New York Online Sports Betting – News and Updates on Sports Betting Legislation
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Like Pennsylvania, New York is off to a rocky start in the new world of legal sports betting in the United States. Despite the fall of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) in May 2018, New York does not currently have any legal sports betting operators up and running. Meanwhile, nearby New Jersey began taking bets in June 2018, and sportsbooks have also launched in Delaware, West Virginia and Mississippi.
In 2013, New York passed a law that legalized sports betting at four of its casinos, but this bill lay dormant due to the presence of PASPA. After the fall of PASPA, legislation for full scale-sports betting in New York was tabled, but surprisingly, it failed to pass in 2018. New York lawmakers are trying to get legislation passed in 2019, but is running into complications coming to a consensus on particulars. The main roadblock is allowing mobile/online sports betting.
In the meantime, we’re happy to be your main resource for New York sports betting news and information! Check back often as we’ll have more New York sports betting content on RotoGrinders, including updates on legislation and regulations, and New York online sportsbook reviews.
New York Casino and Racetrack Sportsbook Operators
|Casino/Racetrack||Sportsbook||Sports Betting Service Provider||Launch Date|
|Del Lago Resort & Casino||TBD||DraftKings||TBD|
|Resorts World Catskills||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Rivers Casino & Resort||TBD||Kambi||TBD|
|Tioga Downs Casino||TBD||The FanDuel Group||TBD|
New York Sports Betting Legislative Landscape
Legal sports betting in New York is currently in flux. The statehouse failed to pass a bill in 2018, but negotiations are in full swing here in 2019, but being held up with particulars, mainly the addition of online/mobile wagering.
Here is a brief snapshot of New York’s legislative landscape as it pertains to sports betting:
- Sports betting is technically legal in the New York’s four upstate commercial casinos, as with the fall of PASPA, there is no longer a legal barrier
- Despite the legality of sports betting, New York lawmakers have failed to agree on an updated and expanded bill
- Additionally, the NYS Gaming Commission has yet to move forward with regulations, though the group says it is ready to act quickly once a law is put into place
- A large group of New York lawmakers wishes to meet the professional sports leagues’ request for integrity fees – which is one of the main reasons for slow legislative progress
- Two seperate, but similar bills have been filed, one in the senate, one in the house.
- Under the Addabo/Pretlow bill, online sports betting would be allowed by a third party operating under a licensed New York Casino. DraftKings and FanDuel would be the biggest beneficiaries of this bill.
- Also under the same bill, would allow for New York City casinos to allow sports betting.
- Licenses would cost $15 million (the largest we’ve seen in the US so far) but would be taxed at a modest 8.5%.
- Integrity fees to professional sports leagues is also holding up progress. It would be the first state to have integrity fees, and would be 0.2% of total betting handle. This is different than profit, and could amount to a lot of money coming out of casino profit.
- Some legislators believe that the state would need to add an amendment to the state constitution to allow for sports betting online, while others believe its just an addition to an existing game. This will either have to be answered by the Governors office, or in the courts.
- New York is $2.3 billion short on their budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which may make sports betting a very hot topic in the coming months.
New York’s Sports Betting History
As with every other state except Nevada, New York’s sports betting history starts with PASPA. Outside of horseracing, there has never been sports betting in New York state.
In 2009, Senator Eric Adams introduced New York’s first sports betting bill, S 6061. Adams’ proposed that sports betting be allowed at the state’s racetracks and off-track betting establishments. Unfortunately, the bill stalled.
New York revisited sports betting in 2011, when three similar bills were introduced: S 3708 by Adams, A 10464 by Assemblyman David Weprin and S 7401 by Senator Tony Avella. Once again, none of the bills gained full support.
2013 was a big year for sports betting in New York. The state held a referendum during 2013’s vote, asking voters to pass a sports betting amendment that would permit its four new upstate casinos to offer a wide range of sports betting. 57% of voters supported the amendment, and it passed.
Sports betting bills did not fare so well in 2013, however, as new bills were introduced, gained mild traction, but ultimately failed.
As DFS players already know, 2015 and 2016 were messy years for New York and sports gambling. The state decided to take a closer look at the legality of DFS, putting the onus on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The AG decided that like sports betting, DFS was against New York state law, and ordered DraftKings and FanDuel to stop operations in the state. Although New York went on to pass fantasy sports laws in 2016, every sports betting bill that was introduced, or re-introduced, once again stalled.
2018 brought more of the same for New York and sports betting. Despite the fall of PASPA, which essentially opened the door to legal sports betting in New York, the state is still stuck trying to agree upon sports betting legislation so the NYS Gaming Commission can put forth regulations for the industry. Sports betting legislation talks are heating up in 2019, with hopes of sports betting beginning this year, but New York does seem to have a long road ahead with much to be discussed including integrity fees, online/mobile wagering and expanding to casinos in New York City.
New York Sports Betting FAQs
When did it become legal to bet on sports in New York?
Sports betting became legal in New York on May 14, 2018, the day the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. New York had previously amended state law in 2013, when a statewide sports betting referendum gained 57% of voter support and was put into law
Despite being entirely legal in at least four of New York’s upstate casinos, there are currently no active sports betting operators in New York.
Where can I place a sports bet in New York?
There are currently no active sports betting operators in New York. These are the casinos and racinos that may offer sports betting at a future date:
- Del Lago Resort & Casino
- Resorts World Catskills
- Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady
- Tioga Downs Casino
What sports can I bet on in New York?
Bets will most likely be accepted for all professional sports and collegiate sports.
What types of bets can I make in New York?
As New York has yet to pass sports betting legislation, which in turn means the NYS Gaming Commission isn’t able to create regulations, this is currently unknown. But it’s reasonable to expect the following sports bets to be allowed, once New York gets its ducks in a row:
- Exchange wagering
- Straight wagers
Given that both DFS and sports betting are legal in New York, will we see any hybrid games offered in the near future?
Like in New Jersey, where Resorts and DraftKings are partners, and The FanDuel Group is aligned with Meadowlands Racetrack for sports betting, the sports betting and DFS worlds have collided in New York. DraftKings has an agreement in place with Del Lago, and The FanDuel Group has formed a partnership with Tioga Downs.
Unlike New Jersey, these partnerships are not yet active, as New York lawmakers have not yet agreed on sports betting legislation.
As we said about New Jersey, though, it’s a foregone conclusion that we eventually see DFS-sports betting hybrid games in New York. In speaking to The Athletic for a recent article (paywall), Rotogrinders’ own Cal Spears mused about the kind of crossover contests that might be offered, and the reasons why DraftKings and FanDuel are the ones to do it:
“Say, on a Sunday, you make 15 different NFL bets, but you make them against 100,000 other people,” Spears said. “Sort of like a parlay, but against others. If you pick the Patriots (as a 7-point favorite), you hit for 1 point, but if you pick their opponent (as a 7-point underdog) you get 7 points. Then add up all the points. That’s a really complicated thing to do, because you have 100,000 concurrent users hitting your server, making teams, hitting your database – but (DraftKings and FanDuel) are already set up to do that. I think they might have an edge running different formats that other people would struggle to justify even writing the first line of code for.”