New York approves no-mobile sports betting regs

Sports betting regulations now open to 60-day public consultation

The New York Gaming Commission has approved a set of sports betting regulations, allowing the state’s four upstate casinos to take bets, but failing to authorise online or mobile betting.

The regulations contain basic guidelines for betting in the state and are more notable for what they don’t include, specifically mobile betting, integrity fees and a bad actor clause.

The Commission now allows a 60-day window for public comment on the regulations.

The mobile question is still somewhat up in the air as state governor Andrew Cuomo has said mobile betting will require a change to the state’s constitution – a multi-year process – while state senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. told Legal Sports Report last week that mobile betting should be fine under existing state law, as long as the servers are located at the casinos and people register for mobile accounts in person.

The immediate beneficiaries of the new regs are the four upstate casinos and their partners:

Del Lago  with DraftKings, Tioga Downs with FanDuel, Resorts World Catskills with bet365 and Rivers with Rush Street Interactive.

Greg Carlin, co-founder and CEO of Rush Street Gaming, said in statement: “Rush Street Gaming looks forward to implementing responsible practices for on-premise sports betting at Rivers Casino & Resort.

“We’re grateful to Governor Cuomo for making sports betting a priority in 2019 and to the State Gaming Commission for taking the first steps towards regulating this industry.”

Tribes could also benefit thanks to a legal right to offer any gambling games allowed at the state’s commercial casinos.

The Oneida Indian Nation has partnered with Caesars for sports betting and could launch at three upstate properties, pending approval by the National Indian Gaming Commission and approval of the final NYGC betting regulations.

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