DraftKings Sportsbook at del Lago goes live

Another New York sportsbook has launched.

Today, the DraftKings Sportsbook at del Lago Resort & Casino in the Finger Lakes officially opened for business.

This brings the total number of sportsbooks in New York state to five. Last month, Rivers Casino in Schenectady and Tioga Downs both launched sports betting operations.

The Oneida Indian Nation also opened their Caesars branded sports betting lounge at Point Place Casino in Bridgeport and at Turning Stone Resort in Verona.

A Bet365 powered sportsbook at Resorts World Catskills is expected to go live very soon.

What does the sportsbook look like?

The DraftKings Sportsbook is a 6,000 square foot lounge and can seat up to 200 patrons. The venue also features 23 self-service betting kiosks and several cashier stations.

Sporting events will be displayed on 1,000 square feet of LED video screens. There will also be 16 tv sets across the venue and an odds board.

The daily fantasy sports provider turned sports betting operator currently has several land-based sportsbooks across the country.

Sports betting in New York

Six years ago, the Empire State legalized land-based sports wagering through the 2013 New York Economic Gaming Act. The passage of this law allowed four upstate casinos in New York to offer sports betting if the federal law prohibiting the activity was amended or overturned.

Unlike the neighboring states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, New York does not have online or mobile sports betting.

New York’s 2019 legislative session closed without a vote on proposed online sports betting legislation. This marked the second year in a row where New York failed to legalize online sports betting.

Earlier this week, the New York State Gaming Commission posted sports betting figures for the first 16 days of legal betting. According to the figures, the two operational commercial sportsbooks generated a combined revenue of $349,468.

Without online and mobile wagering, New York is unlikely to realize the full potential of its sports betting market. In New Jersey, more than 80% of sports wagers are placed via online and mobile devices. In Pennsylvania’s second full month of online sports betting,  online wagers amounted to $39m.

BettingUS also caught up New York Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. to discuss sports betting in the state and when mobile wagering might come to the Empire State.

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