Sports betting officially launched in New York in July 2019 after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a sports betting bill into law. The sports betting industry is currently limited to tribal casinos and commercial casinos in the state, with almost all of these locations being located in upstate New York.
Sports betting in New York is currently limited to on-site locations, but there is hope that mobile and online sports betting will be legalized at some point in 2021. The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 hurt the chances of new legislation being passed during the year.
What sports can you bet on in New York?
The New York State Gaming Commission regulates the sports betting industry in New York, and they have placed some strict laws about what sports can be bet on in the state. There are currently 11 different sports that are offered by sportsbooks in New York, and each sport has a list of leagues available as well.
Here is the current list of sports you can bet on in New York as of April 2020:
- Basketball – NBA, WNBA, NCAA Division I Basketball
- Baseball – Major League Baseball, Olympics Baseball
- Football – NFL, NCAA Football Bowl Series, and Canadian Football League
- Hockey – NHL, Olympic Hockey, NCAA Division 1 Hockey
- Golf – PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, European Tour, Ryder Cup, LPGA
- Soccer – MLS, EUFA Champions League, English Premier League, World Cup, German Bundesliga, Spanish la Liga, French Ligue I, Italain Serie A, CONCACAF Gold Cup, UEFA Europa League, Mexican Liga Bancomer, CONMEBOL Copa America
- Auto Racing – Formula One, IndyCar Series, NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Outdoor Truck Series
- Tennis – ATP Tour, WTA Tour, Grand Slam Tournaments, USTA Pro Events
- Fighting Sports – UFC, Bellator MMA
- Boxing – Any matches sanctioned by the IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO, and Olympic boxing matches.
- Rugby – Rugby World Cup
New York has a wide range of sports available for sportsbooks to offer, but there is one major restriction. New York sports betting does not allow for the betting on collegiate teams or events that take place in the state.
What about Daily Fantasy Sports and horse racing?
Along with the long list of sports available to bet on in New York, the state also has legalized daily fantasy sports betting, as well as horse race betting.
The state of New York passed a law on August 3, 2016, to allow major DFS operators to once again operate within the state. Sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings were granted a temporary license on August 22, 2016, and several other DFS operators are now legal and regulated in the state.
A New York judge ruled that DFS sites were illegal in 2018, but that ruling has since been appealed, and DFS operators continue to take bets from customers in New York.
Horse racing betting is also extremely popular in the state of New York, and there are some great mobile betting options. There are 12 racetracks in the state that can offer betting on live horse racing, and there are close to 100 offtrack betting sites as well.
TVG Racing and Twinspires are two of the most popular horse race betting apps that are currently offered in New York.
Types of sports bets offered in New York
This section will explain how to bet on sports in New York. The New York State Gaming Commission has set strict regulations on which betting types are available for each specific sport.
It is best to check out their website when looking for specific betting options, but here are the most common types of bets offered by sportsbooks in the state.
A moneyline bet is one of the most common bets offered on almost every single sport. A moneyline bet is simply choosing the winner of a particular game or match, with the sportsbooks setting odds for each side. Here is an example of a moneyline bet:
- New York Jets -125
- New York Giants +135
In this situation, the Jets are the favorites, as noted by the (-) sign next to their odds. The Giants have the (+) sign, making them the underdogs.
What this means is that it would take a $125 bet on the Jets to win $100, while a $100 bet on the Giants would win you $135.
A spread bet is extremely common on football and basketball games, and its a little more advanced than a moneyline bet. This type of bet deals with the final score, and whether a team was able to “cover the spread.”
Let’s use the same example from above to discuss this betting type.
- New York Jets -3.5
- New York Giants +3.5
The Jets are still the favorites, and the Giants are still the underdogs. With this bet, there is an option to bet on the Giants to win the bet, even if they lose the game.
The Giants would need to keep the final score within three points in a loss to win the bet, while the Jets would have to win by at least four points to win the bet.
Total betting is a bet that is placed on the total number of points, goals or runs scored in a particular game and is another common betting type offered by sportsbooks in New York. New York sportsbooks will set the lines for this type of bet, giving you a chance to focus solely on the final score.
Here is an example using the Jets and Giants once again.
New York Jets vs. New York Giants
- Over 44.5 Points -110
- Under 44.5 Points -110
The first thing to note is that most sportsbooks will set the same odds for each side of a total bet. This takes some of the decision-making out of the process since the chances to win are the same.
If the two teams combine to score at least 45 points, then the over wins, but 44 points or less will make the under the winning bet.
The NYSGC does allow sportsbooks to offer futures bets, but they regulate this form of betting very closely. The NYSGC has a specific list of futures bets available depending on the sport.
The easiest to check on the availability of a futures bet is to visit a sportsbook. Sportsbooks won’t offer any bets that aren’t allowed by the NYSGC.
A futures bet is a bet placed on an outcome that won’t happen until a later date. A few common futures bets that are allowed are:
- Odds to win 2020 MLB World Series
- Odds to win Super Bowl
- Odds to win College Football National Championship
- Odds to win March Madness
Sportsbooks in New York are also able to offer parlay bets, and these have become extremely popular. A parlay bet is a combination of smaller bets all rolled into one.
At least two individual bets must be made together to form a parlay, and some sportsbooks will set the number of bets that must be included. Parlay betting is popular due to the potential for a large payout, but it’s also a difficult bet to win. All individual bets must win to collect on the parlay bet.
In-game betting or live betting has become extremely popular in the sports betting industry, and it’s allowed in the state of New York. All of the betting types that are listed above are allowed as an in-game bet, as long as the sportsbook chooses to offer that.
Live betting is done in real-time, and the odds are adjusted quickly. Most bettors prefer to do in-game betting through their mobile devices, but that is not an option in New York.
How do you sign up and place bets in New York?
Online sportsbooks require you to create an account before placing bets on sports. Since New York does not have online sportsbooks, the only real requirement is that you visit one of the legal and regulated casinos to place a bet on the sporting event of your choosing.
Legal Gambling Age in New York
The state of New York has set the legal age to buy lottery tickets at 18 years of age, but that does not apply to sports betting. The minimum age to bet on sports in New York is set at 21, which is common among states that have legalized sports betting throughout the country.
Top betting sites in New York
There are currently 10 locations that accept sports betting in the state of New York. Four commercial casinos located in upstate New York have all been granted a license to offer sports betting, and these are considered the best sites to bet on sports in New York. They are as follows:
Rivers Casino Sportsbook NY
Rivers Casino Sportsbook was the site of the first-ever legal sports bet placed in the state of New York. The sportsbook is located in Schenectady, NY, and Mayor Gary McCarthy officially opened up the sports betting industry.
The sportsbook lounge is over 5,000 square feet, and there are 14 self-service kiosks to go along with a staff.
DraftKings Sportsbook at del Lago Resort & Casino
DraftKings and del Lago Resort reached an agreement in 2018 to partner in the sports betting industry, and a 6,000-square-foot sportsbook was built on the premises. There are 23 betting kiosks that are open 24/7 on the site, and there is also a full menu of food available for customers.
Turning Stone Sportsbook
Aug. 1, 2019, saw the grand opening of The Lounge with Caesars Sports at the Turning Stone casino. This location is in Syracuse, NY, and there is a fully equipped VIP area that can be rented out.
FanDuel Sportsbook at Tioga Downs
FanDuel and Tioga Downs began taking bets in July 2019 after receiving their license from the New York State Gaming Commission. The sportsbook is on the smaller side, just 2,600 square feet, but these two companies have also partnered on a mobile sportsbook. They will likely be one of the first mobile sports betting companies in the state if it ever becomes legalized.
On top of the four licensed and regulated sportsbooks in the state, there are six tribal casinos that are open for sports betting. Some of these locations are still working on the construction of their sportsbook, but they will all be live in 2020.
- Point Place Casino Sportsbook in Bridgeport
- Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort Sportsbook in Hogansburg
- Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango
- Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo
- Resorts World Catskills in Monticello
- Mohawk Bingo Palace & Class II Casino in Akwesasne
New York Sports Betting – Frequently Asked Questions
If you’ve made it this far in the article, then you have a good idea of how sports betting works in New York. If you are still unsure about how the industry works, then these are a few frequently asked questions that will hopefully clear things up.
Where can I bet on sports in New York?
Betting on sports is currently offered at eight different locations throughout the state, which are mentioned above. There are four commercial casinos and four tribal casinos that are authorized to offer sports betting.
Additional sportsbooks are set to open up at some point in 2020, which will give residents of New York more than 10 options for sports betting.
How old do I have to be to bet on sports in New York?
The legal age to bet on sports in New York is 21 years of age.
Do you have to live in New York to bet online?
Mobile sports betting in New York is not currently legalized, and this form of mobile betting will have to wait until 2021 at the earliest. If mobile sports betting does come to New York, it will be open to anyone currently within the borders of the state.
You will not have to live in New York to place mobile sports bets, but location services must be enabled on your phone/mobile device to ensure that you are eligible to make a bet. Mobile betting is currently available through DFS operators and the many horse race betting apps offered in the state.
What is the best site for online sports betting in New York?
Sports betting in New York is currently limited to the upstate casinos; therefore, there are no online sports betting sites. If, and when, mobile sports betting does become legalized in New York, DraftKings and FanDuel will likely be two of the best mobile sports betting options. Lawmakers continue to push hard to get mobile sports betting legalized.