There are good news and bad news for the state of New York in terms of legal sports betting. The four upstate commercial casinos, as well as some mid-state tribal casinos, are now eligible to apply for licensing to allow for sports betting.
Earlier this week, the New York State Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve rules and regulations for sports betting. Sports betting was already “legal” in New York, but nothing could be done until these rules and regulations were put into place. Now it is a race to see who can be the first to open their sportsbook doors in The Empire State.
The four commercial casinos, as well as one of the tribes, already have partnerships in place and are constructing sportsbooks.
del Lago Resort and Casino in Seneca County is partnered with DraftKings Sportsbook, and a 6,000-square-foot bar/restaurant themed sportsbook and lounge is already under construction. Rivers in Schenectady County is working with Rush Street Gaming, and their sportsbook is already under construction as well. Tioga Downs in Tioga County is partnered with FanDuel Sportsbook. Resort World Catskills, the closest to New York City of all of the four commercial casinos, is partnered with bet365.
The Oneida Indian Nation is partnered with Caesars Entertainment, and they have three sportsbooks opening this year. “The all-new sportsbooks are slated to open at Turning Stone and Point Place this summer, with Yellow Brick Road opening later, as part of larger renovation project announced last week,” the Oneida Indian Nation announced.
Each property now needs to obtain the required licensing and approvals from the New York State Gaming Commission. Like every other sportsbook across the country, approval will require standard testing and perhaps a “soft launch” before fully launching. Although there is not an accurate timeline at the moment, these sportsbooks have to have the start of the NFL season as their goal.
Hoping For Mobile
While there is still no mobile betting in New York, State Senator Joseph Addabbo is still not giving up hope. The issue of whether or not an amendment is needed to the state constitution in order to allow mobile sports betting in New York has been the biggest roadblock. However, there is still time for Addabbo’s S 17 to pass before the session ends on June 19. Although Governor Andrew Cuomo still doesn’t think mobile will be happening in New York this year.
It is believed that there could be a chance that mobile sports betting sneaks its way through at the last minute as part of one giant bill if S 17 falls flat on its own. Addabbo’s bill is currently in the Finance Committee and should get a full Senate vote before the end of the session, possibly this week.
A recent tweak allows for sports betting at sports stadiums in the state. Daniel Wallach, a sports betting attorney and gaming law expert, tweeted the news. Time is running out, and if New York fails to legalize mobile sports betting this session, they will continue to lose revenue to neighboring states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Bettors are going to take a short drive across state lines to bet on their phones instead of driving hours to bet at a casino.