This Website use Cookies OK

Read more Politics News

Sports betting regulations approved for four upstate New York casinos as push for mobile gambling goes into overtime


A sports book room at the Aquarius Hotel & Casino is pictured in Laughlin, Nevada. (George Rose/Getty Images)

ALBANY — Place your bets.

Gamblers looking to wager on their favorite sports teams will soon be able to play the odds at a quartet of upstate casinos.

State officials approved regulations Monday that would allow the four sites to likely get licenses at some point this summer and have sports betting parlors in place for the football season this fall.

The Gaming Commission moved the ball for in-person wagering while the odds of being able to make bets from home or a smartphone remain long.

Multiple sources told the Daily News last week that New Yorkers hoping to place a wager on pro and college sports from their phones are likely out of luck as lawmakers are not ready to pass a bill legalizing mobile sports betting before the legislative session ends later this month.

Regulations will have to be published in the State Register and the commission still has to approve each license. Casinos run by the state’s Native American tribes would also be allowed to host on-site betting parlors.

Approval comes after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a federal sports betting ban last year. New Jersey moved quickly to allow bets to be placed on sporting events. Advocates pushing for mobile betting in the Empire State frequently note that online bets account for 80% of the wagers placed in New Jersey.

Assemblyman Gary Pretlow (D-Mount Vernon) said the state is losing out on tax revenue as New Yorkers either turn to illicit online-betting platforms or travel across the state line.

“We’re losing hundreds of millions of dollars because we haven’t advanced this,” Pretlow, the bill’s Assembly sponsor told The News. “Right now New Jersey is cleaning our clock.”

The four casinos are Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, Tioga Downs in the Southern Tier and Del Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes.