New York Sports Betting 2019

There are now places to legally bet on sports in the state of New York. Whether the state will expand sports betting pends a determination as to whether the state’s constitution permits wagering off the premises of a physical location.

Guide To Online Sportsbooks New York

It’s now legal to bet on sports in New York. Although, for now, there is no way to wager in New York City, nor is it legal to bet online. Anyone who wants to bet on sports in New York will have to go visit one of the growing number of sportsbook locations, many located upstate.

With physical sportsbooks open, New York has joined the other states that have legalized sports betting within their borders. But there’s no way to bet online or via mobile, meaning all bets must bet with sportsbooks in-person.

New York continues to lose sports betting revenue to New Jersey, which has mobile sports betting and is easy to reach for many New Yorkers.

But that could be changing. A long-delayed study of expanding sports betting began in 2019 and is being managed by Pennsylvania-based Spectrum Gaming Group, one of the nation’s leading gambling industry consultants.

A draft of the report is due in April 2020 with the final report due in June. It could open the framework for mobile legalization, but the timeline indicates it won’t be completed until after the state’s 2020 legislative session ends and likely means online sports betting legislation will have to wait until 2021.

The study is expected to look at the market for online sports betting, issuing new casino licenses and expanding sports betting to video lottery and off-track betting sites.

Is Sports Betting Legal in New York?

All four commercial casinos are now authorized to take in-person bets on sports. New York’s Native American casinos are also permitted to open sportsbooks, several of which are awaiting construction but will be operating soon. Outside of that, follow Bookies.com to track the locations which start taking bets.

All that eligible bettors have to do to legally wager in New York is be 21 or older and place their bets in-person at approved locations. You can wager on professional and college sports, with an exception for college athletics involving New York schools.

New York Sportsbooks and Their Partners

New York sportsbooks and their land-based casino partners:

LocationsLicensePartner Brand
Rivers Resorts CasinoApprovedResorts Sportsbook
Tioga DownsApprovedFanDuel Sportsbook
Del Lago ResortApprovedDraftKings Sportsbook
Resorts World CatskillsApprovedBet365
Turning StoneApprovedCaesars
Points PlaceApprovedCaesars
Yellow Brick RoadApprovedCaesars
Akwesane Mohawk CasinoPendingThe Stars Group

What to Consider When Choosing New York Betting Sites

There are not a lot of sportsbooks to choose from, but here are some things to consider when looking to bet at New York sportsbooks:

  • User Experience
    Some sportsbooks are concerned about user experience, some aren’t. Research the different sportsbooks in New York to see which ones appeal to you.
  • Sports and Odds
    Does the sportsbook offer the sports and events you want to bet on? The NFL can be bet on everywhere, but what about international soccer or horse racing? Then you have to see how generous the odds are. You can research this by going to an odds comparison site and see how the odds stack up to other sportsbooks.
  • Free Bets, Bonuses & More
    Sportsbooks in New York should offer free bets, bonuses and other enticements to attract you. You will have to satisfy betting requirements, but free bets and bonuses should be available.

Gambling in New York Timeline

2019

The first legal sportsbooks in the state started taking bets at casinos in upstate New York. With just a narrow list of approved locations, some lawmakers want to expand the state’s existing permissions for gaming. A comprehensive study is set to be completed by 2020.

2018

The Supreme Court of the United States overturns PASPA, the federal ban on sports betting, making it possible for individual states to legalize sports betting. New York can offer sports wagering following its adoption of regulatory structure and rules for sports betting.

2013

Voters in New York approve a constitutional amendment expanding gaming in the stat. The amendment makes it possible for there to be as many as seven commercial casinos and leads to the state approving of four land-based casinos in upstate New York.

2011

The federal government’s online gambling clampdown begins, led by officials from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Referred to as “Black Friday” among online gamblers, the intervention leads to the shuttering of various illegal gambling sites.