New York Tiptoes Into Sports Betting

February 7, 2019

The way New York’s plans to legalize sports betting are shaping up, those expecting a gold rush in an instantly super-liberated market will be disappointed.

Mobile betting will not be allowed, at least for now, according to the New York State Gaming Commission’s initial proposal released on Jan. 28 following the state legislature’s decision to allow sports wagers. Nor will in-game betting be permitted.

Indeed, New York City will not have any sports betting locations at all. The commission wants to limit the development of sportsbooks to four upstate casinos, which will need to apply for sports betting licenses.

The publication of the rules began a 60-day notice and comment period before the regulations are finalized.

Sports wagers will have to be placed in person at a betting window or at an automated betting machine located in a special area in an authorized casino.

The four casinos are the Tioga Downs Casino Resort in Nichols, the Del Lago Resort and Casino in Waterloo, the Rivers Casino & Resort  in Schenectady and and the Resorts World Catskills in Monticello.

Last month, the Oneida Indian Nation said that it would partner with Caesars Entertainment  to offer sports betting inside three upstate casinos. That deal remains on hold for now.