New York Mobile Sports Betting Can Start Saturday, Four Apps to Launch in First Wave

By | January 6, 2022

Start spreading the news. Mobile sports betting apps in New York will be able to launch as early as this weekend.

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The Statue of Liberty looks out over New York Harbor with the New York City skyline in the background. The New York Gaming Commission on Thursday announced that mobile sports betting may begin as early as Saturday, with four of the nine approved apps ready to roll out. (Image: George Hodan/PublicDomainPictures.net)

On Thursday, the New York State Gaming Commission announced that Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Rush Street Interactive “have satisfied all statutory and regulatory requirements necessary to accept and process mobile sports wagering activity,” and have been given the clearance to start taking bets as soon as 9 am ET this Saturday.

“After that effective date, each licensee will determine when to accept wagers, based upon its business capabilities and readiness,” the commission said in a statement on its website.

Two months ago, the commission approved bids for nine sports betting apps to operate in the state. The other apps are Bally Bet, BetMGM, PointsBet, Resorts World, and WynnBET.

Those operators remain conditionally licensed, the Gaming Commission said, and are working toward getting final approval.

Once regulatory and other requirements are met, the Gaming Commission will approve the launch of the remaining apps on a rolling basis.

The nine apps were part of two proposals the Gaming Commission accepted as part of an open solicitation for licenses. The state will tax the platform providers working with the apps at 51 percent of revenues. The eight platform providers will also pay a $25 million fee for a 10-year license.

This story will be updated

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