New sports betting ops closer to home for Eastern Canadians.
Big things are happening in the sports betting world, and it’s so close to Canada we can taste it! On Monday, the political round table of New York passed legislation that gives 4 of its upstate casinos the right to open legal sports books.
While it’s not exactly the ‘new sports book next door‘, those casinos will soon be the closest we’ve come to having such wagering conveniences here in the Great White North. Soon enough, anyone with a valid passport or Nexus card can skip over the border to fulfill their live wagering pleasures in New York.
New Sports Betting Ops Just Across the Border
Word came down the horn yesterday that New York’s gambling regulators
voted largely in favor of allowing four of its casinos to launch
sports books within their properties. The NY Gaming Commission has
been open to the idea since early 2019, when regulators first
endorsed that particular item in New York’s wager-related
The four casinos whose owners surely spent the evening celebrating
the news include:
Del Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes, less than a 3
hour drive from Kingston, Ontario.
Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, 340km due south of
Tioga Downs Casino Resort in New York’s Southern Tier.
Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, the farthest from
Canada, but closest to New York City.
According to sources, the state’s tribal casinos are also planning to
implement sports betting, which could bring access as close as the
New York side of Niagara Falls via Seneca Niagara Casino Resort, or
just across the St. Lawrence River from Cornwall at the Akwesasne
Mohawk Casino Resort in Hogansburg, NY. No potential timeline is
available for those possibilities.
Legal Sports Books Coming by End of Summer
Don’t go hopping the border just yet in hopes of dropping your latest
pay check on the Toronto Raptors to win the NBA Finals in Thursday’s
Game 6. You’ll have to take your wagering dollars online to an
international sports book for that one, because those four Upstate
New York casinos won’t get their sports betting licenses for a few
Reports suggest those licenses won’t get handed out until sometime
around the end of summer. I have no doubt New Yorkers will be placing
their bets by the time the next NFL season kicks off in September; if
not early enough for pre-season in the first week of August.
No Betting on Mobile or at the Sports Arena
New York’s legislators ran the full gambit when scripting a new
wagering compact for the state. A bill was introduced that offered
regulation for all sorts of sports wagering. So far, only the
in-casino measure was passed, but there are more options on the
The government still has the option to authorize online and mobile
betting via state licensed operators, as well as an option that would
permit betting within sporting venues. No word on when a vote might
be taken on those alternatives as legislators continue to debate the
Fortunately for Canadians, we may not have access to single-event
betting here in our own country, but we do have the right to wager
over the internet with international sports books. It’s only illegal
when offered by a Canadian operator that’s not properly licensed –
and they can’t be licensed here because it’s illegal in Canada.
There’s nothing illegal about betting with an offshore gambling
website. So while it’s true, new sports betting operations in closer
proximity would be fun and convenient, we’ll continue to get by
without them just fine.
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