The River’s casino in Schenectady, upstate New York, took the first legal bets in the state – six months on from the legislative greenlight.
A modest ceremony accompanied what would have been a major moment in the sports betting roll out. However with lawmakers prevaricating on mobile betting, the New York market is to remain restricted to a handful of land-based casinos far from the city where the majority of the state live.
“Many people worked very hard to make legal sports wagering a reality in New York State, and we thank all of them for their tireless efforts and dedication,” said Rivers Casino general manager Justin Moore, alongside Rush Street CEO Greg Carlin.
Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy said the launch will “surely attract even more guests to the property and to our great city.”
Sports betting has been legal in New York since 2013, but has awaited the repeal of PASPA before finalizing the regulations. Land-based tax is set at ten percent – however until mobile is legalised NY won’t fulfill its potential as a $10bn betting market.