Exhale, New Yorkers.
The first full weekend of NY Sports Betting Apps is in the books and to say it was a success is a huge understatement.
Nearly 6 million (5.8 million) transactions were recorded in New York on Saturday after the market launched at 9 a.m. And then the big day came Sunday, the last day of the NFL regular season.
With three New York teams in action, including the now-AFC East champion Buffalo Bills, and a full slate of games involving many playoff scenarios across the league, 17.2 geolocation volumes were recorded into the four live mobile platforms to make a wager, including over more than 8 million from New York City’s five boroughs (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island). Those numbers are according to a social media post early Monday morning by GeoComply’s Lindsay Slader, managing director of gaming.
The 8 million was larger than any other standalone state total within the United States.
GeoComply is a geolocation security company based out of Vancouver.
New York a Runaway No. 1
Slader posted on Saturday about GeoComply’s geolocation transaction volumes (ranked by state from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. ET Saturday):
New York: 5.8M
New Jersey: 2.1M
“A launch this size is historically unprecedented, with volumes eclipsing the second closest ranked state, PA, by approx. 2.5 times,” Slader wrote in a post from her LinkedIn account Saturday night.
The weekend numbers were also helped by the New York sports betting promo codes offered by operators.
On Jan. 6, the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) suddenly announced that four mobile sports betting platforms had been approved to launch the mobile sports betting world in New York at 9 a.m. Saturday.
The four operators that were approved are: Caesars Sportbook New York, DraftKings New York, FanDuel New York and BetRivers New York.
Five Operators on Deck
Five more sportsbooks awaiting to get launch approval by the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) are BetMGM NY, WynnBET NY, PointsBet NY, Resorts World and Bally Bet NY. Combined, the nine operators were selected as approved operators back on Nov. 8 by the NYSGC.
The remaining five will be permitted to start operations when they have cleared statutory regulations in the eyes of the state.
With the NFL Playoffs starting on Jan. 15, look for some movement on these operators, possibly sometime this week.
New Yorkers also will have a chance to wager on another big event Monday night as top-ranked Alabama faces SEC rival and No. 3 Georgia in the College Football National Championship in Indianapolis.
Caesars Sportsbook New York has Georgia as a 2.5-point favorite and -135 on the moneyline as of Monday afternoon. Alabama is +115 on the moneyline. The over/under is 52.5 points.
Alabama beat Georgia, 41-24, on Dec. 4 in the SEC Championship Game.