The torch is lit. The stage is set. And the Winter Olympics have officially begun.
While the games run Feb. 4-20 in Beijing, though, some preliminary events have already started.
So in this two-week period of no NFL action, with the NBA winding down toward the All-Star break, with the NHL in its own midseason festivities, and with legal online sports betting in New York in full swing, some may wonder:
Can I bet on the Winter Olympics in New York?
Short answer: Yes. Longer answer: Yes, but with limited options.
Here’s a quick look at what events NY online sportsbooks can accept wagers on during the Winter Olympics.
Winter Olympics betting in New York: It’s a limited menu
As per one NY sportsbook spokesperson, the only sport state regulators approved bettors to wager on for the Winter Olympics is men’s and women’s ice hockey.
At Caesars Sportsbook NY, you can bet on the USA men’s and women’s hockey teams both winning the gold medal with an odds boost of+2500 off a max $100 bet. The Team USA men are between +1200 and +1600 underdogs, while the women are neck and neck with Canada for the favorite spot: USA -105, Canada -125 at FanDuel NY.
|Feb. 5: Preliminary Round, US vs. Russian Olympic Committee, 8:10 ET, USA Network||Feb. 10: Preliminary Round, US vs. China, 8:10 a.m. ET, USA Network|
|Feb. 6: Preliminary Round, Switzerland vs. US, 8:10 a.m. ET,USA Network||Feb. 11: Preliminary Round, Canada vs. US, 11:10 p.m. ET, USA Network|
|Feb. 7: Preliminary Round, US vs. Canada, 11:10 p.m. ET, Peacock||Feb. 13: Preliminary Round, US vs. Germany, 8:10 a.m. ET, USA Network|
|Feb. 10: Quarterfinals, 11:10 p.m. ET, USA Network||Feb. 14: Qualification Playoffs, 11:10 p.m. on CNBC; 11:10 p.m. on USA Network|
|Feb. 11: Quarterfinals, 8:10 a.m. ET, Peacock; 11:10 p.m. ET, CNBC||Feb. 15: Qualification Playoffs, 3:40 a.m., Peacock; 8:10 a.m., Peacock; 11:00 p.m., USA Network|
|Feb. 12: Quarterfinals, 3:40 a.m. ET, Peacock||Feb. 16: Qualification Playoffs, 1:30 a.m. ET, USA Network; 3:40 a.m. ET, USA Network; 8:30 a.m. ET, USA Network|
|Feb. 13: Semifinals, 11:10 p.m. ET, USA Network||Feb. 17: Semifinals, 11:10 p.m. ET, USA Network|
|Feb. 14: Semifinals, 8:10 a.m. ET, USA Network||Feb. 18: Semifinals, 8:45 a.m. ET, USA Network|
|Feb. 16: Bronze Medal Game, 6:30 a.m. ET, Peacock||Feb. 19: Bronze Medal Game, 8:10 a.m. ET, CNBC|
|Feb. 16: Gold Medal Game, 11:05 p.m. ET, NBC||Feb. 19: Gold Medal Game, 11:10 p.m. ET, USA Network|
As is the case with several other states, New York does not allow bettors to wager on events that carry a judge’s score, similar to its views on bettors not being able to wager on futures awards that carry a vote.
Neighboring New Jersey, however, offers more Winter Olympics betting options. For example, DraftKings offers the biggest betting menu, which includes multiple curling and alpine skiing events.
Team USA hockey players with NY ties
Of course, hockey ranks as one of the most popular sports during the Winter Olympics, dating back to the days of Miracle on Ice.
The men’s team seeks its first medal since claiming the silver medal during the 2010 games. The last time the men won the gold occurred in 1980 in Lake Placid, the site of Miracle on Ice.
As for the women, they enter Beijing as the defending gold-medal champions and have medaled in each Olympiad since 1998.
In 2022, a few players look to not only bring the gold stateside but also to make New York proud.
- Nick Abruzzese: The junior center, born in Slate Hill, leads Harvard in scoring (21 points). Abruzzese was a fourth-round pick of the Maple Leafs in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
- Aaron Ness: The 31-year-old defenseman was once a second-round pick of the Islanders in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Ness played a combined 29 games for the Islanders in 2011-12 and 2013-14. Overall, he has appeared in 72 career games at the NHL level.
- Hayley Scamurra: The Getzville native has played in 27 career games for Team USA, recording four goals and five assists. She also played with the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL from 2016-19.