Legal sports betting in New York has arrived. You can now bet legally in commercial and tribal casinos across the state. Expansion of sports betting to cover desktops and mobile devices is expected this year. Major brands are already lining up partners in order to launch quickly online. Additional retail books at the OTB offices and racetracks are also part of the new legislation.
This page covers both the retail sportsbooks and online betting in New York.
You’ll see an overview of the current legislation – along with the NY gambling laws. After that is an overview of each of the retail sportsbooks – along with the betting sites/brands they have partnered with.
Has federal laws allowed it, sports betting in New York state would have been legal back in 2013. In that year, the ‘New York Gaming Economic Development Act’ was passed, and a referendum held. This passed, allowing sports betting at the commercial and tribal casinos around the state. This bill also expanded the number of commercial casinos in upstate NY.
Unfortunately, a federal law known as ‘PASPA’ prevented sports betting nationwide. It was not until 2018 that this was overturned by the Supreme Court. This allowed states to decide their own gambling polices. A clause in the 2013 act was triggered, and the New York Gaming Commission set about creating licensing rules.
The first retail sportsbooks went live in NY casinos in August and September of 2019 – just in time for the start of the NFL season.
Legislative efforts to add online sports betting fell short in 2019. Bill S 17 was involved in controversy. A 2% levy for an ‘Integrity Fee’ for the pro teams was considered too big a burden for the sportsbooks. This has since been reduced to 0.25% in newer legislation.
Efforts are now underway to expand sports betting in 2020. This will include online gambling as well as additional sportsbooks in the OTB offices and racetracks.
A new version of S 17 has been added this year. While many other previous attempts, including bill SB 6700, have failed to complete the legislative process there is optimism that 2020 could see mobile sportsbooks legalized.
To bet on sports in New York, you need to be 21 and over.
Separately, New York legalized and regulated DFS contests in 2016. Bill S8153 ended a volatile period in the important NY market for industry giants DraftKings and FanDuel. You can also legally bet on horse races online – via sites linked to the pari-mutuel betting pools.
You can place bets at several casinos already. These resorts have state of the art sportsbooks, featuring a mix of self-service terminals and counters with cashiers. You can expect the best of the dining and entertainment facilities while you bet.
As you’ll see from the list below, most NY sportsbooks are already branded by the biggest online sportsbook operators. These partnerships are ready to launch mobile betting apps and desktop sportsbooks when these are made legal.
Here is the list of sportsbooks which are currently open at commercial casinos in NY state:
Sportsbook 360 lives up to its name by featuring a 360-degree arc of flat screen TVs. These will display the action, odds and sports news. You can place bets at 14 kiosks or at the betting counter. The kiosks are available 24/7. The cashiers are on duty from 5:30pm Monday and Tuesday, and 10am the rest of the week – each day having a 1:30am close. While no specific partnership has been announced, the owners of this casino (Empire Group) have previously partnered with Bet365.
Resorts World Catskills can be found at: 888 Resorts World Drive, Monticello, NY 12701. Telephone +1 833-586-9358
Del Lago have partnered with DraftKings to open their 6000 square foot state of the art sportsbook. This was the 3rd location for DraftKings, which has branded retail sportsbooks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. You’ll find more than 1000 square feet of TV’s showing the day’s action. There are 5 ticket windows with cashier staff at this site – along with 23 kiosks allowing self-service betting. There is also a full-service bar and restaurant.
Del Lago Casino sportsbook can be found at: 1133 NY-414, Waterloo, NY 13165. Telephone +1 315-946-1777
Rivers casino have created an impressive sportsbook in their Schenectady resort. This book took the accolade of receiving the first legal bet in NY state in July of 2019. They have a mobile bet slip builder, which allows you to format bets away from the book (you’ll need to be present to place bets). This book features a 9 feet high LED video wall, and also has private booths for groups. Self-service kiosks are available 24/7, with 9 or 10am starts and 12pm/1am finishes for the cashier staff through the week. Rivers Casino have their own interactive brand in other states under the name BetRivers.
You can find the Rivers Casino sportsbooks at: 1 Rush Street, Schenectady, NY 12305. Telephone +1 518-579-8800
Tioga Downs have partnered with betting and DFS giant FanDuel to open their retail sportsbook. This 2600 square foot venue has 8 betting windows, a huge video wall featuring 27 screens and three sports tickers. You’ll be able to bet Monday to Thursday 11am to 11pm, with extended hours from Friday through to Sunday. You’ll find the new sportsbook right at the entrance to the casino.
You can find the Tioga Downs sportsbook at: 2384 W River Rd, Nickols, NY 13812. Telephone +1 888-946-8464
Gambling giant Caesars have partnered with 3 tribal casinos to open retail sportsbooks, they are:
The Akwesasne Mohawk casino have partnered with Stars Group for their retail casino sportsbook. This is branded as the ‘Sticks Sportsbook and Grill’. Elsewhere, Stars Group have used their ‘FOX Bet’ joint venture for retail sportsbook branding.
With the partnerships announced so far, some of the biggest names in US sports betting are already entering NY. These include BetMGM, FanDuel, Stars Group, Bet365, DraftKings and BetRivers. Along with these, there are many other brands that are expanding into other states as they regulate sports betting online.
When mobile betting becomes legal, the following brands are strong contenders to enter NY along with those that already have casino partnership deals.
Please note – while you mobile sportsbooks have yet to surface in NY, you can download anyone of these apps, create your account and travel to NJ to place your bets.
New York has a long history of sporting success. The DFS sites cited the passion of fans and number of pro teams as the reason for considering NY an important market. If you include teams which represent the NY metropolitan area and are now located in New Jersey, the list becomes even more impressive.
You’ll be able to bet on any team you choose at New York sportsbooks. Local teams including those listed below make a great starting point:
The list of teams gets even longer if you add minor leagues and other sports. Upstate NY is well represented by the American Hockey League and minor league baseball is prolific throughout the region.
You can bet on teams from anywhere in the country at NY sportsbooks. College action, single player sports and international fixtures can all be bet on.
The biggest betting market is the NFL. You can bet season-long, on individual games or on multiple matches over a weekend as a parlay. This is closely followed by the other major leagues. Action is focused on whichever leagues are in season.
Soccer has a big following at sportsbooks throughout the county. This involves a combination of MLB games and international matches including the EPL, European leagues and competitions like the World Cup.
Other popular betting markets you’ll find at NY sportsbooks include golf, tennis, boxing, MMA and auto-sports (F1 and NASCAR). You’ll find plenty more betting markets. The depth of the international sports betting markets will depend on the individual sportsbooks.
Until the first New York sportsbooks opened in 2019, only DFS games and pari-mutuel betting was available. With full sports betting now in full swing, a number of betting options that are not yet familiar to many people are available.
The first step to placing a bet is to understand what the odds mean. You’ll find betting lines have numbers like -110 or +200 next to them.
Betting odds are expressed in relation to a wager of $100. You can bet any amount you like (subject to sportsbook minimums). Having the odds expressed in bigger round numbers makes them easy to understand.
If you see a minus sign next to the odds, this means you have to bet that amount to win $100. With -110 (a common sight for totals and spreads lines), you’ll get $100 back for every $110 you wager. You will also get your stake back.
Positive odds usually reflect the underdog. Here you see the amount you win for every $100 bet. In the example above of +200, you’d get $200 + your $100 stake back if your selection was successful.
You can bet on single matches, multiple matches on the same slip – or on non-match outcomes (proposition bets) at NY sportsbooks. This list covers the most popular forms of bet, which are available at all retail sportsbook outlets.
Futures bets can involve any of the formats covered above. The difference is that they are season long. You can bet on the winner of the Super Bowl before the season begins – or bet on your team in many sports to reach the play offs.
When online (mobile) sports betting comes to New York it will enable additional types of betting. Some of these have proven to be very popular in other states.
Online sportsbooks will also give you the opportunity to enter leaderboard contests – and to pick up risk free bets or enhanced odds promotions while on the move. You’ll also be able to shop around for matched bets.
After making retail sports betting legal in 2013, it was a long wait for the PASPA act to be overturned before the first bets in NY state could be placed. This happened in 2019, with sports betting now available at both commercial and tribal casinos.
Efforts continue to add mobile sports betting. Bill S17 failed in 2019. It has returned for 2020, with some optimism that it will pass now the controversy over the integrity fees has been resolved. With legal online sports betting in neighboring states, the opportunity for increased tax revenues will be clear to the politicians this time.
New York has a rich sporting heritage. Pro teams represent NY in all the main sports, many of them winning their respective championships multiple times. You won’t be restricted to betting on these teams – with sports and leagues from around the country (and world) covered by the sports betting brands.