NY Retail Betting Up in September as Mobile Process Continues

NY Retail Betting Up in September as Mobile Process Continues

With New York online sports betting still waiting to launch, September sports betting figures for its four upstate retail casinos were released by the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) on Monday and it was good news — if you don’t look at the record-setting numbers posted by New Jersey on Monday.

Thanks to both collegiate and professional football starting, September sports betting handle in New York was $17.35 million, up 89.6% from August’s $9.15 million.

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That’s still a drop in the bucket compared to New Jersey, which became the first state to top $1 billion in total handle in a single month when the state released its September figures on Monday.

In New York, Rivers Casino in Schenectady led the way once again with $7.96 million in September sports betting handle, up from August’s $4.3 million. Del Lago Casino in Waterloo came in second with $5.43 million, with Resorts World Catskills in Monticello next at $2.708 million, while Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols finished fourth with $1.253 million.

Revenue Up in NY

September revenue skyrocketed for all four casinos. They combined for $3.187 million, up a whopping 194.9% from August’s $1.08 million.

Rivers again led the way with $1.41 million in revenue, up from August’s $464,164. Del Lago came in second at $1.16 million, Resorts World Catskills came in third at $421,525 and Tioga Downs came in at $188,608, up from August’s $51,739.

Mobile Operator Selection

With the state in dire need of greater cash flow because of the coronavirus pandemic, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo legalized mobile betting through its inclusion in a $212 billion state budget in April. Cuomo expected state revenue from mobile betting to eventually reach $500 million.

The state has solicited bids for potential mobile sports betting partners, a list that includes BetMGM New York Sportsbook,Bally’s, DraftKings New York Sportsbook, FanDuel New York Sportsbook, the Seneca Nation, the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Sabres, Major League Soccer’s NYCFC, the New York Yankees and the YES Network.

The state gaming commission is reviewing all bids and told EmpireStakes.com in early September that oral presentations did not have to be made by the applicants. The state hopes to make selections for operators by Dec. 6.

New York State legislators, under interim Gov. Kathy Hochul, hope to see mobile sports betting go live in early 2022, just in time for the Super Bowl on Feb. 13.

Connecticut launches online sports betting and online casinos on Tuesday at 6 a.m. ET.



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.

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