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.