New York finally got its act together. On June 10, 2019, the New York State Gaming Commission approved rules and regulations to allow sports betting in the Empire State.
While this news might seem positive, New York residents may need to temper their excitement for the time being. The approved activity is limited to New York’s four commercial casinos.
No online sports betting is permitted under the current rules. For a state with the amount of area that New York has, that omission will be a major disappointment, at least in the short term.
New York residents will also be unable to wager on any New York college team games. So, fans of schools like Syracuse, Cornell and the University of Buffalo will not be able to put their money where their mouths are.
What kind of sports betting is legal now?
It’s important to see the approved rules as a first step, rather than a final one. However, there is no doubt that New Yorkers will be able to wager at the four commercial casinos very soon. They are:
- Resorts World Catskills
- Del Lago Resort and Casino
- Tioga Downs
- Rivers Schenectady
Now, the nice thing is that by virtue of their compact, tribal casinos can offer any game that other casinos in the state offer. So, there will be sportsbooks opening at those locations soon, too.
So far, the only group making serious strides is the Oneida Nation. However, the Oneidas have three properties in New York and a deal with Caesars already in place. So, sports betting will show up in these three locations:
- Turning Stone Resort Casino (lounge under construction)
- Point Place Casino (lounge under construction)
- Yellow Brick Road Casino (lounge to follow)
What’s the hold-up on NY mobile sports betting?
Obviously, many observers are curious as to when mobile wagering will show up in New York. Mobile sports betting now accounts for nearly 4 out of every 5 sports bets in neighboring New Jersey, so the rationale for allowing it is quite clear.
However, the Empire State faces an uphill battle for mobile sports betting amid reservations from key detractors — most notably, Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo’s legal team has concluded that the legislature does not have the legal ability to authorize mobile wagering without a constitutional amendment. Cuomo has also expressed his personal distaste for the practice in various public statements.
Whether his team’s opinions on the matter are valid is likely a question for the courts. So, it could be quite a while until we see New Yorkers wagering on their phones.
Projected sports betting launch date
We’re targeting Sept. 1 at the very latest. The coming NFL season and its effect on sports betting provides plenty of incentive for these sportsbooks to get their operations underway as soon as possible. Even if all four can’t get their acts together in that time, there’s no doubt that at least one of them will cross the finish line by then.
Which sports teams in New York can I bet on?
New Yorkers will be able to place bets on all of the major sports franchises:
- New York Giants
- New York Jets
- New York Knicks
- Brooklyn Nets
- New York Islanders
- New York Rangers
- New York Yankees
- New York Mets
- Buffalo Sabres
- Buffalo Bills