New York Sports Betting

New York has legal sports betting, but it is restricted to sportsbooks at commercial and Tribal casinos. NY Lawmakers are still debating if and when it will go online.

New York State has actually had a sports betting law on the books since 2013, when voters passed a referendum allowing for the construction of four new commercial casinos in Upstate NY.

The New York Gaming Economic Development Act not only approved the launch of the four new casinos, it permitted these casinos to take bets on sports.

At the time, federal law still prevented NY casinos from opening sportsbooks and taking bets. However, the US Supreme Court deemed that law unconstitutional in May 2018 and NY casinos got the green light on sports betting.

New York lawmakers immediately began to consider legislation authorizing online and mobile sports betting in the state. In the meantime, the New York State Gaming Commission was tasked with building rules and regulations to govern already-approved retail sports betting at the four new commercial casinos.

In June 2019, the Commission finalized and approved these rules and regulations. Since NY Tribal casinos retain the right to operate the same gambling games as NY commercial casinos, each was essentially authorized to launch retail sports betting as well.

In July 2019, NY’s first retail sportsbooks began to go live. The Rivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady was the first to take a bet. Since then, sportsbooks have launched at the three other Upstate NY commercial casinos and six Tribal casinos across the state.

The latest on NY online and mobile sports betting legislation

Despite the best efforts of several NY lawmakers since 2018, legislation authorizing online and mobile sports betting in NY has yet to pass.

The biggest opponent of online and mobile sports betting in NY continues to be Gov. Andrew Cuomo, leaving the legislature with few hopes any bill it passes will ever get the Governor’s signature.

Gov. Cuomo’s latest sports betting snub occurred in January 2020, when he did not include revenue from authorizing mobile NY sports betting in his executive budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Gov. Cuomo even went as far as saying there were “no gimmicks,” and “no new casino revenue,” he called “creative although irresponsible revenue sources,” contained in his executive budget during his budget proposal speech to the state legislature.

That said, Gov. Cuomo’s budget proposal did include striking the restriction on sports betting to sportsbooks only (designated sports wagering lounges). This would essentially allow casinos to install self-service kiosks or live sports betting windows in other areas within the casino.

Regardless, there is still a movement inside the state legislature to authorize mobile NY sports betting in the 2020-21 budget. Particularly in light of increasing evidence a big chunk of mobile New Jersey sports betting is coming from New York residents crossing the border to bet.

New Yorkers betting in New Jersey

In February 2020, research firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming released a report estimating New Yorkers bet approximately $837 million online in New Jersey last year. That handle translates to $57 million in revenue, meaning New York lost about $6 million in sports betting tax revenue to its neighbor in 2019.

It also suggested those numbers could rise to New Yorkers betting $1.56 billion online in New Jersey by 2022 if the state doesn’t add mobile wagering or downstate casinos. That would translate into $105 million in revenue and $11 million in sports betting tax revenue.

Next steps for mobile NY sports betting

The current efforts to get mobile NY sports betting in the 2020-21 budget include Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. pushing for the Senate to include it in its own budget proposal. Plus, New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow recommending the inclusion of mobile betting into the State Assembly’s budget.

Mobile betting was included in the Senate’s budget proposals in 2019, but not the Assembly’s. The hope is that if both chambers of the legislature demand mobile sports wagering in the budget they might be able to convince Gov. Cuomo to support it.

Both chambers will finalize budget proposals by mid-March, then work together with the Governor to finalize the state budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year by April 1.

Even without inclusion in the 2020-21 budget, lawmakers could move forward with Mobile NY sports wagering by passing as a legislative bill. Sen. Addabbo, has already advanced a NY mobile wagering bill through the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee this year. The current session of the legislature does not conclude until June 2.

In the meantime, the New York Gaming Commission hired Spectrum Gaming to conduct a comprehensive statewide gaming market study in late 2019. A draft report is due to April 1, and a final report by June 1. Among other things the study will examine the impact of allowing more casinos on the state’s existing ones, the expansion of sports betting to video lottery casinos and online.

Its results could give lawmakers the support they need to continue the legislative push for Mobile NY sports betting in 2020.

NY Sports Wagering Rules and Regulations

The New York Gaming Commission adopted various rules and regulations governing NY sports betting in June 2019.

These rules:

  • Restrict sports betting to the four Upstate NY commercial casinos and casinos run by Native American tribes. The casinos and any operating partners must also apply for sports betting licenses in the state.
  • Allow sports wagering only in a sports wagering lounge (sportsbook) of no less than 500 square feet on the property of a licensed operator. The lounges must include a booth with one or more cashier windows and maximum security.
  • Restrict sports wagering to persons at least 21 years of age.
  • Force operators to track all wagers or payouts in excess of $10,000.
  • Require operators to pay a tax of 10% on gross gaming revenue from sports betting weekly
  • Prohibit bets on in-state college teams and any college sporting events inside the state

NY online and mobile sports betting

New York law does not currently allow for online or mobile gambling of any kind.

That means you can’t place a legal sports bet in the state of NY with a mobile device. Although, there is a segment of the NY legislature trying to make online and mobile sports betting a reality.

In the meantime, some of the biggest players in the US online and mobile gambling sector have inked deals to launch online in NY the minute online and mobile gambling legislation passes. Several have even launched retail sports betting operations inside NY commercial and Tribal casinos.

The list of online and mobile sports betting operators with deals in place with casinos to operate in NY pending regulatory approval include:

  • DraftKings Sportsbook NY: DraftKings and del Lago Resort & Casino partnered to open the DraftKings Sportsbook at del Lago retail sportsbook location in August 2019. The partnership gives DraftKings Sportsbook online and mobile market access in NY when it becomes a reality.
  • FanDuel Sportsbook NY: In July 2019, FanDuel Group opened a sportsbook at Tioga Downs in Nichols. FanDuel senior director of retail operations Jeff Lowich has gone on record saying online and mobile wagering will be coming to New York “in the not-too-distant future,” and the company is excited about it. FanDuel Sportsbook has online market access in New Jersey through the Meadowlands Racetrack. Both the Meadowlands and Tioga Downs are owned by Jeff Gural.
  • PointsBet NY: Australia-based global sportsbook operator PointsBet launched an online sports betting product in New Jersey through a partnership with the Meadowlands Racetrack in January 2019. Jeff Gural owns Meadowlands and Tioga Downs in NY. PointsBet reportedly has a similar deal for online market access in NY through Tioga Downs.
  • FOXBet NY: In July 2019, FOXBet online and mobile sportsbook operator The Stars Group entered into an agreement with the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort for online sports betting and gaming market access and retail sports betting operations in NY. The agreement gives The Stars Group an option to operate and brand real-money online sports betting, poker and casino operations in NY subject to licensing, state law and regulatory approval. The agreement also has the Stars Group providing support services for the retail sportsbook eration at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort.
  • Caesars Sports NY / Scientific Games: Caesars Entertainment runs retail sports betting operations at three Oneida Indian Nation casinos in NY using a sports betting software platform provided by Scientific Games. The agreement is a licensing and branding alliance that likely includes online market access rights in NY when they become available. Caesars runs an integrated online sports betting and casino operation in New Jersey on a Scientific Games software platform.
  • Kambi Group: Kambi Group is the sports betting platform provider for retail sportsbook operations at Rivers Casino & Resort and three Seneca Gaming Corp. Tribal casinos in Western New York. Seneca Gaming Corp. officials have gone on record saying they are eager to go online. Seneca currently offers Kambi’s bet building/QR code software through its three sports betting lounges.

NY Retail Sportsbooks

Since July 2019 the following 11 retail sportsbooks have launched across the state:

The Rivers Sportsbook at Rivers Casino & Resort

1 Rush St, Schenectady, NY 12305

Luxury-styled 5,000-square-foot sports lounge, featuring 18 individual VIP club chairs and table seating for 80, including 32 tabletop seats and five six-person private booths with TV monitors. Plus a state-of-the-art 53 feet long by 9 feet high LED video wall, 22 additional 86-inch TV monitors, 14 self-service 24-hour betting kiosks, and six live betting windows.

Owned and operated by Rush Street Gaming using a Kambi sports betting platform.

Betting window opening hours are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10am-12am
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.

FanDuel Sportsbook at Tioga Downs Casino Resort

2384 W River Rd, Nichols, NY 13812

The 2,600-square-foot FanDuel Sportsbooks is located near the main entrance of the Tioga Downs Casino Resort. It features eight betting windows, 27 video displays including a large video wall, three sports tickers, 12 lounge seats, seven high-top tables, two drink rails, and seating for more than 50.

Runs on FanDuel’s proprietary sports betting platform.

The sportsbook is open:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.

DraftKings Sportsbook at Del Lago Resort Casino

1133 NY-414, Waterloo, NY 13165

The 6,000-plus-square-foot DraftKings Sportsbook at del Lago features 23 betting kiosks available 24/7 and four betting windows. It also includes 1,000 square feet of LED video screens, a real-time LIVE odd boards, 30+ beers on tap at the bar, and a full food menu.

It runs on the DraftKings sports betting platform using Kambi software.

Opening hours are:

Sunday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Sportsbook 360 at Resorts World Catskills

888 Resorts World Dr, Monticello, NY 12701

The 6,000-square-foot Sportsbook 360 features a center bar surrounded by a 360-degree arc of 35, 75-inch flat screen televisions and a 9’ x 16’ HDTV screen. There is seating for over 100, 14 self-service betting kiosks and betting counter.

The sportsbook’s software partner is UK company bet365.

The kiosks are available 24/7 and betting counter hours are:

  • Monday & Tuesday: 5:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Turning Stone Resort Casino

5218 Patrick Rd, Verona, NY 13478

The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Turning Stone offers year-round, multi-sport viewing and wagering. It features a 500-square-foot curved LED screen visible from three sides, custom-made luxury seating, an award-winning menu, and luxury VIP areas with dedicated TV screens.

The Lounge is owned and operated through a partnership with the Oneida Indian Nation and Caesars Entertainment using a sports betting software platform provided by Scientific Games.

Opening hours are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
  • Friday – Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Point Place Casino

450 NY-31, Bridgeport, NY 13030

The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Point Place offers is a central part of the gaming floor. There’s a 24-foot high-resolution video wall and 30 big LED screens for game viewing. Plus, award-winning food and luxury VIP areas with dedicated TV screens.

The Lounge is owned and operated through a partnership with the Oneida Indian Nation and Caesars Entertainment using a sports betting software platform provided by Scientific Games.

Opening hours are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
  • Friday – Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Yellow Brick Road Casino

800 W Genesee St, Chittenango, NY 13037

The Lounge with Caesars Sports at Yellow Brick Road Casino is the largest sportsbook in New York State. It features a 32-foot custom-built video wall, more than 30 large-screen TVs including six 85″ HDTVs. There are seven reservable VIP fan caves, dozens of stadium recliners, high-top tables and room for 200-plus.

The Lounge is owned and operated through a partnership with the Oneida Indian Nation and Caesars Entertainment using a sports betting software platform provided by Scientific Games.

Opening hours are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
  • Friday – Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Sticks Sports Book & Grill at Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort

873 State Route 37, Hogansburg, NY 13655

The 5,200-square-foot Sticks Sports Book & Grill is the sports betting hub at Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort. You can place bets with a ticket writer or at a kiosk inside and there are four additional kiosks located in Cascades Lounge. Sticks Sports Book & Grill also features a high-definition 9’x 13′ video wall, eighteen 65″ televisions, an odds board, comfortable seating and a full bar and dining menu.

The sportsbook is operated under an agreement with The Stars Group and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort. The Stars Group operates the FOXBet and PokerStars online gambling and online and mobile sports betting brands.

  • Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday : 11:00 a.m. – Midnight
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – Midnight

Sports Lounge at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

1 Fulton St, Buffalo, NY 14204

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino repurposed a section of its casino to build the Sports Lounge in 2019. It features various TV screens filled with sports content and facilities for sports betting including nine self-service kiosks and live-betting windows.

The sportsbook is owned by Seneca Gaming Corp. and runs on the Kambi Group sports betting software platform. You can build a bet on a mobile device using bet building software and use a QR code inside the Sports Lounge to place the bet at current odds.

Hours of operation are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 12:00 p.m. – Midnight
  • Friday – Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Midnight

Sports Lounge at Seneca Allegany Casino

777 Seneca Allegany Blvd, Salamanca, NY 14779

The Sports Lounge at Seneca Allegany Casino features giant flat screen televisions for game viewing and a wall of touchscreen self-service betting kiosks and a guest desk where sports bets can be placed with attendants. There are numerous tables and chairs with views of the flat screen televisions and food and beverage service.

The sportsbook is owned by Seneca Gaming Corp. and runs on the Kambi Group sports betting software platform. You can build a bet on a mobile device using bet building software and use a QR code inside the Sports Lounge to place the bet at current odds.

Hours of operation are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday – Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Midnight

Sports Lounge at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

310 4th St, Niagara Falls, NY 1430

The Sports Lounge at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino opened in a temporary location on the property in 2019 with plans to build a permanent space in 2020. The current space features a real time odds boards, TVs for game viewing and and betting kiosks available 24 hours.

The sportsbook is owned by Seneca Gaming Corp. and runs on the Kambi Group sports betting software platform. You can build a bet on a mobile device using bet building software and use a QR code inside the Sports Lounge to place the bet at current odds.

Hours of operation are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 12:00 p.m. – Midnight
  • Friday – Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Midnight