New York Sports Betting 2021

When Will Mobile Betting Be Legal In New York?

On April 6, 2021, a preliminary agreement was reached on NY mobile betting between state legislators and Governor Andrew Cuomo, the contents of which are promising, but complicated. The lawmakers reached an agreement almost a week after the so-called budget deadline. New Yorkers could be betting legally, online, within state lines, before the end of the year.

New York State has had physical sportsbooks since 2019. The closest in-state option to New York City is Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, while most of the rest are located in Upstate New York toward Binghamton, Syracuse, and Albany.

New York Mobile Sports Betting Updates – April 2021

As the April 1 budget deadline came and went, negotiations were still pending between New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers. Cuomo was seeking a state-run, lottery model, which in his words would “cut out the middlemen.” State legislators Gary Pretlow and State Senator Joseph Addabbo, however, introduced a bill that would authorize a casino-run sportsbook market in the Empire State.

On April 6, 2021, the parties came to a tentative agreement to legalize mobile betting under a model quite similar to what Cuomo initially wanted. In the agreement, two companies would be approved by the NY Gaming Commission as operators after a  Request for Proposal process. These two operators would be able to offer a minimum of 4 sportsbooks, known as skins. The RFP and approval process will take several months. There is hope that bettors could see apps launch by the end of the year, although State Senator Addabbo admitted the Super Bowl might be a more likely target.

Another wrinkle is that the Oneida Nation has an agreement with the state with respect to any expansion of betting in Central New York. Spokesmen for both the Oneida Nation and Cuomo were hopeful that any mobile betting bill will be in line with this prior agreement. In the end, the lawmakers reached a negotiation but punted on the Oneida issue.

Potential Revenue From NY Mobile Betting

The Pretlow/Addabbo bills would legalize online sports betting in an attempt to bring additional revenue to New York. Some estimates say the sports betting market would bring $79 million to $100 million in revenue to the state.

That’s a massive number, especially considering that New York is currently hemorrhaging possible sports betting dollars to neighboring New Jersey. Revenue estimates will need to be revised based on the current 2 operator/4 skin arrangement.

Sportsbooks Already In Agreements To Enter The Market

As the state legislators duked it out with the Governor over sports betting models, operators wasted no time preparing for New York sports betting. Penn National Gaming signed a deal with Rivers Casino & Resort while Golden Nugget Online Gaming inked with Tioga Downs. Each deal is good for 20 years, pending Empire State sports betting regulation. It is unclear how these arrangements, as well as others entered into before legalization, would be affected by the two operator model.

The Story So Far

New York will launch a state-run model where two sports betting platforms share revenue with the state. Each licensed platform will need to launch a minimum of four sportsbooks each, known as “skins.”

Lawmakers will still need to decide how the New York State Gaming Commission (NYS Gaming Commission) will share revenue with the two sports betting platforms. It may be as little as 12% but will likely be closer to 50%.

A state-run model is a compromise after a long-running disagreement between pro-online betting lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Online betting proponents like State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. and State Assemblyman Gary Pretlow pushed for the casino-style model utilized by most states with online sports betting. State regulators would issue online sports betting licenses and collect taxes. In New Jersey, the tax rate for online sports betting revenue is 13%.

But Governor Cuomo pushed for the lottery-style model used by places like Washington, D.C. and Oregon. That would mean a single online sportsbook that’s run by the New York Lottery.

The middle ground solution is a state-run model, where the NYS Gaming Commission shares revenue on behalf of the state with the two sports betting platforms. For now, the structure of that revenue share is still up in the air.

Interested operators have until July 1, 2021, to submit a proposal. The NYS Gaming Commission will then select the platforms within 150 days.

If selected, the online sports betting operators will have to pay a $25 million licensing fee and at least $5 million to in-state casinos to house the servers.

That’s the story as of April 7, 2021. We will update as things develop and new information becomes available.

Most Likely Sports Betting Platforms

The NYS Gaming Commission will give preferential treatment to operators that have an agreement with a Native American tribal casino operator as well as those who propose the highest taxes rate/revenue-share plans.

Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Entertainment seems to be a likely contender for New York online sports betting due to its existing partnership with the Oneida Nation. Retail Caesars Sportsbook locations can be found inside three Oneida casinos:

  • Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY 
  • Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango, NY
  • Point Place Casino in Bridgeport, NY

The Caesars Sportsbook app is currently available in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. New Yorkers can visit any of those states to place a legal bet. 

The signup welcome bonus at Caesars Sportsbook New Jersey is a first-bet match up to $500.

Penn National Gaming

Penn National Gaming, owner of Barstool Sportsbook, has an early market access partnership with Rivers Casino Schenectady. If Rivers Casino were to receive an online betting license from the NYS Gaming Commission, it would launch Rush Street Gaming’s BetRivers as the first skin and Barstool Sportsbook as the second skin.

However, this agreement was signed with the hope that New York State would launch a casino-style online betting market rather than a lottery-style. The middle ground state-run option isn’t ideal for Penn National Gaming. But given its preemptive investment, it’s a safe bet that the company will apply for New York market access.

Barstool Sportsbook is currently available in Pennsylvania, and will likely enter the New Jersey market as early as May 2021. The Barstool welcome bonus is a risk-free bet up to $1,000.

Golden Nugget Online Gaming

Golden Nugget’s preemptive market access partnership with Tioga Downs makes the company another likely contender. At the very least, Golden Nugget will submit a proposal.

While it’s best known for its casino gaming, Golden Nugget offers competitive odds on its sports betting app. It’s also one of the few multi-state platforms available in both New Jersey and Nevada.

New members at Golden Nugget Sportsbook New Jersey can place a risk-free bet up to $250.

Flutter Entertainment – FanDuel And FOX Bet

Flutter Entertainment would have a valid case for offering multiple sportsbook skins under one platform license. The company owns both FanDuel and FOX Bet, two major players in states with legal sports betting.

Flutter also opened a retail FanDuel Sportsbook inside Tioga Downs Casino, which has an agreement with Golden Nugget for early market access. With FanDuel, FOX Bet, and Golden Nugget, Flutter could easily facilitate the launch of three of the requisite four sports betting skins.

FanDuel Sportsbook and FOX Bet are both available in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. New members at FanDuel receive a risk-free bet up to $1,000. New members at FOX Bet can place a risk-free bet up to $500.

Visit: FanDuel NJ to claim a $1000 risk free bet

DraftKings Inc.

DraftKings partnered with the New Hampshire Lottery as part of a lottery-style sports betting model. This made the company one of the strongest contenders if New York went the lottery-style route. DraftKings Sportsbook is also available in almost all states with legal sports betting, so it would have definitely been an option under the casino-style model.

Still, there’s a decent chance DraftKings Inc. becomes one of the two New York sports betting platforms. A retail DraftKings Sportsbook already exists in del Lago Casino Resort in Waterloo, NY.

New Yorkers can sign up for DraftKings Sportsbook and receive a 20% deposit bonus up to $1000.

Visit: DraftKings NJ to claim a deposit bonus up to $1,000

Rush Street Gaming – BetRivers

Rush Street Gaming owns both Rivers Casino Schenectady as well as BetRivers, one of the most widely available sports betting platforms in the US. It also owns SugarHouse Sportsbook, a BetRivers skin available in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Given the existing in-state property as well as the proven ability to operate multiple sports betting brands, Rush Street Gaming could land the sports betting platform deal in New York.

BetRivers Sportsbook and SugarHouse Sportsbook have the industry’s best welcome bonus. New members can receive a 100% deposit match up to $250 with just a 1x playthrough requirement.

Visit: SugarHouse NJ to claim $250 deposit bonus

Download In New York And Bet In New Jersey

Anyone over 21 and physically present inside New Jersey can bet at the state’s licensed online sportsbooks. You can also join, deposit, and cash out from New York State, but you have to be within New Jersey state lines to place a real money wager.

Here are all of the mobile sportsbooks that licensed in New Jersey:

Live New York Sportsbook Locations

For the time being, New York sports betting locations are limited to land-based casinos. Legally, New Yorkers cannot yet place a bet online or at an off-track betting (OTB) facility.

Here are all the casino locations currently accepting NY sports bets. We’ve also included whether there’s a New Jersey sportsbook app for those who find themselves in the Garden State.

Casino SportsbookLocationDistance From ManhattanNJ App?
Resorts World CatskillsMonticello90.8 MilesBet365
Rivers CasinoSchenectady161 Miles BetRivers Sportsbook
Tioga Downs CasinoNichols216 MilesFanDuel Sportsbook
Turning StoneVerona254 MilesCaesars Sportsbook
Yellow Brick RoadChittenango265 MilesCaesars Sportsbook
del Lago ResortWaterloo276 MilesDraftKings Sportsbook
Point Place CasinoBridgeport268 MilesCaesars Sportsbook
Akwesasne Mohawk CasinoHogansburg370 MilesFOX Bet

Top 3 Best Sportsbooks In New York State

DraftKings Sportsbook

There is simply no avoiding the two most successful mobile sportsbook apps, FanDuel and DraftKings. They’re producing successful results in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania that hit too close to home for New York to ignore.

In fact, DraftKings currently operates a sportsbook app in seven of the legal online betting states. Now, success in other states notwithstanding, DraftKings has an affiliation on their side. DraftKings sportsbook app in New Jersey is under the sports betting license of Resorts World.

This is the same Resorts World that operates three casinos in New York. One of their locations is the Resorts World Catskills, and it’s one of the legal sportsbook venues in New York.

Due to DraftKings’s massive customer base, proven track record, and ties to current New York sportsbook operations, they’re at the top of any list of candidates for New York mobile sportsbook app providers.

Plus, the DraftKings app in other states is currently pushing $1,000 worth of new accounts and first deposit incentives, so it can’t come soon enough.

FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel has just as strong a chance of gaining access to New York’s mobile sports betting market as its daily fantasy sports (DFS) rival DraftKings. They’re currently operating successful mobile sportsbook apps in five states, with bordering New Jersey and Pennsylvania being two of them.

One of the current physical FanDuel sportsbook locations in New York is at the Tioga Downs Casino Resort. FanDuel provides all sportsbook operations at this venue.

Already having skin in the New York sports betting game should certainly bode well for FanDuel. And the fact that they have overwhelmed their competition right across the border in New Jersey will be a huge factor as well.

FanDuel and DraftKings have a huge sportsbook app presence already established across the country. One or both operate in nearly every state where online betting is legal, and their DFS platforms are the far and wide leaders. They also provide the logistic platform for a number of brick-and-mortar sportsbook facilities, including at a couple of New York sportsbooks.

When FanDuel does launch its sportsbook app, FanDuel will almost certainly pass along the same $500 risk-free first bet opportunity it offers in other states.

Rivers Sportsbook

BetRivers doesn’t have the kind of name recognition as FanDuel and DraftKings. But their mobile app is offered in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Colorado.

So whenever New York decides to allow online sports betting, you can expect the BetRivers app to be one of the choices.

In the meantime, you can head to Schenectady, NY; Philadelphia, PA; or Pittsburgh, PA to experience the Rivers Sportsbook in person. It’s the same odds you’ll find on their highly popular sports betting website. And you can use the odds picker to make your selection ahead of time.

At the Schenectady location, you can bet via 14 self-serve kiosks or six betting windows. They have close to two dozen TVs, luxury seating, and food and drink service.

Not too shabby, but we’re holding out for the online version. In New Jersey, the BetRivers app will double your first deposit up to $250.

Legalization Of Retail Sports Betting In NY

New York’s legislators approved regulations for sports betting at physical locations in January 2019.

After watching New Jersey’s success, lawmakers realized that revenue was simply walking across the proverbial state line. When Pennsylvania legalized sportsbooks, the problem compounded. The idea that New York would hand over much-needed financial revenue seemed senseless to all residents and sports fans alike.

Nevertheless, it took roughly a year to open the first sportsbook. But in October 2019, folks in Upstate New York could finally place legal sports bets.

Even though New York was the 14th state to permit sports betting, it restricted sportsbook venues to four upstate casinos. They included no provisions in the legislation for mobile betting. Many were scratching their heads at this development. As of April 2021, though, things look promising for mobile betting advocates in New York State.

Can New Yorkers Bet Using New Jersey Sports Betting Apps?

New Jersey is one of the most liberal states when it comes to online gambling. They currently offer online sportsbooks, online casinos, and poker sites, which covers all the bases.

On the online sports betting front, New Jersey has at least 17 different sportsbook options. The state also does not require you to register in-person, which means you can download the app and sign up for an account from New York State (or anywhere else in the country).

However, you do need to be physically located in New Jersey to place a bet through the online sportsbooks.

Physical New York Sportsbooks Are Online In New Jersey

As painful as that fact may be, all the top sportsbooks in New York State are available to bettors in the Garden State – and they don’t need to leave home to wager. But there’s good news.

If you’re willing to enter New Jersey to bet, you can participate in the welcome bonuses, place bets, and withdraw your winnings despite being an NYS resident. The only requirements are that you’re at least 21 years old and you’re within New Jersey state lines.

Is It Legal For New Yorkers To Bet In New Jersey?

Yes, it is completely legal for you to travel to New Jersey and bet online. You don’t even need to leave your car. Just make sure location tracking is turned on in the app, pull over somewhere safe, place your bet, then head on home.

If you’re closer to the New Jersey border than you are to a New York sportsbook, this is likely the easiest way to place a legal bet. The same is true for New York State residents who live close to the Pennsylvania border.

New York Sports Betting: Everything You Can And Can’t Bet On

Sports You Can Bet On In New York

You can bet on all forms of professional and out-of-state collegiate sporting events listed at the sportsbook. You can also bet on international competitions, from Korean baseball to French soccer.

The most popular sporting events for folks in New York include:

  • Super Bowl
  • World Series
  • NCAA March Madness
  • The World Cup

The professional New York and New Jersey teams that inspire the most betting are:

Sports Wagers Not Offered In New York By Law

You cannot bet on in-state college athletics in New York State. That means powerhouses like Syracuse, Buffalo, and Army are strictly off-limits.

You also can’t bet on high school sports or any sport with participants under the age of 18 (like esports).

What Are The Types Of Sports Bets Available In New York?

As long as you’re not betting on in-state colleges and universities, everything else is fair game. You can bet as much as the sportsbook is willing to accept as well. And you should be able to wager for as little as $1.00 or less.

The specific types of bets might depend on the sportsbook. But all of the sports betting outlets in New York State offer the following options:

  • Moneyline
  • Points Spread
  • Totals (Over/Under)
  • Futures
  • Prop Bets
  • Parlays/Accumulators

All New York sportsbooks also offer in-game (AKA live) betting, where you can place a bet on a game after it’s begun.

Beyond those options, things get a bit more nuanced. Specific sports have specific types of bets. For example, the Grand Salami for hockey. Some sportsbooks will offer teasers and pleasers, others won’t.

You can call ahead to see what’s on offer before driving to a casino. Many sportsbooks also have a “bet builder” tool on their website so you can determine your bets ahead of time.

Are There Bonuses At Physical Sportsbooks In New York?

No, not in the same sense as an online sportsbook bonus. The casino may have some promotional offers, such as a spin for a prize when you sign up for their reward program.

But the “first deposit” and “risk-free” bet offered by Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetRivers are not offered at the physical location. When online sports betting comes to New York, you’ll have your pick of numerous bonus offers.

However, it’s still worthwhile to sign up for the rewards programs. You can earn points that can be used toward hotel stays, tickets to shows, free meals, and other special offers.

Is It Worth It To Use Illegal Sports Betting Sites?

No. Some people will beg to differ with us on that, but it’s just not.

Offshore betting sites are breaking New York State law. In fact, their lack of oversight allows them to offer their services practically anywhere. The question is: What else can these websites do with impunity? When a bettor doesn’t have any real recourse if there’s a dispute, that’s an unsafe betting site, period.

What’s to say your personal information is safe? Will you be paid out your winnings? Are the bonus terms and conditions reasonable, or are they designed to rip you off?

You can do research, read reviews, and weigh the risks. But at the end of the day, isn’t gambling risky enough? Do you really want to add potentially joining an illegitimate website into the mix?

It’s understandable that someone might consider offshore alternatives. If you just want to put ten bucks on the game you’re watching, it’s probably not worth it to get in the car and drive to Chittenango, NY, or the New Jersey border.

But the safest answer isn’t to join an illegal site. The safest choice is to not bet on the game.

Remember to Gamble Responsibly. Call 1-800-GAMBLER if you think you have a gambling problem.

Sports Betting In NY – Common Questions

Did New York legalize sports betting?

Yes. In January 2019, New York State legalized sports betting, and the first locations opened in October 2019. New York currently prohibits online sports betting in every form except for Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). But New York residents can travel to New Jersey or Pennsylvania to legally place online sports bets.

Is it legal to bet on sports in New York City?

Technically, yes. But no casino in New York City offers sports betting, and OTB facilities cannot host sports betting. 

In fact, the state’s largest casino, Resorts World at JFK Airport, does not host a sportsbook. 

That means New Yorkers need to travel upstate or into neighboring states to place a legal sports bet.

Can I bet at New Jersey online sportsbook apps?

If you are physically located within New Jersey, you are able to place online bets via any of the New Jersey sportsbook apps. You are allowed to sign-up and deposit while in New York but sports betting apps check your location (via GPS) when placing a bet.

How big would the NY online sports betting market be?

We estimate that NY online sports betting would bring $900 million dollars in annual revenue and up to $1.3 billion if skins are allowed. New York would quickly become one of the largest online sports betting markets in the United States.

What is the age requirement for sports betting in New York?

Between 18 and 21. At New York State tribal casinos, the gambling age is 18. At commercial casinos, the gambling age is 21. You’ll still need to be 21 at the tribal casinos to purchase alcohol or gain access to some events.

Is it legal to bet on esports in New York?

Yes. But not if any of the competitors are under the age of 18, which may be why you rarely find esport contests listed at American sportsbooks. 

The most prominent professional teams employ the best players in the world, many of which are under 18. But it is possible to see bets on the highest profile tournaments, such as the League of Legends World Championship.

What sports can I legally bet on in New York?

All professional and collegiate level sports except for in-state schools. You can bet on all major leagues in the US and internationally. All NCAA contests are also fair game unless they involve schools like Syracuse, Buffalo, and so on. You cannot bet on amateur or high school sports, the weather, TV, or politics either.

Can I bet on college sports in NY?

Yes, as long as no in-state schools are playing. That means most Division 1 NCAA schools are fair game. And if you are betting on out-of-state schools, you should be able to place all the same bets as you would on a professional sport, including in-game betting.

But betting on college football games that feature Syracuse, Buffalo, Army, or any other in-state school are explicitly not allowed.

Are there taxes on gambling winnings in New York?

Yes. You’ll need to pay the 24% federal income tax as well as New York income tax on net gambling winnings. This includes anything won at the casino, sportsbook, or lottery. You also may need to pay an additional city tax depending on where you live in the New York Metropolitan Area.

Is the DraftKings Sportsbook available in New York?

Yes, the physical DraftKings Sportsbook has a presence in New York. You can find the DraftKings sportsbook at del Lago Resort, which is located in the Finger Lakes region.

DraftKings does not yet have an app available in New York. They’ll need to wait until the state greenlights online sports betting.

Is the FanDuel Sportsbook available in New York?

Yes. The FanDuel Sportsbook is available in Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols, New York, a racino that offers both casino games and sports betting as well as on-site horse racing.

However, the FanDuel Sportsbook app can only be used if you travel to Pennsylvania or New Jersey, where online sports betting is legal.

About the Author

Mike Epifani

Mike Epifani (shown here at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas) is an experienced online gambling writer who specializes in online casinos and sports betting sites. From the nuances of bonus offers to winning strategies and beyond, his insights have helped countless remote bettors keep more of their money while having fun and staying safe.

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