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New York has Unresolved Issues with Online Gambling

April 16, 2018
NY gambling issues may delay sports betting

Several New York online gambling issues are still unresolved after the conclusion of the 2019 NY state legislature. 2018 saw the Assemblyman Gary Pretlow make it known that entering this year’s legislature session his priority would be focused on sports betting. Over the past year, sixteen US states have passed legislation permitting sports betting. The New York state legislature has been adjourned for the year, and although the state of online gambling in New York is still hanging, progress was made in terms of sports betting.

Comprehensive Bill Passed

A sweeping bill has been passed that allows online sports betting at only four casinos (as well as the seven native American Casinos in New York. Sport betting licenses can start accepting sports bets by the start of the 2019/20 NFL. Unfortunately, NY punters, poker lovers and casino lovers will have to wait until 2020 for the online and mobile sports wagering as well online poker bill to be discussed. Mobile sports betting was not put to the vote even though it had the support to be passed in Assembly.

Unresolved Issues

Some of the issues at hand are whether or not the NY states constitution will allow online gambling. If the legislature was able to make introductions and pass a constitutional amendment to the constitution, it is not clear if Governor Cuomo would approve of the amendment. The Governor is not convinced that the legislation will affect tax revenues that are related to gambling.

The online poker bill was passed in 2016 and 2017 but was stalled in Assembly. After three years, it is unclear why there is a holdup on online poker. Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr and Assemblyman Pretlow both reintroduced companion online poker bills however none of the bills were advanced out of committee. The Governor also has concerns that realign to the expansion of gaming in New York, and as it stands 2020 will be the year where more gambling issues will be tackled.