New York Online Sports Betting
At last! Prognostications that mobile sports betting in New York has the potential to make the Empire State the biggest betting market in the country can finally come to fruition. That’s because online sports betting is officially launching in New York, as four legal online sportsbooks — Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetRivers — opened shop to New Yorkers on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022.
UPDATE: On Feb. 13, 2024, PENN Entertainment acquired WynnBet’s sports betting license and is expected to launch in NY sometime in 2024!
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New York Sports Betting General Information
Let’s be honest, those early predictions that New York could become a sports betting mecca have so far been proven correct. The fact that it took this long for the state to pass online sports betting is baffling, but hey — better late than never.
After all, every major sports league (NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, MLS, WNBA) is headquartered in New York City, along with many large financial and media companies. To no one’s surprise, that combination made New York a logical place to have the most innovative and exciting sports betting presence in the country. Prior to New York’s entry into the industry, however, that honor went to New Jersey, where thousands of New Yorkers have journeyed every weekend to legally bet on games using their smartphones. Those travels are no longer necessary.
The emergence of sports betting in New York has quickly taken away market share from New Jersey and helped fill the state’s depleted coffers. With so many of the state’s 15.5 million residents of gambling age being passionate sports fans, New York has quickly become a leader in sports betting offerings and revenue.
Retail, or land-based, sports betting has been offered on a limited basis in New York since July 2019 as part of the 2013 Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act, which authorized in-person legal sports betting at four upstate casinos if federal law were ever changed to allow it. Additionally, several tribal casinos offer retail sports betting.
After the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), the New York State Gaming Commission considered and approved sports betting at the four upstate casinos covered by the Act. Each casino was authorized to partner with a sports betting operator, and they began offering in-person sports betting in mid-2019 within weeks of regulatory approval.
Online Sports Betting in New York
There was a time (way back in 2021) when you couldn’t bet on the Giants or Yankees from your phone in New York, hence the popularity of mobile betting just across the Hudson in New Jersey. However, the legislature in Albany decided they wanted to keep those mobile bets and the revenue they bring within the Empire State. The Governor’s office has estimated that about 20 percent of New Jersey’s sports betting revenue (more than $6 billion total in 2020) comes from New York residents. We aren’t talking about just a few bets here.
The Road Taken to Get Online Sports Betting in NY
The New York State Gaming Commission made the decision to grant licenses to nine operators in the state. The announcement came on November 9, 2021, inciting celebratory fist bumps between bettors from Riverhead to Rochester. The top bid came from PointsBet, Caesars, Resorts World, and Rush Street Interactive (owner of BetRivers), followed closely behind by a bid formed by FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, and Bally’s. Heavy hitters came to play in New York, but the gaming commission wasn’t done with their announcements yet.
With those licenses also came a highly controversial 51% tax rate in the state. Now, if 51% seems high, you should understand that there were rumors of the state landing even higher, as some Albany lawmakers were pushing for a rate as high as 64%.
For the original nine operators who received licenses to operate in the Empire State, this is just the price of doing business, but whether individual bettors bear the brunt of this with impacted lines and odds will be something to watch. It’s still possible that New Yorkers might be drawn across state lines for better odds and promos. That’s a big undertaking for sure, especially when you can now bet from the comfort of your own home. All this to say, with so much revenue due to the state in taxes, there may be less for sportsbooks to share with players. Time will tell.
Following the November announcement, operators moved to set up the necessary infrastructure to accommodate New York massive market size, as well as create enticing welcome bonuses to entice new users. As New Year’s Eve came and went, and the Empire State waited with bated breath for a sports betting green light from Albany, New Yorkers finally got the news they had been hoping for.
Mobile Sportsbooks in Currently in New York
After three years of negotiations, heated legislative discussions, and thousands of trips across the George Washington Bridge to place Subway Series bets, New York’s sports betting industry launched on January 8, 2022.
So far, a handful of online sportsbooks have opened up shop with more to come in the future. Here’s what we know about each one of New York’s newest mobile sportsbooks currently accepting wagers.
- License Partners: Del Lago Resort & Casino
- Retail Launch: August 23, 2019
- Tech Partner: Kambi
- Mobile Launch: January 8, 2022
A name known to many New Yorkers, DraftKings is one of the biggest names in daily fantasy sports, which has helped the Boston-based company expand into the online sportsbook industry. With an app that is lightning-fast, intuitive, and easy to use, coupled with quick settlement times, DraftKings is a leading mobile sportsbook for a multitude of reasons and is definitely worth checking out.
- License Partners: Del Lago Resort & Casino
- Retail Launch: July 19, 2019
- Tech Partner: FanDuel
- Mobile Launch: January 8, 2022
An industry giant, FanDuel offers great lines, fantastic promotions and bonuses, as well as a mobile app that delivers on FanDuel’s promise to make every part of the game mean more. FanDuel’s rise to national recognition as a daily fantasy platform didn’t happen overnight, and its product is one of the best out there. When looking for a sportsbook that puts fans first, the operator that puts them first in their name, has your back.
- License Partners: Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady
- Retail Launch: July 16, 2019
- Tech Partner: Kambi
- Mobile Launch: January 8, 2022
BetRivers, a part of the Rush Street Interactive network, began receiving bets in Schenectady as the first standalone retail sportsbook in New York state. Being part of a globally recognized brand like RSI, BetRivers brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to its offerings and passes that know-how on to its customers. One thing to watch out for with regards to BetRivers bonuses and promotions is the low wagering requirement they’ve become known for throughout the industry. BetRivers has a lot to offer new users and can be counted amongst the elite online sportsbooks.
- License Partners: Turning Stone Casino
- Retail Launch: August 1, 2019
- Tech Partner: William Hill
- Mobile Launch: January 8, 2022
The Emperor meets the Empire State! If you’ve watched a sporting event on TV in the last six months, you’ve more than likely been introduced to J.B. Smoove and the vast roster of Caesars Sportsbook spokespeople who have graced your screen. Caesars is a worldwide leader in casino gaming and is now attempting to take the sportsbook industry by storm. With plenty of fun promotions that have handed out NBA merchandise, and provided wild odds boosts, all on an app that is aesthetically pleasing to a younger generation, Caesars has an empire built, and New York may just become the crown jewel.
- License Partners: Empire City Casino/Yonkers
- Tech Partner: ROAR Digital
- Mobile Launch: January 17, 2022
The King of the Jungle is coming to try and become the King of New York. BetMGM may not have been one of the first through the door in New York, but that doesn’t mean their offerings to the market aren’t first class. An app that puts you in the middle of the action, and showers its customers with gifts, is sure to be a hit in New York!
- License Partners: Kambi
- Tech Partner: PointsBet
- Mobile Launch: January 25, 2022
PointsBet Sportsbook brings its sleek design, great welcome offers, wide ranger of betting markets, and its own unique PointsBetting format to New York. PointsBet has already made a big splash in the NY online sports betting market in the first few months after its launch due to its exciting PointsBetting system, which represents an exciting potential new way for bettors to spice up their wagers.
- Tech Partner: Scientific Games
- Mobile Launch: July 7, 2022
New Yorkers are no doubt familiar with Bally’s and its iconic property located in Atlantic City. That should play nicely into Bally’s efforts to corner a piece of the sports betting world. With a solid technical offering in an app that performs fantastically, New York can start getting excited about their entry into the market, which happened on July 7, 2022.
Resorts World Bet
- Tech Partner: IGT PlaySports
- Mobile Launch: March 2, 2022
While their casino property is not a mystery to New York City and Catskills residents, the same cannot be said for Resort World’s mobile sports betting operation. There’s still a lot we’re learning about their fledgling mobile app, which until now was only available in Nevada. So far, early impressions are that the app doesn’t boast any features and frills, just no-nonsense sports betting opportunities.
|New York Partnership
|Del Lago Resort & Casino
|Resorts World Catskills
|Tioga Downs Casino
|Empire City Casino/Yonkers
|Points Place Casino
|Turning Stone Casino
|Yellow Brick Road Casino
|Seneca Buffalo Creek
NY Land-Based Sportsbooks
All NY bettors are invited to check out any of the four upstate casinos that offer legal sports betting in the state. While they’re not exactly close to NYC, they are available for those willing to road trip it.
Del Lago Resort & Casino
- Location – Waterloo (between Syracuse and Rochester)
- Gaming Partner – DraftKings, Inc.
The DraftKings Sportsbook at Del Lago is one of the biggest in the state, with 1,000 square feet of LED video screens to enjoy every sport available on television. 23 betting kiosks and four betting windows are available to take your wagers, and they offer real-time live odds boards.
Resorts World Catskills
- Location – Monticello (90 miles Northwest of New York City)
- Gaming Partner – Bet365
The Sportsbook 360 at Resorts World is over 6,000 square feet in size with a center bar surrounded by 32 jumbo flat-screen televisions. They offer spacious seating, so you can watch your favorite team at the bar after placing your bet at one of the 21 betting kiosks or the betting counter.
- Location – Schenectady (just west of Albany)
- Gaming Partner – BetRivers/Rush Street Interactive
Just outside of Albany, Rivers Casino was the first to offer sports betting after it became legal in 2019. Rivers Casino offers a large sportsbook with kiosks and betting windows. You can wager on any number of sporting events, from football to MMA, but like most sportsbooks, they only accept cash.
Tioga Downs Casino Resort
- Location – Nichols (west of Binghamton, close to PA border)
- Gaming Partner – FanDuel
The FanDuel Sportsbook is located in the Casino Resort and offers eight betting windows with seating for more than 50 customers. FanDuel’s top-rated platform offers bettors the most competitive lines and betting options around.
Tribal Casino Land-Based Books
New York also has three Indian tribes that own and operate casinos in the state. The tribes are not regulated by the state Gaming Commission and can offer sports betting under the federal 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which allows sports betting for tribes if the state authorizes it for non-tribal entities. Because New York authorized sports betting for non-tribal casinos in the 2013 Gaming Economic Development Act, all tribes in the state can offer in-person sports betting at their casinos.
Oneida Indian Nation
- Turning Stone Casino, Verona
- Yellow Brick Road Casino, Chittenango
- Point Place Casino, Bridgeport
- Gaming Partner – Caesars/William Hill
Each Oneida Nation casino features The Lounge with Caesars Sports, an upscale, Caesars-branded sports book and lounge that has food, cocktails, and dozens of oversized LED screens showing all the sports you could ever want and some you may have never even heard of. Kiosks and a betting counter are available to take your wager(s).
Seneca Nation of Indians
- Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls
- Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca
- Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, Buffalo
All three Seneca Nation casinos have a sports lounge with betting kiosks and counters open until Midnight. The casinos have many special events, including viewing parties for Buffalo Bills games and other sporting events
Online Banking Options
Now that mobile betting has made it to the Empire state, funding your account is of paramount importance. When depositing funds and withdrawing your winnings online sportsbooks have perfected the process, making it very straightforward. New York bettors will have access to several different payment methods, including:
- Visa/Mastercard – They are everywhere you want to be, including most sportsbooks. Only available for deposits, not withdrawals.
- eCheck (VIP Preferred) – VIP Preferred is a third-party online check processor and online wallet, and is a secure way to make payments or receive payouts from your online account.
- Play+ Card – Play+ is a prepaid card service offered by many online sportsbooks that works like a regular debit card at most merchants.
- PayPal – Come on, you know what PayPal is. Some online sportsbooks use PayPal the same way you use it to pay your buddies for greens fees and fantasy football dues.
- Skrill – Skrill started in the UK as a service similar to PayPal. It is becoming more popular among online sportsbooks in the US.
- PayNearMe – PayNearMe is a service offered at local merchants like 7-Eleven and CVS where you can make in-person deposits to your account.
- Cash at Cage – Head over to the cage at the casino partnered with your mobile sportsbook account and deposit with cash, or collect your winnings in person.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is sports betting legal in New York?
Yes! Sports betting is legal in New York, for both retail and online mobile sportsbooks! New York’s mobile sports betting industry got the green light and went live on January 8, 2022. If you would like to place an in-person wager, you can do so at four upstate casinos and several Indian casinos.
Who can place a bet on sports in New York?
Bettors aged 21 and over who are physically located within the boundaries of New York can place a bet on the sport of their choice.
If I want to bet in person in New York, where can I go to place my bet?
You can bet on sports in person at four upstate casinos and seven tribal casinos:
- Del Lago Resort & Casino
- Resorts World Catskills
- Rivers Casino
- Tioga Downs Casino Resort
- Seneca Niagara Casino
- Seneca Allegany Casino
- Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino
- Akwesasne Mohawk Casino
- Turning Stone Casino
- Yellow Brick Road Casino
- Point Place Casino
When will NY mobile sports betting be available?
It’s here! Sports betting in the Empire State officially launched on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 9 a.m.
How many online sportsbooks are operating in New York?
Nine sportsbooks — DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, BetRivers, PointsBet, Resorts World BET, Bally Bet, and BetMGM — are currently operating in New York, after successfully launching between January and July of 2022.
Do New York mobile sportsbooks offer bonuses for new players?
Yes, there are great sportsbook offers you’ll want to use to jumpstart your betting bankroll. Using these is one of the best ways to help you become a profitable sports bettor, and we’ll continue to update this page with the best available offers from across the New York sports betting scene.
How will I be able to deposit online?
In order to set up an account, you will need to share some personal information with the potential provider(s). This could include your SSN and other identifying information. Once you have shared that information, you will be able to make a deposit and/or withdrawal using one of the banking options described above.