The state of New York legalized sports betting in the summer (July) of 2019. The first official wager was placed at Rivers Casino, with mayor Gary McCarthy placing the first bet.

New York joins several other states on the east coast that have made sports betting legal. Two nearby states, New Jersey and Delaware, were the first two make the jump.

Delaware became the first state outside of Nevada to open its doors to oddsmakers on June 5, 2018. New Jersey followed suit just a little more than a week later. West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island all joined the party later in 2018. New Hampshire joined the mix a few months after NY in December of 2019.

Based on projections the entire eastern shore outside of South Carolina will make sports betting legal by 2021.

List of Available New York Sportsbooks & Betting Locations

While I’m sure the majority of New Yorkers are excited about the decision to legalize sports betting, the options are a bit limited compared to other states.

The legal age for placing a bet in New York is 21. While there are no restrictions on placing a wager on a professional sports team out of NY, all local collegiate teams are off-limits, as are any teams participating in an event or tournament inside state lines.

The four major sportsbooks in New York are located at the following commercial properties:

Commercial CasinosLocationSportsbook Affiliate
Rivers CasinoSchenectadyBetRivers
Tioga DownsNicholsFanDuel
Del Lago Resort CasinoWaterlooDraftKings
Resorts World CatskillsMonticelloBet365

There are also a number of tribal casinos that have also been allowed to open sportsbooks in the state.

Tribal CasinoTribe (Location)Sportsbook Affiliate
Turning Stone Resort CasinoOneida Indian Nation (Verona)Caesars
Yellow Brick Road CasinoOneida Indian Nation (Chittenango)Caesars
Point Place CasinoOneida Indian Nation (Bridgeport)Caesars
Buffalo Creek CasinoSeneca Nation (Buffalo)Kambi Group
Allegany CasinoSeneca Nation (Salamanca)Kambi Group
Niagara Resort & CasinoSeneca Nation (Niagara Falls)Kambi Group
Akwesasne Mohawk CasinoSaint Regis Mohawk (Hogansburg)FoxBet

Online Sports Betting in New York (Not Legal)

Unfortunately for residents in New York, online betting is currently not an option. That means if you want to place a bet legally in the state, you must travel to a sportsbook.

You can definitely imagine the inconvenience this might cause for some players. Most sports bettors like action on a daily basis and several don’t have the bankroll to make all the wagers they would like in one trip.

So not only are degenerates forced to make daily visits to the nearest casino, they likely have to spend hours inside the casino to satisfy their needs.

Definitely a frustrating proposition for sports bettors. I have to imagine it’s almost more convenient for some New Yorkers to set up accounts in New Jersey and just use their mobile services by traveling inside New Jersey state lines.

While nothing is official as of now, it does appear that it’s only a matter of time before online betting will be legalized in New York. Whenever that happens, we will be sure to update this page.