NY Sports Betting

Legal updates, retail sportsbooks and online betting

New York online sports betting is on its way at long last.

In November 2021, the New York State Gaming Commission selected nine NY betting apps. Those online sportsbooks should launch in the Empire State by Super Bowl 2022, or even by the time the NFL playoffs kick off in early January.

New York was already a legal sports betting state, established in July 2019. But it only featured retail sportsbooks scattered among four commercial and four tribal casinos. After much consideration and lengthy hearings and deliberations, lawmakers in spring 2021 approved the final budget for the Empire State that included the legalization of online betting.

With sports betting apps now chosen, the countdown is officially on for the launch of online sports betting in New York.

Latest NY sports betting updates

Updated: Nov. 30, 2021

Max Scherzer is the newest member of the New York Mets. And after signing the free-agent starting pitcher to a three-year, $130 million deal, the Mets odds of winning the 2022 World Series shot up. At BetMGM Sportsbook, New York’s odds moved from +2,000 to +1,100. Meanwhile, all is quiet on the New York Yankees front. Apparently running it back with the exact same roster is enough in the Bronx for Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman. Hey, at least the Yanks have a new third-base coach.

And while there is still no firm launch date in place for online sports betting in New York, that doesn’t mean fans can’t start planning ahead to what they could bet on when it does go live. Here are the top five sporting events to wager on when sports betting launches.

When will NY online sports betting launch?

New York online sports betting could launch before Super Bowl 2022. When the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) began the process of vetting and selecting sports betting operators, the goal was to have the New York online sports betting industry up and running in time for Super Bowl LVI, which is scheduled for Feb. 13.

Yet the NYSGC announced winning bids a month ahead of schedule. This could indicate that NY betting apps could launch earlier than anticipated.

In fact, Sen. Joseph Addabbo said it was “realistically optimistic” for online sportsbooks to go live in time for the NFL playoffs in early January.

Certainly, work remains before online sports betting can make its New York debut. For one, selected operators need to install servers at one of the four commercial casinos in the state. In addition, regulators need to finalize rules and regulations for the industry, which could occur Nov. 24.

9 Sports betting apps coming to New York

Online sports betting in New York will feature nine betting apps from a variety of renowned brands.

The New York State Gaming Commission announced in November 2021 which operators will offer mobile wagering in the Empire State. Within the next few weeks, after setting up mobile servers at casinos and following the finalization of industry regulations, these online sportsbooks will hit the New York market.

1. FanDuel Sportsbook

What started as a daily fantasy sports provider in 2009, FanDuel has evolved into one of the most popular legal sports betting options in the country. With a user-friendly experience, interface and navigation (not to mention the plethora of betting bonuses and promotional offers), FanDuel has established itself as one of the go-to regulated sportsbooks. In addition, FanDuel boasts the same-game parlay, which allows users to make multiple tied-together bets within the same event.

2. DraftKings Sportsbook

Similar to FanDuel, DraftKings entered the world as a daily fantasy sports operator. But after PASPA fell in 2018, it became one of the first state-regulated sportsbooks to launch in the US. And like FanDuel, DraftKings has grown into a legal sports betting powerhouse nationwide. With a sleek mobile app design that is user-friendly and live betting that allows users to wager on games as they occur, DraftKings looks to bring similar success to New York.

3. BetMGM Sportsbook

One of the world’s top casinos companies, MGM Resorts International, is behind BetMGM. The online sportsbook has expanded its reach from its Nevada roots into a variety of states from coast to coast. With BetMGM, users have the utmost control over which markets and sports on which they wish to wager. Bettors can add and delete bets as needed and even change the amount they’d like to bet on certain events. On top of that, BetMGM offers an early cash-out option if users want to capitalize on a winning wager before the event ends.

4. Caesars Sportsbook

Like BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook has casino roots with Caesars Entertainment. The company bolstered its sports betting product with the acquisition of historic William Hill. As a result, the Caesars Sportsbook app features all the bells and whistles desired by bettors. That includes the occasional odds boosts, in-play betting, betting bonuses and promotional offers.

5. PointsBet Sportsbook

Based in Australia, PointsBet has brought its innovative offerings stateside, a unique characteristic that will soon make its New York debut. While also featuring the traditional markets that include moneyline and point spread, the operator prides itself on PointsBetting. With this feature, users can make custom wagers on select markets and be rewarded for how correct those bets turn out to be. For example, a $10 bet on the over total could result in a $100 payout should the game finish 10 points over the line.

6. BetRivers Sportsbook

BetRivers established itself in nearby Pennsylvania, a product of Rush Street Interactive. The attractive interface and ease of navigation make it a user-friendly sportsbook. What’s more, BetRivers offers its iRush Reward program. Here, bettors can join the program and claim rewards as they bet with the sportsbook. By taking advantage of the array of betting options through BetRivers, users will have ample opportunities to take advantage of that rewards program.

7. WynnBet Sportsbook

While relatively new to the online sports betting game, the WynnBet name still carries some weight. A product of Wynn Resorts, the sportsbook has not shied away from expanding its reach across the country. Newer to the landscape, sure, but WynnBet offers several amenities that are valuable to its users. That includes an informational bet slip that tells users how much any given bet will pay out should it win.

8. Bally Bet Sportsbook

Bally Bet is also a relative newcomer to legal sports betting, with its app live in Colorado and Iowa. It’s also a unique operator. Through its partnership with Sinclair, Bally can promote itself on its own regional sports network. Only one other sportsbook (Fox Bet) owns its own broadcast media outlet. With Bally Bet, users can earn trophies for placing and winning bets. Win enough wagers in certain sports or at select odds, and those trophies turn into free bets.

9. Resorts World Sportsbook

  • Best feature: Live in-play betting

Arguably the biggest unknown is Resorts World, deriving its name, of course, from the Catskills casino. The app is live in Nevada after Resorts World expanded west. There, the betting app features in-play betting that is as easy to use as it is to find. Just by opening the app, Resorts World bettors will see a tab for featured events and live betting options. There, users can follow games as they happen and make in-play wagers on moneyline, point spread and over/under total markets.

Snapshot of New York sports betting

The journey to legal sports betting in New York actually began in 2013, when lawmakers approved regulated betting at the state’s commercial and tribal casinos. Here’s a quick look at some of the key elements of NY sports betting:

  • Sports betting legalized: 2013
  • Launch: July 2019
  • Availability: Retail sportsbooks only at commercial and tribal casinos
  • ETA for online launch: Early 2022
  • Anticipated apps: 9, including Caesars, BetMGM, FanDuel and DraftKings
  • Legal betting age: 21+

How to sign up at a NY online sportsbook

It is incredibly easy to download, sign up and get started with legal online betting in New York. Bettors need to turn on location services and allow geolocation to pinpoint where they are, as this technology ensures users are within New York state lines. For creating accounts and depositing money, though, there is no such restriction.

Users can be located anywhere with an internet connection to sign up and fund their accounts. All they need are a few bits of personal information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Last four digits of your Social Security number

Betting apps need this info to confirm users’ identities and determine if they are eligible to participate in NY online sports betting. After that, it’s as simple as four quick steps to legally bet in New York.

  1. Download the app.
  2. Create an account.
  3. Deposit funds.
  4. Place your bets!

Best NY sports betting bonuses

The beauty of online sports betting is the access to special offers and promotions such as sign-up and welcome bonuses. Some of the best bonuses at NY betting apps are available for new users.

NY SportsbookBonus OfferLaunch ETA
BetMGM NY Sportsbook$1,000Early 2022
DraftKings NY Sportsbook$1,000Early 2022
FanDuel NY Sportsbook$1,000Early 2022
Caesars NY Sportsbook$1,000Early 2022
BetRivers NY Sportsbook$250Early 2022
PointsBet NY Sportsbook$2,000Early 2022
WynnBet NY Sportsbook$1,000Early 2022
Bally Bet NY$550Early 2022

For starters, no deposit bonuses come about when users receive free bets or other site credits without fulfilling a requirement to fund their sportsbook accounts. Typically, these offers come in the form of welcome bonuses. Here, bettors only need to sign up with a betting app and, in some cases, enter a promo code.

Conversely, deposit bonuses require users to put money into their online sports betting accounts in order to redeem offers. When claiming this offer, once customers fund their accounts, betting apps either match all or a percentage of that deposit.

Other types of sports betting promotions include risk-free bonuses. In these cases, sportsbooks refund wagers up to a pre-specified amount. Simply put: Lose your bet, you get your money back.

With odds boosts, bettors see betting lines that appear longer than normal. A moneyline of +110, for example, may be “boosted” to +240. Users can typically find these promotions listed with other offers or even in their own odds boosts tab.

Read the fine print

Some things to keep in mind with bonuses: First, sportsbooks may not always pay out winnings in cash. In some cases, betting apps may reward users with free bets or other site credits. Once bettors use those credits, and if they win, then customers can withdraw their winnings.

In addition, some sports betting bonuses carry playthrough requirements. What does that mean? Well, for example, sportsbooks may require a 10x playthrough on a $100 free bet. Essentially, bettors must wager $1,000 to convert that bonus into withdrawable cash.

With all bonuses, users should be sure to read the fine print of whichever promotions and offers interest them the most.

Popular sports and bet types

Few states in the country boast as historic and valuable professional sports franchises as New York. What’s more, each of the four major professional sports leagues have headquarters in the state. Bettors in New York have full access to legal sports betting on the likes of the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.

So fans of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, or the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders, or the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres can get skin in on the games.

But what kind of bets are available for New Yorkers?

  • Let’s say you have plans on betting on the Nets against the Sacramento Kings. Seems like a given that Brooklyn would win, you would think. The moneyline allows you to wager on the Nets to win regardless of the score. With the point spread, you can bet on the Nets winning by more than the specified number (-12.5, for example). And the over/under allows you to wager on Brooklyn and Sacramento combining for more (or less) than the listed total of 210.5 points.
  • Maybe one summer day you’re taking in the New York Yankees playing the archrival Boston Red Sox. It’s the third inning and you pull up your betting app of choice. With live betting (or “in-play”), you can wager on any of the aforementioned markets. In addition, on a more micro level, you can also bet on whether the Yanks will score in the fourth inning.
  • Another day, you might find yourself getting ready for the Bills hosting an AFC showdown. You’re convinced that Stefon Diggs will take advantage of a weak secondary and erupt for over 100 yards receiving. Open up that betting app and check out the prop bets. It’s likely there.
  • The same could be said for futures betting, such as wagering on Bills QB Josh Allen to win the MVP. Or slugger Pete Alonso powering the New York Mets to a National League East or — dare we say — World Series title.
  • Perhaps one day, you have more than just a single hunch. Maybe you’re confident that the Knicks will win outright, that the New York Giants will cover the spread, that Kevin Durant will score more than 25 points. Package all of these into a parlay to potentially earn more. Be warned, though: If any “leg” of that bet loses, the entire parlay loses.

Rules of sports betting in New York

The New York State Gaming Commission finalized rules and regulations in 2021. Among the noteworthy inclusions are that only individuals who are at least 21 years old may legally place bets in the state. Here is a quick look at a few other important rules for betting on sports in NY:

  1. Bettors must be physically present in New York to wager on events. If geolocation technology determines you are not within state lines, you will not be allowed to bet via NY betting apps.
  2. Regulators authorized online sportsbooks to accept bets on professional sports, such as the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL, as well as various other North American and international competitions.
  3. Bettors in New York can wager on NCAA events. However, they cannot bet on in-state college teams. So forget about trying to bet on the Syracuse Orange through a NY betting app. That said, college events held in New York are fair game.
  4. Games or events where a majority of participants are 18 years or younger are prohibited from betting. High school sports are off the board as well.

How NY sports betting came to be

Five years before the US Supreme Court repealed PASPA, New York voters approved a gaming package in 2013 that authorized the construction of four commercial casinos. In addition, that referendum cleared the way for those new upstate properties, each of which opened within the next five years, to offer retail sports betting.

However, sports betting was still up for debate. By mid-2018, neighboring New Jersey began its journey as the nation’s leading sports betting state, launching its online sports betting industry. A few months later, another New York neighbor, Pennsylvania, did the same. Throughout the country, other states legalized and launched online sports betting. New York, though, remained behind the pack.

It wasn’t for lack of effort. Lawmakers continued to introduce bills to green light online sports betting in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Each attempt, though, met similar unsuccessful fates. By 2021, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers didn’t even need to introduce bills because the legalization of online sports betting was included in the state budget, which was signed by then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

It was the first year in which Cuomo actually showed a willingness to sign off on online sportsbooks in New York. Of course, most of that acceptance stemmed from a massive budget deficit.

While Cuomo favored a lottery-style sports betting industry, which would drastically limit competition, the bidding process ultimately ended in the New York State Gaming Commission selecting nine online sports betting operators with hopes of launching NY betting apps in time for the 2022 Super Bowl.

Five facts about legal NY online sports betting

So what will the legal NY online sports betting market look like when launched?

  1. Users will have access to nine NY betting apps.
  2. Those online sportsbooks will each pay a 51% tax rate. Taxes would go toward education, youth sports and to combat problem gambling.
  3. Based on a closed model of up to four platforms, PlayNY projected that New York online sports betting could lead to $750 million in revenue and $375 million in tax revenue. These figures will obviously increase with nine betting apps, and PlayNY will update projections when they become finalized.
  4. Again, based on the four-platform model, PlayNY estimated that bettors in New York could combine for $7.5 billion in handle over the first four years of the online sports betting industry.
  5. New York bettors can sign up and register for a sportsbook account from anywhere in the state. There is no in-person registration requirement.

Retail betting: Casino sportsbooks near me

New York is home to nearly a dozen retail sportsbooks. Each of the four commercial casinos has its own sports betting facility, and seven tribal casinos have opened their own books. However, New York’s sports betting opportunity is hampered by the fact that each casino location is upstate, far from New York City.

Although New Yorkers who live upstate are benefitting from a wide selection of betting locations, few states benefit more from online sports betting than the Empire State.

  • Akwesasne Mohawk Casino & Resort (Sticks Sports Book & Grill)
  • Del Lago Resort Casino (DraftKings)
  • Point Place Casino (The Lounge with Caesars Sports)
  • Resorts World Catskills (Sportsbook 360)
  • Rivers Casino & Resort (Rivers)
  • Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino (Sports Lounge)
  • Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino (Sports Lounge)
  • Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino (Sports Lounge)
  • Tioga Downs (FanDuel)
  • Turning Stone Resort Casino (Caesars)
  • Yellow Brick Road Casino (Caesars)

NY Sports Betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in New York?

Yes, sports betting is legal in New York and has been since 2013. Casino sportsbooks began opening in July 2019. It wasn’t until 2021 that legal online sports betting in New York received the green light. The NYSGC hopes to launch nine NY betting apps in early 2022.

Can I make bets online in New York?

For now, no, you cannot bet online in New York. Within the next few months, that answer will change. The goal is for New York sports betting apps to launch in early 2022, in time for the Super Bowl. Until online sports betting goes live, though, the best options for New York online bettors are to travel to neighboring New Jersey or Pennsylvania.

Who oversees New York sports betting?

The New York State Gaming Commission is tasked with overseeing legal online and retail sports betting in the Empire State. In addition to selecting the nine online sportsbooks, the NYSGC also developed rules and regulations for the industry.

Can I bet on the Syracuse Orange in New York?

No, you cannot bet on the Syracuse Orange in New York. One of the restrictions of NY sports betting is that customers cannot wager on in-state college teams. However, individuals can bet on non-New York teams competing at events held in New York.

There are sports betting taxes. Do I have to pay them?

It depends on what taxes you mean. If you happen to realize winnings over the course of a tax year, then you do need to claim them as part of your federal, state, and local income taxes. However, the tax rate mentioned in the New York sports betting law is a 51% levy on the sportsbooks themselves, which they must pay for the privilege of operating in the state. So, don’t worry about that bit of taxation, but don’t blow off paying your taxes on gambling winnings, either.

Is FanDuel legal in New York?

Yes. In addition to offering daily fantasy sports in New York, FanDuel also operates the retail sportsbook at Tioga Downs. What’s more, FanDuel is one of the nine online sportsbooks selected to launch in the state.

Can I use my NY sportsbook app in New Jersey?

Yes and no. If you’re using a New York betting app operated by a brand that is also live in New Jersey, the app should automatically geolocate you to the new jurisdiction and offer you markets exclusive to New Jersey. However, if your selected app has not been licensed in New Jersey, you will not be able to place any wagers through the online sportsbook. Bottom line: NY apps are for New York, NJ apps are for NJ.

Can I live in another state and bet while in NY?

Yes, you do not have to be a New York resident in order to participate in NY online sports betting. The only requirement is that you must be physically located within state lines in order to place a wager.

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