Four upstate New York casinos have been patiently waiting to see if they can move ahead with licensing later in the summer to offer NY sports betting, and the delay may finally be coming to an end.
On June 10, the New York Gaming Commission approved a set of regulations that will place casinos on a trajectory toward receiving wagering licenses by summer 2019 and offering NY sports betting at the following four land-based casinos:
The commission’s approval of NY sports betting regulations comes more than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a ban on sports betting and almost a full year after neighboring NJ sports betting has launched and taken off like a rocketship. As a result, many NY sports betting players have crossed the border in order to place wagers in The Garden State, which has pulled in over $15 million in revenue in 2019. PA online casinos will be live soon, but are officially getting in on the sports betting action as land-based sportsbooks have started their launch of PA online sports betting.
The newly-approved regulations in New York still need to be published in the state register before licenses are approved for each individual land-based casino, which include the four upstate venues as well as New York’s Native American casinos, which will also be able to offer NY sports betting. New York joins the growing list of states to legalize sports betting:
- New Jersey (including NJ sports betting online)
- Pennsylvania (PA online sports betting coming soon)
- Indiana (IN online sports betting coming soon)
- West Virginia (WV online sports betting currently on hold)
- Rhode Island (RI online sports betting coming soon)
- Delaware (DE online sports betting to be expected)
- Mississippi (MS online sports betting coming soon)
- Montana (Montana online sports betting coming soon)
- Iowa (Iowa online sports betting coming soon)
- Tennessee (Tennessee online sports betting coming soon)
- New Mexico
Will There Be New York Online Sports Betting Soon?
Even though it looks like the plan for NY sports betting at these land-based casinos will eventually be finalized and licenses will be given by the end of the summer, NY mobile sports betting appears stuck in quicksand. With the New York legislative session ending on June 19 and Governor Andrew Cuomo stating that allowing mobile sports betting in New York would be illegal without amending the state's constitution, it may be awhile until you hear about any progress with NY online sports betting.
Current NY Mobile Sports Betting Bill Could Turn Famous NYC Arenas Into NY Sportsbooks
Based on an amendment filed by State Sen. Joseph Addabbo to the current NY mobile sports betting bill (Senate Bill 17), in-person sports betting could occur at professional arenas and stadiums that are featured in counties that don't have a casino. This puts the spotlight on three main venues in New York City that could become an affiliate that would allow NY sports betting at more locations than just the four casinos upstate named above. Those potential locations are:
- Madison Square Garden (located in Manhattan)
- Yankee Stadium (located in The Bronx)
- Barclays Center (located in Brooklyn)
This amendment would not be extended to locations such as Citi Field in Queens and Nassau Coliseum on Long Island because the counties they're located in would already have affiliates who may qualify in the future for sports betting in New York.
Much like NJ sports betting, where bettors can use their smartphones to place bets at MetLife Stadium and the Prudential Center, it seems that this form of mobile sports betting would be allowed at these locations as well if the bill passed as-is. However, those affiliate locations would also qualify for NY sports betting kiosks or betting terminals allowing people to walk up and wager while at the stadium or arena. While there is not a lot of time left in the New York legislative session, we will keep up with the latest news and updates in the hopes that New York mobile sports betting finally goes live.