hile mobile betting still faces uncertainty, the New York State Gaming Commission is expected to approve a new set of rules on Monday to authorize sports bets at four upstate casinos: Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, Rivers Casino in Schenectady, del Lago Casino in Tyre near Rochester and Tioga Downs near Binghamton.
The Gaming Commission drafted governing rules in January and, following a public-comment period, came up with a plan that would require gamblers to be physically present in the commercial facilities.
Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers are analyzing whether to allow mobile sports betting as the deadline for the legislative session end nears, on June 19, New York Post reports. Supporters insist millions of additional dollars in revenue would flow into state coffers with mobile bets. But Cuomo and his legal team balk at the concept, arguing it would be illegal without amending the state constitution, a process that would take years.
Gamblers have been flocking to neighboring New Jersey, which approved sports gambling via smartphone apps as well as in casinos.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Queens) said the state’s move to start sports betting at the four casinos isn’t necessarily a slap at mobile wagering down the road, which he champions. “It’s a good thing, as long as the door is open to discussion.”