NY Retail Sportsbooks

New York State has several brick-and-mortar sportsbook locations. However, none are located in New York City, and the state has not legalized online sports betting. But NY sportsbooks located upstate offer a wide variety of sports betting options for New Yorkers. 

To legally bet on sports in-state, New Yorkers are relegated to Upstate locations. The closest to the Big Apple is Resorts World Catskills. 

Another option is to travel to neighboring New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Both states legalized online sports betting, and the only requirement to wager is to be physically located within state lines.

Overview Of Every Sportsbook In New York State

Caesars Sportsbook At Point Place Casino

Caesars Sportsbook powers three of the eight sportsbooks in New York. 

The one at Point Place Casino in Bridgeport (part of the Syracuse Metropolitan Area) features a 24-foot LED wall and over 30 additional TVs. You can watch it all from luxury lounge chairs as well as communal tables. It’s the type of high-end setting that you’d expect from a Caesar’s branded area, and features a full food menu and bar service. In fact, the food is well-reviewed and priced reasonably.

The Caesars Sportsbook has a place in practically every state with legal sports betting. While they’re best known for their Las Vegas location, the one at Point Place Casino offers an impressive atmosphere and service that’s worthy of regular visiting.

Caesars Sportsbook At Turning Stone

The Caesars Sportsbook at Turning Stone Casino located in Verona is virtually the same as the one in Point Place. In both locations and the one at Yellow Brick Road, you can earn TS Rewards card points, which is especially useful if you visit more than one location. 

When you first enter Turning Stone, the Lounge is one of the first things you’ll see because of all those LEDs. That’s wildly convenient given that Turning Stone is a huge casino with countless slots and tables and several poker rooms.

If you’re a golfer, Turning Stone has hosted the PGA and ranks in the top 100 best public courses by Golf Digest.

Caesars Sportsbook At Yellow Brick Road Casino

Yellow Brick Road Casino is located in Chittenango, which is also part of the Syracuse Metropolitan Area. 

The setup is similar to the other two Caesars Sportsbook lounges, but this one has tan furniture that gives it a different look and feel.

At all three locations, you can book “VIP fan caves” for private sports viewing and service. 

But Yellow Brick Road is the largest sportsbook in the state, so you’ll always find a place to sit, whether at the bar or in the overstuffed couches. And it’s all within view of the 32-foot video wall and 30 LED TVs.

DraftKings Sportsbook In del Lago Resort Casino

When online sports betting is legalized in New York State, the DraftKings Sportsbook app will become an instant favorite for its near-unmatched quality.

For now, the highly competitive odds are limited to del Lago Resort Casino in Waterloo. Thankfully, it’s worth the trip. The physical DraftKings Sportsbook boasts over 20 round-the-clock betting kiosks and four windows. They also have a thousand square feet of LED video screens as well as live boards.

They also serve high-end bar food, including well-reviewed wings, and they have over 30 beers on tap. Plus, del Lago Resort Casino offers tons of slots, table games, and poker rooms.

FanDuel Sportsbook At Tioga Downs Casino Resort

Once New York legalizes the online sportsbook, it’ll be a tough race between DraftKings and FanDuel for the most popular app, as is already the case with their DFS platforms.

The FanDuel Sportsbook has a particularly electric atmosphere because it’s inside the Tioga Downs Racino. You can go from the track to the sportsbook and back seamlessly, making it a place that’s always buzzing with excitement.

It’s not the biggest sportsbook in the state, with room enough for about 50 people. But the surrounding casino and track make it an exciting spot to place a bet. They have tons of TVs and a full bar and food menu too.

Sportsbook 360 At Resorts World Catskills 

Resorts World Catskills has a massive sportsbook with tons of 75-inch TVs. 

In fact, it gets the name Sportsbook 360 from offering a 360-degree view of the action. Where most sportsbooks have an entrance wall, the Resorts World Catskills sportsbook has TVs above where you enter, so there really isn’t a bad seat in the house.

While the betting kiosks are 24-7, the sportsbook itself is only open 5 PM to 1:30 AM on weekdays. They open at 10 AM on Saturday and Sunday, but those hours are pretty limited compared to other New York sportsbooks.

Rivers Sportsbook At Rivers Casino Schenectady

BetRivers is a popular online sportsbook in several Midwestern states. And while Rivers Casino Schenectady doesn’t seem to be powered by the BetRivers platform, the odds are competitive and the selection of events is robust.

Every weekday, the Rivers Sportsbook is open by 10 AM (9 AM on weekends) and closes at 1 AM. But their betting kiosks are open 24 hours per day. When the sportsbook is open, you can enjoy one of five private viewing booths or watch the over 20 TVs.

This isn’t the biggest sportsbook, but it’s part of the Albany Metropolitan Area, so it’s in close proximity to a large portion of the Upstate population.

Sports Lounge At Seneca Casinos (Three Locations In Buffalo Area)

Three Seneca casinos located in the Greater Buffalo Area offer a sportsbook. These include:

  • Seneca Allegany
  • Seneca Buffalo Creek
  • Seneca Niagara

The reason that all three merit a single section is because they’re virtually the same, including the atmosphere as well as the features.

A unique aspect of the Seneca Sportsbook is the ability to create your betslip before you go to the casino to save yourself some time. From home, you can make your picks, then head to The Lounge to officially place the wager.

Further, all three locations feature sports betting surrounded by casino action. That gives the Sports Lounge a unique atmosphere compared to most other New York sportsbooks, which are usually relegated to their own area.

The one in Allegany is open from 10 AM until 10 PM for ticket counter access and lounge viewing. However, you can use one of the sports betting kiosks 24-7.

The Buffalo Creek and Niagara Falls locations are open from 9 AM till midnight.

Sticks Sports Book & Grill At Akwesasne Mohawk Casino

Up in Hogansburg near the Canadian border, Akwesasne Mohawk Casino has the state’s northernmost sportsbook. While it’s not the biggest casino, it still has an impressive 1,500 slot machines, 27 gaming tables, and poker rooms.

The Sticks Sports Book & Grill has a 13-foot tall video wall and eight 65-inch TVs. Again, not the biggest, but a welcome addition to the sports betting option for those in Northern New York.

If you like beer, Maple Brewing is made on-site, and it’s only available inside Akwesasne. Even if you’re not a regular sports bettor, that might make it worth the trip in and of itself.

Sports Betting In New York State: A Brief Breakdown

Sports betting was legalized in New York State in July 2019. Since then, eight retail sportsbook locations have opened across the state.

For now, no sportsbooks are located in New York City. The closest in-state option is Resorts Casino Catskills, while the closest sportsbook in general is the FanDuel Sportsbook at Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Right now, online sports betting legalization has hit several roadblocks. Governor Andrew Cuomo believes that mobile wagering will require a change to the state’s constitution. While many disagree with that, it’s not looking like sports betting sites and apps will be available in New York in the near future.

What Bets Can You Place In New York?

When you visit a brick-and-mortar New York sportsbook, you can expect every professional sport represented. This includes all major league American sports as well as international competitions, such as European soccer and Korean baseball.

A sports betting genre growing in popularity every year is MMA, and sportsbooks are a great place to watch the fight while placing bets.

The types of bets you can make in New York include:

  • Straight Bets
  • Points Spread
  • Futures
  • Over/Under
  • Parlays, Teasers, Pleasers
  • In-Game/Live Betting

And while you can bet on college sports, you cannot bet on in-state schools. That means you can watch the Syracuse and Buffalo games in the sportsbook, but you can’t wager on it. You’ll have to travel to New Jersey or Pennsylvania to do so.

You also can’t bet on politics, the weather, or TV competitions, such as the Bachelor or American Idol.

List Of Sportsbooks In New York State

SportsbooksCasinoLocation
Caesars SportsbookPoint PlaceBinghamton
Caesars SportsbookTurning StoneVerona
Caesars SportsbookYellow Brick RoadChittenango
DraftKings Sportsbookdel Lago ResortWaterloo
FanDuel SportsbookTioga DownsNichols
Sportsbook 360Resorts World CatskillsMonticello
Rivers SportsbookRivers CasinoSchenectady
Sports LoungeSeneca AlleganyAllegany
Sports LoungeSeneca Buffalo CreekBuffalo
Sports LoungeSeneca Niagara Niagara Falls
Sticks Sports BookAkwesasne MohawkHogansburg

Types Of Sports Bets In New York

You can place pretty much any type of bet on any professional or college game (except for in-state schools). Here’s an overview of each one:

Straight Bets

The simplest bet you can make. Pick which team will lose. If they do, you win the payout. The number of goals or overtime does not matter. However, if the game ends in a tie, the bet is lost. That’s why in soccer, straight bet picks are the two teams as well as a tie.

Points Spread

A points spread bet means you’re betting on one of two outcomes:

  • The favorite wins by a minimum number of points, or;
  • The underdog wins or loses within a minimum number of points.

Futures

A futures bet is where you pick a team or player that wins something in the future. For example, you can bet on the Super Bowl or Rookie of the Year winner at the start of the NFL season.

Prop Bet

A prop bet is a specialty bet placed on a player or team performance. Examples include number of field goals or who wins MVP. 

Over/Under

Commonly listed as O/U, an over/under means you’re betting that the combined total points will be over or under the sportsbook’s number.

Parlays, Teasers, And Pleasers

A parlay is where you bet on multiple events, and all need to win for there to be a payout. Teaser and pleasers are simply parlays with adjusted odds.

In-Game/Live Betting

Once the game begins, sportsbooks will take in-game bets, meaning wagers placed after the opening whistle. Another term for in-game bets is live betting.

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Other Important Info About New York Sports Betting

New York’s Top 3 Most Popular Sports Bets

1. Major League Baseball

New York’s most popular sport is likely the MLB. Fandom for both the Mets and the Yankees runs all across the state despite there being no major league teams in Upstate. 

2. NFL

The NFL is the most popular betting sport in the US, and that includes the Empire State. Every professional football game is met with millions in bets, and the Super Bowl is one of the biggest gambling days, second only to the Kentucky Derby. In New York, bets can be placed on both the Giants and the Jets as well as all other NFL teams. 

3. College Basketball

More money is bet on March Madness than any other sporting event in the US. From unlicensed office pools to legal sportsbooks, New Yorkers can’t help but put money on at least one bracket.

What Sportsbook Apps Will Come To New York?

It’s unclear when online sports betting will become legalized in New York State, but it will eventually enter the state. 

New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire are all seeing a nice revenue stream from mobile wagering, and New York City residents are tired of not having a sportsbook accessible via Subway.

So, when New York inevitably legalize online sportsbooks, whether tomorrow or in 2023, we know for sure these three apps will be available:

  • Caesars Sportsbook
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel

They already have retail locations in New York as well as apps in various states, so it would be practically effortless to launch in NYS.

Can You Bet On Esports In New York State?

Not yet. We reached out to the sportsbook manager at the Rivers Sportsbook, who informed us that the New York Gaming Commission is still deliberating on the legality surrounding esports.

The problem is that professional esports teams will sometimes have players under the age of 18. This is especially true for the massive international competitions.

However, New York sportsbooks can take bets on college sports as long as they’re not in-state. It stands to reason they could also take bets on esports that don’t feature minor players.

For now, esports bets are on the horizon, but not yet listed at any NYS sportsbook.

New York Sports Betting FAQ

Are there any sportsbooks in New York City?

No. New York City does not have any sportsbooks. 

The closest legal sports betting locations are Upstate at Resorts Casino Catskills or across the bridge in East Rutherford, NJ. 

Online sports betting is also not legal in New York, but New Yorkers can visit PA or NJ to play their online sportsbooks.

Are there any sportsbooks in Buffalo, New York?

Yes. Seneca Casino Buffalo Creek offers sports betting. Other locations in close proximity to Buffalo are Seneca Casino Niagara Falls and Seneca Casino Allegany. All three Seneca Casinos offer a sportsbook. 

However, Seneca Gaming And Entertainment locations, such as the one in Irving, do not have sports betting.

How many sportsbooks are in Syracuse?

The Syracuse Metropolitan Area has two sportsbooks, Yellow Brick Road in Chittenango and Point Place in Binghamton. However, the most popular casino in Central New York is Turning Stone Casino and Resort, which is likely by virtue of their nightly live entertainment from big names as well as world-class golfing.

Are all New York sportsbooks located inside a casino?

Yes. New York sportsbooks must be located in an Upstate commercial or tribal casino. 

Per the law, there cannot be sportsbooks Downstate, off-track betting (OTB) facilities, or Bingo parlors. 

Once New York legalizes online sports betting, you’ll be able to bet from anywhere as long as you’re within state lines.

What is the age requirement for sportsbooks in New York?

18 or 21. Depending on the New York sportsbook, the age to enter is 18 years old or 21 years old. If you’re under 21, some locations may let you bet at the kiosks but not enter the sports lounge, which could constitute a separate bar.

Is smoking allowed in New York sportsbooks?

Yes. Smoking is allowed in most tribal casinos in New York, including the sports betting areas. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some casinos temporarily banned smoking on the gaming floor to ensure players wore masks at all times. But in general, smoking is allowed.

Do I need to pay taxes on sports bets won in New York?

You are expected to pay income tax on net winnings. 

That means if you won more than you lost at the sportsbook over the course of the year, you’re legally obligated to pay a maximum of 8.82% to the New York Department of Taxation and Finance. 

But that’s the top marginal rate, meaning you won’t have to pay that unless you’re in the highest tax bracket. You’ll also have to pay the IRS 24% of all net gambling winnings.

Is in-game or live betting allowed in New York sportsbooks?

Yes. Betting after a game has begun is legal in New York State. This is a bit more difficult if you’re not sitting at a betting kiosk while the game is played, and in-game/live betting is more popular on mobile betting apps. Still, it’s legally allowed and a popular betting method in New York.

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