New York has been a traditionally hesitant state when it comes to gambling expansions. Commercial casinos didn’t make their way to the state until after a 2013 voter referendum. Sports betting has been a hot topic in the state all year. While it is now legal, the state has neglected to bring mobile sports betting to the state. Something that will surely be a huge blow to the state’s sports betting revenue as residents of New York City will continue to travel to New Jersey as opposed to heading upstate to one of four commercial casinos.
What Type of Betting Are Legal in New York?
Daily Fantasy Sports
In 2016 New York began regulating online fantasy sports as a game of skill. A recent court ruling threatened Daily Fantasy Sports in the state, but they are still legal, for now. DFS giants like FanDuel and DraftKings have permits to operate in New York.
Horse racing betting is available at both off-track betting facilities as well as online. All of the off-track betting facilities in New York offer online betting options as well.
Physical Sports Betting
Sports betting is legal in New York and the New York State Gaming Commission has recently finished with its proposed rules and regulations. Now the state’s four commercial casinos can apply for a sports betting license. The four casinos are del Lago Resort & Casino, Tioga Downs Casino, Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, and Resort World Catskills. New York’s tribal casinos are now also able to offer sports betting.
What Types of Betting are Illegal in New York?
Online Sports Betting
New York tried to make a late-session push to legalize mobile sports betting but fell short. Governor Andrew Cuomo believes an amendment to the state’s constitution will be required in order to legalize mobile sports betting. This is a big hit to New York by missing out on the opportunity to legalize state-wide mobile sports betting.
Online real-money casinos are not legal in New York at this time. The state does allow for free-play casinos to operate. New York residents can play a number of commercial and Native American casino free-play games. Most sites offer free virtual credits to players or give them the option to win or purchase virtual credits. Players can’t earn money playing these free casino games.
New York has made a number of attempts to legalize online poker in the past few years, but everything has fallen short. Some bills attempted to classify online poker as a game of skill, therefore making it legal, much like DFS. None of these bills have passed yet but the efforts are continuing in New York. Petitions are available for New York residents to sign online to try and bring legal online poker to the state.
Future of New York Betting
DFS seems to be a bit of a touchy subject in New York. While they are currently classified as a game of skill, there have been attempts to overrule that classification. While they are safe for now, DFS sites may have a rocky road ahead of them. Sports betting is now legal in the state at physical locations, but online hasn’t made its way to New York just yet. Maybe after another year New York can figure out the constitutional amendment argument and will see how much money they are leaving on the table by neglecting to legalize online sports betting.
Online poker and online casinos could be a little further away from coming to New York than online sports betting. There hasn’t seemed to be too much desire to pursue online poker and casinos as there was for online sports betting. Sports betting may make its way online before poker and casinos game do. Once sports betting does, if it does, then New York residents can start to get excited about more online gambling expansions.