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. On Nov. 8, the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) approved nine sportsbooks for mobile wagering across two coalitions.

Popular sportsbooks such as DraftKings Sportsbook, BetMGM, and Caesars Sportsbook will be available online in the state. They have temporary mobile sports betting licenses while the rest of the process becomes finalized.

New York online sports betting is expected to launch in a few months, in time for the 2022 Super Bowl 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, Pennsylvania, or Connecticut 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.

When Will Legal Online Sports Betting Come To New York?

Sports betting apps are on track to launch before Super Bowl LVI on February 13, 2022. With the approval of temporary licenses, some operators may be able to launch in time for the playoffs in January. Official sports wagering regulations are expected to be published on Nov. 24, which would be the official date that sportsbooks are legal to go live.

However, there are additional requirements needed before that happens. Online sportsbooks will run through a handful of casinos in New York. Once this is set up and meets all regulations and standards, online wagering should finally be available.

Back in April 2021, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that effectively legalized online sports betting in New York State. 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. Instead, the online sports betting market will 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.

What Sportsbook Apps Will Be Available In New York?

Two coalitions received licenses for online operation in New York, making up two of the six total applications received. These were received during the Request For Applications (RFA) process between July 12 and August 9. The FanDuel Sportsbook group consisted of four skins while one of the Kambi groups had five. Here are the apps that will be available when online sports betting goes live:

For the Kambi application, two Indian nations are stakeholders (Oneida and Akwesasne) along with the various partners. The FanDuel bid features partnerships with the Seneca Nation of Indians and the YES Network. It also includes various local professional teams, such as the New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills.

All of the sportsbooks have agreed to a 51% tax rate on their gross sports betting revenue. Licenses will be in effect for 10 years with that specific tax rate.

The following bids did not receive a license from the state: a separate Kambi coalition featuring Barstool Sportsbook and Fanatics Sportsbook, bet365, FOXBet, and theScore Bet.

Current Sports Betting Partnerships In New York State

The following casino owners have connections with popular sportsbook options. Here are notable partnerships across the state.

Del Lago Casino Resort – 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 helped it become an online sportsbook operator in the state alongside Caesars and FanDuel.

Oneida Indian Nation – Caesars Sportsbook

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

  • Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona
  • Yellow Brick Road (YBR) Casino & Sports Book in Chittenango
  • Point Place Casino in Bridgeport

Caesars owns the well-known Vegas sportsbook, William Hill, which it rebranded to Caesars Sportsbook in August 2021. At each casino, you can find a Caesars Sportsbook retail location. The Oneida Indian Nation is listed as a stakeholder for the Kambi Group in New York online sports betting.

Tioga Downs – FanDuel Sportsbook

You can bet on sports in-person at the FanDuel Sportsbook at Tioga Downs in Nichols. You can also play FanDuel DFS online in New York State. Like DraftKings, FanDuel Sportsbook is available in almost all states with legal online sports betting. FanDuel was the primary applicant for one of the two winning groups, which features partnerships with various operators and professional sports teams.

Rivers Casino Schenectady – 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 a number of states with online sports betting. Rush Street Gaming was named among the online licensees in New York, likely paving the way for an eventual online BetRivers launch.

Resorts World Catskills – 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 launches 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.

Resorts World Catskills is part of the Kambi Group coalition for online sports betting (Resorts World Bet). However, bet365 was left out of the two consortiums and failed to receive an online license. As they offer the closest in-state retail sportsbook to New York City, the physical location will likely remain a top destination for sports bettors in the state.

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino – IGT PlaySports

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg offers a sportsbook powered by IGT PlaySports. While IGT (International Game Technology) powers a wide range of online betting products, its presence in the US compared to its competing New York state brands is certainly lesser known. The Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne is listed as a stakeholder with the winning Kambi coalition.

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

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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.

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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 might be early in 2022. While online sports betting has been approved in New York, regulators must pick and then approve sportsbook operators and decide how they’ll share revenue with the state.

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. 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 is giving licenses to two coalitions featuring nine total sportsbook platforms. Most of the operators are brand name companies, such as DraftKings, FanDuel, BetRivers, and Caesars. Gross sports betting revenue will be taxed at 51% and the licenses will exist for 10 years.

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 licenses 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.