Types of Legal Betting in New York
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Daily Fantasy Sports officially became legal in New York on August 3, 2016. Temporary permits were given to major sites like FanDuel and DraftKings later that month. Two years later in 2018, a ruling by a New York judge put the future of DFS into question in the state. The ruling is currently under appeal.
Sports betting was legalized in 2013 as part of a gambling expansion in New York. Once the PASPA ruling by the Supreme Court in May 2018, sports betting effectively became legal at the states four commercial casinos. As part of their pacts with the state, tribal casinos are authorized to offer any form of gambling that New York’s commercial casinos offer. Mobile sports betting failed to pass in the most recent legislative session.
New York has a number of Native American casinos on Seneca, Mohawk, and Oneida tribal lands. The first Indian casino opened in 1993. Four commercial casinos opened in upstate New York between 2016 and 2018. Up to three casinos can still be built as part of the 2013 gambling expansion, with one expected to be built in New York City in 2022.
The New York Lottery began in 1967 and was the second state to offer a lottery behind New Hampshire in 1964. The New York lottery participates in multi-state drawings such as the POWERBALL and MEGA Millions. There is currently no online lottery gaming offered in New York.
Horse racing is very prominent in New York with over a dozen racetracks. Online wagering on horse racing is legal due to a safe harbor clause for horse racing in the federal UIGEA legislation. All of the state’s off-track betting facilities offer online horse race betting.
Poker is legal in casinos in New York. However, online poker is not. A number of major poker tournaments are held in New York each year, including the Heartland Poker Tour. New York residents can find 24/7 poker rooms throughout the state at its many tribal casinos.
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New York Sports Betting Timeline
2009: Senator Eric Adams introduced the first sports betting bill in New York. The bill, S 6061, attempted to allow horse tracks and off-track betting facilities to offer legal sports betting. The bill stalled and never made it out of committee.
2011: Adams once again introduced a sports betting bill, a copy of his 2009 bill. The bill, S 3708, was supported by another bill in the lower chamber. Assemblyman David Weprin introduced A 10464, which was similar to Adams’ bill, but included collegiate sports betting as well. Weprin’s bill also included language that stated “any constitutionally authorized casino facility” to the list of possible licensees. Senator Tony Avella introduced a matching bill in the Senate, S 7401. None of the bills advanced.
2013: Voters in New York passed an amendment with 57 percent of the voters approving a gambling expansion in the state. Under the referendum, new casino properties would be built in the upstate region to help stimulate the economy. These casinos would be permitted to offer a number of gambling options, including sports betting if the federal ban were to ever be lifted. Adams reintroduced another sports betting bill, S 2411, which was identical to the two bills he sponsored in previous years. Others bill were introduced as well, but once again, none of them made it out of committee.
2015: Weprin and Avella reintroduced their bills from the previous session. A 3080 and S 940 were refiled in January as a way to expand sports betting to horse tracks and off-track betting facilities. The bills were returned to their respective Judiciary Committees and stalled again.
2017: Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, chairman of the Assembly’s Racing and Wagering Committee, indicated that he intended to finally back sports betting legislation after previous resistance. Weprin and Avella again introduced sports betting bills, A 5438 and S 1282, that would include horse tracks, commercial casinos, and off-track betting facilities.
2018:A public hearing was held by the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee on sports betting. The NBA surprisingly announced that they would no longer oppose the state’s attempts to legalize sports betting, assuming the state would meet some conditions, one of which being the “integrity fee”. Sports betting bills popped up in the Assembly and Senate once again, although neither advanced. Senator John Bonacic and Assemblyman Pretlow introduced bills that would have included mobile and online sports betting. They also included the NBA’s integrity fee to the professional sports leagues.
2019: Senator Joseph Addabbo is the new chairman of the Senate Racing, Wagering and Gaming Committee, replacing Bonacic. He introduced a bill, S 17, similar to Bonacic’s bill, that included an integrity fee of 0.2 percent. The bill would have allowed for mobile sports betting as well, but failed to pass in the most recent legislative session. Addabbo and Pretlow have stated that they will continue their efforts to bring online sports betting to New York.
The New York State Gaming Commission approved preliminary rules and regulations which allowed New York to begin licensing procedures. The first sportsbooks in the state are expected to open in September.
Is sports betting legal in New York?
Yes. New York legalized sports betting at its commercial casinos in 2013. Once the Supreme Court ruled to overturn PASPA, sports betting effectively became legal in the state.
Is mobile betting legal in New York?
No. New York lawmakers tried to pass a mobile sport betting bill towards the end of the last legislative session, but efforts fell short.
What sportsbooks will be available in New York?
- FanDuel Sportsbook is open at Tioga Downs
- DraftKings Sportsbook appears to be teaming up with del Lago Resort & Casino
- Rivers Casino & Resort will operate under parent company Rush Street Interactive as well as Kambi Technology
- Resort World Catskills is partnered with bet365.
Where can I place a legal bet in New York?
Nowhere yet. However, sports betting is expected to be operational in upstate New York at the state’s commercial casinos by the start of the upcoming NFL season.
Where will sports betting be available?
At the state’s four upstate casinos, as well as tribal casinos.
Where are New York’s commercial casinos located?
- del Lago Resort &; Casino in Waterloo
- Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols
- Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady
- Resort World Catskills in Monticello
Who oversees sports betting in New York?
The New York State Gaming Commission has regulatory jurisdiction over sports betting in New York.
How old do I have to be to bet legally in New York?
Bettors must be at least 21-years of age.
Where will the first sportsbook open?
There is no exact timeline yet for the launching of any particular sportsbook. However, one of the four commercial casinos will likely be the first sportsbook to open.