New Bill in NY Gives Boost to Sports Betting Hopes

If passed, bets could be taken by the fall

Brian Mazurowski
June 05, 2018 - 12:03 pm

(WBEN) - Could New York lawmakers slide sports betting into their agenda before the end of the legislative session?

A new bill that would regulate sports betting was introduced in Albany Tuesday by Assemblyman Gary Pretlow. Proponents say the bill is a compromise of sorts between lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly. 

The bill would require bettors to be 21 years or older, and allow for bets to be taken on sporting events at state-run casinos and Off Track Betting locations. The bill also lays a framework for online mobile betting, and the potential for self-service sports betting kiosks operated by casinos to be placed in “affiliate locations.” Under the proposal, the state would take an 8.5% tax from the casino or sports book's betting revenue.

If passed, when would the regulations be in place?

"If they can come to a compromise, they can have it up and running prior to the football season, we're told," Batavia Downs President Henry Wojtaszek said to WGR Sportsradio 550 Tuesday morning.

To get the bill passed in time for football, it will need to be done soon. There are just 10 work days remaining in the legislative session.

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