New York Betting Laws

New York – with Manhattan the jewel in its crown – is gonna be a huge player in the sports betting Gold Rush. For a long time that statement was just a dream – but now it is reality.

For the first three years after PASPA was struck down, allowing states to decide on their approach to sports betting, NY had just a few upstate casinos and no online betting. That was getting nobody excited.

Sportsbook/CasinoSpecial Signup Bonus Offer
BetMGMFirst Bet Risk-Free up to $1000
BetRiversBonus Matched Deposit up to $250

But in 2021, the provision of online sports betting was included in the state’s 2021-22 budget – a massive step forward. And on January 8, 2022, at 0900 ET, the market opened up to online operators. Winner Winner!

NY has some of the most storied franchises around in the boroughs 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.

Further afield, 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 games out in New Jersey at MetLife Stadium) 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.

We are still in the early days of legal sports betting online in New York, but already the results are off the charts – as predicted.

Through January 2022, with just 23 days in business, the initial six sportsbooks accepted more than $1.6BILLION (BILLION!) in bets. That generated $113million in revenue, and more than $57million in tax dollars.

Yes, sports betting is legal in New York. And since January 8, 2022 that includes online too. So you can download an app to your cellphone, register for an account and bet within seconds.

A competitive bidding process kicked off in July 2021 to find out which sportsbooks would be allowed to open up for online betting in New York. And even with crazy tax levels at 51%, a ton of operators were in the race.

The first four to go live in January 2022 were BetRivers (get a terrific signup bonus), FanDuel, Caesars and DraftKings. Now they are not the only ones, with more constantly adding to the mix.

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 online. You just need to be within state lines when you place your wagers.

If you do want to bet at one of those upstate casinos, you just need to be on site, of legal age and not on any relevant exclusion list.

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

Props: 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.

Where can I bet in New York?

Since January 2022, you can now bet online in the state of New York.

Currently mobile/online sportsbooks operating in the Empire State are:

New York SportsbookSignup Bonus Offer
BetRiversBonus Matched Deposit up to $250!
FanDuelBet $5, Win $280!
DraftKingsUp to $1050 Free (New User Bonus)
Caesars$1500 Bonus (100% match on first deposit)!
PointsBet2 Risk-Free Bets Up To $2000!
BetMGM$1000 Risk-Free Bet!

There are 3 more online sportsbooks set to be next off the rank in NY – BallyBet, Resorts World and WynnBet.

Like we said, there are a few upstate land-based sites, and the addresses are:

  • 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 be inside state lines to bet with online/mobile sportsbooks and apps
  • You must be on-site to bet at any of the above retail sportsbooks

As well as being able to bet inside NY now, you are literally next door to another sports betting hotspot.

New Jersey has seen crazy amounts 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.

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

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. Always.