The sports betting industry is off to a fast start in New York, as the state’s 20 million residents (and countless tourists) now can place bets on their favorite sports, teams, and events online or on their mobile phones.
Now that New York mobile sports betting is live, you can start an account with various sportsbooks and get betting. Here’s what you need to know.
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New York Mobile Sportsbooks – 5 of 9 Now Live
The New York State Gaming Commission licensed nine online sportsbook operators to go live in the state. Four of these sportsbooks — DraftKings, Caesars, FanDuel, and BetRivers — were approved to go live Saturday, Jan. 8. BetMGM was next, and the four others are expected to be close behind.
Here are the nine authorized New York sportsbook operators:
Overall, that’s an impressive roster. Most of these sportsbooks have a large presence across the U.S. sports betting market, and New Yorkers many appreciate the regional touch Resorts World offers.
How To Sign Up And Place Bets In New York
To get started, you’ll need to sign up for an account with your preferred sportsbook or sportsbooks. If you like a few, no problem, and having more than one account allows you to shop for better odds for your wagers.
Sign up for as many sportsbooks as you’d like (they do limit you to one account per platform, however). Either visit the sportsbook’s website or download the app from the Google Play Store or iOS App Store. From there, follow the prompts to sign up. You’ll need to enter some personal information: email, phone number, address, etc. In addition, have your Social Security Number and government-issued ID ready.
Once you’re set up with an account, peruse the odds available and select your preferred wager or wagers. This will add them to your betslip. Then you can type in the amount of each wager and select “place bet.” Once the sportsbook confirms your bet has been placed, all that’s left is to watch the event you’ve bet on and cheer for your wager to be a winner.
Can Visitors Place Online Bets In New York?
New York sports betting is a come one, come all market. The only restrictions on who can place bets have to do with age and location. First, you must be 21 or older to sign up and place a bet. This will be confirmed using your ID and personal info when you sign up.
The second requirement? You must be physically located in the state of New York to register, make a deposit, or place a bet.
For the state’s many visitors, tourists, and travelers, this is great news. If you’re just visiting New York for any reason, you can sign up and place a bet. If you have sportsbooks available in your home state, you may have to download a New York-specific app, though.
Once you log on, geolocation will confirm you’re within the state’s borders and allow you to start betting.
Sports & Events To Bet On In New York
Now that New York sports betting is live, you can start placing bets on a wide variety of events. There are a few key leagues and matches that take place around this time of year, giving you plenty of betting fodder.
First and foremost, the NFL Playoffs are in full swing, and the Super Bowl, and one of the biggest betting events in the world, is right around the corner. Pick a team, find some props, or build a parlay, and hope for the best when the big game airs Sunday, February 13.
The NBA and NHL are both in the midst of their regular seasons, too. The Nets, Knicks, Rangers, and Islanders are all fair game. You can even bet on Yankees and Mets “futures”, such as will either team with their pennant or the World Series.
March Madness, The Masters, and World Cup are also fast-approaching.
There is no shortage of ways to wager.
College Sports Betting In New York
There’s one bummer when it comes to New York sports betting: There are limitations when it comes to wagering on college sports.
Betting on in-state college games are off-limits. If you’re looking to bet Syracuse, St. John’s, Cornell, or other New York schools, you won’t find odds even listed for those teams at New York sportsbook sites. This is true even if those teams are playing out of state. This law is similar to those found in other sports betting markets like Illinois or New Jersey. It is intended to curb potential foul play with college athletes.
The restriction extends to futures markets. You will not be able to bet, for example, Syracuse to win the ACC or NCAA Tournaments.
However, there’s hope. Proponents in New Jersey have attempted to repeal the in-state college ban. They have yet to succeed. But if they do eventually, that could set the dominoes falling elsewhere, including New York. Long story short: the in-state college betting ban in New York could be temporary.
Also, sportsbooks are not allowed to offer player props on college sports.