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In 2013, the New York State legislature passed the Upstate New York Economic Development Gaming Act, which led to the legalization of gambling under strict regulations. The proposal was to allow gambling at a limited number of new commercial casinos, all located in upstate New York, along with tribal casinos.
It allowed New York residents to finally access legal sports betting within state lines, although for New York City residents, it may not have had that big an impact. The nearest upstate casino was Resort World Catskills, roughly 90 miles north of midtown Manhattan. Other upstate casinos were more isolated, further away from New York City and any other major cities.
With the potential to become one of the biggest markets in sports betting, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently approved a limited-operator, government-bid online sports betting model. It’s not what everyone expected in terms of online betting, but it’s a start.
Here’s what you need to know about sports betting in NY.
Can I Bet on Sports in New York?
Yes, you can already bet on sports in New York, but it is only possible if you can get to one of the few authorized casinos within state borders.
Online sports betting within the state is so close, but we still can’t say for sure when it will be available. It seems likely we will know a lot more by the second half of 2021, and predictions are that New Yorkers will be placing their 2022 Super Bowl bets online.
Do I Have to be a Resident of NY to Bet Online?
Online betting in New York is currently not legal. However, once online sports betting goes live in the state, you will not need to be a resident of New York in order to place wagers. All you need to do is be within state lines.
Geolocation verification software will be used to detect your location and will screen out any players who are physically located outside the state.
In the meantime, you can place sports bets and wagers physically at any of New York’s casinos. You do not need to be a resident in order to bet in person.
What Is the Legal Betting Age in NY?
In order to bet at commercial casinos, the minimum age requirement is 18-years-old. For Tribal casinos, you must be at least 21-years-old.
Why Should I Join a New York Betting Site?
While sports betting sites are not live yet in New York, once they do go live, there shouldn’t be any reason why you won’t want to sign up and join. Here are some reasons why you should bet in New York once online sports betting becomes legal:
- All legal sportsbooks in the state will be licensed and regulated by the New York Lottery.
- The betting sites will be audited to make sure your personal information and funds are safe and secure.
- It’s very convenient as you’ll be able to bet at home or on the go.
- Betting lines will be fair and consistent.
- Many sportsbooks offer welcome bonuses and promotions for joining.
Why Avoid Offshore Sportsbooks
- Offshore sportsbooks are kind of illegal and definitely unregulated.
- There are way fewer banking options.
- You can’t trust that you’ll be paid.
- There are fewer betting options available.
- There are no online sports betting apps available, so it’s more inconvenient.
NY Sports Betting Sites
On April 1, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo approved and backed a limited-operator, government-bid online sports betting model. This plan was passed as part of the state’s 2022 budget legislation.
Online sports betting in New York is expected to be launched by either before the 2021 NFL Season or right before Super Bowl LVI. The limited proposal from Cuomo won out over a much more competitive model compared to what other states currently have.
The online sportsbook operators that could potentially receive a license are:
The Del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County partners with DraftKings Inc. and we know from their operations in other states what a DraftKings online sportsbook and casino looks like.
They offer a wide variety of sports to bet on along with casino games such as slots, table games, and poker. Live in-game betting is available on many events, and there is a range of bonuses and promos to tempt new players.
Resorts World Catskills in Sullivan County partners with bet365 sportsbook, which already offers online sportsbooks in other states and internationally, with wagering on a wide range of sports, from baseball and basketball to esports and horse racing. This sportsbook operates under the parent company of Rivers and Sugarhouse Casinos, which offers a range of online casino games.
Rivers Casino in Schenectady County partners with Rush Street Interactive who were the first company to launch legal online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania, under the BetRivers and SugarHouse brands.
RSI may launch either or both brands in partnership with the Rivers Casino, depending on how many online skins each land-based casino is allowed. The BetRivers has online sportsbooks in several other states, offering betting on a variety of sports events and leagues.
Tioga Downs in Tioga County works in partnership with FanDuel Sportsbook, which is now operating online sportsbooks across several US states, offering the opportunity to bet on dozens of sports, place in-game bets, and create fantasy leagues. The company also runs online casinos with slots, table games, and live dealer games.
How Do I Join NY Sports Betting Sites?
While not currently possible to place an online bet in New York, it is likely that once sports betting sites and apps are up and running, the sign-up process will be similar for most of them.
Online sportsbooks in New York will be obliged to partner with a brick-and-mortar venue in the state, but online gamblers will be able to register online and fund their accounts electronically.
Each site or app will have its way of doing things, so it’s vital to read their terms and conditions before signing up. But, the basic sign-up process will likely be the same as at other sportsbooks in other states.
You will need to pick the site or app you want to use, and then:
- Go to the site and either register online or download the app
- Complete the registration process on the app if using it
- Provide the information requested, which will include basic personal details such as name and address, plus the last four digits of your social security number
- Enter your promo code if you have one
- Read and accept the terms and conditions
- Wait for verification that you have been accepted as a customer
- Deposit funds and start betting
Details of what type of documents are required at New York sportsbooks are not yet available. But, as in other states with online sports betting, they will need to verify your identity, age, and location, so you will likely have to provide a government-issued photo ID and proof of your current address.
Online sportsbooks tend to use geolocation technology to check you are within state borders by assessing the location of the device you are using. Verification usually happens within minutes, or even seconds, as with most online sportsbooks.
How To Fund My Account
While not currently possible in the state of New York, online sportsbooks make it easy to deposit funds and withdraw winnings in other states in which sports betting is legal. Not every sportsbook has the same options, but all are user-friendly.
Depositing funds into your account is easy, and the process should go like this:
- Click deposit, add funds, or something similar
- Choose the banking method
- Enter the amount you want to deposit
- If using an eWallet such as PayPal, enter your password to confirm the process
- The site will verify the process is complete, and it will be reflected in your deposit
- Check email for further confirmation from the sportsbook
Withdrawal funds are secure as long as you are wagering with a site that is licensed by the state’s Gaming Commission. Some sportsbooks may require verification (such as a driver’s license) before processing withdrawal requests.
Similar to depositing funds, withdrawing is relatively easy:
- Find the withdrawal option on the sportsbook app or site
- Choose a method of withdrawal
- Enter the amount you want to take out.
- If using an eWallet such as PayPal, you will need to type in your password to complete the transaction
- Your balance will reflect the withdrawal, and you will receive an email confirmation
Once your account is set up, you will need to deposit some funds before you can start betting. Again, while not possible in New York yet, most sports betting sites and apps accept a wide range of deposit options.
When it comes to withdrawing any winnings, you can request a withdrawal at any time, and your winnings are usually returned to the same account or online wallet you used to deposit.
Each operator will have different payment methods, so check that your preferred payment method is available before signing up. Most funding sources are instant, but some can take a few days to clear.
- Credit/Debit Cards (Visa, AMEX, Mastercard, Discover)
- Prepaid Cards
- Play+ Cards
Compared to deposits, there are fewer options to withdraw funds, but there are still enough options out there:
- Cash At Casino Cage
- Play+ Prepaid Cards
- Check By Mail
How to Download a New York Betting App
When NY mobile sports betting finally arrives, downloading a sportsbook app to your phone will be quick and easy.
Below is the step-by-step process for both iOS and Android:
- Go to the App Store
- Search for the sportsbook of your choosing
- Click on the app and click “Get”
- Confirm the installation with verification
- Wait for the app to download
- Open Google Play and use the Play Store app
- Search for the sportsbook of your choosing
- Tap Install and wait for the app to download
If you can’t find the app on the Play Store, you can download it directly from the official sportsbook website.
What Sports Can I Bet on in New York?
Retail sportsbooks within New York casinos now offer a wide range of sports to bet on from across the US and around the world. Betting sites will likely provide a similar array. Some of the sports you can bet on in New York are:
- Football (NFL, NCAA)
- Basketball (NBA, NCAA)
- Baseball (MLB)
- Hockey (NHL)
- Motorsports (NASCAR, Formula 1)
- Mixed Martial Arts (UFC)
It is currently not possible to bet on some events, such as high school and youth sports, entertainment events such as the Oscars, or political elections, in New York.
Each sportsbook has its own rules and regulations, so not every betting site follows the same guidelines. There are, however, certain restrictions that all sports bettors must follow in the state of NY. Below are the following restrictions:
- Bettors cannot wager on high school athletics
- Bettors cannot wager on events such as the Oscars
- Bettors cannot wager on political elections
Local Sports Teams to Bet on
The following teams are local to the state of New York:
- New York Giants
- New York Jets
- Buffalo Bills
- New York Knicks
- Brooklyn Nets
- New York Mets
- New York Yankees
- New York Islanders
- New York Rangers
- Buffalo Sabers
- New Jersey Devils
- New York Red Bulls
- New York City FC
- New York Liberty
- Syracuse Orange (NCAA)
- Army Black Knights (NCAA)
Bet Types Available
- Moneyline: The moneyline is the most basic form of sports betting. It’s simply the bettor picking which team will win, balanced by the sportsbook’s odds that it will happen. The favorite will have a negative moneyline, while the underdog will have a positive moneyline.
- Point Spread: The margin of victory involved in betting Against The Spread (ATS). The bettor is wagering on the point margin between two teams.
- Totals: Also known as an Over/Under, is betting on a game or prop total for more (Over) or fewer (Under) than a sportsbook-designated total.
- Props: Bet on an item not directly involved with the score/result of a game. A prop could be a player’s total points scored, home runs hit, touchdowns scored, and it can be team totals like passing yards, three-pointers made, etc.
- Live Betting: Live betting allows a sports bettor to place wagers on games as they happen. The sportsbook will change the odds as the game progresses depending on what’s happening in the game.
- Futures: Betting on an event, statistic, or anything similar to occur after the end of a full event or season. An example of this would be betting on next year’s Super Bowl winner in the preseason.
- Parlays: A single bet that links together two or more individual wagers and is dependent on all of those wagers winning together. If any of the bets in the parlay lose, the entire parlay wager loses.
New York Sportsbook List
Since online sports betting is not live yet in New York, players will have to travel to casinos in order to bet with land-based sportsbooks. The following are the land-based casinos and sportsbooks in New York:
- Akwesasne Mohawk Casino
- DraftKings Sportsbook at Del Lago Resort Casino
- FanDuel Sportsbook at Tioga Downs
- Resorts World Catskills
- Rivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino
- Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
- Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino
- Seneca Niagara Casino
- The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Point Place Casino
- The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Turning Stone Resort & Casino
- The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Yellow Brick Road Casino
Can I Play at Online Casinos in NY?
Online casino games are still not legalized or regulated in New York so you are not currently able to play at online casinos if you live in the Empire State.
When Did NY Sports Betting Become Legal?
The 2013 law that paved the way for the construction of the upstate casinos allowed for sports betting to be legalized and offered at those casinos in the future.
There was still a federal ban on sports betting, which remained until a Supreme Court ruling in 2018 repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. It allowed every state in the US to legalize and regulate sports betting if they chose.
Each state was free to put its state laws and regulations in place. Sports betting became legal in New York then, although at first, it was only available at those few authorized casinos and not at other retail venues or race tracks.
In late April 2021, Gov. Cuomo finally signed the state budget that made online and mobile sports betting legal in New York State. But, it is still not clear how sports betting within the state will work.
NY Sports Betting Timeline
- 2013 – The New York Gaming Economic Development Act was passed, which allowed the development of four casinos that would take sports bets and wagers.
- May 14, 2018 – After a long and uphill battle, the Supreme Court rules in favor of New Jersey and declares the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) unlawful. This allowed all states to legalize sports betting.
- January 2019 – The New York Gaming Commission finalizes sports betting rules and regulations.
- July 2019 – The first legal sports bet in New York is placed at Rivers Sportsbook in Schenectady.
- April 1, 2021 – Governor Andrew Cuomo approves and backs a limited-operator, government-bid online sports betting model, as part of the state’s 2022 budget legislation.