5 Things To Know About NY Online Sports Betting Launch

Sports betting is on its way to New York. The Empire State boasts a massive population, and its proximity to other betting-friendly states such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania makes for a competitive sports betting market. Here are a few important factors to keep in mind as you await day one of New York sports betting.

Sports Betting Apps Launch Saturday, January 8

Some of the industry’s biggest companies are getting ready to launch in New York. Four have been approved for launch on January 8, 2021. DraftKings NY, FanDuel NY, Caesars NY and BetRivers received the all-clear to go live from the New York State Gaming Commission. Each app is expected to launch on Saturday, though exact times have yet to be determined. Expect them to go live throughout the day, likely in the morning.

Claim Pre-Launch Offers To Get $200 Dollars With No Deposit!

If you sign up before launch, some sportsbooks in New York will give you free bets. Act fast, though, these offers are only available until the sportsbooks launch. Once a sports betting site is live, the pre-launch offers expire.

Claim your $100 pre-launch bonus from FanDuel. 

Get a $100 sign-up bonus from DraftKings New York.

As of now, DraftKings and FanDuel are the two New York sportsbooks offering pre-launch bonuses. When you sign up for an account, you’ll get a $100 free bet once each sportsbook launches. If you sign up for both, that’s a quick $200 in betting credit you can use to wager on your favorite New York teams or any sport of your choice.

When It Rains, It Pours – 5 More NY Betting Apps On the Way

While four sportsbooks have been authorized to launch, there are more on the way. PointsBet, WynnBET, Resorts World Bet, BetMGM, and Bally Bet should all be approved in the coming days or week, with launches soon following.

Also Read: All you need to know about live sports betting in New York

You Can Have It All…Except In-State College Match-Ups

New York’s sports betting law allows for wagers on pretty much any major sport. NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL PGA, MLS and more are all fair game. Even most NCAA games are allowed, too. However, there’s one caveat. New York won’t allow betting on any college match-up that includes an in-state school. This means fans of Syracuse, Albany, and other New York college teams can’t place a bet on those schools, even if they’re playing in a different state.

This stipulation, though limiting, is in line with what other states have done. New Jersey has already tried to amend its law to remove a similar clause but has yet to make it happen officially. It’s distinctly possible that New York could reverse course on in-state college betting within a few years.

If you’re really hankering to bet on your favorite New York team, you can cross the border to Pennsylvania or New Jersey and place a bet on NY college teams there.

Also Read: New York online sports betting passes final step in the regulatory process

Allow Location Sharing For NY Sportsbook Apps

When you sign on to place a bet, you’ll need to confirm that you are physically located in New York before you’re allowed to wager. When you download and open a New York sports betting app, be sure to allow location sharing when you’re prompted. That’ll save you a bit of time fiddling with settings and allow you to confirm your location quickly and get right into the betting action.

Note that you don’t have to live in New York to place a bet in the state. You just need to be physically located within the state’s borders when you place a bet.

Also Read: Banned bettors list released for New York sports betting

Retail Sportsbooks Expand Your Payment Options

New York sports betting apps will be tethered to land-based casinos within the state. That means you may have some extra payment options, especially if you live near one of the retail properties. In many legal states, sports betting apps will allow you to deposit or withdraw at a partnered casino. It’s a great option if you prefer to make quick deposits with cash. Once sports betting apps in New York are live, check with your preferred sportsbook’s casino partner to see whether you can deposit or withdraw at a casino.

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Cole Rush

Cole Rush is New York Sports Day's News Editor. Cole is a Chicago-based writer in the gambling, media, and entertainment space. His work has been showcased in various gaming industry magazines and online columns.

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