New York Sports Betting

Recent news and details about sports betting in NY

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 and Indian casinos.

No online sports betting is permitted under the current rules unless you travel to NJ. 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.

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What kind of sports betting is legal now?

New Yorkers can wager at the four commercial casinos. 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 are sportsbooks operating at those locations, too. Sportsbooks have opened here:

  • Turning Stone Resort Casino
  • Point Place Casino
  • Yellow Brick Road Casino
  • Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino
  • Seneca Niagara Casino
  • Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino

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.

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

NY Sports Betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in New York?

Yes. The legislature has passed bills both to legalize and regulate sports betting in New York. Sportsbooks are open at more than 10 casinos in the state.

Can I bet online on my phone legally in New York?

No. Mobile sports betting is a serious point of contention for the state’s lawmakers right now. There is likely to be a substantial delay before any phone-based betting can occur, if at all.

When will sports betting be legal in New York?

It is fully legal at the state’s four commercial casinos and tribal casinos right now.

Is any gambling legal in New York?

Yes. There are nearly 30 casinos and racinos scattered throughout the state. Many of these properties are tribal casinos, but these operations often meet or exceed the sophistication of any of the commercial properties.

What is the legal gambling age in New York?

It varies. At many locations, players need only be 18 to participate. However, some casinos require patrons to be 21.

Is Bovada legal in New York?

No. Betting sites like Bovada and MyBookie are known as “grey market” sites. In other words, they exist in a sort of legal limbo where it isn’t specifically illegal, but it isn’t specifically legal, either. Players are advised to use extreme caution on any site like Bovada, as they (the sites) are not subject to the US justice system and may not leave players with much recourse in the case of disputes.

Can I play in New Jersey online casinos or sportsbooks from New York?

No. Every New Jersey online casino and sportsbook employs geolocation software that will screen out any activity from out of state. Even someone standing on the New York side of the George Washington Bridge will be unable to play a New Jersey site.

Where is the closest state to New York that has legal sports betting?

Well, obviously New York itself is the closest state with legal sports betting. However, it may prove more convenient for some to visit New Jersey or Pennsylvania, depending on their location in New York.

Can I bet on sports with my friends in NY?

Yes. However, make sure to keep it friendly. Apparently, losses greater than $25 are recoverable through the court system, in some cases.