While New York is home to New York City, the biggest city in the US, the state hosts the most sports franchises in the country. The market always seemed perfect for sports betting, and NY was one of the earliest to pass sports betting legislation with the Casino Gambling Amendment in 2013. However, these laws couldn’t come into effect as there was still a federal ban on sports betting in most US states. This changed in 2018, as the US Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA).
The PASPA decision allowed retail sports betting to launch in July 2019, but online sports betting didn’t go live until 2022. After COVID-19, then-Governor Andrew Cuomo wanted to increase the state’s finances and saw online betting as a way to drum up some much-needed funds. This led to the legalization of online sports betting and a launch in January 2022.
|New York State Gaming Commission
|July 16, 2019 (land-based), January 8, 2022 (online)
|10% (land-based), 51% (online)
|Online or In Person
Despite a late start, the market has quickly exploded, and NY has become the largest betting market in the US since legalization. Nothing demonstrates this better than the state’s betting handle, which was $21,129,981 the month before online sports betting went live. In the first month of online sports betting, January 2022, the handle shot up by nearly $1.6 billion.
Read this New York sports betting guide written by our betting experts to learn how NY betting was legalized, which teams you can wager on, and the best sportsbooks with bonuses and promotions in the Empire State.
The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) awarded several licenses to operators for its sports betting market launch in January 2022. As there is so much interest in New York sports betting, it’s no surprise more operators have gone live since then, with even more looking to get licensed in the future.
Most of the betting sites available in NY are established US brands like DraftKings and BetMGM, but there are also newcomers competing for a slice of the pie, such as Resorts World Bet.
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|January 17, 2022
|Rush Street Interactive
|January 8, 2022
|January 8, 2022
|January 8, 2022
|January 8, 2022
|January 25, 2022
|Resorts World Bet
|March 3, 2022
|February 4, 2022
Each operator had to launch a bid to the NYSGC to launch in the state. The NYSGC was obliged to name a minimum of two operators to recommend for licensing when online sports betting first went live. A number of operators submitted bids but did not get a license, like Penn National Gaming for Barstool Sportsbook and theScore Bet. Other brands which didn’t receive a license include FOX Bet, Fanatics Gaming, and bet365.
Before online sports betting was on the table in New York, DraftKings moved into the state by launching a retail sportsbook at the Del Lago Resort Casino in 2019. This 6,000 sq ft site has 23 betting kiosks, four betting windows, and 1,000 sq ft of LED video screens.
In January 2022, DraftKings used its partnership with Del Lago to launch its online sportsbook with licensing from NYSGC. You can make deposits and withdraw from your online sportsbook account through the cage cashier at the Del Lago. DK also became the New York Giants' official sports betting partner in September 2020.
FanDuel is headquartered on Park Avenue South, New York, so it’s no surprise the company brought its online sportsbook to the state. The sports betting brand is partnered with the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bills, which earned it many fans as it launched in January 2022.
While FanDuel already had a partnership with the New York Yankees to be its Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) provider, the brand expanded this to include sports betting in April 2022. The sportsbook can also boast the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and WNBA’s New York Liberty as its DFS partner and official partner, respectively.
FanDuel opened a retail sportsbook at Tioga Downs Casino Resort in July 2019, which allowed it to receive a license from the NYSGC. This 2,600 sq ft facility features eight betting windows, 27 video displays, and seating for more than 50 customers.
BetMGM launched in New York on January 17, 2022, nine days after the state-wide launch of online sports betting. The brand was already well known in the state as its parent company, MGM Resorts, purchased the Empire City Casino and the Yonkers Raceway in January 2019. BetMGM does not operate a retail sportsbook in New York. However, with MGM Resorts owning two eligible facilities, a retail BetMGM may arrive in the future.
The brand also endeared itself to sports fans in the Empire State through its partnership with the Madison Square Garden duo, the New York Knicks, and New York Rangers. This partnership was signed in November 2021, just days after the operator had received its license to operate in NY.
Caesars Sportsbook tried to win over bettors even before launching in New York, signing a betting partnership with the New York Knicks and New York Rangers in November 2021. The betting company also signed a partnership with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills in January 2022, just as it brought its online sportsbook to the state. Even after launching in NY, Caesars continued to appeal to fans by securing another partnership with a major league franchise, this time signing with the New York Mets.
The final deal will allow Caesars to open a retail sportsbook at the Mets’ home stadium, Citi Field. You can also wager with a retail Caesars sportsbook at Point Place Casino, Turning Stone Resort, and Yellow Brick Road.
BetRivers was one of the first online sportsbooks to launch in New York, launching on the first day of online sports wagering. Owned by Rush Street Interactive, BetRivers operates a sportsbook at the Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady.
This facility offers a 53 ft LED video wall, 22 additional screens, table and VIP seating, and private booths. Bettors can place their wagers at six staffed betting windows during opening hours and use any of the 24/7 self-betting kiosks across the Rivers Casino site. Using a casino cage cashier, you can also make deposits and withdrawals from your online account.
Australian brand PointsBet launched in New York in late January 2022, thanks to a betting partnership with NBCUniversal. This partnership made PointsBet the official sponsor of Sunday Night Football until September 2022, which regularly featured New York teams.
It also struck a deal with the WNBA in May 2021, which means broadcasts featuring the New York Liberty have odds provided by PointsBet infused into the coverage. PointsBet does not have a land-based partner in New York and has yet to indicate that it will open a retail sportsbook for its bettors in the future.
Jock MKT is a DFS site with deep roots in New York, as its co-founder, Tyler Carlin, is from upstate New York, Binghamton. The company was also assisted by New York-based venture capital firm Left Lane, which helped the operator raise $10 million in May 2021. New York legalized DFS games in 2016, and Jock MKT received its license from the NYSGC in September 2020.
TVG is an online pari-mutuel horse racing betting platform that lets you wager on races from across New York, including events from Belmont Park and the Aqueduct Racetrack. FanDuel, the company which operates TVG, has its headquarters at 300 Park Avenue South, New York. You can use TVG using your FanDuel account and use any winnings from pari-mutuel horse racing betting to wager on FanDuel’s betting partners like the New York Yankees.
New York has a unique set of sports betting rules which may differ from other states, such as restrictions on different bet types and sports. Read our guide below to ensure you are betting in NY legally.
There are two ways you can legally bet on sports in New York. You can sign up with one of eight online sportsbooks and wager on sports anywhere in the state’s borders. Alternatively, you can visit one of the retail sportsbooks at a land-based casino and wager in person. You must be over 21 and will need to use a photo ID to prove your age.
You can wager on many professional sports in New York, including the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB, with coverage of the regular season and postseason events like the Super Bowl and the NBA All-Stars game. There will also be betting lines for smaller sports like MMA, tennis, and golf. New York also allows betting on horse racing through pari-mutuel betting only.
College sports betting is available in a limited capacity in NY. While you can place any bet type you want on events from the NCAA, you cannot wager on teams based in the state. In addition, you can’t bet on any game held in the state, even if the teams are from outside NY.
New York sports betting operators, whether retail or online, provide you with many different bet types to back, like moneylines, player props, game props, parlays, and totals. Some sportsbooks also allow you to place custom bets on request, like PointsBet, which you can do by contacting the betting operator through social media.
Genius Sports provides live stats and data to most US sportsbooks for major league events, which helps bettors place more informed wagers in play. The NYSGC approved Genius Sports to operate in the state, and the company is partnered with many top sportsbooks like DraftKings and FanDuel.
A betting handle tells you how much has been wagered in a state, regardless of whether those bets win or lose. The betting handle in New York is fascinating because it shows the impact of online sports betting, as the handle rocketed up $1.6 billion after the state legalized online wagering. The monthly handle has exceeded $1 billion on several occasions since then.
New York plays host to the second most major league professional sports teams in the US after California, many of which you can bet on with legal sportsbooks. In addition, New York City has the most major league teams in the country. Every major league sport has a presence in the city, and several up-and-coming sports teams are also based within the Empire State.
Founded in 1925, the New York Giants are the fourth oldest team in the NFL. Playing its inaugural season at the Polo Grounds in New York, the team now plays at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ. However, the Giants franchise is still strongly affiliated with New York.
The Big Blue have won four pre-AFL/NFL merger NFL Championships and four Super Bowls. The Giants, also known as the “G-Men”, have also won 11 conference championships and 16 divisional titles.
Founded as the Titans of New York in 1959 to compete in the inaugural AFL season, the New York Jets was the first team from the AFL to win Super Bowl III in 1968. Star quarterback Joe Namath famously “guaranteed” that his team would beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts.
This remains its only Super Bowl win, although the Jets have won the AFL East on two occasions, in 1968 and 1969, and the AFC East twice, in 1998 and 2002. The franchise shares a home arena with the New York Giants and plays at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Founded in 1960 as a charter member of the AFL, the NFL’s Buffalo Bills draw much of its support from Western New York, playing out of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo.
Despite having a successful early history, winning the AFL in 1964 and 1965 under the guidance of legendary coach Lou Saban, the Bills have yet to win a Super Bowl since the 1970 merger. However, the team did win four consecutive AFC Championships in the early 1990s but would go on to lose all four subsequent Super Bowls. Throughout history, the Bills have collected 12 divisional titles.
The New York Knickerbockers were a founder member of the Basketball Association of America, which became the NBA in 1949. The team is one of three charter members still playing in the NBA, along with the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors. The Knicks play at Madison Square Garden and have won 2 NBA Championships in 1970 and 1973, four conference titles, and eight divisional titles.
Initially started as the New Jersey Americans in the American Basketball Association (ABA) in 1967, the Nets have moved between New York and New Jersey several times. After its purchase by a consortium including the rapper Jay-Z, the New Jersey Nets announced a move to Brooklyn in 2012 and were renamed the Brooklyn Nets, playing out of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The team won two ABA Championships but has yet to win an NBA Championship. However, the franchise has claimed five divisional titles in its history – one in the ABA and four in the NBA.
The New York Yankees were founded in 1903 as the representative of New York in the newly formed American League for baseball. With more national championships than any other team in major league professional sports, the Yankees are also the most successful sports team in the MLB, winning 27 World Series. The team has also won 40 American League Pennants and 20 AL East Titles along the way.
On the way to winning so many World Series, the Pinstripers have hosted some of baseball’s most iconic figures, like Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle.
The New York Mets were founded in 1962 to fill the baseball void in New York after the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants relocated to Los Angeles and San Francisco in 1957. The team took its name from a baseball team in New York that played between 1880 and 1887. The team initially played at the Polo Grounds before moving to Shea Stadium in 1964 and Citi Field in 2009.
The team became known as the “miracle Mets” on the way to winning a World Series in 1969 by beating the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles. However, the franchise would only go on to claim one more World Series in 1986. The team has also won five National League Pennants and six divisional titles.
A part of the “Original Six” NHL teams that made up the league from 1942 until the 1967 expansion, the Rangers play at the iconic Madison Square Garden. The franchise has won four Stanley Cups, with the most recent triumph in 1993/94 coming 44 years after its previous win in 1940. The team has also won the President’s Trophy three times, two conference titles, and seven divisional titles.
The New York Islanders are based in Long Island and compete in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the NHL, joining the league as an expansion side in 1972. When the team was founded, it played at the Nassau Coliseum until 2015, when it moved to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The team moved again to its current home at UBS Arena in 2021.
The Islanders became a dynasty in the 1980s, winning four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980 to 1983. The franchise has also collected six conference championships and six divisional titles.
Established in 1970, the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres are one of two major league franchises based in Western New York, along with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. The Sabres’ home games have been held at the KeyBank Center since 1996, but the team previously played at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
The Sabres have yet to win a Stanley Cup but have reached the Finals on two occasions, in 1975 and 1999. While the biggest trophy in ice hockey has eluded the franchise, it has won six divisional titles and a Presidents’ Trophy in 2007.
Owned by a collaboration between the English soccer team Manchester City and the local baseball franchise, the New York Yankees, New York City FC was founded in 2013. Playing at Yankee Stadium, the team has a history of recruiting star names like World Cup winners David Villa and Andrea Pirlo. The franchise is a part of the City Football Group, which owns soccer teams in South America, Australia, Japan, and Europe.
New York City won its first MLS Cup in 2021 after winning the Supporters Shield in 2017 and 2019. The team built on its first MLS Cup victory with a triumph over Liga MX side Atlas Futbol Club in the 2022 Campeones Cup.
Owned by the majority holder of the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Liberty compete in the Eastern Conference of the WNBA. The Liberty plays its home games at the Barclays Center and was an inaugural member of the WNBA upon its founding in 1997. Featuring well-known players such as Teresa Weatherspoon, Beck Hammon, and Tina Charles, the Liberty have won three conference titles but have yet to win a Championship.
A founding member of MLS in 1994, the New York Red Bulls were founded as the New York/New Jersey Metrostars. In 2006, the club was taken over by Red Bull GmbH and became the Red Bulls, joining the Red Bull family of soccer teams, including RB Leipzig of the German Bundesliga and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria.
The Red Bulls play at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey but haven’t won an MLS Cup. The team reached its first MLS Cup Final in 2008 but lost to Columbus Crew. However, the Red Bulls have won the Supporters Shield on three occasions.
The Red Storm represents St. John’s University in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference. The school has 17 varsity programs competing, including basketball, fencing, golf, soccer, and lacrosse. The men’s soccer team claimed the only national championship for the college in 1996, beating Florida International University 4-1 in the final. In 2006, the program became the first soccer team from the US to be invited to Vietnam.
As a member of the Ivy League, the Columbia Lions compete in a massive 31 different varsity sports against other Ivy League schools. However, its rowing program is part of the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges, wrestling to the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, and squash the College Squash Association.
Famous alums from Columbia include Hall of Fame quarterback Sid Luckman and Olympic wrestling silver medal winner Nat Pendleton.
There are 37 varsity sports supported by Cornell University, including sprint football, polo, and fencing. The men’s ice hockey team is the most famous program, claiming two national championships in 1967 and 1970. The men’s lacrosse team has also excelled, with three NCAA championships in 1971, 1976, and 1977.
As a member of the MAC, the Buffalo Bills have only claimed one NCAA Division I national championship. In 2015, Jonathan Jones won the shot put with a throw of 20.78m. In addition, the Bulls wrestling program has won NCAA Division II and Division III national championships.
While there are 19 varsity teams sponsored by Manhattan College, the track and field program is the pride of the school. The team claimed the Jaspers only NCAA national championship in 1973, making it the smallest school to claim this honor. The team was powered by 1972 Olympians Anthony Colon and Michael Keogh.
The Army Black Knights football program plays in one of the most famous college sports rivalries in the US, facing the Navy Midshipmen. The program has also been declared national champions three times, in 1944, 1945, and 1946. The men and women’s handball teams have also seen a lot of success, winning 35 men’s titles and 20 women’s.
While Fordham University may not be an Ivy league team, many believe the school helped create the nickname. Stanley Woodward referred to the football team as an “ivy college” in the New York Tribune in 1933. The football team has played in several notable bowl games, including the Sugar Bowl.
A member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Syracuse Orange has found a lot of success in NCAA team national championships. Lacrosse is the standout program, with ten national championships. IN addition, the school has picked up titles in basketball, boxing, cross country, and soccer.
As well as hosting a wide variety of sports teams, New York also holds several popular sporting events. These events range across a range of sports, from horse racing to tennis.
The NIT is a postseason tournament for those without a berth in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The early rounds of the competition are played at college campuses across the US, but all games after the Final Four are traditionally held at Madison Square Garden. Despite moving out of the Empire State for its 2021 edition, the NIT returned to New York for the 2022 Tournament.
Hosted in New York City in the heart of Bowl Mania, the Pinstripe Bowl welcomes two top collegiate sides to Yankee Stadium each year to compete for postseason glory.
The Bowl initially had an affiliation with the Big East and Big 12, attracting the fourth-placed team from the Big East against the seventh-best from the Big 12. However, it also had a backup clause allowing Notre Dame to compete should a Big 12 team not be bowl-eligible. This occurred in 2013 when No. 25 Notre Dame hosted Rutgers.
Since 2014, the Bowl has signed deals with the ACC and the Big Ten, ensuring that Power Five teams will compete for the Bowl over the next few years.
The Big East was founded in 1979 to create a competitive Northeast basketball-focused conference and has hosted its postseason tournament at Madison Square Gardens since 1982. The Conference featured several big hitters in the college basketball world, including St Johns, Villanova, UConn, and Seton Hall. The four-day Big East Tournament winner has gone on to win the NCAA Basketball Tournament six times.
The US Open is the last of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments in the calendar year and has been held every year at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows since 1978. Having played its first championship in 1881 on the grass at the Newport Casino, the US Open is now played on acrylic hard courts. It was also played at the West Side Tennis Club from 1915-1977 on grass before the move to the custom-built National Tennis Center.
The Triple Crown is the most famous horse racing series in the US, covering three of the most popular racetracks in the country. The Belmont Stakes race is the last of the series, coming after the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. The race is usually held in June, nicknamed the Run for Carnations, in reference to the blanket of white carnations draped over the winner at the end of the race.
No horse in history has ever won the Belmont Stakes more than once, with jockeys Eddie Arcaro and Jim McLaughlin winning the race six times each.
While online sportsbooks offer convenience for bettors to place bets on the go, heading to a retail sportsbook can be a great way to wager and watch your favorite sports. Most offer a wide range of amenities, including bars and restaurants that help you bet in style with hundreds of other passionate bettors and sports fans.
|Del Lago Resort Casino
|Rivers Casino & Resort
|Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino
|Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino
|Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
|Resorts World Catskills
|Sticks Sports Book & Grill
|Akwesasne Mohawk Casino & Resort
|The Lounge with Caesars Sports
|Point Place Casino
|The Lounge with Caesars Sports
|Turning Stone Resort Casino
|The Lounge with Caesars Sports
|Yellow Brick Road Casino
Many US states offer self-exclusion programs, allowing bettors to prohibit themselves from visiting retail sportsbooks or using online betting sites. The NYSGC operates its own self-exclusion program, which you can join by completing a notarized form at any licensed gaming facility across the state. You can also mail the notarized document to the NYSGC.
New York betting regulations require sportsbooks to provide various responsible gambling resources to players, including account tools like cool-offs and spend limits. Many New York sports betting sites also offer detailed advice for problem gamblers, such as self-test questionnaires and links to further support. The state also gives anyone struggling with problem gambling confidential support through the NYS HOPEline.
Yes, retail and online sports betting are legal in New York. Lawmakers passed legislation to allow retail sports betting in 2013, which became active in 2018 when the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA. Online sports betting went live in January 2022 when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed New York’s 2022 legislative budget.
Yes, you can bet on college football in New York. However, you can only place bets on events outside the state. In addition, you can’t wager on any teams from NY, no matter where the games are held. You can place various college sports bets, including moneylines, player props, and totals.
You can play Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) legally in New York. In March 2022, the New York Court of Appeals deemed DFS constitutional in NY, determining DFS to be a game of skill rather than chance. You can play any of your favorite DFS games in New York with sites like FanDuel and DraftKings.
Yes, you can place pari-mutuel horse racing bets in New York. Horse racing betting has been legal in NY for over a century, and the state has been hosting races longer than any other state. You can place pari-mutuel wagers by visiting an off-track betting (OTB) location.
No, online casino gambling is prohibited in New York. However, you can legally visit a brick-and-mortar casino and play games like slots, table games, and more. Lawmakers have shown interest in creating legislation for online casinos in the future.
No, offshore sportsbooks are not legal in New York. You’ll need to use a sportsbook licensed by the New York State Gaming Commission to wager legally in NY. If you find a betting site without a license from this regulator, there are no guarantees for your financial safety.
You can use FanDuel Sportsbook in New York after the brand launched in the state on January 8, 2022. The sportsbook is available through a desktop site or app, which you can use anywhere within the state’s borders. The operator also provides Daily Fantasy Sports to NY players.
Yes, you can use BetMGM to place wagers in New York. If you are 21 or over, you can use the sportsbook anywhere in the state and enjoy its unique benefits, like the MGM Rewards program. This gives you points for placing bets, which you can use to redeem bonuses like hotel stays and free bets.
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