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Last year, New York legalized mobile sports betting, and now the wait is over. The first of the New York online sports betting apps and sites launched at 9 a.m. on Saturday 8th Jan. morning. With nine operators getting licenses from the New York Gaming Commission you may find it a challenge to determine what the best NY online sportsbooks are, and which is best for you. So let’s break down which of the New York sportsbook apps are becoming available in this first round of licenses, what kinds of promos you can expect, and what we look for in choosing an online sports betting platform.
Top Licensed New York Sports Betting Sites
When the New York State Gaming Commission granted approvals for the first round of sportsbooks, it was with the understanding that at least four online wagering operators would walk away with New York online betting licenses. The regulators eventually came back with licenses for nine different online sports betting houses. Legally, they started taking bets as of January 8, 2022, 9:00 AM, and it’s safe to expect a majority of the NY online sports betting operators to be up and running ahead of Super Bowl LVI.
BetMGM Sportsbook NY
BetMGM brings a great experience for first-time sports bettors to the table. With a user-friendly interface, and promotions geared toward rewarding new players at properties like the Empire City Casino in Yonkers, the BetMGM sports betting app is a great place for a mobile wagering novice to get their feet wet.
BetMGM Sports Betting Features
|➕ Plus||Many features to assist new players|
|💸 Offer||$1,000 risk-free bet|
|🚀 Go live||Live as of Jan. 8, 2022|
|US States available||AZ, CO, IN, IA, MI, MS, NJ, PA, TN, VA, DC, WV & WY|
|📱App Offered||iOS and Android|
Caesars Sportsbook NY
The Caesars brand name is synonymous with gambling and it has partnered with Madison Square Garden and its home teams, the Knicks and Rangers. If you’re an avid sports betting enthusiast who likes to play at casino resorts, you’ll find an unmatched rewards program built around Caesars-affiliated properties. Caesars also recently took over William Hill, a British company with another generations-long reputation, and the William Hill software has transformed the way they take bets.
Caesars Sports Betting Features
|🤝 Partnership||Knicks, Rangers, and Madison Square Garden|
|📜 Loyalty Program||Excellent loyalty program for for ardent gamblers|
|💸 Offer||100% Deposit Match up to $3,000 + Free NBA Jersey|
|🚀 Go live||Live as of Jan. 8, 2022|
|US States available||NY, AZ, TN, IL, IN, IA, WV, MI, CO, VA, NJ, NV & DC|
|📱App Offered||iOS and Android|
DraftKings Sportsbook NY
DraftKings began as a daily fantasy sports company that opened in time to offer games ahead of MLB’s opening day in 2012. Obviously, with their track record, you know they understand what makes sports fans tick, and their promotions and extensive sports betting market selection make DraftKings Sportsbook a popular choice. Additionally, DraftKings sportsbook is the official betting partner of the New York Giants, so fans of Big Blue can safely expect to see specials related to their favorite team. And if you can’t get enough through the online sports betting platforms, DraftKings sportsbook has an in-person option at the Del Lago Casino Resort in Waterloo.
DraftKings Sports Betting Features
|🤝 Partnership||New York Giants and the Del Lago Casino Resort|
|📜 History||Great reputation through long history in Daily Fantasy Sports space|
|📈 Market||Many and varied sports betting markets, contests and pools|
|💸 Offer||20% Deposit Bonus Up to $1,000|
|🚀 Go live||Live as of Jan. 8, 2022|
|US States available||NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, VA, WV, TN, MI IA, IN, IL, CO, WY & AZ|
|📱App Offered||iOS and Android|
BetRivers Sportsbook NY
Rush Street Interactive out of Chicago may not have any partnerships with the major league teams yet, but there’s plenty of time for that. They do have an affiliation with one of the upstate New York casinos, the Rivers Casino Schenectady. As for their online sports betting app, BetRivers scores with its welcome bonus and historically has offered some great odds boosts around football games.
BetRivers Sports Betting Features
|🤝 Partnership||A part of leading brand Rush Street Interactive.|
|➕ Plus||Easy to get the most out of their welcome bonus.|
|💸 Offer||$250 in free bet credits with $250 initial deposit|
|🚀 Go live||Live as of Jan. 8, 2022|
|US States available||NY, VA, PA, WV, IL, IN, MI, CO, IA, AZ, LA, NJ & CT|
|📱App Offered||iOS and Android|
FanDuel Sportsbook NY
FanDuel was founded as an early daily fantasy sports operator and is now a part of the Flutter Group. The first retail FanDuel sportsbook opened in 2018 in New Jersey, and they’ve been rolling out their excellent online product across the country ever since. They’re already a major player in the New York online sports betting scene, and they’ve pushed all their chips into Western New York, where they’re an official gambling partner of the Buffalo Bills.
FanDuel Sports Betting Features
|🤝 Partnership||Partnership with Bills|
|💸 Offer||$1000 risk-free bet|
|🚀 Go live||Live as of Jan. 8, 2022|
|US States available||NY, NJ, CT, PA, VA, WV, TN, MI, IA, IN, CO & AZ|
|📱App Offered||iOS and Android|
WynnBET Sportsbook NY
WynnBET comes to New York with a clean and streamlined experience across its site and apps. They also have a close partnership with the Jets that includes the WynnBET Green Room lounge during home games at MetLife Stadium, which features comped food and drink as well as in-person sports betting.
WynnBET Sports Betting Features
|🤝 Partnership||Partnership with the New York Jets|
|💸 Offer||Expected Offer: $1,000 Risk-Free First Bet|
|🚀 Go live||Early 2022|
|US States available||AZ, CO, IN, MI, NJ, TN & VA|
|📱App Offered||iOS and Android|
PointsBet Sportsbook NY
Australia’s PointsBet claims to have the quickest and most user-friendly of the sports betting apps in the game. What we can say for certain is that they’re the only operator that offers PointsBetting, a high-risk, high-reward form of betting separate from the fixed odds games you may be used to.
PointsBet Sports Betting Features
|➕ Plus||Exclusive PointsBetting games in addition to the fixed odds games and Exciting promotions available to new players.|
|💸 Offer||2 Risk-free bets up to $2000|
|🚀 Go live||Early 2022|
|US States available||CO, NJ, IN, IL, IA, MI, WV & VA|
|📱App Offered||iOS and Android|
Bally Bet Sportsbook NY
Bally Bet jumped into the online sports betting game in May of 2021 when they kicked things off in Colorado. They have an aggressive plan for expansion, and in New York, Bally Bet was one of the first operators licensed by the New York Gaming Commission. Bally Bet offers a great welcome bonus and two different rewards programs, one of which is related exclusively to online sports wagering.
Bally Bet Sports Betting Features
|📜 History||Years of goodwill as one of the most recognizable names in casino gambling.|
|➕ Plus||Discrete rewards program for online sports betting.|
|💸 Offer||$100 free bet, plus $550 risk-free bet|
|🚀 Go live||Early 2022|
|🇺🇸 States available||CO, IN, IA & VA|
|📱App Offered||iOS and Android|
Resorts Sportsbook NY
Resorts World already has a foothold in New York, operating the Resorts World Catskills hotel and casino in Sullivan County, as well as Resorts World New York City in Jamaica, Queens. As for the Resorts Sportsbook, their welcome bonus is solid and though the app can suffer from load time issues, it’s a perfectly fine experience with a rewards program built largely around Resorts World Atlantic City.
Resorts Sports Betting Features
|➕ Plus||Welcome bonus is strong and Affiliation extends to Resorts World Catskills.|
|📜 Loyalty Program||Rewards Program built around Resorts World Atlantic City easy for most New Yorkers to reach.|
|💸 Offer||$250 Risk Free Bet|
|🚀 Go live||Early 2022|
|US States available||NJ|
|📱App Offered||iOS and Android|
Sportsbooks That Could Launch Soon:
The New York State Gaming Commission took applications from many different operators throughout the online sports betting world, and plenty of companies were shut out of the first round. The next books to launch will be; Bally Bet, WynnBet, Resorts World and PointsBet.
Is New York Sports Betting Legal?
Yes. And if you’ve ever followed statewide politics you know that relatively speaking, getting legal sports betting off the ground happened in record time. The hope when the list of licensed operators was released was that the New York sportsbook apps would be up and running prior to Super Bowl LVI. Four NY sports betting sites opened for business on January 8, 2022, and it’s safe to say the other five licensees are hoping to get their acts together before kickoff on February 15.
Mobile Sports Betting Apps in New York
Now that the New York State Gaming Commission has seen fit to legalize sports betting, one of the most exciting pieces of this new landscape is the availability of NY online sportsbook apps. The mobile sports betting apps generally give you the same options as the websites but have the advantage of portability. No need to drag the computer over by the TV to lock in live bets. A few of the apps also have a separate version for tablets, which split the difference of convenience and ease of use. You’ll find that many New York sports betting operators that offer an app will have it available on both Android and iOS.
NY Sports To Bet
The biggest of the sports betting markets in the United States is far and away the NFL. And with New York being the home of three teams’ devoted fan bases, the action is no longer limited to the gridiron. Point spread bets and over/unders are your most popular options, but you’ll frequently see promotions and odds boosts around parlays in addition to round-robin options. Things are only going to heat up around the NFL playoffs, so expect more and more promotions as you see fewer and fewer teams. And if you watch closely during your favorite team’s Sunday games, you may even see one of the mobile sports betting apps advertised during a commercial break. It’s hard to believe but absolutely true.
The second largest of the sports betting markets. Between the long season and the non-stop action during the games, the NBA offers plenty of opportunities for live in-game sports wagering. Basketball is also one of the two sports where round robin bets are commonly offered by mobile sports betting apps.
If you prefer your sports wagering to play out in a more relaxed setting, you can’t do better than our national pastime. The unpredictable scoring may favor moneyline bets rather than over/unders or spreads, but the more leisurely pace can give opportunities to find good odds in the live betting scenarios.
Of the four major sports leagues, maybe the NHL gets overlooked somewhat when it comes to mobile sports betting. This is a shame, because the pace of hockey is perfect for live bets if you can manage to look away from the action on the ice for half a second. It’s likely that the market will grow quickly in New York, with three teams and their rabid fans. Ever seen a casual hockey fan?
College sports are another big piece of the operations of mobile sports betting houses and New York will be no exception. NY online sports betting enthusiasts will find plenty of chances to bet on college football, basketball and hockey just for starters. But there’s an important caveat. According to the laws on the books, bettors will not be able to bet on New York college sports teams. Similar laws are on the books in states like New Jersey and Virginia.
New York Teams To Bet
Bills fans won’t want to hear it, but they’re the only New York football team that hasn’t brought home the Lombardi Trophy. The good news is they’re also the only New York football team that even reached the playoffs this season, and Fox Sports recently proclaimed that the Bills have the “best fan base in the NFL”. Betting on football only gets hotter as the playoffs roll on, and a Bills run could mean an especially wild first month of betting throughout New York.
If you’re looking to bet on the Jets, you’re probably going to have to wait until the Super Bowl futures for the 2022 season get posted. The rebuild continues for Gang Green, but the Jets currently boast 4 picks in the top 40 of the next draft, and this season’s offensive rookies should settle nicely into their roles after a promising first campaign, so there should be plenty to look forward to in the coming months.
Another New York football team with a storied history and an underachieving recent past, the New York Football Giants will have, if nothing else, a new General Manager when the preseason gets underway. They’ll also have two picks in the top 10 in April’s draft, and former head coach Joe Judge won’t get the chance to (QB) sneak into next season. The good news is you’ll have plenty of time to research football betting strategies and systems ahead of the 2022 campaign.
No more of this talk of “long-suffering” fans. Sure the last time they won a championship, the #1 single in the country was by Tony Orlando and Dawn. That doesn’t matter anymore, this is a team basketball fans in the city love to get behind. They’re playing hard, Randle and Barrett are for real, and the league is just more fun when the Knicks are playing well.
The protracted controversy around Kyrie Irving still looms over what’s been a pretty good season so far for Brooklyn. Regardless, the Brooklyn Nets are still going to bring in plenty of action when it comes to online betting, as any team top-heavy with stars will attract a lot of looks on the prop bet side of things.
New York Yankees
Assuming there’s baseball come Spring, expect the New York Yankees to contend from Opening Day, and should they fill that hole at shortstop, the sky’s the limit. Here’s hoping the lockout is resolved quickly and we can get pitchers and catchers reporting as usual. Several operators are offering World Series futures as you read this, but we hope the real fun can begin in April.
New York Mets
What’s fun about being a Mets fan right now? For a major league sports team owner, Steve Cohen is extremely online, that’s fun. Watching Pete Alonzo hit dingers to College Point is fun. Wondering if Francisco Lindor is actually going to be any good again is a different kind of fun. Did we miss anything? Oh yeah, SCHERZER. Obviously, the lockout affects every team and every player, but if we get a season, Mets fans are going to be in for a ride full of opportunities to put a little money down.
How long before this latest incarnation of the Rangers is taken seriously? The naysayers still claim there are too many holes in their game to sustain the season, but the arena full of believers are content to enjoy the ride. And maybe a moneyline bet on a hot team isn’t the most thrilling bet you can make, but better an ugly win than a pretty loss.
Well, the new arena’s nice, right? It’s a long season, and it’s still hockey, and hockey is a thrill. But some of the fan sites and blogs are already eyeing the idea of turfing the season and nabbing a high draft pick. So this isn’t the best year to back the Islanders, but that doesn’t mean there’s no point in betting on their games. If you find an operator you like, the live in-game betting feature lends itself beautifully to hockey.
New York City Football Club
The reigning MLS Cup champions were also a part of the aforementioned “superbid” to bring FanDuel Sportsbook, Bally Bet and a handful of other operators into the fold. The fact is that soccer is the #1 sports betting market in the world, and once you’ve put a couple of bucks on a three-way moneyline, and it’s not hard to see why. You’ll be able to place in-game bets from your seat at Yankee Stadium, and you can anticipate promos of all kinds with their official partner when that deal is done.
Other Popular Betting
Daily Fantasy Sports
Daily Fantasy games are also legal in New York, though not every licensee will offer them, at least not right away. The two largest operators for DFS are FanDuel and DraftKings, and if you have their online sports betting product, their apps make it easy to flip back and forth between the two.
In NY, online sports betting isn’t just for people. Pari-mutuel betting on horse races is legal in New York. This kind of mobile betting isn’t handled by the NY online sportsbooks; this is all offered by separate software.
Betting on American political elections is illegal in New York as well as the other 49 states. Oddly, it was legal in West Virginia, but only for about an hour. Officials even said that in allowing it to happen, they “screwed up”, so don’t expect to see it any time soon.
Pop Culture Ceremonies
Betting on pop culture awards ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards, is legal in a couple of places. Last year, it was just in New Jersey, Indiana and Michigan. It doesn’t look like the players that offer sports betting will do the same for the Oscars, but if that changes we’ll be all over it.
Betting on esports is legal in New York through any of the NY online sports betting houses. The catch is that like a lot of growing sports, there’s a limit to how much effort and bandwidth put into it, and it’s certainly not an operator’s priority the way the NFL is. So you may have to shop around before your find a mobile betting platform to take your action.
Promotions & Bonus Offers From New York Online Sportsbooks
The number of licensed operators set by the state of New York was meant to encourage direct competition, and that makes for a landscape full of promotions and other offers. The important thing is that you understand the terms and conditions laid out by the operator, so you don’t get an unpleasant surprise. Generally speaking, these offers are the biggest for new bettors, so be sure to take advantage of them while you decide if a certain online sportsbook is the one you want to use regularly.
This is one of the most common welcome bonuses, and bettors in New York have already heard the pitches – some places even offer a risk-free first bet up to $1,000. But what does it really mean? If you win, you win, and good for you. If you lose? Your stake is refunded to you, but this is why you read the terms and conditions carefully. The refund is usually coming back to you as bet credits and not cash. The big risk-free bet is generally a welcome bonus, but crop up from time to time, depending on the operator.
The deposit match is another bonus that you tend to see from NY sportsbooks. BetRivers from Rush Street Interactive, for instance, offers up to a $250 deposit match. This is what it sounds like, the house kicks in an amount equal to your initial deposit. Here you need to watch the rollover requirement – how many times you have to bet with this bonus money before you can withdraw any of it. The rollover tends to be steeper in online casino games, but in sports wagering it’s been more bettor friendly – 1 to 3 times before the ability to cash out comes in. Again, your best shot at a big match is when you make your first deposit, but opportunities for smaller deposit matches come up frequently at some of the books.
Do you like where you’re playing? Referral bonuses will reward you for bringing in more business. Send a special link to friends, co-workers, family, the guy in your building with the bad cough, it doesn’t matter. If they sign up through your link and make a minimum cash deposit, you get some credits in your account and they probably do too.
Odds boosts are less a welcome bonus and more of a rolling promotion around certain bets. They’re highlighted betting options where the lines have moved to a better position for the bettor. A hockey odds boots, for example, could be a particular player scoring at least one goal originally set at +140, boosted to +175. So you’re betting on the same piece of business but for a more favorable payout.
How To Choose A New York Online Sportsbook?
Any of the New York sportsbooks are going to handle the industry-standard wagers. By that, we mean the four major league sports, the most popular kinds of bets. If you put $5 on your favorite football team to cover week in and week out, you can get that anywhere. Every online sportsbook is a little different, so here’s what we look for to get the best betting experience possible.
Variety Of Bets Allowed
Any place will let you bet the over/under on the next Bills game and a point spread on the next UConn basketball game. But you may have to dig deeper to make the bets you want. Before you open an account, see if the book takes action in the sports betting market you like, or offers the props, alternate spreads or totals the way you want them.
Competitive Lines and Odds
If nothing else, you want to be sure that the odds you’re getting are fair and competitive compared to the other operators. And you may find the books vary from market to market and one has better college football odds while another is better for combat sports. Don’t be afraid to shop around, and maybe hold accounts in more than one place.
If you’ve never read sports betting lines in the American odds format, these are the basics: A plus sign refers to an underdog, a minus sign refers to a favorite. The number indicates how heavy the odds are, and what kind of a payout you can expect if it hits.
Frequency Of Betting Bonuses
You’ll want to watch the promotional offers offered to bettors to see what kinds are out there and how often they’re rolled out. Some places will offer an occasional risk-free bet, a slate of new odds boosts every day, or even insurance to protect your parlay if one leg misses. For our money, if an online betting platform doesn’t offer any kind of deposit bonus or risk-free bet on signup, there are enough out there that do. You won’t miss the ones that don’t.
Friendly User Interface
You can have a killer promotional bonus and great odds in your favorite betting market, but that’s not going to mean a thing if you can’t place the bet you want when you want it. Apps and websites alike require secure and stable software that allows you the chance to make the wagers you want to make. If you know what you want your Sunday football parlay to look like and the website is designed badly enough that it takes you twenty minutes to lock it in, it’s not really worth your time and money. Similarly, if the app crashes while you’re trying to place a live bet, and the odds have moved by the time you’re back up and running, what’s the point?
Ease Of Deposits and Withdrawal
Winning is great, but if you can’t access your winnings when you expect, it’s just another frustration. And if you want to lock in a bet but your bankroll is empty, you want to know you can get your money in the game quickly. That’s why we recommend making sure the banking options are compatible with how you like to play, and ideally a quick turnaround on withdrawals, so you’re not waiting for a check in the mail.
Every licensed NY sportsbook operator will have some kind of customer support if things go wrong. That’s not to say you should be hassling a support rep because you missed your parlay. But for issues related to the functions of the app or site, you need to know your business is important enough to try to fix the problem. Multiple options exist and vary from place to place, but we prefer live chat support to get a problem solved quickly, and email to aid in record-keeping.
Bet Types & Sports Wagers At Legal New York Sportsbooks
|💰Moneyline||The moneyline may be the easiest bet to understand – just pick a winner. Based on a $100 bet, the minus sign in front of the number tells you how much you’d have to bet to win $100 in addition to having your initial bet returned. The plus sign indicates your winnings on top of your $100 stake should it hit.|
|✨Parlays||A parlay is a combination of single bets that are tied in so they’re dependent on one another. Each leg of the parlay makes the odds longer, but the corresponding payout is larger. The catch is that each leg of the parlay must hit or the entire bet is a loss.|
|🔥Totals||Betting on the totals is a way to get in on the action that isn’t dependent on a team’s winning. The total set by the bookmakers refers to the sum of the final score by both sides, and you bet on whether the score will be higher or lower, which is why this is also known as the over/under.|
|❇️Point Spreads||The point spread is the easiest way to level the playing field for mismatched teams. Rather than the winner or loser, you’re betting on the difference in the final score. The favorite has to “cover” the spread, meaning a -6.5 point favorite would have to win by 7 points or more to cover. The underdog can lose that same game by up to 6 points and still cover their bets.|
|✔️Futures||Futures bets are wagers on events that take place further out than a few days. An example of a futures bet would be putting a wager down in for the Bills to win the Super Bowl before Wild Card Week gets underway, or the Mets to win the World Series before pitchers and catchers report.|
|🎫Prop Bets||A prop bet is any bet not related to the final score of a contest. It could be an over/under on a college football team’s scoring in the half, or whether a pitcher strikes out the side at any point during his start.|
|🎙️Live Bets||The availability of official real time sports betting data has led to live betting. On a live betting page, you’ll see the standard spreads, lines and totals, but the lines will change based on the conditions of the in-progress game. Depending on the sports and the operators, you may also get a series of live prop bets.|
|⛔Prohibited Bets||The bad news, we’ll repeat, is that you won’t be able to bet on college sports teams based in New York. It’s the law. On day one, we also heard that not every sports betting market expected was available, including cricket and some international soccer. Fortunately, there are plenty of other options out there.|
NY Online Sports Betting Legislation
So how did we get here? In 2013 sports gambling was legal in New York – at the state level, allowing for retail sportsbooks at commercial casinos. The catch was it was still banned federally until 2018, so you couldn’t legally bet on sports until 2019. Even then it was only found in Upstate New York, with Rivers Casino in Schenectady being the first retail book to open up in the state.
On April 6, 2021, the legislators passed a budget allowing for web-based and mobile betting, and for the rest of the year the New York State Gaming Commission hammered out the details. The first legal online sportsbooks in New York launched on January 8, 2022.
New York Sports Betting Revenue Projection
A gambling industry trade publication, Vixio Gambling Compliance, estimates that the New York betting market could gross $667 million in 2022. They project that by 2025, the gross revenue could reach $1.1 billion annually. That’s a lot of New York State Cheddar, which could be a real boon to the state since Albany takes a huge cut.
New York Legal Online Sports Betting Tax Rate
The state of New York takes it right off the top with the highest tax rate off the gross revenue of any state – 51%. That’s a whopping cut compared to some of the other places nearby – Pennsylvania clocks in around 36% and New Jersey approximately 13%.
According to State Sen Joseph Addabbo, Albany’s take will fund new jobs, education, youth sports, and programs to help combat addiction.
Who Regulates Sports Betting Sites?
The sports betting sites in New York are overseen and regulated by the New York State Gaming Commission, who already have experience keeping tabs on the in-person sportsbooks found in the brick and mortar casinos.
The New York State Gaming Commission is also in charge of approving and issuing licenses to the online sportsbook operators and other forms of gambling, including horse racing, the state lottery, and the casinos.
New York Sports Team Partners
The partnerships between sportsbook apps and major league teams is a huge business and can make a big impact. For instance, in Virginia, a partnership with the Washington Football Team gave FanDuel a leg up on the fan base there, and now they enjoyed a 53% market share this time last year. For the bettor, some teams will offer tickets or merchandise promos for betting through their partner, so make sure you see what kind of deals your favorite teams put through their partners.
Buffalo Bills – FanDuel
FanDuel Sportsbook is their gambling partner, so expect the promos around their playoff run to be especially tempting. And expect FanDuel Sportsbook to take plenty of action from the Bills Mafia — when they’re not busy jumping through flaming tables.
New York Jets – WynnBET
Because the Jets play their home games in the traditionally gambling New Jersey, their partnership with WynnBET has already gotten off the ground. By next season, the online sports betting scene will offer plenty of options for Jets fans, including the WynnBET Green Room, their partner’s lounge available during home games.
New York Giants – DraftKings Sportsbook
The Giants and DraftKings have a long history dating back to when DraftKings was only a DFS operator. As next season gets underway, fans of Big Blue in New York will be able to enjoy the perks that Jersey-based Giants fans have been taking advantage of.
New York Knicks – Caesars Sportsbook
With Madison Square Garden’s overall online sports betting partnership with Caesars Sportsbook, the Knicks have promised VIP experiences for bettors who take advantage of the Caesars Rewards program. But even if you’re not a high roller, the in-game betting from your seat at The World’s Most Famous Arena will put some bing in your bong.
Brooklyn Nets – BetWay
From the perspective of the NY online sports betting game, the outlook for the Nets isn’t quite as locked in as their performance on the court. Their partner, BetWay, was not awarded a sports betting license in the first go around. It remains to be see when BetWay will gain entry into the market, so Nets fans looking for deals will have to be content with a winning team for now.
New York Rangers – Caesars Sportsbook
As part of the overall deal with Madison Square Garden, Caesars Sportsbook is also the official gambling partner of your New York Rangers. Since Knicks fans are getting VIP fan experiences through Caesars Rewards, Rangers fans can safely expect similar treatment.
New York Islanders – BetWay
It’s been quite a season so far for the Islanders. The play has been inconsistent, and it seems like the entire team has had to sit out due to Covid at some point. And their preferred betting partner, BetWay, is not currently licensed for online betting in New York. In the meantime, Islanders fans will have to try other books to get their action in. At least the UBS Arena is cool, right?
Buffalo Sabres – TBD
The Sabres backed a “superbid” for regulation that included their partners in the Seneca Nation, the tribal casino’s affiliates, FanDuel, and several other partners. The way the winds are blowing makes it look like FanDuel will be the winner here, but nothing’s been announced to that end yet.
New York Yankees – TBD
Unlike many of the New York sports teams, the Yankees have yet to announce an official betting partner, but the team and several others backed a “superbid” to bolster FanDuel Sportsbook, Bally Bet, BetMGM, DraftKings and Seneca Nation, who operate three tribal casinos in Western New York. You can expect the team will have their pick of partners, and by the time of the announcement, the entire operation will be clean-shaven, with short haircuts.
New York Mets – TBD
While the Mets haven’t announced a gambling partner yet, owner Steve Cohen is supposedly working to bring a Sands casino to the CitiField area. Sands is not one of the initial licensees in New York State. We’ll keep an eye on this one.
New York City FC – TBD
NYCFC was also in on the aforementioned “superbid” with the Yankees and Sabres. There’s been no announcement as to an online sportsbook partnership, though they have a relationship with Mohegan Sun, which in turn works with FanDuel. NYCFC won the MLS Cup this season, and everyone likes a winner.
New York Red Bulls – TBD
The New York Red Bulls have yet to announce a gambling partner. As early as 2018, they were hoping to find one, even shopping naming rights to their home arena. We’ll keep you posted.
And there are plenty of other teams in New York that have yet to announce a major gambling partnership. The New York Liberty, for instance, has worked with both DraftKings and FanDuel in the past, but have announced no deals. As the deals are made, and they will, we’ll keep you updated.
How to Deposit and Withdraw from NY Sports Betting Sites
Different operators all accept different kinds of payment. The most common you’ll see are debit cards, online banking, PayPal, Play+ and other branded prepaid cards, and ACH e-checks. Depending on where you choose to play, you may see credit cards, Venmo, PayNearMe. Any operator licensed by the state will have secure transactions, so you won’t have to worry about losing your money until you bet on a long shot.
Withdrawal methods are similar, but keep an eye on wait times. The electronic transfers move fastest, not surprisingly, but you may be waiting for a check in the mail for a couple of weeks.
Payment Methods Accepted On NY Sports Betting Sites:
PayPal is a very popular method for banking in the online sportsbook arena due to its speed and reliability. Of the licensed operators in New York, only Bally Bet does not currently accept PayPal.
DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, BetRivers, PointsBet, Bally Bet, BetMGM, WynnBET, and Resorts World Sportsbook all accept Visa.
Just like Visa, you can use MasterCard to bankroll your accounts at DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, BetRivers, PointsBet, Bally Bet, BetMGM, WynnBET, and Resorts World Sportsbook
American Express isn’t as popularly used for online sportsbook gambling. Only DraftKings and BetMGM accept American Express.
DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, BetRivers, PointsBet, BetMGM, and Resorts World Sportsbook all accept online banking transfers, and unlike your debit card, you can also use your online banking for withdrawals.
Of the operators in New York, only Caesars Sportsbook is set up to accept transactions through Neteller.
How New York Sports Betting Compares to the Other Legal States
New York took their time to do this right. By this time next month, New Yorkers will have their pick of nine operators, encouraging a high level of competition for the available sports betting revenue. Players don’t have to sign up in person to play, just open a website or app. The biggest barrier of entry into the market for the operator seems to be that 51% haircut on the revenue. Best of all, the varied betting markets and promos available across the books give limitless options. It’s a bettor’s paradise, as long as you don’t want to bet on US football.
Retail Sports Betting vs. Mobile Sports Betting
The mobile sportsbook apps are a great way to get into the game, but how do they compare to retail sportsbooks? We encourage you to check out your nearest in-person book for the experience. Casinos are fun, and you may like that better, fair enough.
We tend to prefer the mobile experience. If you want to shop around on the betting lines, it’s easier to switch browser tabs or between apps than it is to drive from Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort to Resorts World Catskills and back, for one thing. The lines themselves may be a little friendlier as well, since the books know you can shop around too. Finally, the odds boosts and other promotions tend to favor the online experience.
New York Legal Sports Betting Legislation Timeline
- 2013 – Sports gambling legalized in the state of New York, subject to federal legalization.
- 2018 – The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 federal law banning sports gambling, is overturned by the United States Supreme Court, clearing the lane for New York to regulate sports wagers.
- 2019 – Rivers Casino in Schenectady accepts New York’s first legal sports bets through their in-person sportsbook.
- April 6, 2021 – New York legislators pass a budget with a plan in place to regulate web and mobile betting.
- November 8, 2021 – The New York State Gaming Commission recommends nine operators for online sports gambling licenses.
- January 8, 2022 – New York’s first four legal online sportsbooks begin taking bets
Responsible NY Sports Betting
As part of the regulations laid out by the state, every legal operator must provide access to resources to encourage responsible betting. These include limits you can set through your accounts on money and time spent over a particular period of time. You can also opt for a “cool off” period where your account is temporarily disabled.
If you think you may have a problem, please contact the New York Council on Problem Gambling.
Where To Bet in New York Now
If you want to bet in New York now, all you have to do is download and sign up for one of the online books. You can (and should) check out the nearest retail sportsbook near you to get the in-person experience.
|Turning Stone Resort & Casino||Verona||Caesars|
|Resorts World Catskills||Monticello||Resorts World|
|Rivers Casino Schenectady||Schenectady||BetRivers|
|del Lago Resort & Casino||Waterloo||DraftKings|
|Tioga Downs Casino Resort||Nichols||FanDuel|
|Yellow Brick Road Casino||Chittenango||Caesars|
|Point Place Casino||Bridgeport||Caesars|
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New York Sports Betting FAQ
☝️Is sports betting legal in New York ?
Sports betting is legal in New York and recently saw the rollout of mobile wagering apps to simplify and enhance the experience.
☝️How old do I need to be to bet on sports in New York ?
Betting on sports in New York is legal to persons aged 21 and older.
☝️Will NY Residents pay taxes on betting?
Yes. Even though New York takes the biggest cut of online sports betting revenue of any state in the union, winnings from sports gambling are taxable income. So be prepared for Uncle Sam and your friends in Albany to ask for their taste. Also, you’re responsible for keeping track of your winnings.
☝️Where can I bet at New York sportsbooks?
Many of the commercial casinos and tribal casinos in New York offer retail sportsbooks. But as long as you have internet access, you can place sports wagers anywhere in the state through several websites and apps.
☝️Are there NY sports betting apps?
Yes. In New York, mobile wagering will be the preferred way to bet on sports, surpassing retail sportsbooks quickly.
☝️Will I need to be a NY resident to bet online?
No. You only need to be in New York and at least 21 years old.
☝️Who can offer New York sports betting?
The commercial casinos and racinos have been operating retail sportsbooks for a while now. In the first round of licenses, nine mobile wagering operators have been given the go ahead to start taking legal bets.
☝️When will sports betting launch in NY?
It’s here, baby. Four NY sportsbooks opened their virtual doors in January of 2022.
New York sports betting news
New York sports betting FAQs
What is the legal sports betting age in New York?
In order to bet on sports in New York, you will have to be 21 years old or older.
Is mobile sports betting legal in New York?
Yes, mobile sports betting is now legal in New York. Nine operators have been approved and will launch their mobile sportsbooks in early 2022.
Can you bet on sports using a mobile phone inside a sportsbook?
Yes, certain sportsbooks in New York will have mobile sports betting apps that you can only use while you’re inside the premises. As soon as you leave the casino the apps they provide will not accept any wagers.
Can you bet on the Syracuse Orange?
Unfortunately, betting on collegiate sports teams or players that are based within New York are not allowed by state law. Collegiate sporting events that take place in New York are also not allowed. You can bet on those teams and events if you travel to neighboring states such as Pennsylvania or New Jersey.
New York casinos authorized to launch sports betting
The four state-licensed, commercial casinos in upstate New York have each appointed a sports betting partner and have on-site sportsbook facilities that are currently operational. These are:
- The Rivers Casino & Rush Street Gaming, in Schenectady, opened on July 16, 2019.
- Tioga Downs & FanDuel,in Nichols. opened on July 19, 2019.
- The del Lago Casino & DraftKings, in Seneca County, opened on August 23, 2019.
- The Resorts World Catskills Casino & Bet365, in Monticello, opened on September 5, 2019.
Over and above these, the Oneida Indian Nation has entered into a partnership with Caesars Entertainment. Under the terms of the deal, the Oneida launched Caesars-branded sportsbooks in their central New York casinos during the Summer of 2019.
The Oneida Indian Nation New York sportsbooks are located as follows:
- Turning Stone Resort Casino, Oneida County, opened on August 1, 2019.
- Yellow Brick Road Casino, Madison County, opened on September 4, 2019.
- Point Place Casino, Madison County, opened on August 1, 2019.
The Saint Regis Mohawk Nation announced in July 2019 that it planned to open an on-site sportsbook at its Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Franklin County on the Canadian border by late summer or early fall 2019.
That casino eventually accepted its first sports wager in late November of 2019. The Sticks Sports Book and Grill is currently under construction at that venue. Once it is completed, the casino will have a better viewing area to watch all the games that gamblers bet on.
The Seneca Nation has also completed the process of offering legal sports betting at its three Western New York casinos in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Salamanca.
The tribe has launched a sportsbook at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, and Niagara Resort & Casino. Their N.Y. sportsbooks opened despite an outstanding revenue-sharing dispute with the state.
New York mobile sports betting efforts in 2021
In a shocking turn of events, Governor Cuomo announced at his state of the state address in January the support of legal recreational marijuana and online sports betting in New York.
Despite being opposed to the idea for years, the impact COVID-19 closures have had on the state budget call for revenue to come from all possible sources. But, Governor Cuomo has announced he’d like to have a single operator marketplace like the state lotto, rather than doing it through the state casinos.
This is unlike the bills that Senator Joseph Addabbo and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow filed in the state legislature. Senate Bill 1183 and Assembly Bill 1257 are the exact same and would require online sportsbooks in New York to tether to a retail casino similar to how it works in New Jersey.
The State Assembly did include mobile sports betting within the New York fiscal budget in March, pointing to favorable signs that a bill will be passed this year.
They passed the budget under the assumption that Governor Cuomo would get his way and only two online sportsbooks would be permitted to do business by partnering directly with the state lottery.
This all but guarantees that the state legislature will pass a bill legalizing exactly that. In the meantime, the New York State Gaming Commission has already started to work on the required regulatory processes needed for a successful launch sometime in late 2021 or early 2022.
The Commission has since revealed that it is on target to meet its July 1st deadline for opening the application/bidding process. On that date, the Commission will start accepting bids from operators aiming to be one of the two state-licensed betting platform providers in New York.
The Commission will accept bids for a period of 30 days before then taking a further 150 days to select the winning bids. Any operator applying for an online sports betting license will need to run their online apps and services through the state-licensed platforms.
Platform providers can also serve as a sports betting operator. That means that if a supplier such as William Hill were to become a platform provider, the company could also run an online sportsbook of its own in the state.
The minimum tax rate set for platform providers is 13%, but this is expected to rise in the bidding process. In fact. Governor Cuomo has intimated that he expects the rate to jump to around 50%.
Once the bidding process and all other regulatory measures are in place, the state hopes to launch in early 2022 although Senator Joseph Addabbo has suggested that sportsbooks be allowed to take some bets in late 2021 to ensure that there are no hiccups on the official launch date.
The Governor hopes that the official launch date will be some time ahead of the Super Bowl on February 13th, 2022.
Offshore sports betting apps jump ship
2021 also saw some offshore betting apps remove their services from New York State.
Bovada announced in late May that it would cease its New York sports betting operations on June 21st. The company made the announcement to its players registered in New York via email saying that all futures bets for events after June 21st would be refunded. Bovada’s sister site, Cafe Casino has also opted to cease offering its services within the state.
The company has stated that it has decided to leave the state due to newly introduced restrictions on players within the state. It’s believed that Bovada along with other offshore betting sites currently accepting wagers from New York residents may face legal action once the state’s licensed operators launch. This is highly likely as the state will no doubt look to protect tax revenues from licensed mobile sportsbooks.
Mobile sports betting approval process finally ends
Following a lengthy process that saw three separate consortiums of sports betting operators submit applications, the New York State Gaming Commission finally announced in November that it had approved licenses for two bids.
The successful consortiums were:
DraftKings, FanDuel, Bally Sports, BetMGM
PointsBet, Caesars, WynnBet, Kambi, Resorts World
All nine operators are now approved to launch mobile sports betting products.
The initial tax rate is set at 51% for nine operators. However, according to legislation, this tax rate will drop to 50% if a tenth operator is approved and down to 35% if thirteen or more operators are licensed in the state.
Although a third bid made by Fanatics and Barstool Sports/ Penn National Gaming has yet to be approved, there has been no indication as of yet as to whether or not the Gaming Commission intends to issue more licenses.
No official launch date has been given for the launch of mobile sports betting but it is expected to be sometime in early 2022.