It’s been about a year since legislation made sports betting legal in Atlantic City and the rest of New Jersey, and now the state of New York has jumped aboard the gambling legalization bandwagon by legalizing sports betting at four casinos in Upstate New York. Betting at these casinos will be on-premises only, meaning that unlike New Jersey, New York still won’t allow mobile betting, at least for now.[efn_note]https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/nyregion/sports-betting-new-york-casinos.html.[/efn_note]. It also will not allow betting on college sports.[efn_note]https://www.newyorkupstate.com/casinos/2019/06/new-york-approves-limited-sports-betting-rules.html.[/efn_note].
Keeping Up With New Jersey
The legislation is in part a response to the popularity of sports betting in AC among New Yorkers. “Jersey is doing fantastically right now,” said Assemblyman Gary Pretlow (D-Buffalo). Having served on The Senate’s Gaming and Wagering Committee, he continued, “I know people that work out of Wall Street [who] are jumping on a PATH train and placing their bets…across the platform to Hoboken and going back to Wall Street.”[efn_note]https://nypost.com/2019/05/08/ny-losing-out-to-nj-on-sports-betting-bonanza/.[/efn_note].
But it’s too soon to determine just how much revenue this will take away from New Jersey. Here are the four casinos where sports betting will be legal, along with their locations:
- del Lago Resort and Casino (Seneca County)
- Tioga Downs (Tioga County)
- Resorts World Catskills (Sullivan County)
- Rivers (Schenectady County)
Since some of these counties are closer to New Jersey than others, some New Yorkers will no longer be dependent on other states as havens of sports betting. Of the four casinos, Resorts World Catskills is the closest to New Jersey, so much of its sports betting clientele may be people who previously had to cross the state line to place bets. People as far away from New Jersey as Seneca County, on the other hand, were probably not making regular out-of-state trips to place bets, so New Jersey and del Lago Resort are not competing against each other.
What Comes Next
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Once each casino is licensed and approved by the New York State Gambling Commission, gamblers, including problem gamblers, will have access to another form of gambling at these sportsbooks.[efn_note]https://sportshandle.com/new-york-retail-sports-betting-approved/.[/efn_note].
With only these four locations on the horizon as of now, who knows what the future holds? It might just be a matter of time before they plan a location in New York City, which will certainly have a bigger impact on New Jersey. Today, New Jersey residents can escape to The Big Apple to have fun without the temptation of betting on a game. Down the road, that might not be the case.
For help with a gambling problem in New Jersey, call CCGNJ’s helpline, 800-GAMBLER.