On Monday, Jan. 28, The New York State Gaming Commission gave preliminary approval for regulations on NY sports betting. The approval does not include online sports betting. The approval would be for NY sportsbooks at these four casinos:
- del Lago Sportsbook (partnered with DraftKings Sportsbook)
- Tioga Downs Sportsbook (partnered with FanDuel Sportsbook)
- Rivers Sportsbook (partnered with Rush Street Interactive - who operates SugarHouse Sportsbook)
- Resorts World Sportsbook (partnered with Bet365)
These four casinos are allowed to offer sports betting in part to a 2013 voter referendum. These casinos are located in upstate New York. The Gaming Commission has yet to allow any sort of sports betting for New York City establishments, such as Resorts World Casino located in Jamaica, NY.
The legalization is pending a 60-day public comment period and NY sports betting could arrive as soon as April.
NY Online Sports Betting On Hold
The NYS Gaming Commission’s preliminary approval did not include online sports betting. In fact, certain parties believe New York would need to amend the state’s constitution in order to offer mobile sports wagering. The budget director for Gov. Cuomo suggested that a constitutional amendment would have to be passed in order to allow NY sports betting outside of private and tribal casinos. But there are those who disagree.
Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. believes no new legislation needs to be passed in order to allow online sports betting. Addabbo believes if a customer signs up with one of the casinos that offers sports betting, this should be enough to satisfy the current interpretation of the law. Assemblyman Gary Pretlow also plans to argue for online sports betting and is expected to put forth a bill that includes such language.
If it is determined that New York needs a constitutional amendment, it could take up to three years before NY online sports betting becomes operational in the state.
Turning Stone Sportsbook Ready To Launch After Partnering With Caesars
After striking a deal with Caesars, the Oneida Indian Nation are expected to launch a Turning Stone Sportsbook, Yellow Brick Road Sportsbook in Chittenango and Point Place Sportsbook in 2019. The venue will be called “The Lounge with Caesars Sports” and is for in-person sports betting only. In fact, Turning Stone Sportsbook has already been built in anticipation of NY sports betting becoming legal this year.
The deal is pending approval by the National Indian Gaming Commission. If approved, NY sports bettors will be able to place sports bets at these sportsbooks. The New York State Gaming Commission will regulate the sports betting, including which sports will be allowed to take bets.