New York Sports Betting 2021

New York State sports bettors will have access to at least eight online sports betting apps (known as “skins”). The tentative launch is early in 2022, hopefully before the 2022 Super Bowl LVI.

Two sports betting platforms will receive a license from the NYS Gaming Commission. Both platforms will launch a minimum of four apps each. The tentative date for selection is December 6, 2021. The official launch will follow shortly after. The New York Gaming Commission received bids from top sportsbooks in August after releasing an RFA (Request for Applications).

New York State Online Sports Betting Timeline – September 2021

New York’s rollout of sports betting has been slow in the past, but it’s picking up some serious steam. Here are some key dates you need to be aware of:

  • December 6, 2021: Tentative deadline for selecting two applicants to launch at least four sports betting skins each.
  • September 1, 2021: Applicants can begin presenting oral presentations to the NYS Gaming Commission.
  • August 9, 2021: NYS Gaming Commission releases a list of current applicants for online sports betting, which included Kambi Group, FanDuel, bet365, FOX Bet, and theScore Bet.
  • August 2021:  NYS Gaming Commission receives bids from top sportsbooks.

Current Applicants For Online Sports Betting In New York

Sportsbook SkinApplicantAlso Available In
DraftKings SportsbookFanDuel SportsbookAZ, CO, IL, IN, IA, MI, NH, NJ, PA, TN, VA, WV, WY
BetMGMFanDuel SportsbookAZ, CO, IN, IA, MI, NJ, NV, PA, TN, WV, VA, DC, WY
Caesars SportsbookKambi GroupAZ, CO, IL, IN, IA, MI, NJ, NV, PA, TN, VA, WV
Rush Street/BetRivers or SugarHouseKambi GroupAZ, CO, IL, IN, IA, MI, PA, VA, & NJ
FanDuel SportsbookFanDuel SportsbookAZ, CO, IL, IN, IA, MI, NJ, PA, TN, VA, WV
WynnBETKambi GroupVA, CO, IN, MI, NJ, TN, AZ
PointsBetKambi GroupNJ, IA, CO, IN, IL, MI, WV
Barstool SportsbookKambi GroupPA, MI, IL, CO, VA, NJ, TN, AZ, IN
Fanatics SportsbookKambi GroupNo other states
Resorts WorldKambi GroupNJ
bet365bet365NJ
Bally BetFanDuel SportsbookCO, IA
FOX BetFOX BetCO, NJ, PA, MI
theScore BettheScore BetCO, IA, IN, NJ

Online Sportsbooks In New York – Coming Early 2022

DraftKings New York Sportsbook

  • Welcome Offer: 20% deposit match up to $1,000 + $50 free bet
  • Available Via: iOS app, Android app, Web browser
  • Retail Location: Del Lago Resort in Waterloo, NY
  • Why New York Bettors Will Love It: DraftKings offers the biggest deposit-match welcome bonus, giving bettors up to a $1,050 to bet for free.

BetMGM New York

  • Welcome Offer: Risk-free bet up to $1,000 – Use code SHARP
  • Available Via: iOS app, Android app, Web browser
  • Retail Location: N/A
  • Why New York Bettors Will Love It: BetMGM is packed with amazing features, including Parlay Plus that boosts parlay profits by 40% as well as built-in live streaming.

Caesars Sportsbook New York

  • Welcome Offer: Risk-free bet between $500 and $5,000
  • Available Via: iOS app, Android app, Web browser
  • Retail Locations: Turning Stone, Point Place, Yellow Brick Road
  • Why New York Bettors Will Love It: Caesars Rewards provides players with weekly, monthly, and annual benefits for online play and at Caesars properties.

SugarHouse (Or BetRivers) New York

  • Welcome Offer: 100% deposit match up to $250
  • Available Via: iOS app (in most states), Android app, Web browser
  • Retail Location: Rivers Casino Schenectady
  • Why New York Bettors Will Love It: New bettors can double their first deposit up to $250 with just a 1x wagering requirement, the best offer in sports betting.

FanDuel New York Sportsbook

  • Welcome Offer: Risk-free bet up to $1,000
  • Available Via: iOS app, Android app, Web browser
  • Retail Location: Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols, NY
  • Why New York Bettors Will Love It: FanDuel offers a lot of state-specific promotions, so you can expect special offers around New York sports teams like the Bills, Knicks, Giants, Yankees, and Mets.

WynnBET New York

  • Welcome Offer: First bet match up to $1000
  • Available Via: iOS app, Android app, Web browser
  • Retail Location: N/A
  • Why New York Bettors Will Love It: Simple, straightforward app does away with the bells and whistles to get bettors into the action faster.

PointsBet New York

  • Welcome Offer: 2 risk-free bets up to $2,000 – Use code BIGBONUS
  • Available Via: iOS app, Android app, Web browser
  • Retail Location: N/A
  • Why New York Bettors Will Love It: PointsBet offers exclusive betting options, including a betting feature called PointsBetting, where you win a multiplier for every point over the total

Most Likely New York Sports Betting Apps

Two sports betting companies have a head start on the 5 bonus points for establishing a revenue-sharing agreement with a Native American tribe: Caesars and FOX Bet.

Caesars Sportsbook has locations inside Turning Stone, Point Place, and Yellow Brick Road – three Oneida Indian Tribe casinos located in Central New York. Combined with its current availability in several states outside of New York, Kambi Group may have a major edge on other applicants.

FOX Bet has a retail sportsbook in Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort as well, which puts the company in a position to receive the bonus points. However, it’s currently in far fewer states than many of its competing applicants.

How To Install Online Sports Betting Apps On An Apple iOS Device

Finding and registering for a sportsbook app on an iOS device is easy. Here’s a quick list for bettors who need to find a sportsbook, register for an account, and start betting.

  1. Search the App Store for a sportsbook app. Bettors may decide to pick a sportsbook based on odds trends, welcome bonuses, or ongoing promotions.
  2. Download the desired sportsbook app and find the ‘register’ button. It will be in the top right corner of the screen or in the middle of a welcome page.
  3. Go through the registration steps to create a sportsbook account. If bettors have a promo code, then they can enter it on the first or third registration step, depending on the sportsbook.
  4. After registering their accounts, bettors will have to make their first deposits. They can find the ‘deposit’ section near where bettors went to register their accounts.
  5. After depositing money into the sportsbook, bettors can begin betting.

How To Install Online Sportsbook Apps On An Android Device

Downloading sportsbook apps onto Android devices is pretty much the same as downloading them on iOS devices. However, Androids have one wrinkle: where to download the apps from.

  1. Search for the sportsbook app in the Google Play store. If bettors don’t find their desired sportsbook app there, then they should try navigating to the sportsbook’s website. If bettors are using an Android device, they can often download the Android app from the sportsbook’s website.
  2. Bettors should find the registration button either in the top right corner of the screen or in the middle of a welcome screen that some sportsbooks put together just for newbies.
  3. Bettors should complete the three registration steps. If bettors have a promo code, there will be a spot for bettors to enter the promo code on the first or final step of the registration process.
  4. After registering, bettors can make their first deposits, then their first wagers.

How Different Is One NY Sportsbook App From The Next?

Overall, sportsbook apps are similar. They all offer game lines on the most popular sports and leagues. They all offer most of the same bet types. Finally, most sportsbooks use similar layouts. However, even though there’s a lot of overlap, sportsbook apps differ in a few important ways.

Welcome Bonuses

Welcome bonuses vary widely among sportsbooks. From BetRivers’ $250 risk-free bet to DraftKings’ $1,000 deposit bonus, each welcome bonus offers something a little different. Welcome bonuses are only redeemable once per sportsbook so bettors should consider other factors when they’re choosing sportsbooks, too. One factor may be the quality of ongoing promotions. Bettors may look for promotions of a certain size, type, or synergy with bettors’ betting behavior. Even though welcome bonuses are the most visible difference between sportsbooks, they shouldn’t be the most important to bettors.

Sport And Wager Availability

Not all sportsbooks have the same number of sports or leagues. Virtually every sportsbook offers lines on the most popular major league sports, like football, basketball, baseball, and hockey. Soccer, golf, and tennis are common favorites, too, but Gaelic football fans will have narrower choices than American football fans. Some sportsbooks don’t have the oddsmakers with the expertise to offer lines on less popular sports. If bettors want a constant stream of live bets, they should consider large sportsbook brands with even larger sports selections.

Navigation Quirks

Navigation is similar among sportsbooks. But navigation can differ in important and sometimes irritating ways. For example, many sportsbooks have an A-Z list accessible at the bottom or side of the screen. That lets bettors survey sports at a glance. That lets them find familiar sports and explore new ones. However, some sportsbook apps hide the A-Z function and make bettors scroll through clunky icons instead of browsing a simple list. Bettors should try moving around their prospective sportsbook before committing to it.

What Makes For A Good Mobile Sports Betting App?

When mobile sports betting launches in New York, bettors will have many sportsbooks to choose from. There are a few things that bettors can look for to tell a good sportsbook app from a mediocre or poor one: navigation, seamless deposits, bet access, and bet tracking.

First, a sportsbook should be easy to navigate. Great odds don’t do any good if bettors can’t find them. If bettors hate trying to find their way through a sportsbook, they don’t have to put up with that. There are plenty of apps with great odds and promotions with seamless interfaces.

Next, a good sportsbook should make depositing money simple. Depositing funds is obviously a critical part of the sports betting process. A good sportsbook app will make it quick and easy for bettors to connect a bank account or a card to fund their accounts.

Bettors should have easy access to their favorite types of bets too. Some sportsbooks have navigation tabs just for all their sports and live or featured betting lines. These quick navigational tools can make finding bettors’ favorite types of bets easy.

Finally, good sportsbooks should make it easy for bettors to keep track of their bets. If bettors place multiple wagers on a bet slip, then they should be able to tell which bets have closed and which haven’t. Bettors shouldn’t have to do a ton of work to see how their bets play out.

How Can Bettors Deposit Money In Online Sports Betting Apps In New York?

Depositing money into a sportsbook account may seem like a highly involved process. But at most sportsbooks, deposits only take a few clicks to accomplish. Here are the most common deposit types and some deposit options that bettors may be surprised to find unavailable.

Methods To Deposit Money Using An Online Sportsbook App

Common deposit methods include bank transfers, debit and credit cards, and online wallets like PayPal and Skrill. Each of these options has its pros and cons. Bank transfers are convenient for both deposits and withdrawals. However, some banks block transfers to sportsbooks because sportsbooks are gambling products. If that’s the case, bettors are better off using their debit or credit cards to fund their sportsbook accounts. But bettors who want to keep their gambling money separate from their personal funds could consider a PayPal account.

Some sportsbooks offer Play+ cards that bettors can use to fund their sportsbook accounts, too. However, most recreational bettors won’t have those cards. Nevertheless, the Play+ card option is available for bettors who have them.

Apple iOS Users

Apple users may be wondering whether the gift cards they’ve allowed to pile up in their drawers fund sportsbook accounts. However, they cannot. iTunes gift cards and Apple Pay are still not secure enough or tied strongly enough to a bettor’s identity to be used as sportsbook deposit methods. Apple Pay could develop into a product that could be accepted at sportsbooks. But for the foreseeable future, iOS users have to use the same deposit methods as everyone else.

Android Users

Android users are in the same boat as iOS users. All the Android folks can’t use Google Play Store gift cards or Samsung pay. They have the same limitations as iTunes gift cards and Apple Pay. Samsung Pay and Google Play Store gift cards aren’t tied to one bettor’s identity. So, sportsbooks can’t tell whether the cardholder is the one making the deposit. Samsung Pay could develop into a viable deposit method, but it’s not there yet. Google Play Store gift cards will likely remain at the bottom of bettors’ junk drawers for years to come.

Legalization Of Sports Betting In NY

Retail sports betting came to New York in 2019, and now mobile sports betting is expected by the 2022 Super Bowl after former Governor Andrew Cuomo signed it into law in April 2021. The state is expected to award licenses to sportsbooks in January 2022. Mobile sports betting would be live shortly after the licenses are awarded.

The RFA issued in July, referenced a minimum of two operators, opening up the possibility of more competition in New York State. These operators will be able to offer a minimum of 4 sportsbooks, known as skins.

Potential Revenue From NY Mobile Betting

Gov. Cuomo said the state is anticipating revenue of $500 million per year. That’s a massive number, especially considering that New York is currently hemorrhaging possible sports betting dollars to neighboring New Jersey. The state estimates that 20% of New Jersey’s revenue comes from New York bettors.

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.

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Sports Betting In NY – FAQ

Did New York legalize sports betting?

Yes. In January 2019, New York State legalized sports betting, and the first retail locations opened in October 2019. The state also legalized online sports betting, but online sportsbooks are not expected to launch until early 2022, hopefully in time for Super Bowl LVI.

How old do I have to be to play on New York’s legal sportsbook apps?

21. New York allows young gamblers to play the lottery and bingo, but online sportsbooks are limited to people who can also gamble at retail sportsbooks. Retail sportsbooks inside casinos have liquor licenses. New York didn’t want to send anyone under 21 to casinos en masse to place sports wagers, so mobile sports betting is only available to older bettors. 

Who regulates online sportsbook apps in New York?

The New York State Gaming Commission. It sets industry rules and vets sportsbook license applicants. Once mobile sportsbooks officially launch in New York, it will mean the New York Gaming Commission gave them the go-ahead. It’s also why bettors can trust that their sportsbook apps are safe and secure.

How big will the NY online sports betting market be?

According to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the online sports betting market is expected to bring an estimated $500 million in annual revenue.

Are legal online sports betting apps in New York available in Apple's App Store?

Yes. iOS apps can always be found on the Apple App Store. If a sportsbook offers an iOS app, it’s easy to find in the App Store. Some sportsbooks have one app regardless of which states it’s active in. Smaller brands have different apps for each state they go into. Bettors should keep that in mind when they’re downloading sportsbooks.

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.

Are legal online sportsbook apps in New York available in the Google Play Store?

Some are. The Google Play Store only started allowing gambling apps in early 2021. So, some sportsbook brands have put their Android apps on the Google Play Store. However, many Android apps still have to be downloaded from the sportsbook’s website. Bettors can visit the sportsbook’s website on an Android device to see whether there’s an Android app available.

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 is one of the most likely contenders to launch an app once online sports betting goes live in 2022.

Is the FanDuel Sportsbook available in New York?

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

A FanDuel Sportsbook app is also a likely contender once online sports betting launches in 2022.

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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