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New York sports betting is slated to launch this Saturday, January 8 at 9 a.m. ET. The New York State Gaming Commission approved four operators to launch, with Caesars, DraftKings, BetRivers, and FanDuel clearing compliance and regulatory requirements. Each of these operators can choose to launch as soon as Saturday morning. Based on launches in other markets and track record of these companies, it’s likely all four will be live on day one, barring any technical issues.

As you prepare for New York sports betting, here’s what you can expect from each sportsbook.

DraftKings Sportsbook New York

Though it started as a daily fantasy sports site, DraftKing has risen to become one of the leading sportsbooks in the U.S. The DraftKings welcome bonus is a particularly good fit for experienced bettors who don’t mind spending a fair amount. The bonus is a 20% deposit match up to $1,000. That means a $5,000 deposit is required to claim the full bonus. But if you’re willing to shell out the money, it’s a great way to kickstart your legal New York sports betting experience. Keep in mind that the bonus scales. So a $100 deposit will get you $20.

Generally, DraftKings is a solid overall sports betting platform. Intuitive menus, plenty of diverse lines, and excellent customer service make for a streamlined and polished sportsbook.

For a limited time, the company is also offering a DraftKings NY launch bonus. It’s a $100 free bet, no deposit offer, just for registering before the 9 am launch time!

Also read: DraftKings Offers $100 Free Bet For NY Launch

FanDuel Sportsbook New York

FanDuel is another major competitor in the sports betting space, offering New Yorkers a solid experience from start to finish. The bonus for new users at FanDuel comes in the form of a risk-free first bet up to $1,000. Place your bet up to $1,000 and if it loses, you’ll receive your bet amount back in free credits. To be clear, you can bet more than $1,000; but if you lose, you’ll receive a maximum of $1,000 back.

FanDuel offers a robust number of betting markets. The sportsbook usually has great lines on underdogs, but you can always find competitive odds at the site. Combine that with a sleek app interface and speedy load times, and you’ve got a fantastic sportsbook for New York bettors.

Not to be outdone by DraftKings, the company is also offering a no deposit, free bet offer. Sign up for the FanDuel NY promo offer before the 9 am launch on Saturday and receive $100 in free bets.

Also read: FanDuel Sportsbook Launches in NY With $100 in Free Bets

Caesars Sportsbook New York

Everyone’s an emperor at Caesars sportsbook. The site generally offers a $1,001 first-bet match, meaning you’ll get your first wager matched with free credits, win or lose! That makes the Caesars’ offer more enticing than a run-of-the-mill risk-free bet. Plus, Caesars often runs excellent promos for existing users. In the past, the sportsbook has offered NFL and NBA jerseys as promotion prizes. Overall, Caesars is yet another strong sportsbook expected to be available on January 8, when New York officially launches.

BetRivers Sportsbook New York

While DraftKings’ bonus is suited for the big bettors, BetRivers has a welcome promotion ideal for the smaller sports bettor. BetRivers will match 100% of your first deposit up to $250, and there’s only a 1x playthrough requirement attached. That means you can get the full bonus amount after you bet 1x your original deposit.

BetRivers has a great mobile app, and it’s generally a great place to shop around for competitive lines. New York bettors will appreciate what the sportsbook has to offer.

When Will The Other New York Sportsbooks Launch?

Five more operators are awaiting approval to launch in New York. That approval could come just before Saturday’s launch, or it could come after the other four operators already have a foothold in the market. Operators must meet certain regulatory requirements in order to get the green light from the state.

Expect BetMGM, PointsBet, WynnBET, Bally Bet, and Resorts World to gain approval in the very near future.

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Cole Rush is an industry writer and contributor at Gaming Today. He is a Chicago-based writer in the gambling and media spaces. His work has been showcased in various gaming industry magazines and online columns. Rush also covers pop culture and books for Reactor Mag (formerly and, a sci-fi and fantasy book review site. He has more than eight years of experience writing about gambling and entertainment.

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