Online gambling is a rapidly-evolving industry, including everything from sports betting and social casinos to poker sites and more. New York remains one of the few states which prohibit real money online casino gambling; however, this could soon change as lawmakers consider passing legislation authorizing such activity.
New York residents still have many legal gambling options available to them, including charitable gaming options like raffles, bingo and casino-style events run by non-profit groups registered with the New York State Gaming Commission. Each group must adhere to strict regulations regarding how often events may be hosted and what games may be allowed; these games are only open to people aged 21 years or over.
New York state legal gambling age is 18, which limits many New York residents from accessing online or land-based casinos and experiencing their thrills of gambling. Unfortunately, many more could enjoy partaking in its joys if this were changed; nonetheless, the state is working tirelessly towards offering more casino-style games to its residents.
New York is likely to legalize online casinos at some point in the near future. Already home to several land-based casinos offering blackjack, video poker and slots; New Jersey and Pennsylvania already allow legal online casino operations; similarly New York may adopt similar regulations such as license fees, tax rates and age restrictions for their online casino operations.
New York sports betting has proven a huge hit, and now there are signs that New York may soon launch online casinos as well. Legislative leaders in New York are pushing hard for this move and may succeed – both Governor Cuomo and lawmakers have shown support for this option.
Assembly committee responsible for Racing and Wagering Committee Chairman David Weprin has long championed online gaming in New York; other legislators, like Sen. Tony Avella have shown support.
New York-based online casinos will likely be managed by well-established operators like FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM and Caesars – companies which already operate retail sportsbooks in New York state and could likely become the pioneers for NY online casino launches as well. All four upstate commercial casinos and seven tribal casinos currently host sportsbooks in operation across NY State.