- The Del Lago Sportsbook will be powered by DraftKings.
- New York sports betting was approved to take place at four commercial casinos during a 2013 voter referendum.
- The Del Lago sports betting area will be the most western sportsbook in New York.
WATERLOO, N.Y. – New York sports betting is set to open in the Finger Lakes region just in time for football season. On Friday, del Lago Resort & Casino is set to unveil their DraftKings Sportsbook to the public.
The sports betting area spans across a 6,000-square-foot lounge that features 23 self-service betting kiosks and can accommodate seating for 200 viewers. The DraftKings Sportsbook also has 1,000 square feet of LED video screens which include 16 TV sets. Odds boards and a scrolling ticker showing live updates of injuries, scores, and stats will also be on display.
The grand opening ceremony will feature local officials, representatives of del Lago, and special guest Donovan McNabb. McNabb is a former NFL star and played quarterback at Syracuse University during his college days.
Ironically, bettors in del Lago are not able to bet on NY college teams or college events taking place in New York. This is part of the New York sports betting laws that all sportsbooks in the state must abide by.
To add to this, mobile sports betting will not be an option at del Lago Resort & Casino. Earlier this year a sports wagering bill which would have authorized sports betting apps in New York passed through the Senate but ultimately died in Assembly committee when the legislative session ended.
This makes DraftKings Sportsbook at del Lago a western option for sports bettors in New York right now. The sports betting parlor is about an hour drive away from Rochester, N.Y. and almost 2 hours out from Buffalo, N.Y.
At this time, legal sports betting is also being operated at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady and Tioga Downs Casino Resort. The Oneida Nation opened the first tribal-owned casino sportsbooks at Turning Stone Resort Casino and Point Place Casino earlier this month.
The Oneida Nation also plans to open a third New York sportsbook at their Yellow Brick Road Casino.
The Seneca Nation of Indians owns three casinos on the western side of New York, including properties in Niagara Falls and Buffalo. However, due to a compact dispute with the state government, a timeline for when they will pursue sports sportsbooks is unclear.
– In his career, Hasan has worked both local and state government positions—including the Attorney General’s Office in Florida. On top of being familiar with the legislative process, he has also been researching and writing on the legality of sports betting across the US. Outside of work you’ll most likely find him producing or playing music, playing sports, or working on creative writing projects. You’ll also catch him at Doak Campbell Stadium cheering on the Noles.