New York Sports Betting

Last updated: Oct. 20, 2021

New York now has legal sports betting. In-person betting began in 2019 and legislators approved mobile sports betting in April 2021.

Online NY sports betting could be available before the next Super Bowl. The state is setting up an application process to determine which operators will be allowed to launch mobile sportsbooks in New York.

Meanwhile, just under a dozen upstate casinos can operate brick-and-mortar sportsbooks at the moment. Daily fantasy sports and horse racing are also legal — and regulated — in New York. Read on for more information about all of the sports gaming options in the state.

What’s happening in NY sports betting right now

  • Oct. 19, 2021 – The New York State Gaming Commission is moving faster than expected to pick the winning bidders for mobile betting licenses. The final tax matrix – with a top rate of 64% for five operators – must be agreed upon by any bidder that wants a chance at a license.
  • August 13, 2021 – The New York State Gaming Commission released redacted copies of the six mobile sports betting bids. In a nutshell, the FanDuel-led consortium wants to be the only four sportsbooks live. The other large consortium led by Kambi, meanwhile, sees room for nine operators at a 51% tax rate.
  • August 9, 2021 – The Gaming Commission unexpectedly announced all of the bids received by its deadline.
  • August 2, 2021 – The NYSGC posted its second post-RFA Q&A.
  • July 22, 2021 – The NYSGC posted 29 pages of questions and answers concerning the RFA from hopeful mobile platform providers and sportsbooks.
  • July 9, 2021 – The Gaming Commission launched the RFA for mobile sportsbooks eight days after it was due. The RFA breaks down the scoring criteria with all bids due Aug. 9. A decision does not have to be made on who won the licenses until early January.
  • July 2, 2021 – The New York State Gaming Commission missed the July 1 deadline to launch bidding for online sportsbooks in New York.
  • May 26, 2021 — The potential of the legal New York online sports betting has impacted the gambling industry by driving out offshore sportsbook Bovada. Bovada sent an email to its New York customers that it would no longer accept their wagers after June 21, 2021. The email specifically mentioned the new regulations as a reason for Bovada’s withdrawal.
  • April 22, 2021 — Now that the monopoly model has been signed into law, observers are highlighting some disturbing elements that might result in an “unworkable” proposition for sportsbook operators to accept. The new system demands that sportsbook operators pay $25 million for a 10-year license and $5 million for server housing within one of the state’s four commercial casinos. In addition, operators will be paying up to 50% of their revenues to the state as tax.
  • April 19, 2021 — NY online sports betting is official after Gov. Cuomo signs the state budget into law. It is anticipated the market will launch by the end of 2021 and before the Super Bowl.
  • April 6, 2021 — Gov. Cuomo appears to have won the debate on NY online sports betting about a competitive model vs. a state-run lottery model, and legislative efforts now reflect a coming RFP for operators.
  • March 13, 2021 — The New York State Assembly releases its annual budget proposal and includes mobile sports betting as one of the ways that the government will make money. In addition, A1257 passed through the House Racing and Wagering Committee in January and is moving forward in the process with its open-market structure.
  • Jan. 25, 2021 — Cuomo budget director Robert Mujica estimates that the governor’s state-run monopoly model will generate roughly $500 million per year in tax revenue for the state. Cuomo and his team have stated previously that they want New York to use a model similar to New Hampshire, where DraftKings is the sole operator in exchange for giving 51% of its revenue to the state.
  • Jan. 8, 2021 — Two New York lawmakers continue to work on their own vision for mobile sports betting. Sen. Joe Addabbo and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow file revamped versions of their 2019-2020 companion sports betting bills that allow for a more competitive online sports betting industry model. The only major change that S1183 and A1257 have from their predecessors is the increase from one skin to two allowed for each licensee. Under this model, New York could become home to as many as 28 different sportsbook brands.
  • Jan. 6, 2021 — In a startling about-face, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces that he is ready for mobile sports betting in the Empire State. In a statement, Cuomo indicates that he plans to include mobile sports wagering as part of his 2021 budget proposal. However, Cuomo makes it clear that he envisions New York online sports betting as a lottery-run endeavor rather than a competitive market.

Is sports betting legal in New York?

Yes, but only retail betting for now. New York legalized sports betting at its commercial casinos in 2013. The first sportsbooks started opening in July 2019, after the fall of PASPA. Mobile sports betting received legislative approval in April 2021 and could go live sometime within the year.

The New York State Gaming Commission approved preliminary rules and regulations in 2019. Tribal casinos would have been permitted to offer sports betting along with commercial facilities under those proposed regulations. However, tribal nations could be cut out from the 2021 NY online sports betting law because of concerns about federal law restricting mobile wagers on tribal land.

For now, mobile and online wagering is not part of New York sports betting yet.

The status of NY online sports betting

Online sports betting could come to New York as soon as late 2021 or early 2022.

In 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators negotiated for weeks on a deal to bring mobile NY sports betting into existence. That deal received legislative approval in April 2021 and could pave the way for betting in NY on mobile devices before long.

Gaming regulators will set up a request for proposals to allow sportsbooks to apply for a NY sports betting license. There will be at least four different sportsbook apps in New York after that process is complete, although the state could end up offering more.

After New Jersey won the Supreme Court sports betting case in May 2018, New York became free to move forward with single-game wagering. Efforts to pass a new sports betting law that included integrity fees for sports leagues died in June 2018 at the state legislature. However, Sen. Joseph Addabbo, chair of the Senate Racing, Wagering and Gaming Committee, introduced similar legislation for the 2019 session.

The New York State Gaming Commission gave preliminary approval to rules and regulations in January 2019 and started allowing retail sportsbooks to go live in July 2019.

Back in 2013, New York voters passed a referendum allowing for gambling expansion. The New York Gaming Economic Development Act paved the way for the construction of four new commercial casinos in the upstate region. It also permits those properties to run sports betting under the approval of the state’s gaming commission.

Online sportsbooks in NY

Mobile sports betting in New York could become one of the largest markets in the United States. NY sports betting interest is already thought to account for 20%-25% of the nearby NJ sports betting market since its launch in June 2018.

A robust sports betting offering in New York could bring some of those bettors back to the Empire State. How the state chooses to structure its taxes and fees will affect this, though — NY sportsbooks might not be able to offer competitive odds if they are forced to offer a huge share of revenue back to New York.

A number of popular sportsbook apps are expected to apply to offer mobile wagering in New York:

Recent New York sports betting stories

NY sports betting law

For now, legal sports betting in New York is only available in-person at a handful of upstate casinos. That is likely to change before the end of 2021, though, when NY mobile sports betting becomes an option. The casinos offering retail sportsbooks in NY are located a few hours’ drive from New York City. That makes them an inconvenient and impractical option for the bulk of the state’s population.

In fact, many New York City-area sports bettors who want to get legal action down choose to travel to neighboring New Jersey, which has a multitude of legal sports betting apps. As such, the scope of the original enabling law is narrow, limiting wagering to the state’s handful of commercial casinos. The 2021 law changes things entirely.

Who can apply for an NY sports betting license?

The mobile sports betting bid process is not yet defined, but expect major sportsbooks including DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, Barstool Sportsbook, Bet365, and more to seek one of the available licenses.

Previously, the state’s four commercial casinos were the only ones eligible to apply for a sports betting license:

  • Del Lago Resort & Casino
  • Tioga Downs Casino
  • Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady 
  • Resorts World Catskills

Who can bet on sports in New York?

Anyone over the age of 21 will be able to participate in NY sports betting.

Will I be able to bet on my phone in New York?

You likely will be able to bet on your phone in the near future in New York. Cuomo and state legislators agreed to a deal to allow NY mobile sports betting in the 2021 legislature. Four apps are planned to start. The state already has a successful mobile horse betting product. New Jersey already launched mobile sports betting in 2018. Its other neighbor, Pennsylvania, has had legal online and retail betting since 2019.

NY sports betting bills

We should be done with new NY sports betting bills for a bit after state legislators and Cuomo included mobile sports betting in the New York state budget in 2021.

  • 2021: No separate bill was needed because legislators included sports betting in the massive state budget bill. Cuomo signed sports wagering into law as part of that package.
  • 2020: An effort to reintroduce bills from 2019 stalled out because of the COVID-19 pandemic. New York legislators delayed their session and took up more pressing matters upon their return.
  • 2019: A mobile sports betting bill advanced past the NY Senate but never came up for a vote in the Assembly.
  • 2018: NY mobile sportsbook bills popped up in both chambers of the state legislature. However, neither the Assembly nor the Senate chose to move the bills past the committee stage.

Here is a look at 2021 legislation for sports wagering in the state:

Where can I bet on sports in New York?

Soon you will be able to bet on sports from anywhere in New York. Mobile wagering should start in late 2021 or early 2022, meaning you can wager as long as you are physically located within the Empire State. You must be physically located in New York to place a mobile bet once sportsbook apps launch. Geolocation software will ensure that all apps are used within New York.

Of course, you can bet in-person at 11 retail sportsbooks, all of which started opening in 2019. The 2013 law permits NY sports betting at the state’s commercial casinos, and in turn, the tribal casinos. All hours are subject to change.

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino

  • Phone: 518-358-2222
  • Address: 873 NY-37, Hogansburg, NY 13655
  • Hours: 6-10 p.m. Wed-Thurs; 2-10 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
  • Sportsbook Partner: NA

The Sticks Sports B0ok & Grill officially opened for business in January 2020. It includes teller service, self-serve kiosks, a video wall, a full bar, and a dining menu.

DraftKings Sportsbook at Del Lago Resort Casino

  • Phone: 315-946-1777
  • Address: 1133 NY-414, Waterloo, NY 13165
  • Hours: Betting windows — 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Betting kiosks — 8 a.m.-2 a.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 8 a.m.-4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays
  • Sportsbook Partner: DraftKings

This 6,000-square-foot DraftKings retail book is located right on the casino floor. It opened in August 2019 and features LED video screens, odds boards, dining options, and self-serve kiosks.

FanDuel Sportsbook at Tioga Downs

  • Phone: 888-946-8464
  • Address: 2384 W River Rd., Nichols, NY 13812
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
  • Sportsbook Partner: FanDuel

In July 2019, Tioga Downs opened a 2,600-square-foot sportsbook via a partnership with FanDuel. A trio of sports tickers coincides with a large video wall.

Resorts World Catskills

  • Phone: 833-586-9358
  • Address: 888 Resorts World Dr., Monticello, NY 12701
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Wednesdays-Sundays; 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday and Tuesday (kiosks are available 24/7)
  • Sportsbook Partner: Bet365

It’s the closest sportsbook to New York City (other than FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands in NJ). It opened in September 2019 and features jumbo screens in a 360-degree arc.

Rivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino

  • Phone: 518-579-8800
  • Address: 1 Rush St., Schenectady, NY 12305
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m. daily
  • Sportsbook Partner: BetRivers/Kambi

Rivers Casino holds the distinction of opening the first sportsbook in NY in July 2019. It features a massive video wall and VIP seating areas alongside self-service kiosks.

Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino

  • Phone: 877-873-6322
  • Address: 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca, NY 14779
  • Hours: Noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays
  • Sportsbook Partner: NA

The Seneca Nation in New York operates three tribal casinos, all of which opened a sportsbook in December 2019. Self-serve kiosks exist alongside big-screen TVs and a bar.

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

  • Phone: 877-873-6322
  • Address: 1 Fulton St., Buffalo, NY 14204
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-12 a.m. Mondays-Fridays; 8 a.m.-12 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays
  • Sportsbook Partner: NA

Similar to its sister casino in Salamanca, Seneca Buffalo Creek includes seats and screens in a simple lounge setting just off the casino floor. While the casino is open 24 hours, the sportsbook closes overnight.

Seneca Niagara Casino

  • Phone: 877-873-6322
  • Address: 310 4th St., Niagara Falls, NY 14303
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-12 a.m. Mondays-Fridays; 8 a.m.-12 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays
  • Sportsbook Partner: NA

Near Niagra Falls, the sportsbook at this Seneca casino features similar amenities, but its hours are far more regular in comparison.

The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Point Place Casino

  • Phone: 315-366-9610
  • Address: 450 452 NY-31, Bridgeport, NY 13030
  • Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
  • Sportsbook Partner: Caesars

Opened in 2019, the Lounge with Caesars Sports includes a 24-foot high video wall and another 30 LED screens. A VIP section coincides with full-service dining.

The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Turning Stone Resort & Casino

  • Phone: 800-771-7711
  • Address: 5218 Patrick Rd., Verona, NY 13478
  • Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
  • Sportsbook Partner: Caesars

One of the first wave of retail sportsbooks to open in August 2019, The Lounge features a massive video wall and VIP seats with self-service kiosks and teller service.

The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Yellow Brick Road Casino

  • Phone: 315-366-9400
  • Address: 800 W Genesee St., Chittenango, NY 13037
  • Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
  • Sportsbook Partner: Caesars

A month after Turning Stone opened its sportsbook doors, Yellow Brick Road followed suit. Featuring a 32-foot video wall, VIP fan caves, and a full sports bar, it is considered the largest sportsbook in New York.

What you can bet on legally in NY

Sports betting in New York allows you to place wagers on most popular professional sports and many college sports as well. The primary restriction is that no wagering is allowed on in-state college teams, although betting is permitted on colleges from outside New York competing in the state.

Sports and events on which you can wager include:

  • NFL
  • NBA
  • MLB
  • NHL
  • NCAA football
  • NCAA basketball
  • Super Bowl
  • March Madness
  • PGA Tour golf
  • NASCAR auto racing

Prohibited events include:

  • High school and youth sports
  • Entertainment including The Oscars
  • Elections

How does New York compare to New Jersey and Pennsylvania?

Right now, the main distinction between the markets is that both New Jersey and Pennsylvania allow mobile sports betting from anywhere within state borders. New York has legalized mobile sports wagers but will not launch those for at least a few months.

The NJ sports betting market is closely linked to New York City. Some estimates suggest as much as 25% of New Jersey handle originates from the country’s largest city.

New Jersey features more than a dozen mobile sportsbooks while New York will be limited to perhaps as few as four. The Garden State also levies a tax rate of 13.5% on mobile sports wagers, while New York will require operators to remit at least 50% of sports betting revenue to the state.

Pennsylvania features one of the highest tax rates and sportsbook license fees in the country, but New York will eclipse both. NY sportsbooks must pay a $25 million application fee, surpassing the previous US high of $20 million in PA.

PA sportsbooks feature one brand per casino, allowing the state to feature many more options than will be available in New York.

New York sports betting timeline

2021: A new hope

The most promising year to date began with Gov. Andrew Cuomo signaling willingness to include mobile wagering in his state budget. With New York facing a budget deficit reaching billions of dollars, Cuomo finally embraced the revenue source of legal sports betting in NY.

Cuomo expressed a strong preference for a lottery-based model featuring only a couple of operators, similar to whatever nearby New Hampshire chose to enact. That might not be the best model for customers, however, as high tax rates and a lack of competition fail to incentivize sportsbooks to provide the ideal experience for players.

A deal reached in April 2021 appears to pave the way for mobile betting in New York.

2020: Another stalled year in NY

The COVID-19 pandemic quickly ended whatever hope existed for New York sports betting reform in 2020. Legislators again attempted to convince Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include updated sports betting language in his state budget to no avail.

With the state legislative session upended by the pandemic, more pressing matters took priority. New York suffered its worst days of the pandemic in spring 2020, when the legislature typically is accomplishing its normal business.

2019: Continued legislative efforts

The New York legislature failed to legalize sports betting yet again.

Sen. Joseph Addabbo, the new chairman of the Senate Racing, Wagering and Gaming Committee introduced a sports betting bill for the 2019 legislative session. The bill, S 17, is similar to former chairman, John Bonacic’s bill, which includes a 0.2 percent integrity fee.

Assemblyman Gary Pretlow joined Addabbo and push for the commission to include online sports betting in the final rules and regulations.

And while the bill passed the Senate, it never came up for a vote in the Assembly.

Mid 2018: Legislative efforts fail

New York state legislators dropped sports betting bills in both the Assembly and Senate, but neither advanced to the floor for serious consideration. Sen. John Bonacic and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow championed bills in their respective chambers that would have legalized sports betting throughout the state, including mobile and online wagering.

It also would have directed a so-called integrity fee to sports leagues — the first state to bow to the leagues’ demand for such a cut.

Early 2018: NBA testifies at sports betting hearing

In January, the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee held a public hearing on sports betting. The meeting was called Bonacic, who chairs the committee. The hearing seemed to indicate that New York’s lawmakers are ready to move forward with broad legalization.

What was surprising, however, was a new revelation from the NBA. The league had previously stood against state-based sports betting legalization. It has gone so far as to bring suit against states, like New Jersey, who try to work around PASPA.

The league’s Assistant General Counsel, Dan Spillane, voiced a new, progressive stance on sports betting from his league. According to Spillane, the NBA will no longer oppose New York’s attempt to legalize sports betting, provided it meets the league’s conditions. One of those conditions involves paying the NBA a so-called integrity fee of 1 percent of all bets placed on its games, which is a big ask.

All four major sports leagues are headquartered in New York.

2017: Pretlow backs legislation

Late in 2016, Pretlow announced his intentions to back sports betting legislation. “I’m looking at challenging the feds on this,” he said, “but I have more homework to do.”

Pretlow is the Chairman of the Assembly’s Racing and Wagering Committee. That essentially makes him the gatekeeper for gaming legislation in his chamber, which had previously expressed resistance. Entering 2017, though, Pretlow seemed to indicate that his concerns had been addressed.

Lawmakers from both chambers introduced matching sports betting bills in 2017. Sponsors Assemblyman David Weprin and Sen. Tony Avella have been at the front of the effort in their respective chambers since 2011. Their bills move to extend sports betting permissions to horse tracks and OTBs, in addition to the commercial casinos.

A 5438 and S 1282 were the updated numbers given to the bills in the 2017-18 session.

The new casinos authorized to conduct sports betting began to open during 2017, with the last one slated to open early in 2018.

2015-16: Sports betting bills continue to be introduced

In 2015, Weprin and Avella reintroduced their efforts from the previous session. A 3080 and S 940 were refiled in January as the tools to expand sports betting to horse tracks and off-track betting facilities.

At the same time, the state was considering daily fantasy sports legislation. The matter was referred to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for a decision, and he dropped the hammer on DFS sites. He lumped them in with sports betting, which would have made them illegal under state law. He ordered DraftKings and FanDuel to cease operations in New York. The state went onto pass a fantasy sports law in 2016.

The sports betting bills were returned to the Judiciary Committees in their respective chambers, where they stalled once again.

2013-14: Voting yes to casino expansion, sports betting

New York voters spoke on sports betting in 2013.

That year’s ballot included a decision on a gaming package designed to stimulate the economy in the upstate region with four new casinos. Under the referendum, the new properties would be permitted to offer a broad range of gambling, including sports betting.

Voters passed the amendment, with 57 percent of them approving the expansion.

The casinos were built and opened within five years.

Sen. Eric Adams once again reintroduced his standalone sports betting bill from the prior sessions. His S 2411 was the same piece of legislation he’d sponsored in both 2009 and 2011.

There were other bills on the table, though. Weprin (A 867) and Avella (S 331) filed matching bills in the legislature once again. They failed to advance out of committee again, and they were reintroduced in the 2015 session. Sen. Adams’ bill, on the other hand, was not reintroduced again.

2011-2012: Both chambers consider sports betting

Sen. Adams introduced a copy of his previous bill once again in 2011. This time, S 3708 was backed up by another piece of legislation in the lower chamber.

Assemblyman Weprin’s name appeared on a sports betting bill for the first time with the introduction of A 10464. His bill contained most of the same language as Adams’, but it expanded wagering to include collegiate events. He also moved to allocate funds to education rather than tax relief.

Most notably, Weprin’s bill also added “any constitutionally authorized casino facility” to the list of potential licensees. The four upstate casinos would ultimately be granted that permission separately via the 2013 referendum.

The Assembly bill included a memo in support of legislation that opened with this justification:

Legalizing professional sports betting in New York would be an opportunity to diminish a serious organized crime enterprise and provide critical funds for education.

One of the memo’s sources estimated that New York could receive close to $2 billion in annual revenue from sports betting at the existing gambling facilities, a number that is likely too high.

Avella took Weprin’s lead and introduced a matching bill, S 7401 in the Senate.

None of the bills advanced out of committee, and all three were reintroduced in the 2013 session.

2009-2010: First sports betting bill appears

In 2009, Sen. Adams introduced the state’s first sports betting bill. S 6061 was aimed at horse tracks and off-track betting facilities. The bill would have allowed those facilities to offer wagers on professional sporting events. A portion of the revenue was to be allocated for tax relief to residents of the areas near the betting facilities.

The bill stalled in committee.

FAQ

Who oversees New York sports betting?

The New York State Gaming Commission has regulatory jurisdiction over the state’s sports betting. It will create the rules and regulations to govern online sports betting in NY as well.

Can you play daily fantasy sports in New York?

DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo, FantasyDraft, and Draft have all received permits and are now operational in New York.

Here is a list of sites with temporary licenses.

What happened after New York enacted the DFS law?

All lawsuits between the NYAG and DraftKings and FanDuel will be dropped, except for the former’s false advertising claims that both sites paid $6 million to settle.

Any site that wishes to serve the New York market must be licensed by the state gaming commission.

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