New York Sports Betting Apps Post Record-Setting Opening Weekend

Written By J.R. Duren on January 10, 2022

The launch of New York sports betting apps was epic; there’s no other way to describe it. In one key metric, it shattered records on Saturday, the first day of legal New York sports betting via website or smartphone app.

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New York Sports Betting Apps Record

According to GeoComply’s managing director, bettors within the Empire States borders made 5.8 million geolocation transactions in the first 12 hours sports betting was live (9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday), more than doubling the next closest state. Lindsay Slader posted the numbers this weekend, noting that the number of geolocation transactions (bets, deposits, withdrawals) was unmatched in the history of legal online U.S. sports betting.

“Congratulations to our customers Caesars Digital, DraftKings Inc., FanDuel, Rush Street Interactive and the New York State Gaming Commission for the fast and furious start,” Slader wrote in a LinkedIn announcement for GeoComply. “A launch this size is historically unprecedented.”

NY transactions eclipse PA and NJ combined

To get a sense of how incredible the launch of New York sports betting apps was, it helps to put it in context. Per Slader, here is the transaction volume data ranked by state from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday:

  • New York: 5.8 million
  • Pennsylvania: 2.3 million
  • New Jersey: 2.1 million
  • Michigan: 1.6 million
  • Illinois: 1.1 million
  • Arizona: 1.0 million

And as impressive as those numbers are, perhaps what’s even more impressive is a comparison of how many sportsbooks are available for mobile betting each state:

  • New York: Four mobile sportsbooks
  • Pennsylvania: 12 mobile books
  • New Jersey: 21 mobile books
  • Michigan: 14 mobile books
  • Illinois: Six mobile books
  • Arizona: 11 mobile books

Granted, no matter how many mobile sportsbooks were available in New York, the volume would’ve been fantastic because of the launch. It didn’t hurt, however, that Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetRivers offered substantial new-user offers that went as high as $3,300 in free bets.

Looking ahead to NY sports betting’s future

The total impact and success of the state’s mobile sports betting operators won’t be known until all nine licensed mobile sportsbooks launch. The five platforms that have yet to debut in New York are:

  • BetMGM
  • Bally Bet
  • PointsBet
  • Resorts World
  • WynnBet

Once those sportsbooks launch, revenue numbers from the New York State Gaming Commission will reveal the industry’s strength, and how the emergence of a full-fledged N.Y. sports betting market affects the sports betting revenues in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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J.R. Duren has written for a wide variety of publications, both online and print, including Snooth, the Villages Daily Sun, Bespoke Post, Our Amazing Norway, and Barcelona Metropolitan. He has thrice been recognized as a winner of the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism contest.

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