Assembly member says New York bets online on pace for end of January


The best scenario for Online Paris in New York seems to be the case, so far, anyway. New York Assembly Member Gary Pretlow recently shared an update on the progress of building the regulatory framework and getting everything ready for launch day.

Pretlow said at least some of the nine licensed operators have entered into the required agreements to host their servers in the state. The ball is apparently back in the corner of the state, with the NFL playoffs still in sight.

New York Online Betting Launch Progress Continues

Assembly member Pretlow recently told a sister site PlayNY that operators have negotiated server hosting agreements with commercial casinos in the state. Pretlow did not disclose if the Nine did, or if they didn’t, which licensees were still working there.

State law requires that each of the operators host their servers for their New York traffic at one of the four commercial casinos and pay that casino for the use of that space and utilities. This is one of the most important steps in settling in New York.

Pretlow continued that the applications “should be implemented by [the] at the end of January. It is not yet known whether the nine sports bets will be launched simultaneously, separately or in stages. New York Senator Joseph Addabbo wants a launch date for all nine brands.

However, this is not yet part of the rules. In theory, any licensed trader can start taking bets in New York as soon as they get the regulatory authorization. This is what now separates New Yorkers from being able to bet legally on their phone without leaving their state.

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What regulators have left to tackle

As soon as the servers are up and running, it is up to the regulators to inspect them for compliance. Regulators will also need to inspect all other aspects of the product. This will include the final product; real apps and websites.

It’s possible that all of this will happen over the next two weeks, although it could be an aggressive schedule for all nine licensees. If relevant, the state would likely prefer some operators to be live for as much of the NFL playoffs rather than miss the revenue to allow for a simultaneous launch.

Operators have so far been silent on their own progress, but they would also likely like to get live as soon as possible. Every playoff game they miss in New York is millions of dollars in lost handles.

If Pretlow is right, the 2022 NFL Wild Card Weekend could have special meaning for New Yorkers. This could see the start of legal online betting in New York City on sporting events.


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