New York Sports Betting

Recent news and details about sports betting in NY

Retail sports betting has been permitted in New York since 2019. The state continues to work toward a launch of online and mobile wagering, but signs have emerged that suggest it’s not too far off from happening. Online sports betting in NY is on its way.

Up until now, residents have had to travel to NJ to do so. Business has been booming in the Garden State, but legal online and mobile options in NY may have an impact on that. NY is a mecca for sporting action with all of the major bases covered.

An expansion of legal sports betting options may be right around the corner, so now is a perfect time to take a look at what to expect. In our complete guide to sports betting in NY, we’ll take a deep dive into everything you need to know.

Is sports betting legal in NY?

Yes. Legal retail sports betting went live in NY in July 2019. The approval for online and mobile betting has been a lengthy process, but it finally cleared legislative hurdles in April 2021. The state budget was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on April 19, making it officially official. NY online sportsbooks are on their way. While there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, the hope is that legal online and mobile wagering will officially be unveiled in the state before 2021 comes to a close. It may be closer to 2022, though.

For nearly two years, sports betting has been limited to the state’s commercial and tribal casinos. The retail sportsbooks are all located in upstate regions. Legislation calls for at least two operators to be chosen as the state’s sports betting partners through a request for proposal process with a minimum of four sports betting apps to be made available.

New York sports betting apps

Since it appears that NY will only be starting with four sports betting apps, we can expect the proposal stage to be incredibly competitive. Based on that, the industry’s heavyweights and those with at least some ties to NY seem to have the greatest chance of coming out on top. Here’s a peek at four of the top contenders.

  1. DraftKings Sportsbook: A top operator in a number of legal states, DraftKings sportsbook brings a highly-regarded mobile platform to the table. It’s slick while still being easy to use. There are lots of bells and whistles for users, but all of the simple functions can be completed with ease as well.
  2. FanDuel Sportsbook: NY-based FanDuel has also emerged as a market leader in the early days of legalized sports betting. The mobile platform is incredibly user-friendly. Everything you need is just a click or swipe away, including dedicated sections for live betting.
  3. BetMGM SportsbookBetMGM comes our way from casino giant MGM Resorts International. The mobile platform has been on the rise in several markets, including neighboring New Jersey. Notable features include competitive odds and lines, as well as a very wide range of available markets and wager types.
  4. William Hill Sportsbook: UK-based William Hill is working toward becoming as big of a deal on our shores as it is across the pond. A clean platform that’s a breeze to navigate around is certainly helping, as is a team behind the scenes that pays careful attention to having competitive odds and lines.

How to start betting online in NY

Once online and mobile betting is officially unveiled in NY, you’ll be able to get up and running quickly. The account creation process can be handled online or via the mobile app of approved operators. You won’t have to go to a casino to complete registration. As you go through the registration process, you’ll be asked to provide information such as:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Last four digits of social

In order to legally bet on sports in NY, users need to be 21 years of age or older. As part of the account confirmation, you’ll be verifying that all provided information is correct. If the operator has any trouble confirming your age or identity, supporting documentation will be required.

You don’t have to be a state resident to wager with NY-based apps and sites, but you’ll need to be located within state lines to do so. To confirm that you are, sportsbooks use what’s known as geolocation tracking, a piece of software that runs unobtrusively in the background.

It only tracks for the purposes of placing bets. If you’re not in NY, your wagers won’t go through, but you can manage your account outside of state lines. After your account is all set, you’ll be able to bet on the go, fund your account, and scope out the latest odds and lines at your own convenience without having to visit a retail sportsbook to do so.

How licensing works in NY

Substantive progress has been made in the push for legalizing online and mobile betting in NY. The issue has made its way into the state budget process. The framework for the regulations, the licensing, and the proposal process are still in the works.

The New York Lottery will be the overseeing body, and current plans call for at least four mobile apps. Details that have been agreed upon include:

  • The New York State Gaming Commission will oversee a request for proposals process.
  • At least two operators will be selected as the state’s mobile sports betting partners.
  • The selected partners will be on the hook for an initial license fee of $25 million.
  • Licensees can then select other providers to have a minimum of four skins (two per state partner).
  • Servers are to be located in the state’s commercial casinos.
  • Andrew Cuomo has stressed a request for operators to share at least 50% of profits with the state.
  • There are no royalty or integrity fees for sports leagues attached to legislation.

The full rollout of online and mobile wagering has been highly-anticipated in NY. The number of operators and skins has been viewed as a letdown, but the bottom line is that residents of the Empire State appear on track to have legal and safe options at their fingertips before too long.

Sports betting partnerships in NY

In the new age of legal sports betting in the US, operators do all that they can to stand out in available markets. Traditional advertising helps, as does great bonus and sign-up offers for new players. Recently, there has been a growing trend of sportsbook operators going the extra mile and linking up with local teams. In NY, we’ve seen the following to date.

  • Seneca Nation – Buffalo Bills: Official sports betting partner.
  • DraftKings – New York Giants: Official sports betting partner.
  • BetMGM – New York Jets: Official gaming partnership.
  • DraftKings – New York Knicks: Sports betting partner.
  • FanDuel – New York Knicks: Official sports gaming partner.
  • DraftKings – New York Rangers: Sports betting partner.

That’s a lot of deals in advance of the full rollout for retail and online sports betting in NY, and it’s safe to assume that there will be more to come. The New York Mets, New York Yankees, New York Islanders, and Brooklyn Nets have yet to sign deals, but we’ll see if there’s any movement once approved operators are officially announced.

Futures and prop betting

Once online and mobile sports betting is live in NY, users will have plenty of options to explore for each game and event on the docket. Pregame bets such as moneyline betting, spread, and totals are huge drivers of revenue at sportsbooks, but also far from the only way to get in on the fun.

Futures and props also generate more than their fair share of action. A futures bet is a wager on an outcome that won’t be determined for months down the road. Popular markets include the winner of league championships.

There’s also a large market for things like the winners of Golf’s Majors (Masters, etc.), Tennis Grand Slams (Wimbledon, etc.), and the NASCAR Daytona 500. Other popular futures include division and conference winners, team regular season win totals, and players that will take down the major individual awards.

Odds for the top futures come out early in the offseason, while others will trickle in as opening day approaches. In all cases, there will be movement in the numbers as betting action comes in. You can shop around at multiple shops to compare prices and potentially find greater returns. Futures are long-term wagers that aren’t settled until the outcome is known.

Props are most well-known as a way to get in on some side action on a game. There are props for individual player performances, team accomplishments, and things that might happen during the game or by its conclusion. On the player side, examples include:

  • How many strikeouts for Jacob deGrom – Over/Under 7.5?
  • Total combined yardage for Saquon Barkley – Over/Under 109.5?
  • Who will have more points plus assists – Julius Randle or Kevin Durant?

You can find available props by clicking through on the game and event listings at sportsbooks. The more popular the attraction, the more props you’ll see available. Props is another area in which shopping around for available offerings and odds makes a ton of sense.

In-game betting in NY

Once upon a time, you had to have all of your wagers in before the action got underway. That’s no longer the case, thanks to the innovation known as live betting. These are wagers you can place in real time with the odds and offerings based on what’s actually happening.

Also referred to as in-play or in-game, you’ll see updated lines on the outcome, as well as many other opportunities on specific snippets of a contest or various player props. Examples of available bets you may see include:

  • Which team will have more passing yards in the first half – Jets or Patriots?
  • What will be the result of this Aaron Judge at-bat – Hit/Walk/Out?
  • The result of the Rangers power play will be – Goal/Penalty kill?

Sportsbooks have dedicated sections for live betting, so you’ll be able to scroll through opportunities as the event plays out. Live betting has been a very popular addition to the sports betting menu and has become a featured offering at many of the industry’s top shops.

NY sports teams to bet on

Options abound on the New York sports landscape, and loyalties are divided as a result. All of the major professional leagues are represented here, and the choices expand even further when you consider the cubs that play their home games over in neighboring NJ.

  • NFL Betting
    • New York Giants
    • New York Jets
    • Buffalo Bills
  • NHL Betting
    • New York Rangers
    • New York Islanders
    • New Jersey Devils
    • Buffalo Sabres
  • MLS Betting
    • New York Red Bulls
    • New York City FC
  • WNBA Betting
    • New York Liberty

Odds and lines for all of the above will be easily accessible at online and mobile sportsbooks. You can place pregame bets such as moneyline, spreads, and totals, as well as props and futures. Once the games get underway, you’ll be able to dive in with live betting.

The menu of options doesn’t end with the pro sports. You can also bet on NCAAF and NCAAB college games with one notable restriction: wagering on in-state collegiate teams is prohibited. There are also a wide range of other sports to wager on, including PGA, Tennis, UFC, NASCAR, and a whole host of others. In short, you won’t be lacking for options.

What’s legal and illegal to bet on in NY

The individual states can set their own rules and regulations on what’s permitted for wagering. When it comes to what you can and can’t wager on, there’s a lot of uniformity across the industry, but also some state-specific restrictions. Here are some of the key items in NY.

  • Betting on college sports is allowed, but wagering on in-state teams is prohibited.
  • No betting on high school sports.
  • Wagering is restricted to actual athletic competitions, so no wagering on elections, entertainment, etc.
  • Those with ties to a sport in a professional capacity are prohibited from wagering on those competitions.

Overall, the rules for legal sports betting are pretty standard in NY. While no betting on in-state collegiate teams is a slight letdown, there are plenty of other NCAAF and NCAAB contests to choose from to fill the void.

Where to bet on sports in NY

Retail sports betting has been live in NY since July 2019. Operations are restricted to the state’s commercial and tribal casinos, all of which are located outside of the immediate NYC area. Here are the details on where you can place your bets in-person in NY.

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort

The Sticks Sports Book & Grill opened for business in January 2020. Features include a full bar, a huge video wall and odds boards.

Sticks Sports Book & Grill at Akwesasne details

  • Address: 873 NY-37
  • Location: Hogansburg, NY 13655
  • Phone: 518-358-2222
  • Hours: – Thu. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Amenities: Video wall, full bar, dining menu
  • Betting: Teller service and self-serve kiosks
  • Launch date: January 2020

Del Lago Resort & Casino/DraftKings

A 6,000-square foot DraftKings Sportsbook opened up at Del Lago in August 2019. It’s located right on the casino floor and close to the entrance for The Vine Showroom.

DraftKings Sportsbook at Del Lago details

  • Address: 1133 NY-414
  • Location: Waterloo, NY 13165
  • Phone: 315-946-1777
  • Hours: – Fri. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat. – Sun. 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Amenities: LED video screens, odds boards, dining options
  • Betting: Teller service and self-serve kiosks
  • Launch date: August 2019

Point Place Casino/Caesars

The Lounge with Caesars Sports opened at the property in August 2019. Visitors will find a 24-foot high video wall and another 30 big LED screens to catch the action.

The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Point Place details

  • Address: 450 452 NY-31
  • Location: Bridgeport, NY 13030
  • Phone: 315-366-9610
  • Hours: – Fri. Noon – 10 p.m.; Sat. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Amenities: VIP section, dining, video wall
  • Betting: Teller service and self-serve kiosks
  • Launch date: August 2019

Resorts World Catskills

The closest sportsbook in proximity to NYC opened its doors in 2019. Sportsbook 360 has a full center bar, plenty of screens, and 24/7 betting kiosks. .

Sportsbook 360 at Resorts World details

  • Address: 888 Resorts World Dr.
  • Location: Monticello, NY 12701
  • Phone: 833-586-9358
  • Hours: – Tue. 5:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Wed. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Amenities: Center bar, jumbo screens set in 360-degree arc
  • Betting: Teller service and self-serve kiosks
  • Launch date: September 2019

Rivers Casino/BetRivers

This was the first legal sportsbook to open in NY in July 2019. The Rivers Sportsbook features a massive video wall and VIP seating areas.

Rivers Sportsbook details

  • Address: 1 Rush St.
  • Location: Schenectady, NY 12305
  • Phone: 518-579-8800
  • Hours: Open daily 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Amenities: 53’ LED video wall and 22 additional screens
  • Betting: Teller service and self-serve kiosk
  • Launch date: July 2019

Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino

Seneca Nation operates a trio of casinos in NY. Sportsbooks opened up at all three locations in December 2019 and feature a similar layout.

Sportsbook at Seneca Allegany details

  • Address: 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd.
  • Location: Salamanca, NY 14779
  • Phone: 888-913-3377
  • Hours: – Thu. Noon – 8 p.m.; Fri. – Sat. 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Amenities: Big screen TVs, food and beverage options
  • Betting: Teller service and self-serve kiosk
  • Launch date: December 2019

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

The second of the Seneca properties is located in Buffalo. While the casino is open 24 hours, teller service at the book closes overnight.

Sportsbook at Seneca Buffalo Creek details

  • Address: 1 Fulton St.
  • Location: Buffalo, NY 14204
  • Phone: 877-873-6322
  • Hours: – Fri. 10 a.m. – Midnight; Sat. – Sun. 8 a.m. – Midnight.
  • Amenities: Seats and screens in lounge setting off casino floor
  • Betting: Teller service and self-serve kiosk
  • Launch date: December 2019

Seneca Niagara Casino

The final Seneca location can be found in the vicinity of Niagara Falls. The operating hours are much more consistent in comparison to its sister properties.

Sportsbook at Seneca Niagara details

  • Address: 310 4th St.
  • Location: Niagara Falls, NY 14303
  • Phone: 877-873-6322
  • Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. – Midnight
  • Amenities: Big screen TVs, food and beverage options
  • Betting: Teller service and self-serve kiosk
  • Launch date: December 2019

Tioga Downs Casino Resort/FanDuel

A 2,600-square foot FanDuel Sportsbook opened up at Tioga Downs in July 2019. It’s located right near the main entrance and includes a large video wall and a trio of sports tickers.

FanDuel Sportsbook at Tioga Downs details

  • Address: 2384 W River Rd.
  • Location: Nichols, NY 13812
  • Phone: 888-946-8464
  • Hours: – Fri. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Amenities: Video wall, sports tickers, drink rails
  • Betting: Teller service and self-serve kiosk
  • Launch date: July 2019

Turning Stone Resort & Casino/Caesars

The Lounge with Caesar Sports at Turning Stone opened for business in August 2019. There’s a massive video wall that’s viewable from the casino floor and VIP seating areas.

The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Turning Stone details

  • Address: 5218 Patrick Rd.
  • Location: Verona, NY 13478
  • Phone: 800-771-7711
  • Hours: – Fri. Noon – 10 p.m.; Sat. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Amenities: 500 square-foot curved LED screen, food and beverage
  • Betting: Teller service and self-serve kiosk
  • Launch date: August 2019

Yellow Brick Road Casino/Caesars

The Lounge with Caesar Sports at Yellow Brick Road launched in September 2019. Features include a 32-foot video wall, VIP fan caves, and dozens of recliners.

The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Yellow Brick Road details

  • Address: 800 W Genesee St.
  • Location: Chittenango, NY 13037
  • Phone: 315-366-9400
  • Hours: – Fri. Noon – 10 p.m.; Sat. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Amenities: Video wall, fan caves, full sports bar
  • Betting: Teller service and self-serve kiosk
  • Launch date: September 2019

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?

Not yet. Mobile sports betting has been a serious point of contention for the state’s lawmakers, but Governor Cuomo put the wheels in motion in 2021. Mobile sports betting is on the way, but we don’t yet know which sportsbooks will be operational.

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.