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Is Online Gambling Legal in New York?

State of New York sealAs stated above, online gambling is not legal within the borders of New York. This is apparent since many residents actually travel to New Jersey not only to play at land-based casinos, but also to access their online gambling accounts. Since casinos within New Jersey are allowed to offer online gambling solutions such as slots, table games and poker rooms, many of the people within the surrounding states flock to New Jersey in order to benefit from their lenient laws towards gambling. It is unclear why the New York senate is not hopping onto the bandwagon and grab the opportunity to regulate the market.

Regulating the market will allow for a steady increase in tax revenue for the state as well as providing the residents with much sought-after casino entertainment. The senate would have allowed for a bill to pass and regulate casino gambling, if only the funding for it would be approved as well. As of today, no funding for regulating the casino market within New York has been approved yet and the situation remains stagnant. 

It needs to be said that there are no direct rules that prohibit residents in the New York state to gamble at offshore operators. However, according to the Federal Wire Act of 1961, transmissions of wagers are prohibited. This means that depositing funds into ones online casino account is not allowed. 

Online Poker and Poker Rooms in New York

As stated above, people of New York normally travel across the state border for any gambling activities, including skill-based games such as poker. For those seeking poker rooms a bit closer to home, Native American casinos also offer several poker rooms, meaning that residents can still enjoy the game. 

In order to cater to the high demand of poker rooms, commercial casinos and tribal casinos all contain poker rooms. There currently are eight land-based casinos that have fully equipped poker rooms. Sadly, due to the ban on online gambling and making use of online gambling services, playing poker online within the state of New York is impossible. 

Land-Based Casinos in New York

Since the state of New York has had a long history of being strict on gambling activities, New York residents have taken a stand in order to loosen the ties slightly. In 2016, four new commercial casinos have opened their doors, allowing for more players to play live casino games and slot machines closer to home. There are a total of 31 land-based casinos all across the state of New York, however not all of them permit table games and just include slot machines and video lottery terminals. 

There are three types of land-based casinos one can find within the state of New York: tribal casinos, commercial casinos and racinos (racetracks that are allowed to offer slot cabinets and video lottery terminals.) 

Below you will find an overview of all land-based casinos within the the state of New York.

Casino

City

County

Type

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino

Hogansburg

Franklin

Native American

Batavia Downs Casino

Batavia

Genesee

Racino

Del Lago Resort and Casino

Tyre

Seneca

Commercial

Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers

Westchester

Racino

The Fairgrounds Gaming

Hamburg

Erie

Racino

Jake's 58 Hotel & Casino

Islandia

Suffolk

Commercial

Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track

Farmington

Ontario

Racino

Lakeside Entertainment

Union Springs

Cayuga

Native American

Mohawk Bingo Palace and Casino

Akwesasne

Franklin

Native American

Monticello Gaming & Raceway

Monticello

Sullivan

Racino

Point Place Casino

Bridgeport

Madison

Native American

Resorts World Catskills

Kiamesha Lake

Sullivan

Commercial

Resorts World New York City

Ozone Park

Queens

Racino

Rivers Casino & Resort

Schenectady

Schenectady

Commercial

Saratoga Casino and Raceway

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga

Racino

Seneca Allegany Casino

Salamanca

Cattaraugus

Native American

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino

Buffalo

Erie

Native American

Seneca Gaming and Entertainment Irving

Irving

Cattaraugus

Native American

Seneca Gaming and Entertainment Oil Spring

Cuba

Allegany

Native American

Seneca Gaming and Entertainment Salamanca

Salamanca

Cattaraugus

Native American

Seneca Niagara Casino

Niagara Falls

Niagara

Native American

 

Is Sportsbook Legal In New York?

No, under the current PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) bill, online sportsbook and local sports betting is still prohibited, much to the displeasure of New York casino owners and businessmen. While its neighbour state New Jersey raked in record numbers in sports betting revenue in 2018 with the abolishment of the PASPA bill, New York can only watch from the side lines. While the idea of abolishing PASPA has been lobbied, there has been no clear veto regarding whether to open up the sports betting market or not. 

Should the state senate agree to allow sportsbook, it will open up millions of dollars in tax revenue for New York. 

Lotteries In New York

State and interstate lotteries are completely fine within the state of New York, as goes for most states. People are able to buy lottery tickets from any licenced vendor or video lottery terminals. With the lottery being so popular within New York, players will have many different options to choose from. The most popular lotteries are of course the Powerball and the Mega Millions, which are interstate lotteries. State-owned lotteries are the New York Lotto, which is also immensely popular. Other lotteries include: Midday Numbers, Midday Win 4, Numbers, Pick 10, Win 4 and Cash4Life.

Minimum Legal Age To Gamble In

The minimum legal age to gamble within casinos can vary from casino to casino, but at all times the minimum legal age is set at 18. At some casinos, you will have to be 21 years of age. Bingo can be played at any age and does not require parental supervision. This means that community centres can host bingo events for minors in order to raise money for charity or for recreational purposes. 

Who Regulates Casinos in New York?

Casinos and all things related to gambling are regulated by the New York State Gaming Commission. This authoritative body is responsible for auditing land-based casinos as well as video lottery terminals and other electronic casino games such as slots and electronic table games such as video poker. 

Any statements of self-exclusions as well as any other personal limits must also be reported at the New York State Gaming Commission.

Gambling a bit too much? 

Looking for help? The New York Council on Problem Gambling offers many different solutions and helplines to individuals who struggle with gambling problems. You can find them here.

A Final Word on Gambling in New York

As of 2019, there are very high hopes for the state of New York to follow into the footsteps of its neighbouring state New Jersey. The state is aware of the tax revenue it is missing out on due to residents travelling to New Jersey in order to gamble at Las Vegas-style casinos or access casinos online. The state senate is also looking at abolishing the PASPA bill in order to opening up the  market for sportsbook other than the current horse racing bets. With the opening of several new commercial casinos to the public, the future is looking bright for New York.