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How To Bet On Sports In New York

4 January 2022

With legal online sports betting now launched in New York, we take you through the process of how to start sports betting in NY, from picking a betting site to placing your first wager!

How to sports bet in New York - Step by Step

Legal online sports betting is - finally - live in New York! (Just in time for Super Bowl LVI!)

"But how do I even begin to bet on sports here in New York?", you might be asking yourself.

If you want to know the answer to that question, follow our step-by-step guide on how to start sports betting in New York to make sure you choose a safe betting site(s) with a great welcome bonus (never underestimate the power of a good bonus!).

Step 1 - Pick a NY betting site with a good welcome offer

There will eventually be a total of nine betting sites in New York to choose from, with each betting operator having its strong points as well as its weak points.

Important Note: As of February 1, 2022, six of the nine betting sites are currently accepting bets in New York:

What you want from a gambling site 2 us

What's most important is that you understand which betting site will offer YOU the best experience, based on what you are looking for in a betting site. To help solve this riddle, we have compiled a list where we rank the sports betting sites in New York from best to worst.

Best Online Betting Sites New York

  1. FanDuel Sportsbook → Best US betting app
  2. DraftKings Sportsbook → Great for beginners
  3. Caesars Sportsbook → Best welcome bonus
  4. BetMGM → Overall high-quality betting option
  5. WynnBET → Great futures market
  6. BetRivers → Good live streaming options

NY Betting Site Promos

21+. Gambling problem? Call (877-8-HOPENY) or text HOPENY (467369)

  1. First Bet up to $1,000 on Caesars

  2. Bet $5, Win $150 in Bonus Bets

  3. 20% Deposit Bonus up to $1,000

  4. Second Chance Bet up to $500

  5. Bet $100, Get $5 Bet Credit

  6. Best Parlays in NY

21+ If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available. Call (877-8-HOPENY) or text HOPENY (467369)

NY Sports Betting Hack

I strongly recommend trying more than one betting site! There's no rule saying you have to pick one and stick with it, after all. This means you can sign up with as many betting sites as you like, take advantage of all the welcome offers you want, and then decide which betting site/app works best for you!

Step 2 - Create a NY Sports Betting Account

Now that you've found a betting site (or betting sites 😉) with a good welcome bonus, it's time to create your account(s).

Here is our step-by-step guide on creating a betting account.

Create a New York sports betting account in a few easy steps!

Although the exact sign-up process and order in which you enter your information may slightly vary from operator to operator, they all typically require the same information.

We've created this guide for you so you can know what to expect when registering for a New York betting site.


Find the right NY betting site for you

Pick from the list of NY betting sites above, or visit our Sports Betting Sites in New York page to find the right betting site for you.

Once you've found the one(s) that you like, press one of the green 'CLAIM' or 'JOIN' buttons to make sure you don't miss out on your welcome offer on your way to signing up.


Enter your email and create a password

Upon entering the site, find the button to begin the registration process, this is typically done by clicking on the 'Join' or 'Register' button.

Once you've begun the registration process you'll most likely be prompted to provide your email address and create a password for your account.


Provide personal information

Betting sites require some personal information to ensure safety and security for both themselves and for you.

It's not uncommon to be asked for any of the following:

  • Full name
  • DOB
  • Address
  • The last 4 digits of your SSN
  • Proof of identity
  • Establish security questions

Select your preferred payment method

Select your preferred payment method (we recommend using PayPal whenever it is an option).

Make your first deposit to add funds to your account (pay close attention to whether your welcome bonus has a minimum deposit amount so you don't miss out on your bonus!).

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Step 3 - Start betting in NY!

Now for the fun part! At this point in the process, you should now be able to log in to your betting account and place your first bet.

We'll now show you how to place your first wager!

  • Note: There are many different types of bets you can place, such as Money Line, Point Spread, or Over/Under bets, just to name a few. For this example, we will use the most common and straightforward type of bet, the Money Line (i.e. the winner of the game).

⒈ Find the sport/league you want to bet on

Let's say we want to place a bet on the Knicks money line (ML). Start by browsing through the listed sports menu, typically found on the left-hand side navigation menu, to find the sports you want to bet on (in this case that would be Basketball/NBA).

How to bet on sports in NY step 1

The sports menu is found on the left-hand side

⒉ Scroll until you find the game you want to bet on

Scroll through the page until you find the game you want to wager on and then click it to see all the available bets for that game.

How to place a bet 2

Scroll until you find the game you want to bet on

⒊ Find the type of bet you want to place

Now that you've found the game you want to bet on, click on the bet you would like to wager on (in this case it would be the Knicks money line).

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Select the bet you wish to wager on

⒋ Place your wager

The final step is to enter the amount you would like to wager, and then press 'place bet'.

How to place a bet 4

Choose how much you want to wager on your bet

Congrats, you have now placed your first bet! Sit back, enjoy the game, and hope your bet wins!

Ways to bet on sports in NY

Now that you know how to set up an account and place a wager, let's quickly go over some of the different ways you can bet on sports in New York.

We'll take a quick look into the most popular ways to bet on sports in New York.

Money Line

For its simplicity, this is an excellent first bet. All you have to do is call the game's winner. The odds supplied indicate the team's possibility of victory, as determined by the bookie, who will consider form, team selection difficulties (injuries, suspensions), and are displayed with a monetary value and either a positive or negative before it.

The side with a negative value is the favorite to win, with the number equating to how much one must spend to win $100. Naturally, backing the favorite will necessitate a larger bet in order to make a considerable profit.

The opposing team, with a positive value, is the underdog and is not anticipated to win. Here, the odds indicate how much you can win from every $100 wagered. Given the lower probability of the underdog winning, that translates to steeper odds and means you don't need to stake as much for a favorable return. High-risk, high-reward.


Point Spread

Point Spread betting is similar to a Money Line bet in the sense you pick one of the two sides to come out on top. Instead of choosing an outright winner, you call the margin of victory (or defeat) this time. Games with a large talent gap between two teams frequently have minimal value as the money line can become too skewed and thus deems the ML not worth playing. The point spread, which is a line established by the bookmaker, can offer a better value instead.

The team allocated the negative figure, as with the Money Line, indicates who is likely to win. Assume that Team A +22.5 and Team B - 22.5 have the following point spreads (the .5 differentiates clearly between 22 points and 23 points and avoids a 'push' for the bet).

To win a bet on Team B, you must have a winning margin of at least 23 points. For Team A to win the bet, a losing margin of 22 points or less, which includes a victory, is required. This form of wager assures that the playing field is balanced and adds value to a game that would not otherwise exist.

Best for: NFL & NBA

Totals (Over/Under)

This wager foregoes betting on a winner completely in favor of focusing on the cumulative score of both teams and whether it falls Over or Under a predetermined line.

For example, if the line is set at 66 points for a certain game, and you believe the game's score will result in a total that surpasses 66, you would bet Over (the line).

If you believe the teams will err on the side of caution and play a more defensive game, resulting in a total score of fewer than 66, you should bet Under.

Best for: NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB


This type of wager involves laying money on the eventual outcome of an event and is often played far in advance of the event's commencement, with the goal of earning a large sum if your prediction is correct.

Typically, the winner of a league championship or tournament generates the greatest attention. You may also wager on clubs to enter the playoffs, get relegated, or even the two teams to meet in the Super Bowl.

Futures can be found for practically any tournament across all major leagues and have been known to yield large sums at the end of the season if you guess correctly!

Best for: All sports