Gambling in New York

New York is home to possibly the most famous city in the world, which holds the same name of the state and has been mentioned as the world most powerful city in terms of economy and media.
New York city has 40% of the population of the state, close to 10 million people, in an overall state population superior to 20 million. The state is the 27th largest in terms of area, is bordered by New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

Gambling History and Scenario

New York, like others, has had a long history with gambling, making it legal for long periods of time, then illegal for short periods followed by re-legalizing it.

Over the years we have seen history repeat itself as far back as 1821. The state placed a ban on all forms of gambling including the state lottery. In 1894, the form of entertainment was reintroduced to the state with pari-mutuel betting at first in 1894.

The reintroduction to the state took off in a major way when bingo was then legalized, following in 1957 with all forms of gambling is legal. The state lottery was finally ready to get started in 1975 which allowed states to contribute more money to the public schools, at this time games of chance were only eligible to be played by religious groups or charity events.

Today, New York resident has a solid gambling presence, which ranges from casinos to racinos, the lottery and horse race betting. Casino gambling began after 1988, when the Indian Regulatory Ac was approved.

Soon after that, six casinos started to operate in the state, run by three Native American tribes, the Seneca Nation of Indians, the Oneida Indian Nation and the St. Regis Mohawks, holding overall more than 10.000 slots, and making available table games.

The casino with more slots is the Seneca Niagara Casino, and all the casinos offer shopping, dining, spa services and even golf, all the amenities existing at the biggest casino resorts in the world. The exception is the Yellow Brick Road Casino, which was intentionally built as a smaller operation.

Horse racing wagering is possible at the state racetracks, also called racinos, giving they also offer video game terminals, something that started to happen in 2004. Nine racinos throughout the state offer close to 20.000 VLTs, which are similar, if not equal, to slot machines.

Facing $1 billion of money being spend on neighboring states each year, in 2013 full-scale gambling was approved, which included an upgrade for the casino situation in New York, allowing the creation of seven non-tribal casinos, from which already four new casinos are already up and running.

Tioga Downs in Nichols, del Lago in Tyre, Rivers Casino in Schenectady and the Resorts World Catskills, opened in March 2018, are the four new commercial casinos that boosted gambling in the state.

Sports betting is moving forward. A referendum approved sports betting in commercial casinos, even if the regulation and wagering are only expected to take place at the end of 2018 or during 2019. At this point, both tribal casinos and racinos are out sports betting, but 2019 can bring news to these venues as well.

Summing up Types of Gaming in New York

Over the years, more and more types of gambling have become legalized. In 1993, class three Native American Casinos moved into the state where players could utilize slots, table games, craps and more.

If you look into the states gaming history, you will find that Oneida was the very first tribe to set up shop. One of the guidelines was that casinos were unable to advertise their services before 1999 unless it was done strictly for the Native American Casino.

Players who are 18 and over are eligible to utilize the pari-mutuel betting for horse racing. Another form of gaming that is available to the under 21 players is the lottery. The lottery has several different choices available including the ever-popular Mega Millions, Powerball, Quick Draw, Take 5 and more.

Online gambling is not legal in the state just yet, but the regulation of fantasy sports brings hope for the near future. Approval of online poker might be coming soon too, as its approval in the New York Senate was just denied by the NY Assembly, but it’s commented to be approved still in this legislature, taking advantage of the proximity to New Jersey, which is one of the states where online gambling is legal.