New York Sports Betting Apps Legal

New York is definitely one of the most famous cities in the world, often referred to as the ‘Big Apple’. This vibrant city is known for its exclusive shops, flashy Broadway performances, and high-flying business tycoons, as well as being known for being a city that has captivated people from all over the world.

But, aside from the flashing lights, it’s also home to the beloved Statue of Liberty, a symbol of freedom and hope, Central Park, one of the tidiest and best-kept parks in the world, and now one of the most lucrative online sports betting markets in the nation.

New York’s race for legal online sports betting officially ended on January 8, 2022, when it launched four top sportsbooks.

Not only will legalized mobile sports betting in New York have a profound effect on how the four major North American professional sports leagues adjust their policies on gambling, but the model in the Empire State could also serve as an archetype for how a host of others establish legal markets in the years to come.

The online market in New York will rival Nevada and neighboring New Jersey as the preferred U.S. destination for legal sports betting.

You can now place legal bets anywhere within state lines using one of the many licensed sports betting operators.

Legal sports betting in New York dates back to 2013 when the state passed the upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act. The measure amended the New York state constitution and authorized four unbuilt casinos to eventually accept sports wagering. At the time, the casinos had been prohibited from opening sports wagering facilities due to a decades-old federal ban on sports betting. The ban, however, was lifted when the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) in May 2018.

In June 2019, the New York State Gaming Commission approved a set of final regulations that built the way forward for the debut of legalized sports betting at the aforementioned Upstate casinos.

The Commission considered a set of regulations that would allow sports wagering at gaming facilities under Article 13 of the state’s Racing Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law. The motion passed without opposition, by a 6-0 vote.

The regulations enabled the four casinos and their gaming partners to launch sportsbook operations upon the completion of a license application process set forth by the Commission.

  • Del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County (DraftKings)
  • Resorts World Catskills in Sullivan County (Bet365)
  • Rivers Casino in Schenectady County (Rush Street Interactive/BetRivers and Kambi)
  • Tioga Downs in Tioga County (Betfair US/FanDuel Sportsbook)

Rivers became the first retail casino in state history to accept a legalized sports bet on July 16, 2019, when a 5,000 square ft. sports lounge powered by Rush Street and Kambi opened its doors. A sportsbook at Tioga Downs followed with its debut days later.

See Assembly Version of this Bill:



Provides for regulation of sports betting and mobile sports wagering; defines terms; implements a tax equivalent to eight and one-half percent of sports wagering gross revenue; requires reporting.





An act to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, in relation to regulation of sports betting


To update the existing provisions of law which allow the four upstate casino gaming resorts to conduct sports betting in the event of a change in the federal law which currently prohibits it.


Section 1: Amends section 1367 of the Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law as follows:

* Expands and clarifies definitions;

* Prohibits sports betting on high school athletic events;

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