New York Online Gambling

New York offers in-person gambling at many locations throughout the state. New York will also launch online sports betting in the coming months, but no sportsbook apps are available yet.

New York online sports betting is expected to launch by the end of 2021, so it will almost certainly be available in time for the 2022 Super Bowl LVI and March Madness.

In the meantime, New York sports bettors can visit retail sportsbooks inside tribal casinos in Upstate New York. The southernmost location is Resorts World Catskills. 

Another option is to cross the border into New Jersey or Pennsylvania to bet on sports online via the many legal sports betting apps. The only requirement is that you’re at least 21 years old and physically inside state lines when placing a bet.

Current Sports Betting Partnerships In New York State

Oneida Indian Nation And Caesar Sports

The Oneida Indian Nation owns three casinos in New York State:

  • Turning Stone Resort Casino
  • Yellow Brick Road Casino & Sports Book
  • Point Place Casino & Sports Book

At each location, you can find a Caesars Sports retail sportsbook location. That makes Caesars Sports a likely operator for New York online sports betting.

Caesars also owns the well-known Vegas sportsbook, William Hill, which it plans to rebrand to Caesars Sports by the end of 2021.

Del Lago Casino Resort And DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings is available in almost all states with legal online sports betting. It has an existing partnership with del Lago Casino Resort of the Finger Lakes region, and DraftKings Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is already available online in New York. That combination makes it the most likely choice as an online sportsbook operator alongside Caesars and FanDuel.

Tioga Downs And FanDuel Sportsbook

You can bet on sports in-person at the FanDuel Sportsbook in Tioga Downs of Nichols, NY. You can also play FanDuel DFS online in New York State, and like DraftKings, FanDuel Sportsbook is available in almost all states with legal online sports betting.

We would be shocked if at least one of the two New York online sportsbooks weren’t FanDuel, DraftKings, or Caesars. Most likely, two of the three will be selected.

Rivers Casino Schenectady And Rush Street Gaming (BetRivers)

Rush Street Gaming, which owns BetRivers, operates Rivers Casino Schenectady, where you can bet on sports at the retail Rivers Sportsbook. 

The BetRivers app is available in most states with online sports betting. This makes it a somewhat likely choice as a New York sports betting operator. However, the BetRivers app is poorly rated compared to other legal sportsbook apps, which could very well count against it in the selection process.

Resorts World Catskills And Bet365

Resorts World Catskills partnered with Bet365 (among other online betting operators such as IGT) to preemptively lock in market access for when New York State launched online sports betting. But that was in the hopes of the casino-style sports betting market rather than the eventual state-run model that the state is going with.

It would come as a surprise if Bet365 beat out the bigger names to become one of the two sports betting operators in the state. But Resorts World Catskills offers the closest in-state retail sportsbook to New York City, so it will likely remain a top destination for sports bettors regardless.

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino And IGT

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg offers a sportsbook powered by IGT PlaySports. While IGT powers a wide range of online betting products, its presence in the US compared to its competing New York State brands makes it an even bigger longshot as an in-state sportsbook operator than Bet365.

When Will Legal Online Sports Betting Come To New York?

In April 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that effectively legalized online sports betting in New York State. The expected revenue from sportsbook apps and websites is included in the 2022 budget proposal, which is why we expect the platforms to launch by the end of 2021.

New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo, long-time sports betting proponent, fought tooth and nail for a casino-style market in several proposals. One of the most promising would have allowed every brick-and-mortar casino in the state to partner with two online sports betting operators each. 

Unfortunately, the online sports betting market will instead be run by two operators total, each of which may launch a minimum of four “skins,” or online sports betting platforms. The operators will also have a revenue-sharing model with the state, but those specifics are still being hammered out by regulators.

New York Sports Betting Versus The Neighboring States

New York State’s gambling market pales in comparison to its neighbors, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In both places, anyone over 21 can bet online in every category: sportsbook apps, online casinos, and poker sites.

New Yorkers are also legally allowed to bet via any Pennsylvania and New Jersey online gambling platform. You just need to be physically within state lines to place real-money wagers, but neither state has residency requirements.

To make matters worse for New Yorkers, all retail sportsbooks are located Upstate. Rather than make that trek, it’s far easier for folks in New York City to cross the border into New Jersey to place sports bets. 

You can go from Manhattan to Hoboken in under 20 minutes via public transport. Manhattan to Resorts World Catskills can take upwards of two hours. And that’s if you have a car.

No wonder New York loses millions in sports betting revenue to New Jersey. Hopefully, for both the state’s budget and the convenience of New York sports bettors, the in-state operators will compete well in terms of odds and promotions. If not, New York will continue to play second fiddle to its neighbors.

What Online Gambling Options Are Available In New York Right Now?

You can win money online legally in New York State. Your options include the following:

  • Sweepstakes Poker Sites
  • Sweepstakes Casinos
  • Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS)
  • Horse Race Betting

Sweepstakes Poker Sites

Global Poker is a high-quality sweepstakes poker site that accepts players from the US and Canada except for those in the State of Washington and Quebec. That means you can play against countless opponents every day. 

Rather than betting with cash, Global Poker players play using Sweeps Coins that can be directly exchanged for cash prizes. For that reason, Global Poker is popular even in states with legal online poker sites, such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The signup bonus at Global Poker is 20 Sweeps Coins for verifying your email. The minimum number of Sweeps Coins for a cash prize is 50.

Sweepstakes Casinos

Sweepstakes casinos have the same structure as sweepstakes poker in that you risk Sweeps Coins in the hopes of winning more. If you win enough, you can exchange them for cash prizes. Sweepstakes casinos, also known as social casinos, offer mostly slots, although Chumba Casino has some table games.

Here are the three best sweepstakes casinos:

  • Chumba Casino: New members receive 2 Sweeps Coins as well as a free Sweeps Coin every 24 hours upon login.
  • LuckyLand: The signup bonus is 10 Sweeps Coins at this slots-only casino, but the login bonus is 0.3 coins.
  • Funzpoints: Welcome bonus is 2.5 Sweeps Coins, and it offers both Sweeps exchanges for cash prizes as well as lottery-style random draw games.

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS)

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) involves selecting athletes within a “salary cap” to create a team. Your team earns points based on how those athletes perform in real-life games. If your team does better than other players on the DFS app, you win a cash prize. To participate, you pay entry fees that start as low as $1.

Some of the top DFS platforms available in New York State include:

  • FanDuel DFS: Signup bonus is $5 for verifying an account and $5 for making a deposit.
  • DraftKings DFS: Welcome bonus of $20 after making a minimum $5 deposit.
  • Monkey Knife Fight: The signup offer is $10 for any deposit and a 100% first deposit match up to $50.
  • PrizePicks: Welcome offer is a 25% first deposit bonus up to $1,000.

Horse Race Betting

It is legal for anyone 18 and older to bet on the horses at legal horse race betting sites in New York State. One of the most popular is New York Racing Association’s NYRA Bets, but other high-quality options include TVG and TwinSpires.

Horse race betting sites also usually have integrated live streaming for every event offered. You can also bet on international horse races, not just those taking place in North America like the Kentucky Derby. For example, TVG, NYRA Bets, and TwinSpires were all taking bets on the 2021 Saudi Cup, which boasts a $20 million purse.

New York’s Online Sports Betting Promotions

When New York online sports betting launches, we can expect the following bonus offers:

  • Risk-Free Bet: The most common sports betting app welcome offer is the risk-free bet. If you win, you receive your winnings. If you lose, you get your wager back in either a free bet of equal value or in betting credits. For example, FanDuel Sportsbook offers a risk-free bet of up to $1,000.
  • First-Bet Match: Rather than refunding the first bet, some sportsbooks will simply give you a free bet equal to your first real-money wager. For example, WynnBET Sportsbook offers a first-bet match up to $500.
  • Deposit Bonus: A few sportsbooks will match your first deposit by a percentage up to a maximum amount. For example, BetRivers Sportsbook offers a 100% deposit match up to $250.
  • No-Deposit Signup Bonus: A somewhat uncommon offer is the no-deposit bonus, which gives you betting credits just for verifying your account, no deposit required.

All New York sports betting bonuses and promotions will have terms and conditions. Read through them before opting in. Key terms include the following:

  • Playthrough/Wagering Requirements: The number of times you have to wager the bonus amount before winnings can be withdrawn. For example, a $100 bonus with 5x wagering requirements means you have to bet a total of $500 before you can withdraw associated winnings.
  • Time Limitations: You usually have to use a free bet or betting credits within a specified amount of time. The timeline can range from seven days to a few months depending on the size and nature of the bonus.
  • Minimum Odds: Usually, risk-free bets and free bets can only be used on lines with odds -200 to -150 or longer, but it varies between the sites.

FAQs About Online Betting In New York

Is online sports betting legal in New York State?

Not yet, but it will be before the end of 2021. While online sports betting has been approved in New York State, regulators must approve two sportsbook operators and decide how they’ll share revenue with the state. The most likely timeline for online sports betting launch is Fall 2021.

Are online casinos legal in New York State?

No, online casinos are not legal in New York State. Any website that accepts real-money bets from players located in New York is operating illegally and is therefore unsafe. New Yorkers can visit New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, or West Virginia to play at safe, legally-licensed online casinos.

What is the age requirement for sports betting in New York?

18 or 21. The age requirement for some sportsbooks located in tribal casinos in Upstate New York is 18 and up.; however, the sports betting age for all commercial casinos is 21 and up, and online sportsbooks will require all players to be at least 21 years old.

Who will operate online sports betting in New York?

New York State will partner with two online sports betting operators to launch at least eight platforms. The operators have not been announced yet but will likely be a major sports-betting brand, such as DraftKings, FanDuel, BetRivers, or Caesars Sports. The precise revenue-sharing model has not been announced either.

How can I deposit and withdraw at a New York sports betting app?

Deposit methods at New York sports betting apps will include debit cards, credit cards, online bank transfers, PayPal, and more. You will be able to cash out using many of the same methods, particularly PayPal and online bank transfer. Sports betting apps may also accept deposits and withdrawals at the casino cage of partnering retail sportsbooks as well.

Who regulates online sports betting in New York?

The New York State Gaming Commission. The Commission is in charge of selecting the two online sports betting operators in the state as well as enforcing ongoing sports betting regulations. Despite earlier talks of the possibility, the New York Lottery will not be involved in sports betting.

About the Author

Mike Epifani

Mike Epifani (shown here at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas) is an experienced online gambling writer who specializes in online casinos and sports betting sites. From the nuances of bonus offers to winning strategies and beyond, his insights have helped countless remote bettors keep more of their money while having fun and staying safe.