New York's Trusted Source for Betting Online

After weeks of anticipation, New York sports betting is LIVE. Bettors in New York can now legally download the top NY betting apps and place a wager from anywhere in the Empire State. To make sure you get started on the right foot, our team of veteran NY gamblers have put together everything you need to know about betting online in New York.

We Are New York Betting Experts

We have a team on the ground in New York with extensive knowledge of the state’s gambling market, from sports wagering to horse racing to casinos. We know the politics and the players because we've covered them for years. Our experienced team of contributors will evaluate and review New York's legal betting apps, and report and update when new products and sites are introduced.

Who Offers Online Betting in New York?

Now that mobile sports betting is legal in New York, Caesars, Draftkings, FanDuel and BetRivers went live ahead of the other licensed operators looking to go live later in the month. Following Draftkings and FanDuel, we expect to see BetMGM and WynnBet among others.

  • Caesars

    One of the top sportsbooks to launch in the US with one of the most notable marketing campaigns, Caesars Sportsbook New York is live in New York.

  • BetMGM

    After a short delay, BetMGM New York is live now taking bet from New Yorkers all around the state. Expect a ton of generous promotions to accompany this topnotch betting app as BetMGM looks to draw as many New Yorkers to its app as possible.

  • DraftKings

    Possibly the most notable brand that is live, DraftKings New York will offer bettors a fantastic mobile betting experience from the minute they download the app.

  • BetRivers

    A new face for some New Yorkers but an app you don't want to underestimate, BetRivers New York offers plenty of generous promotions to new accounts as it looks to set itself apart in a field of well-known brands that are now live.

  • FanDuel

    Initially the world's leading DFS provider, FanDuel New York is now live in New York State and is expected to be among the most popular betting apps.

  • WynnBet

    With Shaq sitting as the face of the brand and backing from one of the most well-known brands in gambling, WynnBet New York is ready to take the NY market by storm when they go live later in 2022.

  • PointsBet

    One of the most popular betting apps in Australia is looking to replicate that same success the States. PointsBet New York will be the operator's biggest challenge after successful launches in Colorado, etc. when it goes live before the Super Bowl.

Everything You Need to Know to Bet Online

New York allows in-person betting at four land-based commercial casinos and several tribal casinos, and now have legal online sports betting. As the state’s gambling footprint expands, EmpireStakes.com provides the latest New York-specific gambling news, as well as reviews of top online gambling operators and best NY sportsbook promo codes to help bettors select safe and legal places to wager.

This is an exciting time in New York following online sports going live in 2022. New York is expected to become the top legal sports betting market in the nation now that it is legal.

What will New York online sports betting look like? What other state venues might become sports betting retail outlets? Those are important questions, and EmpireStakes.com will monitor and report on the latest developments. We also provide helpful resources such as licensing information, rules changes and revenue figures from the New York State Gaming Commission, along with news from the state’s commercial and tribal casinos and racinos.

When Did NY Gambling Become Legal?

A look at the legal forms of gambling in New York and when they were launched:

In-Person Gambling

📅 Video lottery terminals and electronic table games in the New York City vicinity are offered at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway and Resorts World in Queens. The Yonkers facility was the first to open in 2006.

📅 Full casino gambling at four commercial casinos in different regions of upstate New York began in December 2016, joining upstate tribal casinos, which first opened in 1993. The casinos offer slots, casino games, poker, bingo and keno.

📅 Retail sports betting launched in 2019 at commercial and tribal casinos.

📅 Pari-mutuel wagering is available at 11 New York thoroughbred or harness racing tracks and nearly 200 off-track betting locations across the state. Saratoga Race Course is the third-oldest track in the U.S. — it opened in 1863.

Online Gambling

📅 Mobile sports betting was launched in New York on January 8, 2022.

📅 New Yorkers can wager on horse racing via online pari-mutuel wagering platforms such at NYRA Bets, which launched in 2016.

📅 New York has permitted and regulated daily fantasy sports (DFS) wagering since 2016. A state appellate court ruled in 2020 that DFS is not legal gambling in NY, but the ruling was appealed, and operators continue to accept wagers.

📅 New York, which began operating a state lottery in 1967, launched a mobile app in 2021, allowing players to download state lottery tickets from their smartphones.

📅 Online casinos are not being discussed, but social online sweepstakes casinos, which offer free casino-style games with no real money changing hands, are legal to New York players and have been for a few years.

Commercial & Tribal Casinos in New York

There are four commercial casinos and seven tribal casinos currently in New York:

🎰 Rivers Casino SchenectadyLicensed with Rush Street Gaming
🎰 Tioga Downs CasinoLicensed with American Racing and Entertainment (Jeff Gural)
🎰 del Lago CasinoLicensed with Peninsula Pacific Entertainment
🎰 Resorts World CatskillsLicensed with Kien Huat, Genting
🎰 Point Place CasinoLicensed with Oneida Indian Nation
🎰 Turning Stone CasinoLicensed with Oneida Indian Nation
🎰 Yellow Brick Road CasinoLicensed with Oneida Indian Nation
🎰 Seneca Buffalo Creek CasinoLicensed with Seneca Nation of Indians
🎰 Seneca Allegany CasinoLicensed with Seneca Nation of Indians
🎰 Seneca Niagara CasinoLicensed with Seneca Nation of Indians
🎰 Akwesasne Mohawk CasinoLicensed with Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

NY Gambling Laws and Regulations

Key points of New York casino and sports betting laws:

Bettors must be 21 years of age or older to wager at the state’s upstate commercial casinos and sportsbooks. (18 or older to wager at racinos and some tribal casinos).

New York State Gaming Commission regulates state casinos and sports betting.

Full on-site casino gaming, poker and sports betting is available at four commercial upstate casinos along with tribal casinos. The state’s racinos are permitted to offer only video lottery terminals and/or electronic table games.

Online poker and online casino games are not legal but an online sports betting bill passed in the State Legislature, which created 9 potential mobile operators and added retail kiosks at sports stadiums.

No sports wagering on college games involving New York-based teams.

Responsible Gambling

Part of our mission is to be a resource for gambling education and provide support information to New York bettors who may have a gambling problem. We provide contacts for support groups such as the National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-522-4700) and the New York National Council on Problem Gambling, as well as links for ways to help prevent gambling addiction, such as setting deposit and wagering limits and how to self-exclude from wagering for any period of time. The state has responsible gambling programs as well.

FAQ

Online sports betting is legal and available in New York, but online casino gambling and online poker are not currently legal.

The minimum legal age to gamble at the state’s commercial casinos is 21. At racinos and some of the state’s tribal casinos, the minimum age is 18.

You can gamble at four commercial casinos and seven tribal casinos in upstate New York and at racinos around the state that allow video lottery terminals and electronic games.

While you won’t need to be a New York resident, you will need to be physically located inside the state to place a wager when online gambling launches in New York. Operators use geolocation software to confirm your location.

Most pro and college sports and several international sports. The only restrictions are no betting on college games involving New York-based schools.

Offshore online gambling sites are unregulated and risky. Withdrawals can be problematic because U.S. financial institutions cannot knowingly enter into transactions with them. Offshore sites may abruptly shut down, resulting in loss of funds with no recourse for account holders.

Tax rates vary for the state’s four commercial casinos, ranging from 37 to 45% on slot revenues. All are taxed at 10% for table games and sports betting revenues. Tribal casinos pay a separate gaming tax rate, negotiated through compacts. In a pair of legislative bills introduced in January 2021, mobile sports betting revenue, if legalized, would be taxed at 12%.

Yes. New York is home to nearly a dozen thoroughbred and harness racing tracks across the state, many off-track betting locations, and allows online wagering through platforms such as New York Racing Association-owned NYRA Bets.

Contributors

Lou Monaco @loumonaco

Reviewer since December 2019

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

Interests: Sports betting, Casinos, Gambling legislation