It may have been done in the manner of pulling teeth or a root canal, but New York finally has sports gambling. The action began at traditional in-person on-site sportsbooks within the state last year. The Empire State has been slow to get things going, but at least sports betting is now available. The New York State Gaming Commission regulates sports gambling. Tribal casinos are permitted to offer sports wagering as well. You must be 21 years of age or older to bet on sports in New York. Mobile and online wagering is not yet offered. But it will be coming in 2022.
Here is a list of New York sportsbooks with their partners in parentheses: Rivers Casino and Resort (Rivers Sportsbook), Tioga Downs Casino (FanDuel), Turning Stone Casino Resorts (Caesars), Point Place Casino (Caesars), Del Lago Resort and Casino (DraftKings), Yellow Brick Road Casino (Caesars). Also, the following tribal gaming facilities will likely offer sports gambling soon: Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort, Mohawk Bingo Palace and Class II Casino, Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, Seneca Gaming & Entertainment Irving, Seneca Gaming & Entertainment Salamanca, Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
There are no plans for any brick-and-mortar casino expansion of sports gambling in the state of New York for the immediate future. However, in the longer view, eventual development is considered almost inevitable.
Mobile sports gambling is finally going to become a reality next year. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo originally stated that he is “not a fan” of mobile or online gambling. He also took a shot at New Jersey offering the option, saying that the revenue generated from their mobile sports gambling would be a “rounding error” in New York state. But after women lined up around the block to accuse the Democrat of sexual harassment, he wasn’t so disparaging about the matter. The conceited Cuomo also noticed that 84% of all money that is wagered in New Jersey comes from mobile betting. With COVID-19 certain to bust an already stretched New York state budget, and with a full-court press of corruption and incompetence charges leveled at him, a humiliated and desperate Cuomo became more receptive to the idea of mobile wagering.
In particular, New York State Senator Joseph Abbaddo did not relent in his press for mobile sports gambling to be an additional option in the Empire State. In fact, Abbaddo remarked that New York’s state motto is “Excelsior,” which is Latin for “ever upward.” He flatly stated that the state is nowhere near living up to its marquee when it comes to sports gambling. Addabbo believes that COVID-19 will force New York to turn to mobile sports gambling to help bridge the state budget. Addabbo estimates that New York state is going to fall $10 billion short of pre-coronavirus projections. He insisted that it was irresponsible not to consider mobile sports betting in this situation.
Sports available for wagering action in New York include pro and college football, pro and college basketball, pro hockey, pro baseball, soccer, auto racing, boxing, mixed martial arts, and golf. While New York-based pro sports teams can be waged on, New York-based college teams are off the board. Sports wagering options in New York state include straight pointspread wagers, over under totals, money line bets, prop wagers, futures bets, parlays, and teasers.
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April 21, 2021, brought the great news that the state of New York will be offering online, mobile, and app sports betting. Details must still be worked out, and there is potential legal action from tribal nations. But it was an amazing testament to how political fortunes can change legislative priorities. New York state was already facing a budget shortfall before the pandemic. And then, when stories of Democrat governor Andrew Cuomo surfaced in which his policies of sending COVID-19 patients into nursing homes caused needless deaths, followed by a multitude of sexual harassment allegations against him, he signed whatever he could to change the news narrative.
Check back for details on how online, mobile, and app sports betting will work and when it officially opens sometime in 2022.