• The New York Gaming Commission’s new regulations will have to be published in the State Register before they can approve a casino’s sports betting license.
  • Through a 2013 voter referendum, NY sports betting was approved to take place in four upstate casinos and tribal casinos.
  • Mobile sports betting was not included in the New York Gaming Commission’s approved regulations.

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York casinos are now one step closer to opening their sports betting operations. After a 6-0 vote during a New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) meeting earlier this week, rules and regulations for the activity will now be sent to the State Register to be finalized.

During the Commission’s Board meeting in Manhattan, members discussed minimal tweaks to what were already predetermined rules to sports betting in New York.

The only sports wagering outlets to be allowed will be the four upstate commercial casinos including Del Lago Resort and Casino, Tioga Downs & Casino, Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, and Resorts World Catskills. Native American owned gaming facilities will also be able to offer the activity.

The goal of the NYSGC was to adopt rules for sports betting “as soon as practical” and noted that “novel or unique concept ideas can be visited at a later date.”

One of those ideas included removing the ban on wagering on New York collegiate sports teams or collegiate contests in the state. The current rule sits in line with how New Jersey conducts collegiate sports betting, however, the amendment was not immediately adopted.

Issues such as mobile sports betting are also still being discussed by state lawmakers and were not included in the Commission’s final decisions.

The regulations will now head to the State Register for publication. According to state officials, the NYGC should file a notice of adoption on Tuesday. After that the State Register is expected to finalize publication 15 days later, so the soonest those regulations would become active is June 26.

Several casinos have already partnered with sports wagering operators and have begun to renovate their location in order to make room for a full-service sportsbook. For example, Tiago Downs began construction of their legal sports betting area back in March of this year.

Once those rules are published, the NYGC will be able to issue sports betting licenses to these locations. An exact timeline for when they will be issued licenses is not certain. But, the goal for all of them is to open their sportsbook in time for the 2019 football season, the peak season for sports bettors in the US.

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