Sports betting at upstate NY casinos can begin in May, local casinos prepare

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Upstate New York casinos authorized to offer sports gambling could be accepting wagers by Memorial Day weekend, and casinos in Central New York are already preparing.

The state Gaming Commission formally posted its rules for sports betting, starting a 60-day period during which the public can weigh in on the issue. After 60 days, sports wagering would be allowed at the four privately owned non-Indian-owned casinos.

The guidelines mainly apply to the four commerical casinos in the area: del Lago, Rivers Casino, Tioga Downs, and Empire Resorts. But because of their agreement with the state, the Oneida Nation can take it on too.

“In the gaming compact with New York State and the Oneida Indian Nation, there is a provision that says that any game that’s offered in NYS can be offered at one of the Oneida nations casinos,” said Joel Barkin, VP of Oneida Nations Communication.

The agency will select a date when sports betting will be allowed to legally begin.

In January, gaming officials approved regulations for sports wagering at private casinos in the Finger Lakes region, Schenectady, the Catskills and the Southern Tier. They’re required to have a sports wagering lounge to accept bets, with automated ticket systems allowed but only within the lounges.

NewsChannel 9’s Julia LeBlanc was also able to check in on just how far along construction is at the Turning Stone Casino for the new feature.

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