Sports Betting Q&A
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Is sports betting legal in New York?

Yes. Sports betting at physical sportsbooks is legal in New York, however, online betting is not allowed. New York was one of the first states to legalize sports betting once the PASPA ruling passed the Senate in 2018 and wagering officially opened at sportsbooks July 2019. 

While online betting is illegal, that could change as soon as 2021 if New York Governor Andrew Cuomo can be persuaded to change his mind on the subject. Unfortunately, lawmakers were forced to push through a budget in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, which likely means it will be held off until later in the year. The biggest reason for mobile betting is that New York would receive a massive revenue boost compared to having sports betting only at retail sportsbooks.

As of 2020, New York had eight physical sportsbooks that were accepting action. Online betting isn't legal in New York, but operators like bet365 and FOX Bet have deals in place to open their mobile sportsbooks when/if that changes.

The future of Daily Fantasy Sports is also in question for the state after a ruling was upheld in February 2020 that it's considered "illegal gambling." Contests at DraftKings and FanDuel are legal for the time being, as the state is appealing the February ruling, but there isn't a guarantee DFS will be legal in a year.

Physical Sportsbooks

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, Hogansburg

Opened in early 2020, the Sticks Sports Book and Grill has a high-definition 9' x 13' video wall with an additional 18 TVs, odds boards and seating areas. It also has a full-service bar and beer tap which includes drafts from in-house Maple Brewing.

Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.

del Lago Casino, Waterloo

The DraftKings Sportsbook is 6,000-plus square feet of action that includes 23 betting kiosks (available 24/7), four betting windows, 1,000 square feet of LED video screens and more than 30 beers on tap.

Sunday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Point Place Casino, Bridgeport

Partnered with Caesars Entertainment, the Lounge at Point Place has a 24-foot high-resolution video wall in addition to 30 LED screens, award-winning food, beer and craft cocktails.

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Friday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Resorts World Catskills, Monticello

Sportsbook 360 features a 6,000-square-foot area with a 360-degree center bar. There is seating for over 100 people and 14 betting kiosks (24/7) in addition to a betting counter. 

Monday - Tuesday: 5:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Wednesday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.

Rivers Casino, Schenectady

Rivers Sportsbook occupies just over 5,000 square feet which includes VIP chairs and table seating that can accommodate 80-plus people. Its 53' x 9' video wall highlights the space with 22 additional TV monitors. In addition to six betting windows, they have 14 betting kiosks which are open 24/7.

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Tioga Downs, Nichols

The FanDuel Sportsbook is a 2,600-square-foot sports betting retail location that features eight betting windows, 27 video displays and three sports tickers with seating for more than 50 customers.

Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Turning Stone Casino, Verona

Another sportsbook partnered with Caesars Entertainment, the Lounge at Turning Stone is highlighted by a massive 500-square-foot curved LED screen which is visible from three sides. They also have luxury seating and a VIP section that comes with dedicated screens, along with award-winning food, beer and craft cocktails.

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Friday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Yellow Brick Road Casino, Chittenango

Combined with Caesars Entertainment, the Lounge at Yellow Brick Road boasts the largest sportsbook in New York. The area holds 200-plus fans featuring a massive 32-foot video wall and more than 30 large-screen TVs, along with a full sports bar and slots.

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Friday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.

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What are some current trends in sports betting?
Betting trends usually refer to what the public is doing. You have two choices, to follow the public or fade the public.
Who benefits from sports betting?
Sports betting not only benefits each state, but it also gives fans another way to enjoy games.
What is a sports betting model?
A sports betting model is a system that can identify unbiased picks to determine the probability for all outcomes in a certain game.
What is a sports betting exchange?
A sports betting exchange allows bettors to bet against each other instead of through a bookmaker.
What are some tips for managing your bankroll when betting on sports?
The most important tip when betting on sports is to limit each bet to be between one and five percent of your bankroll.
Can sports betting be a career?
Yes. Sports betting can be a career if you make it your full-time job and put in the hours.
Can sports betting make you rich?
Sports betting is unlikely to make you rich unless you turn it into a full-time job and become one of the best bettors in the world.
Is sports betting a waste of money?
Sports betting is not a waste of money if you define your goals before making your first wager.
Can sports betting be profitable?
Sports betting can be profitable, but the majority of bettors lose money, which is why sportsbooks exist.
What some simple tips for betting on sports?
A simple tip for betting on sports is to remember that only a small percentage of bettors are profitable in the long run.
What are some good sports betting tips for beginners?
A tip for beginners may be that turning a profit in sports betting is difficult and because you "know sports" doesn't mean you'll be successful.
How do you win at sports betting?
To win at sports betting, one has to put time into studying and researching various aspects of a matchup.
Why should sports betting be legal?
Sports betting should be legal because not only is it another way for fans to enjoy action, but it's also a boost to the economy.
Is sports betting rigged?
Sports betting is not rigged, but it is against your favor because of the vig.
What is the tax rate on sports betting winnings?
When PASPA was overturned in 2018, states began legalizing sports betting and introducing different taxes on revenue.
How do sports betting payouts work?
Sports betting payouts depend on which type of odds are being used.
What is a bookie in sports betting?
A bookie is someone who facilitates gambling by setting odds, accepting and placing bets, and then paying out the winnings.
What are some popular sports betting books?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular sportsbooks where sports betting is legal.
Which sports betting site is best?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular online sportsbooks where betting is legal.
What is a hedge in sports betting?
A hedge is a method to reduce risk and secure winnings for a specified bet.
What is the spread in sports betting?
The spread, also referred to as the line, is used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
How do sports betting spreads work?
Sports betting spreads, also referred to as lines, are used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
What does hook mean in sports betting?
The hook means a half-point in sports betting.
What is arbitrage in sports betting?
Arbitrage in sports betting is when someone places bets on all possible outcomes of an event at odds that guarantee profit.
Can you arbitrage sports betting?
Arbitrage sports betting is legal, though it's frowned upon by bookmakers.