Towards the end of 2021, New York finally joined an increasingly long list of states in legalizing mobile sports betting. Before this, only land-based betting at designated venues was available. While this long-awaited step finally came on November 8, there’s still some way to go before the official launch.
The process has become a notoriously slow one in New York. Still, there is, at the very least, confirmation of an impending online sportsbook scene in the Empire State. Better still, theplatforms that will become available to New Yorkershave already been confirmed.
To help New York bettors prepare for the eventual launch, here are the sportsbook apps that will be battling for your patronage.
When Will Mobile Sports Betting Launch in New York?
The simple answer is early 2022. That’s what we’re being told by the legal process and what can also be inferred from the progress made to meet the conditional approvals. The New York Gaming Commission awarded two licenses to a duo of broad coalitions that total nine platforms in November. Still, there are technical details to fulfill before any operator can launch in New York. With Super Bowl LVI on February 13, some see this as a race against time.
A big step in this direction came on November 26. On this day, the New York State Register established legal guidelines and restrictions for the impending mobile sportsbook industry. The regulatory framework is now out, and those permitted a license are racing to meet the requirements. Perhaps the most pressing is the need to house mobile betting servers physically in one of the four sports betting-enabled casinos. State Senator Joseph Addabbo has claimed that this should be completed by the end of January.
This is the major hurdle for the pre-approved sportsbooks. If Addabbo is correct in his predictions, there will be very little time between the servers going live and the Super Bowl. Still, there’s enough hype and momentum in the 20 million-strong Empire State. So, launching one week or so before the NFL’s grand finale at SoFi Stadium should still bring in copious revenues to online bookmakers.
Which Online Sportsbooks Will Be Coming to New York?
While nine have provisionally been given a license to operate in New York, none have been officially confirmed yet. As mentioned above, there are some hurdles to jump before New York sports bettors can use any of the nine sportsbooks. Assuming that the professional platforms do meet the standards of NY, these are the sites that you’ll be able to sign up to in 2022.
Having earned a name in daily fantasy sports as DraftKings’ main competitor, FanDuel now boasts a fully-fledged sportsbook. The New York City-based gambling company was only founded in 2009, but now they’re one of the biggest in the US. With some six million members already, bringing sports betting to New York will only enhance their presence. Of all nine sportsbooks coming in, FanDuel grades as one of the very best in our review.
Like their competitor above, DraftKings is the now-famous daily fantasy sports brand. Having undergone extensive advertising and partnership campaigns, few can rival DK’s brand recognition. They were one of the leading lobbyists to keep DFS from being classified as a form of sports gambling. However, now that online sports betting is being legalized around the US, the Boston-based operator is now embracing its role as a betting operator. You can find our DraftKings sportsbook review right here.
Already available in Colorado, Iowa, Indiana, and Virginia, BallyBet looks set to arrive in New York in 2022. BallyBet is the online sportsbook arm of the Bally’s Corporation. Based in Providence, the company operates 14 casinos across the US. They’ve certainly been ambitious in interactive gaming over the last couple of years, too. In 2021 alone, they acquired free-to-play games provider SportCaller, DFS operator Monkey Knife Fight, and the Association of Volleyball Professionals. Here’s what we think of the rampant brand’s NY sportsbook.
MGM Resorts International is one of the most famous names in hospitality and gambling in the US. Best known for the Bellagio, MGM Grand, and Mandalay Bay, the company leapt at the chance to enter the sports betting sector. Headquartered in Paradise, Nevada, the famous entertainment brand has partnered with the NBA, NHL, and MLB. Soon, they’ll be offering their professional sportsbook to New Yorkers too.
If you somehow didn’t recognize the brand above from Sin City, you’ll certainly know Caesars. Since the PASPA repeal, Caesars Entertainment (formerly Eldorado Resorts) has undergone a lot of change. In 2020, Eldorado acquired Caesars. Then, in April 2021, the company spent $3.7 billion to acquire successful British bookmaker William Hill, rebranding it in the US as the Caesars Sportsbook. Underpinned by a storied sportsbook from the UK, expectations are high for this sportsbook – as is our review score.
BetRivers is the online sports betting arm of Chicago-based Rush Street Interactive. It started as a social gaming provider. In 2016, it turned to online casino gaming and then added an online sportsbook in 2018. Since states started to legalize online sports betting, BetRivers has been one of the most approved providers. It is now present in 12 states, with New York on the way. As you’d assume, and as we conclude, BetRivers is an impressive sportsbook provider.
Another famous resident of The Strip, Wynn Resorts was never going to be slow to get into online gambling. The company with properties in Massachusetts, Las Vegas, and Macao have now gone all-in on sports betting. For their mobile sportsbook launch, they brought in Ben Affleck, Melvin Gregg, and Shaquille O’Neal. However, having a celebrity in your ad doesn’t always mean that the product is of the highest quality. So, you’d best check out our SBNY review before committing to Wynn.
With locations in Las Vegas, New York City, Catskills, and Miami, Resorts World is a well-known brand in the US. However, they’re even bigger overseas, in the UK, Bahamas, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Owned by Malaysian conglomerate Genting Group, the massive company is a storied provider of gambling entertainment. Now, its online sportsbook arrives in New York, which we’ve reviewed in detail.
Having arrived in the US in 2019, Australian operator PointsBet has quickly earned favor in several states. Its early successes came in Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, and New Jersey. Now, PointsBet aims for a big showing in New York. Professional golfer Paige Spiranac and former NFL quarterback Drew Brees are the faces of the platform. They also have a very strong highlights and meme-driven social media game. So, PointsBet has all the makings of a popular sportsbook. Still, how do they fare when put under scrutiny?
Those are the nine temporarily approved online sportsbooks in line to come to New York in 2022. If they’ll arrive in time for Super Bowl LVI is yet to be seen.