New York Betting Laws

New York – with Manhattan the jewel in its crown – should be a huge player in the sports betting Gold Rush. And at long last that dream is about to become reality.

The Empire State has so far been open for legal sports betting only in a few upstate locations. As of now, it’s a blackout in the Big Apple.

There are moves to change that, and it’s easy to why with a sports-mad population of 19.795million (2020 data) and elite sporting action aplenty.

The provision of online sports betting was included in the state’s 2021-22 budget – a massive step forward. The rollout plan though looks pretty messy and is taking time to navigate.

NY has some of the most storied franchises around in Manhattan alone, courtesy of MLBl’s iconic New York Yankees and the New York Mets, the NBA’s New York Knicks and the NHL’s New York Rangers.

The NHL’s  New York Islanders play home games at Long Island, while the NBA”s Brooklyn Nets have their home at Barclays Center. 

New York has two NFL franchises taking its name (though they play home game out in New Jersey) in the Giants and the Jets.

Further afield but still in New York state, Buffalo is home to the NFL’s Bills and the NHL’s Sabres.

So as you can see, a smorgasbord of sporting action to whet the appetites of sports bettors. But as of now, pretty tough to get a piece of the action locally.

Is sports betting legal in New York?

Yes, sports betting is legal in New York, but with a pretty big catch right now.

If you want to bet, you have to trek out to a handful of land-based sites upstate. As of now, online and mobile app betting is not legal in the state of New York.

That sounds crazy, and it seems lawmakers agree, as things apparently are about to change.

In early April 2021, New York included the provision of online sports betting in its new budget.

A competitive bidding process kicked off on July 9 (one week behind schedule) when the state accepted applications from sportsbooks. It will now take until late in the year to review these proposals and decide on the lucky operators who can start to take mobile bets in NY.

The plan provides for at least four mobile skins in state. It’s hoped apps will be up and running in time for Super Bowl LVI in February 2022.

Up to now the city that never sleeps has also been the city that never bets. Not for much longer…

Do you need to be resident in New York to bet online?

No, you do not have to be a resident of New York state to bet at its casinos.

You just need to be on site, of legal age and not on any relevant exclusion list.

What is the legal gambling age in New York?

To place a bet in New York state, you must be at least 21 years of age.

What type of sports bets can I place in New York?

Moneyline: Yes

Point Spread: Yes

Parlay: Yes

Teasers: Yes

Futures: Yes

Over/Under: Yes

Round Robin: Yes

What sports can I bet on in New York?

You can bet on all major sports in New York, including:

NB: There are a couple of important notes here. You cannot bet in New York on any college sports event which takes place in the state of New York. And you can’t bet on any college matchup – regardless of location – if it involves a school from New York.

New York also doesn’t the stranger types of bets some sportsbooks offer – it’s strictly sports only. So no wagering on the Oscars or who wins the next Presidential election…

Where can I bet in New York?

As we said, there is no online mobile betting allowed yet in the state of New York. So your only options are a relatively select number of upstate land-based sites:

  • FanDuel Sportsbook at Tioga Downs
  • 2384 W River Rd
  • Nichols
  • NY 13812

  • DraftKings Sportsbook at del Lago Resort Casino
  • 1133 NY-414
  • Waterloo
  • NY 13165

  • Rivers Sportsbook at Schenectady
  • 1 Rush St
  • Schenectady
  • NY 12305

  • Turning Stone Resort & Casino
  • 528 Patrick Rd
  • Verona
  • NY 13478

  • Resorts World Catskills
  • 888 Resorts World Dr
  • Monticello
  • NY 12701

  • Akwesasne Mohawk Casino 
  • 873 NY-37
  • Hogansburg
  • NY 13655

  • Point Place
  • 450 NY-31
  • Bridgeport
  • NY 13030

  • Yellow Brick Road
  • 800 W Genesee St
  • Chittenango
  • NY 13037

How do I place a sports bet online in New York?

  • You must be aged 21 or older before you attempt to bet on sports
  • You must travel to any of the legal land-based sportsbooks listed above
  • You can only bet legally on sports in New York when on those premises

Legal sports betting near New York

While your legal sports betting options are pretty limited right now in New York state, you’re literally next door to the hottest location of all.

New Jersey has seen more than $11billion wagered on sports since the Supreme Court struck down PASPA in 2018. Almost a third of the national handle.

All you need to be is 21 or older and physically in the state of New Jersey to bet on your phone via mobile apps. Same goes for websites, while the bright lights of Atlantic City are not too far away.

So there you have it, the best option right now to enjoy a piece of sports betting heaven = hop across to NJ to get started.

Just a little further afield, Pennsylvania is also very much open for online and mobile business. Very similar rules apply.

Are offshore sportsbooks legal in New York?

No, offshore sportsbooks are not legal in the state of New York. And our advice is very much to avoid them.

These books have no license to operate in any state within the union. That means you have zero consumer protection or rights if you do sign up.

Much safer to stick with the legal options for now – we expect NY to properly open up soon and in the meantime Jersey is an excellent fallback.