Sports betting in New York: here’s what you need to know

by | Sep 23, 2021 | Sports, Uncategorized

New York is known and respected worldwide for its love of sports which has become part of the culture in the great state. Fans of all major professional sports, including football, baseball, basketball, and soccer, come from far and wide to watch teams compete, soaking up the unique atmosphere of a NY crowd on game night. In recent years, some of the biggest boxing events have also been fought out at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Just as big as the teams and players is the sports betting in New York. Millions of dollars are placed in wagers every year on sports fixtures. A growing number of those bets are placed online using home computers and smartphone devices. Some of the biggest names in the betting industry cover events in the state, offering generous odds and eye-catching promotions, including free bets.

Add some spice to your sport

Residents and visitors to New York are able to gamble online, using debit cards and e-wallets to fund their bets and withdraw their winnings. It’s fast, convenient, and user-friendly. It also helps add a little extra spice to your favorite sports, whether you are watching at the stadium or following the live TV coverage.

In this article, we have enlisted the help of an online sports betting professional who explains everything you need to know about gambling in New York. The information is presented in the style of a frequently asked question which makes it easy to follow and understand.

Is online betting legal in New York?

Yes, online betting in New York was legalized in April of 2021 following drawn-out discussions. New York became one of the states that allow sports betting, alongside the likes of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Residents are now free to create online betting accounts and wager on the top professional sports.



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Why the change?

The changes to the laws regarding online betting in New York came about following an earlier decision in Washington. The US government decided to remove the blanket ban on betting and put the decision in the hands of each state. Some moved quickly, such as New Jersey. Others refused to make changes, while the likes of New York put it to a vote before adding any amendments into law.

How can I bet online?

To place online sports bets you must have a registered account with a licensed and regulated bookmaker. You can browse the options and see what is best for you, but before you can gamble, you must register. This is quick and easy to do, and you must complete the process only once. On future visits to your betting account, you can log in with your username and password.

How do I register?

The quickest, easiest, and most secure way to register an account with a licensed online betting app is by following the steps below. This process applies to all respected bookies.


  • Visit the homepage of your chosen bookie and click the register button
  • Fill in the registration form with all required information
  • Create a memorable but secure username and password
  • Make your first deposit and place a bet


There are terms and conditions attached to all online bookies, and we advise you read the small print in full before creating your account. Doing so will ensure you understand how the site works and what is expected of you as a member.

Will I receive a welcome bonus?

Many online betting sites and apps give new customers a welcome bonus. This is a promotion used by the marketing team to encourage you to choose their site over the competition. They come in many different forms, but the most popular at present is the deposit matched free bet. 

This is a free bet given to new customers upon registering and placing their first gamble. In most cases, free bets are equal in value to your first deposit and wager. For example, if you create an account, deposit $50, and bet it on an NFL match you will see a $50 free bet added to your account balance. The freebie can be used to gamble on the sports and markets of your choosing but the stake isn’t included in any winnings.

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