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Sports betting coming to upstate casinos

March 22, 2019 06:13 PM

NEW YORK (WHEC) -- In a matter of months, New Yorkers will be able to legally place bets on sports games but you'll have to do it inside a casino as the state is not ready to allow online or mobile phone bets.

The four casinos licensed by the New York State Gaming Commission will likely be able to start taking bets on sporting events by June.

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It's welcome news to del Lago Resort and Casino because, as News10NBC has reported, the Seneca County casino has been falling short of its promised revenues.  

Gov. Cuomo recognizes the struggle. 

"Some [Casinos] have not performed to their expectation, now, did they set the expectation too high? Was it a way of getting financing? I don't know," he said recently at a press conference. But the governor has, so far, fended off a push to add a casino downstate. 

"They're saying, we'll pay those liquidated damages clauses, yea but long-term you're still hurting the competitiveness of those upstate casinos," he said of those who have come forward interested in a gaming license.  

In an effort to try and help the upstate casinos, they will be the first to be able to allow sports betting.

The upstate casinos and Indian-owned casinos will be allowed to accept bets on sporting events in a sports wagering lounge provided they use an automated ticketing system to do it and of course, share the profits with New York state.  

In a statement to News10NBC on Friday, Mark Juliano the general manager of del Lago Resort & Casino says, " We are thrilled that sports betting is one step closer to being legalized. As soon as regulations are put into place, del Lago Resort & Casino will be ready to offer this gaming option to our guests. We are finalizing plans for our sportsbook with our partner DraftKings and we look forward to adding another amenity to our resort and casino. Our guests want this form of gaming and we are excited to be able to offer a dynamic, engaging and innovative sports betting experience for them."

Click here review the sports betting rules. 

There will not be any public hearings on the rule.

There is a 60-day window to mail any comments to Kristen M. Buckley of the New York State Gaming Commission at One Broadway Center, P.O. Box 7500, Schenectady, NY, 12301-7500.

Members of the public may also comment on the proposed rule by calling (518) 388-3332 or emailing gamingrules@gaming.ny.gov. 

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Jennifer Lewke

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