Sports betting in New York is progressing slowly. If you live upstate, you have a lot of options. If you live in New York City or Buffalo, you really don’t. Unless you are willing to leave the friendly confines of the state and visit one of the bordering states with online and mobile sports betting.
The convenience of online and mobile sports betting is unmatched. A trip to the casino might make for a nice day, but wouldn’t it just be easier to place your bets from home, at a bar or restaurant, while waiting in line to pick up your kids from school, or when you’re supposed to be “working”?
Unfortunately, you cannot do that in the state of New York. There are retail sportsbooks at commercial and tribal casinos, but to this point, New York has not approved any online or mobile sports betting. It has certainly hurt the state’s ability to capitalize on the repeal of PASPA on May 14, 2018. When you hear those gaudy figures from the state of New Jersey, you know that New York City is playing a huge role in the betting action.
Betting on sports in New York is limited to the BetRivers Sportsbook in Schenectady, the FanDuel Sportsbook at Tioga Downs, the DraftKings Sportsbook at del Lago Resort Casino, Turning Stone in Verona, Point Place in Bridgeport, Yellow Brick Road in Chittenango, Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, and Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg.
That means that the closest sportsbook in New York is nearly two hours from New York City.
You know where the closest sportsbooks are to New York City? They’re in New Jersey!
Seems bass ackwards, as they like to say, but that’s how things are currently set up in the Empire State.
So, let’s focus on that for a little bit and tell you about the places to go in order to place your sports bets.
Keep in mind that Pennsylvania and New Jersey are both remote registration states, which means that you can sign up for a sports betting account from anywhere, but you need to be physically located in an approved jurisdiction in order to place your bets. So you can sign up from home, but you have to place your bets in that state.
If you are willing to drive or take a train, you can place your bets right on your smartphone or laptop by heading to New Jersey or Pennsylvania.
Even though we default to “Vegas” when we talk about sports betting, the fact of the matter is that New Jersey could very well be the home of sports betting in the United States. They are on pace to take in over a billion dollars in bets within the next few months and there are more operators available in New Jersey than there are in any other state in the country.
As we know, a lot of New Jersey sportsbooks are easily accessible for residents of New York City, either by going across the Hudson River to places like Meadowlands or by taking the train, bus, or a car to Atlantic City.
Again, you don’t have to physically go to these locations. All you have to do is turn on your location services on your smartphone so that the app can read where you are with the help of geolocation technology and be in the state of New Jersey to place your bets.
Here are a few of the operators that we would recommend:
DraftKings Sportsbook has a license through Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. Sign up with DraftKings for up to $1,000 in risk-free bets.
PointsBet Sportsbook has a license through Meadowlands Racetrack. Sign up and get a deposit match bonus up to $250 or up to $1500 in risk-free bets.
BetMGM has a license through Borgata in Atlantic City. Sign up and get up to a $500 risk-free bet and also look for a Bet $1, Win $100 promotion for new users and pick that time to sign up.
Along with its BetMGM partnership, Borgata Sports runs its own product out of its location in Atlantic City. Get a risk-free bet up to $300 if you sign up through us.
Also known in some circles as PlaySugarHouse, they have a license to operate in New Jersey through the Golden Nugget in AC. You can get a 100% Match Bonus up to $250 by signing up through us.
BetAmerica is known around the country for taking horse racing wagers, but they now take sports bets as well. You can bet $50 and get $50 from BetAmerica by signing up through us.
William Hill Sportsbook
William Hill is a global leader in sports betting and is part of the New Jersey market through a license with both Ocean Resort and Monmouth Park. Get up to a $500 free bet for William Hill if you sign up through us.
New Jersey Online Casinos
It is also worth noting that online casinos are also legal in New Jersey. While you may primarily be looking to bet on sports, there are some great casino offers, too.
Sign up through us and get a 100% Deposit Bonus up to $1000, plus $25 on the house.
Sign up through us and get a 100% Deposit Bonus up to $600 plus $10 on the house.
Sign up through us and get a 100% Deposit Bonus up to $500.
New Jersey isn’t the only option for New Yorkers that want to bet on sports. Philadelphia is a short drive from New York City and those that are in Buffalo or other parts of the state are sure to be interested in some of the sports betting operators in PA.
With some more restrictive taxes and fees on operators, there are fewer options in Pennsylvania than there are in New Jersey, but you can still sign up from anywhere and place your bets as long as you are physically located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Along with DraftKings Sportsbook and also SugarHouse Sportsbook, here is another operator in Pennsylvania to consider:
The flagship property for Rivers is in Pittsburgh, right next to Heinz Field. BetRivers is one of our top-rated sportsbooks here at ATS and you can get a 100% Deposit Match Bonus up to $250.
If you live in New York and want to bet on sports, you have a lot of options if you are willing to commute just a little bit so that you can take advantage of online and mobile betting in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
For right now, only retail sports betting is available to those in New York, but that is going to change by the end of 2021. Online and mobile betting were approved during the first week of April and now the sportsbooks will submit bids in hopes of offering bet-from-home or on-the-go capabilities to their users.
Up until the changes are fully implemented, we will still highlight the retail, brick-and-mortar gaming facilities in the state of New York for those that want to bet on sports. Once everything settles and all of the sportsbooks that are up and running in New York have been announced, we will go in greater detail regarding those places.
In the meantime, the best option is still to go to New Jersey to place your sports bets. Unless you live near one of the retail gaming facilities, you don’t really have much choice. If you live in Buffalo, that means going to Pennsylvania. If you live in NYC, that means going to New Jersey.
It remains a suboptimal setup, but at least Governor Andrew Cuomo changed his tune on mobile and online betting. It is disappointing that it will be set up in the way that it will, but something is better than nothing and that something will launch later in 2021.
In the meantime, here are the retail sportsbooks in New York:
|Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady||Schenectady, NY||BetRivers|
|Tioga Downs Casino Resort||Nichols, NY||FanDuel|
|del Lago Resort & Casino||Waterloo, NY||DraftKings|
|Turning Stone Resort Casino||Waterloo, NY||Caesars|
|Point Place Casino||Bridgeport, NY||Caesars|
|YBR Casino and Sports Book||Chittenango, NY||Caesars|
|Resorts World Catskills||Monticello, NY||Bet365|
|Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort||Hogansburg, NY||FoxBet|
As far as the online sportsbooks available in New Jersey for New Yorkers, the options are plentiful. Keep in mind that some of these may be in New York taking mobile and online wagers by later this year.
BetMGM Sportsbook is a world-renowned name with lots of betting locations across the country and lots of casino and resort properties around the world. BetMGM calls itself The King of Sportsbooks and has a pretty strong case to make as being exactly that. MGM has fair odds across the board and takes action on lots of different sports.
You can get up to a $600 Deposit Bonus from BetMGM Sportsbook.
BetRivers Sportsbook is another option in New Jersey, though some may recognize it as PlaySugarHouse. They have the same parent company and have worked to streamline the branding across all states. Regardless of how you refer to it, this is a highly-rated sportsbook with a clean interface and strong technology with the live betting client.
You can get a 100% Deposit Match Bonus up to $250.
DraftKings Sportsbook is a name that everybody knows in the sports betting world. Between all of the marketing dollars spent on advertising and all of the visibility in states across the country, DraftKings is at the forefront of legal US sports betting. When you sign up at DraftKings, you gain access to one of the most extensive prop betting catalogs in the industry and also a wide variety of futures betting options.
DraftKings Sportsbook offers a Deposit Bonus up to $1000.
FanDuel Sportsbook sometimes offers a Deposit Match Bonus, but usually a Risk-Free Bet up to $500 for new sign-ups.
PointsBet Sportsbook has a bigger hold in some Midwest states and also in its adopted US home of Colorado, but you can still find a lot of PointsBet users in New York and New Jersey. This is a sportsbook that kills it on the regular with great promotions and offers for new and existing users and also has the innovative PointsBetting system that creates a higher-risk, but higher-reward environment based on how “right” or how “wrong” you are on a game.
PointsBet Sportsbook offers a 100% Deposit Match Bonus up to $250.
William Hill Sportsbook is a powerful name in New Jersey and around the world. William Hill US started in 2012, but WH is operating in just about every US state with sports betting that isn’t run exclusively by the lottery. This is a highly trustworthy, very visible sports betting operator and one that offers some of the fairest odds in the country.
You can get up to a $500 Free Bet or Deposit Bonus at William Hill depending on the state.
Mobile sports betting has been approved in New York, but the amount of fine print and the restrictions are not going to make it as friendly for bettors as it could have been. Governor Andrew Cuomo did a 180 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and became more open to the idea of mobile and online sports betting, but put his foot down that it was going to be done his way.
Sports bettors in New York have to at least be somewhat excited about the developments, especially because the heaviest of the heavy hitters are going to be involved, but it will not be a wide-open market like the state of New Jersey. It should be enough to keep money from New York City inside of the state, which was Cuomo’s only concern.
Bettors in New York will have choices. The number of choices that they have remains up in the air, but major players like DraftKings and FanDuel are undoubtedly going to be involved. They already have a foothold in the state from retail partnerships with brick-and-mortar casinos in other parts of the Empire State. The same is true of Bet365 and BetRivers.
Moving forward, we’ll have to see if operators like PointsBet and Barstool are able to get going.
Operators have to submit proposals and bids to the state of New York in order to offer mobile and online betting capabilities. They also have to run through servers at the retail casinos, which is why DraftKings, who has an agreement with Del Lago in Waterloo, FanDuel, who has an agreement with Tioga Downs in Nichols, Bet365, who has an agreement with Empire Resorts at Resorts World Catskills, and BetRivers, who has an agreement with the Rivers Casino in Schenectady, are all pretty much locked in.
New York City is a big prize. It is far and away the most populated city and metro area in the United States. Online and mobile betting capabilities will also bring another populous city like Buffalo into the mix. There are a lot of reasons for additional operators to submit bids and see what happens, but for right now, it looks as though those four sportsbooks very much have an inside track.
On the other hand, we’re talking about some big costs. The fee is $25 million for a 10-year license and the additional costs are pretty excessive as well. Certainly getting a piece of the NYC market is going to outweigh the costs for some of the operators, but it may cause others to shy away from getting involved.
Furthermore, the Native American tribes are upset about how everything went down. Tribal casinos are a big part of the state’s gambling infrastructure, including places like Turning Stone and all three Seneca casinos in western New York.
This falls into the “better than nothing” category for a lot of bettors in New York. It won’t be the fairest setup, but it will be a setup that allows those in New York City and surrounding areas to bet from home instead of having to go to New Jersey to do it. Frankly, that’s all that bettors care about.
We’ll likely see some price shading or some other things that operators can employ in order to make up for all the money that they have to put out for licensing, revenue sharing, and everything else, but the convenience of betting in the state of New York is going to increase in the not-too-distant future once all of the bids are settled and online and mobile betting comes to the Empire State.