GeoComply: Connecticut Cashing In On New York Sports Betting Delays

Written By Mike Mazzeo on October 26, 2021
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New Yorkers continue to head elsewhere to place their sports bets online. Connecticut is just the latest surrounding state to cash in.

According to data from GeoComply, 38% of the betting activity in Connecticut has occurred in the southwestern corner of the state along the I-95 corridor.

Government relations executive Chad Kornett noted that Stamford, Bridgeport, and other highway entry points stretching north near the New York border are seeing significant activity.

Since launch, more than 1.2 million sports wagers have been placed legally in Connecticut.

New Yorkers forced to bet on the road

Bettors in New York have had to find other ways to place their wagers while their home state works through the prelaunch checklist for online sports betting. Advocates are hopeful that the first mobile bet could be placed during the NFL playoffs in January, with hopes of the full operations being live before the Super Bowl in February.

The process is currently in the hands of the NYS Gaming Commission. Applicants have a 5 p.m. deadline Monday to amend their tax rates to be in compliance with the NYSGC matrix.

Depending on how many licenses are awarded, operators and providers could be subject to a tax rate as high as 64%.

New Jersey has been doing this for years

New Yorkers have also been flocking to New Jersey to place their online sports bets since 2018.

In September, New Jersey became the first state to ever record $1 billion in handle during a single month. The belief is that 20-25% of that handle still originates with bettors who reside in New York.

The George Washington Bridge at the border has proven a popular hot spot for traveling bettors, as has the PATH station in Hoboken. Sportsbook operators like DraftKings and FanDuel have been advertising within the public transit system for years, even prior to the repeal of PASPA.

New Jersey’s sports betting market has benefited from a low tax rate and a competitive environment populated by dozens of operators. New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow recently made a futile last-ditch attempt to sway the Hochul administration into opening up the NY market.

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Mike Mazzeo is the Lead Writer for PlayNY, arriving after covering several of New York's professional sports teams in a variety of roles for the past decade. Previously, he served as a beat writer and columnist covering the Brooklyn Nets (ESPN) and New York Yankees (New York Daily News). Mike also covered both the MLB and NBA nationally for Yahoo Sports. In addition, he served as a general assignment reporter for ESPN NewYork.com. He has also had bylines in the New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, Forbes and The Ringer. With PlayNY, Mike brings extensive coverage and unique story angles to what is projected to be one of the biggest and most lucrative online sports betting markets in the country. It's been an arduous and confounding process to get here, but 20 million New Yorkers (many of them die-hards) are now legally able to bet on their favorite sports teams across the state via online and mobile platforms.

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