready – the Gaming Commission has already approved requests for at least one of the casinos to remove hundreds of slot machines in order to make room for the impending sportsbook space.
- 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 will I be able to place a legal sports wager in New York?
Initially, you will be able to make a sports bet at any of the following casinos:
- Del Lago Resort and Casino, 1133 Route 414, Waterloo, NY, 13165
- Resorts World Catskills, 888 Resorts World Drive, Monticello, NY, 12701
- Rivers Casino and Resort, 1 Rush Street, Schenectady, NY, 12308
- Tioga Downs Casino, 2384 W River Road, Nichols, NY, 13812-1406
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 will sports betting be regulated in New York?
The New York State Gaming Commission will regulate all sports betting activity within the state.
What kinds of sports wagers will I be able to make at New York casinos?
New York sportsbooks will 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 will I be able to wager on at New York casinos?
As with the majority of states that have legalized sports betting to date, New York casinos will 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 will also be able to wager on all New York-based professional and college sports teams, provided that there are odds for these teams and games. This includes smaller Division I schools.