New York online sports betting
Online sports betting has come to New York – and the results so far have been spectacular. The Empire State authorized sports betting in 2021, and the first online sportsbooks went live in January 2022. Bettors here now have the opportunity to wager with some of the USA’s leading operators.
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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. Sports betting at casinos has been legal for some time – now online betting is permitted too.
Is online sports betting legal in New York?
Yes, it is. The first operators licensed to offer New York online betting opportunities went live in January 2022.
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.
1. Find the website or app of the sportsbook where you want to bet and click the “Join now” button.
2. You will need to provide details including your full name, address and email.
3. You will also have to give your date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security number.
4. Pick a username and password, and enter any promo code that triggers a sign-up bonus.
5. Deposit some money in your account and you’re good to go.
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 Empire State, paying more than $150million each year for the pleasure. That means DFS sites are seeing revenue of up to $15million a year.
Small wonder there was such a bitter battle over the legalization of DFS, where the games cover all major US pro and college sports.
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 allowing DFS in New York in August 2016.
Football is hugely popular everywhere in the US and that’s 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.
Now that New York online sports betting has launched, it is reassuring 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: Loads 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.
In-person betting at four upstate commercial and tribal casinos is legalized – provided there is a change in betting laws.
That change duly arrives as 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 - June
State Senate approves will to legalize sports betting but governor Andrew Cuomo expresses concerns, saying a change may be needed to the state’s constitution – which might mean a state-wide referendum.
2019 - July
First legal sports bet placed at Rivers Sportsbook in Schenectady.
Bills introduced intending to lead to the legalization of New York online sports betting. State Governor Andrew Cuomo allows this measure to be included in the state budget bill, which duly passes into law.
The first online sportsbooks begin trading in New York on January 8, in time for the NFL play-offs and the Super Bowl – and the results are impressive.
|Casino/Retail Sportsbook||Retail Sportsbook Partner||Address|
|Akwesasne Mohawk Casino & Resort||Sticks Sports Book & Grill||873 NY-37, Hogansburg, NY 13655|
|Del Lago Resort Casino||DraftKings Sportsbook||133 NY-414, Waterloo, NY 13165|
|Point Place Casino||The Lounge with Caesars Sports||450 452, NY-31, Bridgeport, NY 13030|
|Resorts World Catskills||Sportsbook 360||888 Resorts World Dr, Monticello, NY|
|Rivers Casino & Resort||Rivers Sportsbook||1 Rush St, Schenectady, NY 12305|
|Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino||Sports Lounge||1 Fulton St, Buffalo, NY 14204|
|Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino||Sports Lounge||310 4th St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303|
|Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino||Sports Lounge||777 Seneca Allegandy Blvd, Salamanca, NY|
|Tioga Downs||FanDuel Sportsbook||2384 W River Rd, Nichols, NY 13812|
|Turning Stone Resort Casino||The Lounge with Caesars Sports||5218 Patrick Rd, Verona, NY 13478|
|Yellow Brick Road Casino||The Lounge with Caesars Sports||800 W Genesee St, Chittenango, NY 13037|