Looking for New York’s best online betting sites? Here’s the info you need on legal sports betting in NY, including where, when, and how to bet online.
Can you bet on sports in New York? Absolutely. In-person wagering is available at retail sportsbooks in brick-and-mortar casinos and legal online betting is just around the corner. There’s never been a better time to find out more, and that’s where this guide to online sports betting in New York comes in. We tell you all you need to know about the imminent launch of legal sports wagering in the state, so you’ll be all set to enjoy a memorable online sportsbook experience when it goes live.
Are online betting sites legal in New York?
Online betting sites are legal in New York – but they aren’t live and accepting bets yet. State lawmakers approved online and mobile sports betting in April 2021, and several months later it was revealed which online sportsbooks had been given the go-ahead for operating in the state. Nine operators have made the cut: FanDuel, DraftKings, Caesars, BetMGM, PointsBet, BetRivers, WynnBET, BallyBet, and Resorts World. Tipsters expect online sports betting sites to arrive in the Empire State before the Super Bowl in February 2022.
As with other forms of NY gambling – including in-person sports betting and gambling at the state’s land-based casinos – the New York State Gaming Commission (NYGC) will regulate New York online betting sites. This oversight will ensure that online sportsbooks operate transparently and provide safe and fair gambling spaces for customers. Under New York betting laws, online sports bettors need to be at least 21 and physically located within state boundaries to place legal bets.
Are offshore gambling sites legal in New York?
It’s possible to find offshore gambling sites that accept New York bettors, but we don’t advise it. The problem with offshore sportsbooks isn’t simply that they don’t hold a license from the New York State Gaming Commission – there’s no assurance that these sites are regulated by a reputable gambling authority anywhere in the world. There are also no guarantees these sites will treat you fairly, much less handle your details securely or process any payouts promptly.
If a site without a sports betting operator license in NY accepts your bets, it’s doing so illegally, so it’s not a good sign that the sportsbook will act lawfully in other areas. For these reasons, we don’t recommend that you bet with offshore sportsbooks.
Where can I place bets on sporting events in New York?
In-person sports betting is very much on the cards in New York. Here’s where the action is.
|Rivers Casino Schenectady||Commercial||1 Rush Street, Schenectady, NY 12305|
|Tioga Downs||Commercial||2384 W River Rd, Nichols, NY 13812|
|Del Lago Casino Resort||Commercial||1133 NY-414, Waterloo, NY 13165|
|Resorts World Catskills||Commercial||888 Resorts World Dr, Monticello, NY 12701|
|Akwesasne Mohawk Casino||Tribal||873 NY-37, Hogansburg, NY 13655|
|Turning Stone Resort||Tribal||5218 Patrick Road, Verona, NY13478|
|Yellow Brick Road Casino||Tribal||800 W Genesee St, Chittenango, NY 13037|
|Point Place Casino||Tribal||450 NY-31, Bridgeport, NY 13030|
|Seneca Niagara Resort||Tribal||310 4th St, Niagara Falls, NY 14303|
|Seneca Allegany Resort||Tribal||777 Seneca Allegany Blvd, Salamanca, NY 14779|
|Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino||Tribal||1 Fulton St, Buffalo, NY 14204|
Which sports can I bet on in New York?
You can find action on a huge variety of sports at New York’s retail sportsbooks, and the same will apply to online betting options soon. Here are just some of the sports betting options on offer.
- Football (incl. NFL)
- Basketball (incl. NBA)
- Baseball (incl. MLB)
- Hockey (incl. NHL)
- Soccer (incl. MLS)
- Motorsports (incl. NASCAR)
You’re allowed to bet on college sports, but you can’t wager on any college sports event that takes place within the Empire State. You’re also not permitted to bet on any event where participants include New York college sports teams like the Buffalo Bulls or Wagner Seahawks, no matter where the event takes place.
Local sports teams to bet on
There’s an impressive line-up of professional sports teams in New York. Here are some of the top-flight teams based in the Empire State – note while the NFL’s Jets and Giants both carry the New York label, their shared stadium is located in New Jersey.
- New York Yankees (MLB)
- New York Mets (MLB)
- New York Rangers (NHL)
- New York Islanders (NHL)
- New York Knicks (NBA)
- Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
- New York City FC (MLS)
- Buffalo Bills (NFL)
History of gambling in New York
Here are some of the key steps on the road to legal sports betting in New York.
2013 – The Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act (S5883) is passed, which lays the groundwork for land-based sports betting in the state, in the event of a change in federal law.
2018 – The US Supreme Court overturns the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) in May. This means that individual states now have the right to decide whether or not to legalize sports betting within their borders.
2019 – New York’s first retail sportsbook opens at Rivers Casino Resort in July. By the end of the year, sportsbooks have opened at other commercial and Native American tribal casinos in the Empire State.
2021 – In April, state legislators pass a bill that will allow for legal online betting in New York. In November, the New York State Gaming Commission (NYGC) awards licenses to nine different online sportsbooks, each receiving a ten-year permit to offer legal online wagering to New Yorkers and agreeing to a 51% tax rate.
Problem gambling support in New York
Problem gambling habits can affect people from all walks of life and can be devastating if allowed to get out of hand. If you notice that you are habitually spending more money or time than you planned to on gambling, perhaps neglecting work commitments or relationships to do so, then you might consider reaching out to one of the following organizations for advice.
New York Council on Problem Gambling
National Council on Problem Gambling
Can’t wait to bet online in New York?
Be sure to check back with us here at Gambling Spotlight. We’ll keep this page updated with the latest information about the best online betting sites in New York. As soon as the sites go live, we’ll be quick to update you about sportsbook welcome offers, markets, and more.
Is online betting legal in New York?
Online betting is indeed legal in New York, but online sportsbooks have yet to launch in the state. It remains unclear if all the new real money sportsbooks will go live on the same day, or as and when they receive the green light to launch from the NYGC.
Will I be taxed for my gambling winnings?
Yes, your winnings will be subject to both federal and state taxes in New York.
What other forms of gambling are allowed in New York?
Along with sports wagering, New York bettors enjoy a variety of legal betting options including live horse racing, off-track betting, commercial and tribal casino gaming, and the state lottery. Betting on daily fantasy sports (DFS) is permitted but is subject to a current court case, which may change the state’s position on DFS betting.
When will online betting become legal in New York?
Online sports betting is already legal in New York, but bettors are still waiting to hear about a confirmed launch date. The first online sportsbooks and mobile betting apps for New York will probably arrive before the Super Bowl in February 2022.