When it comes to mobile New York sports betting operators, the Empire State is down to two, and indications are it soon will be one.
WynnBET New York released its mobile app Thursday night.
Meanwhile, Resorts World New York has been alerting the betting public on social media that its entry to the lucrative Empire State is imminent.
In a news release, WynnBET had an offer for New York customers: Bet $10 Win $200. After completing registration, making at least a $10 deposit and placing a $10 first-time straight bet or parlay wager, customers can receive $200 in free bets.
For the latest in New York sports betting promo codes, be sure to check out Empire Stakes.com.
WynnBET in NY Sports Betting
WynnBET — which secured market access in New York in partnership with the Oneida and St. Regis Mohawk compacted tribes as part of a consortium of operators — became the seventh operator to go live in New York.
New York is the eighth state in which WynnBET is currently live. It joins the states of Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia. The company expects to be able to launch soon in Iowa and Louisiana.
Shaquille O’Neal is a brand ambassador in Louisiana for WynnBet.
A recent New York Post report, via sources, said Wynn Interactive was looking to sell its sportsbook. A Wynn spokesperson told the Post he would have no comment and termed the report rumor and market speculation.
“WynnBET beginning operations in New York is a monumental step in the growth of our company,” said Wynn Interactive President Ian Williams in a news release. “New York represents a significant population of our Wynn Rewards membership, and we are confident in our ability to compete in this market by providing the first-class service and gaming experiences synonymous with the Wynn Resorts brand.”
Williams was named Wynn Interactive president in late November. In the role, he will oversee Wynn Interactive’s global day-to-day operations. Before joining Wynn, Williams worked for five years as the president of online gaming for Churchill Downs Inc.
Recap of Starting Nine
The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) awarded nine licenses to operate mobile wagering platforms in the state on Nov. 8.
Since then, the state allowed four of those operators — Caesars Sportsbook New York, DraftKings New York, FanDuel New York and BetRivers New York — to start the betting frenzy exactly two months later, on Jan. 8.
BetMGM New York followed on Jan. 17 and PointsBet New York a few days ago, on Jan. 25.
Now WynnBET is operational and Resorts World appears to be knocking on the door. As recently as Friday morning, Resorts World Catskills tweeted: Mobile Sports Betting, coming soon to New York.”
Where Does Bally’s Come In?
Seven of the nine operators are accepting mobile bets and an eighth appears on the verge of doing so. That leaves only Bally Bet New York to get going.
Bally’s Chairman Soo Kim spoke about his company’s plans for an online sportsbook last week in an interview with CNBC’s Contessa Brewer.
“New York is an interesting place,” Soo Kim said. “You can literally open an account with one person, open another account with another, get your free promotional money and bet different ways on the same game and you will win on one of them. I don’t know why everyone is not doing that.
“We will launch sometime in April, I think is the plan.”
New York Sports Betting Date with History
After only nine days, the state of New York, in the form of the NYSGC, announced a mobile sports handle of $603 million, a precursor to history.
That history was made Friday when the NYSGC announced numbers from Jan. 8-30, which included a national handle record of $1.6 billion.
The record that fell was set by New Jersey in October 2021 when the state posted a monthly handle of $1.3 billion.
Stay tuned for more possible records in future months when the New York numbers reflect a full month of betting.
CUMULATIVE TOTALS, JAN. 8-30