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Is Online Gambling Legal in New York?

Online gambling is a hugely profitable industry in America, yet New York remains absent from this field. Legal sports betting exists but no casinos exist within New York state boundaries.

However, New York lawmakers have an initiative in the pipeline that could change that equation: legal casino gaming and live dealer tables could make New York stand out among other states by helping generate revenue that offset projected deficits according to Joe P. Addabbo of the Senate Gaming Committee.

This year, New York state legislators are set to consider an iGaming bill encompassing casino table games and poker. This could happen during either the 2023-2024 legislative session, or it may even wait until January 2025 before taking place – in either case New York residents can find plenty of real money casino options until legislation comes through.

New Yorkers also enjoy numerous off-sport betting options in addition to sports betting, such as tribal and commercial casinos, horse racing wagering (such as at Belmont Stakes) and Daily Fantasy Sports such as FanDuel or DraftKings DFS platforms.

Online casinos require that their visitors meet certain conditions in order to enjoy them fully, including being aged 21 or above and located within New York state. If these requirements aren’t fulfilled, the site will refuse access and refuse playing slots or gambling activities altogether.

Most regulated online casinos will provide players with various methods for depositing and withdrawing funds, including credit/debit cards, eWallets, bank transfers and mobile apps to make gaming on-the-go even simpler. Most New York online casinos will also have responsible gambling information available as well as links to local organizations offering assistance for problem gamblers.

New York boasts a long and distinguished tradition of land-based gambling, hosting the nation’s first lottery in 1776 and numerous racetracks. Over time, however, New York has witnessed many changes, including video lottery terminals known as racinos being introduced at some racetracks beginning in 2001 and now home to four brick-and-mortar casinos like Resorts World Catskills.

New York gambling laws differ between online gaming (iGaming) and land-based gambling, particularly with regards to age requirements and location. One key distinction is that iGaming requires players to be at least 21 in order to access casino games and other products; unlike some states, however, New York does not impose such minimum age requirements on land-based casinos.

As such, New Yorkers who enjoy online gaming often travel out-of-state for their gaming needs – which can be problematic for problem gamblers as they may succumb to compulsive behaviors when outside of their usual environments and without supportive networks at home. Under New York gambling law iGaming sites must promote responsible gambling by linking with organizations offering assistance for problem gamblers.