New York online sports betting laws
A sports-mad state of 20 million people and one of the world’s greatest cities. Yet, eight years after the Empire State passed legislation authorizing casino gambling, including sports betting, bettors here still can’t wager online. However, mobile sports betting finally looks like it will be coming to New York in the near future.
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Jennifer has a degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C, in 2005. She's been living in Las Vegas helping clients in the casino and gaming industry, as well as other regulated businesses, across Nevada for over 15 years.
She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books on US gaming law, including most recently, The Law of Regulated Gambling: A Practical Guide for Business Lawyers, American Bar Association (2020), and That (Expletive) Broad: Women Who Broke Barriers in the Casino and Gaming Industry (2020).
Is sports betting legal in New York?
Yes, New York sports betting is legal. But, so far live sports wagering is offered only in a handful of upstate casinos.
Is online sports betting legal in New York?
Not yet, but soon. New York state has recently announced it approved a budget for its fiscal year 2022 that would allow for legal online wagering in the state for the first time.
How old do I have to be to place a bet in New York?
Under current legislation, you need to be aged 21 or over to bet in New York.
Go in person to one of the commercial and tribal casinos operating a sportsbook.
Sign up for sports betting; you will need ID and proof of age.
Assess the market you want to play on and place your first sports bet.
When the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was deemed unconstitutional in 2018, New York was in a perfect position to start sports betting in the state.
The state had passed legislation five years previously that made New York sports betting legal as soon as the federal government eased its restrictions. When PASPA was struck down, the move was on to get sports betting under way. It is currently only permitted, however, in-person at a handful of upstate casinos. With a state budget that would authorize online sports wagering recently approved, however, online options could soon be available.
In a state of 20 million people and a huge sporting heritage, the opportunities presented by online sports betting are massive. Indeed, you only need to look across to New Jersey to see the potential revenues available to city and state.
After much legal wrangling, at the start of 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a proposal for legislation that would authorize mobile sports wagering in the state. Indeed, in April 2021, Cuomo announced that the New York State Legislature had authorized mobile sports wagering in New York as part of its annual revenue bill. Details on how this will be implemented are yet to be released.
There are suggestions that Cuomo intends to run sports betting through the state lottery, although the regulatory structure is yet to be finalized.
New York has the potential to be the largest sports betting market in the US, and many are eagerly anticipating the rollout of online sports betting, which is expected later this year or early next.
The New York sports betting market posted strong results in the first month of 2021. The four commercial retail sportsbooks in the state brought in more than $3.57 million in gross gaming revenue, their best total ever.
However, compare that to the sports betting handle in neighboring New Jersey, a state whose population is less than half of New York’s. The total sports betting handle in 2020 in New Jersey was more than $6 billion, with an estimated average of more than 90 per cent of the bets struck online or through a mobile device.
It would be intriguing to know how much of that handle was attributable to New Yorkers making the short trip across the border to enjoy online sports betting.
Yes, they are. Whenever you have a winning sports bet, you should make a note of it and be ready to include it on your tax return.
The casino where you do your betting should hand you a W-2G form every time you gamble there and win more than $600. Another copy goes to the IRS, so you’ll need to make sure your records tally with Uncle Sam’s.
If you want to place a sports bet in New York, you need to be aged 21 or older.
The only places where you can currently enjoy New York sports betting are at sportsbooks in licensed casinos. There are eight of these in the upstate areas – four commercial casinos and four tribal casinos .
At the time of writing, online betting has not yet launched in New York. Your only option for a legal sports bet is to travel to one of these casinos. However, for some it is actually quicker to cross state lines into New Jersey, where betting on your mobile device is allowed.
Betting on college teams based in the state of New York is not allowed under current legislation – whether they are playing at home or away. That means you can’t wager on the plethora of top-class NCAA action featuring the best New York college athletes.
You can’t place a bet on politics, whether US or overseas. No US states currently allow sportsbooks to take wagers on elections or other political events.
Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is enormously popular in New York. Up to 10% of all DFS entries are made in New York, the fourth most populous state in the union.
It’s been estimated that there are more than 90,000 regular DFS players in the state, paying more than $150 million each year for the pleasure. That means DFS sites are seeing revenue of up to $15 million a year.
It’s no wonder there was such a bitter battle over the legalization of DFS, in New York.
The New York attorney general banned DFS giants DraftKings and FanDuel in December 2015. They were granted a stay the following month, and the wrangle was still going on when a bill was signed authorizing and regulating DFS in New York in August 2016. A minimum age of 18 applies to DFS players and it may not involve any collegiate sporting events or horse races.
Football is hugely popular everywhere in the US, but particularly so in a state with no fewer than three NFL teams. As well as the Buffalo Bills, the state is home to the New York Jets and the New York Giants. The Giants are the most successful team with four Super Bowl wins, two since the turn of the century. You will never be short of football action to bet on.
If New York online sports betting should take off in the very near future, the reassuring news is that there are substantial resources in place to ensure support for bettors.
While sports betting is a relaxing leisure activity for the vast majority of people, some do encounter problems that lead to emotional and financial issues.
This is a state that clearly takes its responsibility to those people extremely seriously, with a host of supportive resources:
New York Council on Problem Gambling: Offers a wide range of training options, information for people who are worried about their gambling – and their families.
New York State Gaming Commission: The variety of services include a 24/7 helpline, insight into self-exclusion and links to organizations that can give help to problem gamblers.
Office of Addiction Services and Support: Bettors can find plenty of advice on prevention, treatment and recovery for people affected by problems with their gambling.
National Council for Problem Gambling: The New York affiliate of this nationwide service, with links to local resources and contact details for state and federal bodies that can offer assistance.
New York passes legislation authorizing casino gambling in the state. This includes sports betting, which is now authorized under the new state law but is still impermissible under Federal law.
PASPA is declared unconstitutional, effectively clearing the way for states to introduce sports betting if they wish.
2019 - January
The New York Gaming Commission finalizes its sports betting rules and regulations.
2019 - July
First legal sports bet placed at Rivers Sportsbook in Schenectady.
The New York Legislature passes legislation that will allow for online sports betting. New York Senator Joe Addabbo shares that online sports wagering in New York could begin sometime during the upcoming NFL season, but that Feb. 13, 2022, the date of Super Bowl LVI, will be the benchmark for the program.
|Casino/Retail Sportsbook||Retail Sportsbook Partner||Address|
|Turning Stone Resort & Casino||Caesars||5218 Patrick Road, Verona NY 13478|
|Resorts World Catskills||Sportsbook 360||888 Resorts World Drive, Monticello NY 12701|
|Rivers Casino Schenectady||Rivers||1 Rush Street, Schenectady NY 12305|
|Del Lago Casino Resort||DraftKings||1133 NY-414, Waterloo NY 13165|
|Tioga Downs||FanDuel||2384 W River Road, Nichols NY 13812|
|Yellow Brick Road Casino||Caesars||800 W Genesee Street, Chittenango NY 13037|
|Point Place Casino||Caesars||450 NY-31 Bridgeport NY 13030|
|Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort||Sticks||873 NY-37, Hogansburg NY 13655|
No, not at the moment. There are no licensed New York online betting sites yet available. Although sports betting is legal in the state, it has been restricted to in-person wagering at a handful of upstate casinos, with online offerings expected to launch sometime in late 2021 or early 2022.
No. Until New York’s upcoming mobile betting regulations are implemented, no online sports wagering companies operate here legally.
No. There are no legal online sportsbooks operating in New York currently. Although several offshore sites offering services to people in New York, they are operating without a license.