⭐ State of Online Gambling in New York
New York online gambling is not currently legal. However, an online sports betting bill has been introduced in 2021, and lawmakers in Albany are currently hammering out the regulations. If all goes well, New York could see legal online sports betting before the end of 2021, but the resignation of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo might throw a wrench into the plans. No such law has been planned for online casinos in New York, but with New Jersey still taking a significant amount of New York tax dollars via online casinos, full-blown gambling legalization could be in the works. Let’s see what the Empire State has planned for now.
⭐ New York Online Sports Betting
New York sports betting bill is not something that online sports betting sites have welcomed with open arms. The bill would restrict the number of legal sports betting licenses in the state to four, which means that only the strongest and biggest online sportsbooks could enter the market. In August 2021, 6 bids were revealed to be considered during the application process for the New York sports betting licenses.
- FanDuel, BetMGM, DraftKings, Bally Bet: The online sports betting giants and newcomer Bally Bet teamed up with several New York sports teams to push their bid as the top contender, as their ability to drive sports betting revenue to the state is hard to beat. FanDuel Sportsbook is the primary applicant in this bid, and the Oneida Indian Nation is suspected to have allied themselves with the online sportsbooks.
- Kambi, Penn National, Fanatics: This cooperation is a mixed bag led by a platform provider Kambi, joined by the owners of the sports betting renegade Barstool and an apparel maker. All three are interested in providing sports betting apps in New York.
- Kambi, Caesars Sportsbook, Resorts World, PointsBet, Rush Street Interactive WynnBET: Kambi didn’t attach itself into just one bid, but also heads another with a set of online sportsbook operators. Caesars Sports, Bet Rivers Sportsbook, WynnBET and PointsBet are live in many states already, and are in a good position to challenge the top bid.
- FOX Bet, bet365, TheScore: All three submitted individual primary applications for New York online sports betting.
Mobile Sports Betting Legalization
The details for online betting legislation are being discussed during 2021, but at the moment, the legislation does not see too operator or gambler friendly. With only 4 operators in the state, New York sports bettors would not have many options to choose from. Furthermore, New York will impose a $25 million dollar licensing fee with $5,000,000 to be paid annually on top. Combine this with a tax rate of at least 12%, and the standard 10% vig may not be enough to cover operator costs. This, in turn, could lead to worse betting lines and rates for sports bettors.
Retail Sports Betting
While waiting for online sports betting to be legalized to start taking bets (hopefully before the 2022 Super Bowl), New York residents can still take a trip upstate and visit one of the four commercial casinos that offer sports betting in New York. Currently, there are 8 casinos that offer retail sports betting in New York, but none are located in New York City.
- Tioga Downs Casino (Nichols, NY)
- Turning Stone Resort Casino (Verona, NY)
- Yellow Brick Road Casino (Chittenango, NY)
- Akwesasne Mohawk Casino (Hogansburg, NY)
- Rivers Casino (Schenectady, NY)
- del Lago Casino Resort (Waterloo, NY)
- Point Place Casino (Bridgeport, NY)
- Resorts World Catskills (Monticello, NY)
⭐ New York Online Casinos
Although the upstate commercial casinos in New York are legal, there has been no talk of legalizing online casino games or online poker. However, if NY online sports betting is legalized, gaming could move from commercial and tribal casinos to NY online casino operators.
Brick and Mortar Casinos in NY
There are four commercial casinos and tribal casinos, race tracks and Native American Tribal Casino operators in upstate New York. While playing table games, slot machines, and live dealer games is currently only available at these casinos, they could pave the way for online games in New York City as well.
- Tioga Downs Casino (Nichols, NY)
- Turning Stone Casino (Verona, NY)
- Yellow Brick Road Casino (Chittenango)
- Akwesasne Mohawk Casino (Hogansburg)
- Rivers Casino (Schenectady)
- del Lago Casino Resort (Waterloo)
- Point Place Casino (Bridgeport)
- Resorts World Catskills (Monticello)
- Seneca Niagara Casino (Niagara Falls)
- Finger Lakes Gaming & Race Track (Farmington)
- Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino (Buffalo)
- Saratoga Casino Hotel (Saratoga Springs)
- Seneca Allegany Casino (Salamanca)
- Lakeside Entertainment
- Yonkers Raceway & Empire City Casino
⭐ New York Online Gaming
If New York would legalize online gambling, it would become the biggest online market in America by far. With a more lenient stance towards online sports betting licenses, online casinos might soon follow, although they are currently illegal. However, there are still some viable gambling options online in New York while we wait for the full gambling legislation to take place. All gambling options are overseen by the New York State Gaming Commission.
Unlike other forms of online sports betting, online horse betting is completely legal in New York. There are even some famous horse races and race tracks like the Aqueduct Racetrack in New York, and the Belmont Park where the Belmont Stakes is raced as a part of the Triple Crown. They even have their own horse betting platform NYRA (New York Racing Association). This also gives platforms like TwinSpires, TVG Racebook, and BetAmerica an access to the NY horse betting market.
Daily Fantasy Sports
Daily fantasy sports (DFS) are also legal in New York. After a year-long legal battle between the states and the daily fantasy sports industry’s largest operators, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law allowing DFS sites to serve New Yorkers on August 3, 2016. This means that New Yorkers can enjoy sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel, as well as a host of smaller daily fantasy sports operators.
New York Online Poker
Online poker is not yet legal in New York. However, four tribal casinos and four commercial casinos offer live poker rooms in New York. Currently, there are 8 brick-and-mortar casinos offering retail poker. However, with population of 20 million, that is hardly enough for avid poker fans. If you want to partake in poker, try one of the following options:
|Casino||Type||Number of Poker Tables|
|del Lago Resort & Casino||Commercial||14 tables|
|Resorts World Catskills||Commercial||19 tables|
|Rivers Casino & Resort||Commercial||16 tables|
|Tioga Downs Casino and Resort||Commercial||12 tables|
|Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort||Tribal||5 tables|
|Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel||Tribal||23 tables|
|Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino||Tribal||8 tables|
|Turning Stone Resort Casino||Tribal||32 tables|
⭐ Conclusion – Will New York Have Legal Online Sports Betting in 2021?
New York might have legal online sports betting in 2021, if the legislators can hammer out the details. However, the current model to legalize online sports betting seems more like a quick cash grab for the state, rather than a serious bill that would benefit New York sports bettors and operators. In the future, bettors might be better off visiting a retail sportsbook than download legal sports betting apps.
New York Online Sports Betting FAQ
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