Since the Supreme Court permitted sports betting in the country, New York casinos have made strides in this area. The majority of casinos in New York started accepting bets from various punters including Assemblyman J Gary Pretlow.
The first legal sports wagers were placed at an upmarket casino on Tuesday morning. However, many experts believe New York is still behind many other states because it does not have mobile betting. The Rivers Casino opened midmorning on Tuesday for punters to place their wagers. The betting followed a ceremony that included state and local officials.
New York residents are allowed to place bets on various professional sports matches. But they cannot place bets on college games or any college athletes from the state. Punters also cannot place bets on the internet. They will have to find a New York casino and place wagers in person. There are four casinos that bettors can place wagers, and this includes the Rivers Casino and other gambling houses owned by Mohawk, Oneida Indian Nations and Seneca.
Mobile Betting Still a Big Issue in New York
State Sen. Joe Addabbo, a Democrat from Queens, sponsored a bill that would allow mobile sports betting in New York. However, this bill never came up for a vote in the State Assembly. Other lawmakers such as Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the media that the state does not need a new law on mobile sports betting. He thinks that there needs to be a change in the current state’s constitution where sports betting is concerned. This process can only be completed in 2021 at the very earliest.
Mr. Addabbo thinks that New York Casinos are like broken down cars as other states are passing them by with online and mobile betting. But he did admit that New York is on the right track.
Illegal Sports Betting May not be Curtailed
Some lawmakers such as Mr. Wallach warned other lawmakers that the lack of online legal sports betting in New York would force punters to continue with illegal betting activities. Since the closest commercial gambling house to New York and Long Island is Catskill. New York residents have to cross the Hudson River to New Jersey to be able to place mobile sports bets.
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