New York reportedly close to green-lighting sports gambling
State regulators have given the final approval needed for sportsbooks to open their doors
New York State is just about ready to pull the trigger on sports gambling. The state’s regulators have almost completely gone through the list of requirements and obligations in order to introduce the activity. Soon, four upstate casinos could start to accept sports wagers from gamblers.
The New York State Gaming Commission is meeting today in order to vote on whether or not sports gambling should move forward. If they say yes, 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 would all be eligible to run their own sportsbooks.
However, there would still be one more step in the process before the first wager could be accepted. Each venue has to receive a license, and this most likely won’t until sometime later this summer. When (and if) it launches, gambling on college games involving New York-based teams would still be prohibited over concerns of the games’ integrity. That restriction could also be expanded to cover high school sports, as well.
Mobile bets and wagers at sporting venues are still pending. There have been several bills on the subject, as well as amendments that have limited the activity to only certain facilities. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has stated that online gambling requires a change to the state’s Constitution, which could only happen through a public vote. Because of this, he could derail any chance to legalize online sports gambling if a bill were to reach his desk.