New York Sportsbooks

The path to bring legal sports betting to New York has been one of the more complicated legal journies the US sports betting has seen over the past few years. This fight dates back to 2015 when New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declared that daily fantasy sports constituted illegal gambling in the state and sent cease-and-desist letters to FanDuel and DraftKings.

Fast-forward to late-2020 and early-2021 and the major concern in New York was Governor Andrew Cuomo’s unrelenting push to put sports betting in the state under the control of the state lottery, rather than casinos. Thankfully he was met with opposition from the state senate, who preferred to build the New York model off of the New Jersey model.

In the end, it was decided that the state would accept bids from mobile sports betting operators and that the New York State Gaming Commission would choose winning bids off of a number of predetermined criteria. In November of 2021, the commission announced the winning bids, and, in the end, New York bettors were left with 9 grade-A sportsbooks to choose from when betting in the state officially goes live.

Here is a breakdown of the winning bids and some notes on what New York bettors can expect from each operator. After years of operating in this space, we are listing these sportsbooks in the order in which we would recommend them to new players.

1. PointsBet Sportsbook

It was absolutely crucial that an operator like PointsBet makes its way into the New York market. Clearly, FanDuel and DraftKings will dominate the NY market, as they have in the majority of states across the US. That being said, PointsBet is one of the few brands that can challenge them on several different levels including overall quality of product, bonus offers, and quality of odds and juice offered to players.

2. FanDuel Sportsbook

While FanDuel has tended to play second-fiddle to DraftKings in the daily fantasy sports market, they have managed to become the most popular sportsbook in the US market. FanDuel offers arguably the most polished user experience, both in-app and on the sportsbook’s website. FanDuel offers a wide variety of bonus offers that are available to both new and existing players, many of which are unique to its platform. These range from cash bonus offers to free-to-play games that payout millions in prizes.

3. DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings trails FanDuel just slightly in total sports betting revenue but don’t expect that lead to last for long. As legal sports betting moves into new states, DraftKings will be able to lean on its massive pool of existing DFS players to fuel rapid growth. DraftKings features some of the best technology in this space, and their sportsbook app has arguably the best live betting and same game parlay interface in the industry.

4. BetMGM Sportsbook

The BetMGM sportsbook has separated itself as the primary competitor to FanDuel and DraftKings in terms of overall betting handle. They are also the largest online casino operator in the US and have a popular online poker product that is already live in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Michigan. It is important to note that, while New York does not have an active online casino bill at the moment, there is a pair of bills working their way through legislation that would legalize online poker. The sportsbook is loaded with popular features including live betting, same game parlays, player props, and more.

5. Caesars Sportsbook

After a slow start, Caesars has hit the marketing trail hard over the past six months. After acquiring William Hill and rebranding its US properties as Caesars Sportsbook, the company launched a massive campaign of TV advertising featuring Curb Your Enthusiasm’s JB Smoove. The Caesars app was recently rebuilt from the ground up and offers one of the better overall user experiences in the industry. The biggest advantage this sportsbook has over its competition is the Caesars Rewards Program, which is by far the best available in the New York sports betting market.

6. BetRivers Sportsbook

With their upcoming launches in both New York and Lousisiana, BetRivers, a product of Rush Street Interactive and sister brand to SugarHouse Casino and Sportsbook, will now be live in 11 US states. There are several things to love with this sportsbook: great promotions, a great rewards program, and an easy-to-use interface. That being said, the app feels slightly dated compared to our top 5 NY sportsbooks, and betting options are also slightly more conservative.

7. Bally Bet Sportsbook

Bally Bet is hoping that by aggressively entering several new markets with industry-leading bonus offers they are able to become legitimate players in the space. In addition to receiving a license in New York, Bally Bet is also licensed to operate in Iowa, Colorado, Virginia, and Indiana. They are currently offering new players a $100 free bet just for registering and an additional $550 in risk-free bets with any deposit.

8. WynnBet Sportsbook

While most New York bettors will likely have no familiarity with the WynnBet sports betting app, they are likely familiar with the famous Wynn Resorts. WynnBet’s approach in other states has been relatively conservative and the brand has seen little traction in the seven states in which it currently operates. Nevertheless, we were impressed with the quality of the app. It’s quick, easy-to-use, and the betting options were on par with what you would expect to find with the bigger names in the NY sports betting market.

New York Sports Betting FAQs

New York Sports Betting FAQs

With the launch of legal mobile sports betting rapidly approaching in New York, many sports fans that may be new to betting have questions about how this all works. We address the majority of the questions we have received in the FAQs below.

When will online sports betting launch in New York?

The goal of New York legislators has always been to launch legal mobile betting in the state sometime before Super Bowl LVI on February 13, 2022. That being said, Senator Joseph Addabbo, the man behind the bill that legalized betting in the state, believes that mobile betting could launch closer to the start of the NFL Playoffs in January.

Can I bet in a New York sportsbook?

Yes, retail betting is already live across the state of New York. There are 12 retail sportsbooks that are already fully operational.

What is the legal betting age in New York?

Sports betting is restricted to New Yorkers that are 21+ years of age.

How will sportsbooks verify my location?

You will be asked to turn on location when you first open any of the sports betting apps listed on this page. Betting will be restricted to users that are physically located within state lines. Additionally, you will need to verify your identity before being eligible to place a bet. It is important to note that you are not required to live in New York to partake in mobile betting but must be within state lines anytime you place a wager.

Can you bet on college sports in New York?

While New York bettors will be able to bet on all college sports, they will not be able to bet on teams located in the state. This includes Syracuse, Buffalo, St. John’s, Cornell, and Columbia.

Which New York sportsbook has the best bonus offers?

While FanDuel and DraftKings have traditionally offered the best sign-up bonuses, PointsBet has the best offers currently available. These include a ‘Bet $1 to Get $100 Free’ offer and a ‘Bet $20 to Get $200 Free’ offer. Both of these promotions pay out whether your first bet wins or not.