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New York Launches Legal Sports Betting

19 July 2019

Hey, look who's turned up!

At long last.

Six years on from passing legislation and more than twelves months since the Professional and Amateur Sports protection Act (PASPA) was overturned, New York finally has sports betting.

Earlier in the week, Rivers Casino in upstate Schenectady took the first legal sports wager in the Empire State - $20 on the Seattle Mariners.

And in time for the weekend the ribbon will be cut on a second casino; New Yorkers will have the opportunity to bet on their favorite sport at Tioga Downs Resort who have partnered with fantasy sports giant, FanDuel.

In-person wagering will be offered at each location, both over the counter and via kiosks

Bettors can look forward to placing straight bets, parlays, totals, in-play bets and a lot more besides across the big four sports and beyond, though many will have half an eye on the start of the fall football season already.

The majority of us however have immediately shifted attention to the subject of whether online sports betting will follow - there’s little doubt it’s needed with New York seriously lagging behind, most notably, New Jersey in the sports betting stakes.

But bad news folks - mobile sports betting remains some way off, at least for now. When the main source of the opposition comes from the State Governor himself, Andrew Cuomo, it's clear to see why.

The events of this week are a step in the right direction however and with a referendum on mobile betting likely, 2020 may well see US sports betting transformed once again.

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