Sports betting was legalized in New York for in-person wagering back in July 2019, a little over a year after PASPA was repealed. However, until Jan. 2022, New Jersey had online sports betting and New York did not, leading to the Garden State being the No. 1 sports betting market in the U.S. Mobile sports betting went live in Jan. 2022, and there are currently nine mobile sports betting apps. New York has had over $1 billion wagered on sports betting in the majority of months since legalization.

New York Sportsbooks Features & Promos

It is important for you to decide what you're looking for in a betting app or sportsbook in general. With New York having nine online sportsbooks for you to choose from, different betting platforms will offer unique features and promos such as live betting, live streaming, bet boosts etc. 

Shop around at the New York sportsbooks to find the one best suited for you.

New York Sports Betting Legal Path

It was a long, drawn-out battle to get New York to legalize sports betting even with its neighbors to the south, New Jersey, offering in-person gambling in 2019. On April 19, 2021, then-governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation authorizing mobile betting in the Empire State. Just nine months later, on January 8, 2022, sportsbooks such as FanDuel, Caesars and DraftKings became available for people to use.

Additional New York Legal Betting Path Details

Here are some key questions regarding New York's sports betting rules.

  1. How old do you have to be to Bet In New York?

    You must be 21+ years old to wager at a legal retail or online sportsbook within New York.

  2. How many sportsbooks operate in New York?

    There are nine online and 11 retail sportsbooks in New York.

  3. can you bet on College sports in New York?

    You can bet on professional sports teams based in New York, but not New York college teams or in-state college events.

  4. Do you have to go to a retail location in New York to register a sports betting account?

    New York allows for remote registration for sports betting.

  5. Can you play Daily Fantasy in New York?

    Daily fantasy sports contests are legal in New York.

  6. What is the New York State tax on sports betting?

    Tax rate is 51% for sports betting operators.

  7. Can you bet on Esports in new york?

    Betting on esports is not fully legal in New York.

  8. Can you bet on entertainment in new York?

    Betting on Entertainment (Oscars, Golden Globes) is illegal in New York.

Home Field Advantage

With the city that never sleeps housed within New York state, there are no shortages in local teams to wager on if you live in or are visiting the Empire State. From NHL to NFL to MLB, you can find a club to wager on regardless of the season.

NHL: New York Rangers

The Rangers’ hockey season runs from early October through April, although it can be extended into May and June if the team makes the playoffs. The Rangers have been a frequent playoff participant, making it the last two seasons and three of the past four. They play their home games at Madison Square Garden. The last time the Rangers made the Stanley Cup Final was 2014.

NHL: New York Islanders

The Islanders play their home games at UBS Arena and their season runs from October through April. The Islanders were founded in 1972 and have won four Stanley Cups in their history, but the most recent was 1983. They made the playoffs in 2023. 

NBA: Brooklyn Nets

The Nets started playing in Brooklyn at Barclays Arena in 2012. Their season runs from October through April, and although they’ve made the postseason frequently, the 2023-24 season has been a disappointing one. The Nets haven’t been a good team against the spread this season.

NBA: New York Knicks

The Knicks play at Madison Square Garden and are one of New York’s most popular sports teams. Their season runs from October through April, and although they’ve made the playoffs several times recently, they shockingly haven’t won an NBA championship since 1973. The last time the Knicks made the NBA Finals was 1999, when they lost to the San Antonio Spurs.

MLB: New York Yankees

The Yankees play at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and are New York’s most popular and successful team. The Yankees have won 27 World Series titles and 20 American League East division titles, but haven’t won a championship since 2009. The season runs late March through September, although the Yankees expect to be playing into October.

MLB: New York Mets

The Mets play at Citi Field in Queens and have a devout fan base. The Mets aren’t in the playoffs as frequently, but last won the World Series in 1986 and have been to the World Series more recently (2015) than the Yankees. The Mets most recently made the playoffs in 2022. Their season runs from March through September as well.

NFL: New York Giants

The Giants’ have won four Super Bowl titles including their most recent championship run in 2012 and the “helmet catch” Super Bowl in 2008. The Giants share their home stadium (MetLife Stadium) with the Jets in the East Rutherford, NJ. The Giants season runs from September to January.

NFL: New York Jets

The Jets’ season runs from September to January and hasn’t extended into the playoffs since 2010. With a healthy Aaron Rodgers next season they’ll be looking to change that. The Jets play their home games in East Rutherford, NJ at MetLife Stadium. The Jets haven’t won a Super Bowl since way back in 1969.

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