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. 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?
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