• Sports betting in New York was officially approved at four-upstate casinos in 2013 via voter referendum and regulations for them were set in June of 2019.
  • The NY constitution requires any gambling expansion in the state to be approved via voter referendum.
  • New York sports betting bill NY S 17D would have allowed statewide mobile sports wagering apps as well as sports betting inside NY stadiums.

ALBANY, N.Y. – New Yorkers will continue to have to travel out of state in order to use mobile sports wagering apps.

Sports betting bill NY S 17D, which overwhelmingly passed through the State Senate by a voting margin of 57-5, has officially died in the Assembly after the legislature adjourned earlier this week.

On Tuesday, the bill was sent to the Assembly Committee on Codes and was assigned to be the same bill as NY A 6113. However, A 6113 was not able to make it on the committee’s agenda in time for a vote.

Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., sponsor of S 17D, shared his frustration on the Assembly’s inaction via Twitter.

“NY will be stuck like a disabled car on the shoulder, while we allow an illegal sports betting business in our state thrive and idly watch other neighboring state pass us up with enormous revenue gains from mobile sports betting,” wrote Addabbo.

Future Of Sports Betting in New York?

Sports betting in New York is still expected to launch in the coming months at four upstate casinos.

Resorts World Catskills, Tioga Downs, Rivers Casino Schenectady, and del Lago Resort, were all approved to offer sports betting via 2013 voter referendum. Regulations for their sportsbooks were also finalized by the New York State Gaming Commission (NYGC) earlier this month.

Had NY S 17D passed, mobile sports betting servers would have been placed within these locations.

“NJ places its servers in Atlantic City for statewide mobile gaming to comply with its constitution, which we would do in NY with our licensed casinos to comply with our state constitution,” tweeted Addabbo.

The approved casinos still plan on launching their retail sportsbooks in time for the upcoming 2019 NFL season. Tioga Downs began constructing their sports wagering area in March of 2019 and is now waiting to apply for a license from the New York State Gaming Commission.

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, the closest casino to Albany, NY, is also wrapping up their sportsbook renovations which began in May of 2019.

“We think sports fans and sports bettors throughout the Capital Region and beyond will be thrilled with the new sportsbook and are looking forward to welcoming them into the casino to place legal wagers for the first time,” said Justin Moore, Rivers Casino & Resort acting General Manager.

Construction for the DraftKings sportsbook at del Lago resort began about the same time as the one in Rivers and the sports betting area inside Resorts World Catskills is also finished and awaiting final approval from the NYSGC.

“We look forward to opening it at the first opportunity – which we expect will be in late Summer and in time for football season,” said Ryan Eller, President and CEO of Resorts World Catskills’ parent company Empire Resorts.

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