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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.

Written by OnlineBetting.com staff.

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Jennifer Gaynor

Administrative law and government relations attorney

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).

New York sports betting

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.

How do I start betting in New York?

  1. Go in person to one of the commercial and tribal casinos operating a sportsbook.

  2. Sign up for sports betting; you will need ID and proof of age.

  3. Assess the market you want to play on and place your first sports bet.

Is sports betting legal in New York?

New York legalizes sports betting
Moves towards legalizing online sports betting
Contrast with neighbor shows potential of mobile betting
Are New York gambling winnings taxable?

Who is allowed to bet on sports in New York?

You must be at least 21 years old to bet in New York
You must be in a New York casino to bet

What can't I bet on in New York?

College sports

Daily Fantasy Sports in New York

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.

Top sports to bet on in New York

Between New York City and the rest of this bustling state, there is a sensationally wide array of great sport and top teams to bet on. When New York online sports betting is finally launched, the handle from this state is going to be eye-watering.


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.

Responsible gambling in New York

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:

Timeline of sports betting in New York


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.

Where can you bet in New York?

There are only eight casinos – four commercial and four tribal – currently licensed to take sports bet and all are in upstate New York.

Casino/Retail SportsbookRetail Sportsbook PartnerAddress
Turning Stone Resort & CasinoCaesars5218 Patrick Road, Verona NY 13478
Resorts World CatskillsSportsbook 360888 Resorts World Drive, Monticello NY 12701
Rivers Casino SchenectadyRivers1 Rush Street, Schenectady NY 12305
Del Lago Casino ResortDraftKings1133 NY-414, Waterloo NY 13165
Tioga DownsFanDuel2384 W River Road, Nichols NY 13812
Yellow Brick Road CasinoCaesars800 W Genesee Street, Chittenango NY 13037
Point Place CasinoCaesars450 NY-31 Bridgeport NY 13030
Akwesasne Mohawk Casino ResortSticks873 NY-37, Hogansburg NY 13655

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