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NY Online Sports Betting: 9 Best Sportsbook Apps Expected To Launch

New York Sports Betting Apps Expected To Launch
New York Sports Betting Apps Expected To Launch, Craig Duddek, XL Media

It’s coming. The only thing just as (if not more) exciting than the New York Knicks shocking turnaround 2020-21 season is the eventuality of NY online sports betting.

It means NY sports betting apps are also coming, ready to be included on your phone or app-ready device when your favorite New York sports team is playing.

From giants such as FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook to others fighting for a bigger share like PointsBet and Bet365, ranking the best NY sports betting apps expected to launch is a worthwhile job for AMNY.

Although New York has yet to officially launch legalized online sports gambling, recent state actions have made it an eventual certainty, much like where neighboring New Jersey and Pennsylvania are today. Therefore, it’s safe to make the claim that New York already plays a role in both Pennsylvania online sports betting and NJ online sports betting.

The New York legislature agreed to a $212 billion state budget that includes an online sports betting plan in April 2021. Resembling a plan Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented throughout negotiations, the state’s current live projection is Super Bowl 56, set to be played in February 2022.

It means some of the big boys of the industry are prepping for a New York inclusion to its already established mobile sports betting app landscape. And considering today’s world is an on-the-go mobile-dominant atmosphere, the applications that accompany the country’s sportsbooks are crucial to success—for both the operator and online sports bettor.

The question of the moment is, “Which of the expected sportsbook apps to launch in New York are best?”

Although the sports fan and/or sports bettor is bound to get plenty of answers below, residents of an already-legal online sports-bettings state or those within state limits of a live online sports-gambling state can take advantage of fantastic new-user promos.

Individuals currently within state limits of an already-legal online sports betting state (dependent on state laws) can get started today with FanDuel Sportsbook’s $1,000 risk-free bet.

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NY Online Sports Betting: Ranking the 9 Best Sportsbook Apps Projected To Launch

The only thing for certain at this moment is the names at the top. We know FanDuel Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook and BetMGM will be players once New York launches online sports betting. Other names to watch for include Caesars Sportsbook, Barstool Sportsbook, PointsBet, BetRivers and Bet365.

How AMNY ranked each app is based on a myriad of factors, including but not limited to the following:

  • Mobile app user experience (UX)
  • Mobile app interface
  • Mobile app ease of use
  • Mobile app reliability
  • Deposit and withdrawal options and simplicity
  • Variety of states available
  • Variety of sports available
  • Variety and quality of promos available
  • Quality of new-user promos

Any and all promos appearing on this page are intended for eligible sports bettors only—meaning only users with residency within a legal state or with a current location within a state that allows online sports wagering within state limits can participate.

iOS App Store and Android Google Play information/numbers last updated on Sept. 3, 2021.

 

1. FanDuel Sportsbook

FanDuel Sportsbook, App Store, NY Online Sports Betting
FanDuel Sportsbook, App Store
  • Where Available: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), Web Browser
  • States Available: MI, NJ, PA, IL, IN, IA, CO, WV, TN, VA, WV
  • App Store Average Rating: 4.8 (207K total ratings)
  • Google Play Average Rating: 4.7 (5.4K total ratings)
  • App Store Listed As: FanDuel Sportsbook & Casino
  • Google Play Listed As: FanDuel Sportsbook & Casino
  • Owned By: Flutter Entertainment

FanDuel Sportsbook NY is our preferred sports betting app and sportsbook to seek out first.

FanDuel quickly added to its sports empire by moving into the online sports betting industry in New Jersey following the overturn of the PASPA. Constantly compared to mega-giant DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel delivers the goods in a plethora of areas.

The company is already in New York as the official sportsbook of Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY, but is certain to enter the market once the green light is realized.

First and foremost, FanDuel Sportsbook’s app is easy to use. Its interface is clean and simplicity is a major highlight.

The company’s new-user $1,000 risk-free bet is also attractive, as is its ability to offer an incredible number of sports and betting options. The company’s Same-Game Parlay is always a popular option.

FanDuel’s app allows users the opportunity to use the Sportsbook and Casino in the same place while under the same account.

 

2. DraftKings Sportsbook

DraftKings Sportsbook, App Store
DraftKings Sportsbook, App Store
  • Where Available: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), Web Browser
  • States Available: CO, Il, IN, IA, MI, NH, NJ, PA, TN, VA, WV
  • App Store Average Rating: 4.8 (245.4K total ratings)
  • Google Play Average Rating: 3.5 (1.4K total ratings)
  • App Store Listed As: DraftKings Sportsbook & Casino
  • Google Play Listed As: DraftKings Sportsbook & Casino
  • Owned By: DraftKings

DraftKings Sportsbook is one of the best in the business and has been for some time.

The daily fantasy sports company turned sports betting monster hopped on the online gambling legalization from the jump. DraftKings Sportsbook took immediate action following the historic overturning of the PASPA in 2018.

Although New York isn’t yet live with its online sports betting, retail sports betting is currently in progress. Like many others, DraftKings Sportsbook has already partnered with a brick-and-mortar location—the del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo, NY.

Interestingly, DraftKings attacks its mobile app in a flexible fashion. Those who use both DraftKings Sportsbook and DraftKings Casino can remain within the same DraftKings mobile app to conduct wagers for both. 

Of course, with the NFL season here, DraftKings is always quick to capitalize—referenced by its new Bet $1, Win $200 football bonus.

In the end, DraftKings Sportsbook deserves No. 2 status for a number of factors, including its new-user $1,000 deposit bonus and $50 risk-free bet, that’s currently one of the best in the business.

 

3. BetMGM

BetMGM, App Store
BetMGM, App Store
  • Where Available: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), Web Browser
  • States Available: CO, IN, IA, MI, NJ, NV, PA, TN, WV, VA
  • App Store Average Rating: 4.8 (36.5K total ratings)
  • Google Play Average Rating: 2.9 (694 Ratings)
  • App Store Listed As: BetMGM Sportsbook
  • Google Play Listed As: BetMGM Sportsbook
  • Owned By: MGM Resorts International

How could anybody go wrong with BetMGM’s app? Owned and operated by MGM Resorts and Casinos, the BetMGM app is already available in 10 states nationwide.

BetMGM’s app features an easy-to-use interface that’s not too intimidating for the new user. Speaking of new users, BetMGM is currently offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users.

The good comes in the overall functionality of the app, including its bet slip. Some of the bad is BetMGM’s focus on parlays that could be a worse bet for the sports wagerer than some of the straight plays.

 

4. Caesars Sportsbook

Caesars Sportsbook, App Store
Caesars Sportsbook, App Store
  • Where Available: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), Web Browser
  • States Available: CO, IL, IN, IA, MI, NJ, NV, TN, VA, WV
  • App Store Average Rating: 4.5 (5K total ratings)
  • Google Play Average Rating: 4.4 (225 total ratings)
  • App Store Listed As: Caesars Sportsbook
  • Google Play Listed As: Caesars Sportsbook
  • Owned By: Caesars Entertainment

Interestingly, William Hill was the largest retail sportsbook in America and is even recognized on a larger scale worldwide. But now, thanks to Caesars Entertainment’s recent acquisition of William Hill, the names have changed a bit.

If Caesar Sportsbook’s new-user $5.000 risk-free bet isn’t enough of an incentive to get going, its mobile app will definitely be more than enough.

It’s just one more example of an operator that usually pounces on the NFL season. For instance, using Cesars Sportsbook for the Jets-Giants game this past August would have been a wise move.

The mobile app’s design is nice and overall functionality worthy of mention, but at times, it’ll glitch or freeze (not totally distinct from other apps in the market).

 

5. FOX Bet

FOX Bet, App Store
FOX Bet, App Store
  • Where Available: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), Web Browser
  • States Available: CO, MI, NJ, PA
  • App Store Average Rating: 4.5 (5.6K total ratings)
  • Google Play Average Rating: 3.3 (57 total ratings)
  • App Store Listed As: FOX Bet Sportsbook & Casino
  • Google Play Listed As: FOX Bet Sportsbook & Casino
  • Owned By: Stars Mobile Limited

The FOX name is one nearly every American knows. FOX Bet, however, is something that continues to grow to this very day.

As of this moment, FOX Bet is available in just four states: Colorado, Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Tennessee and Virginia are on the cusp of joining the fray, while other state opportunities lie in wait.

FOX Bet’s sports betting app is worth a shot, as its solid design and plus functionality earn its overall worth. 

New Jersey sports wagerers to the sportsbook can get started today with FOX Bet’s new-user $500 risk-free bet.

 

6. Barstool Sportsbook

Barstool Sportsbook, App Store
Barstool Sportsbook, App Store
  • Where Available: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), Web Browser
  • States Available: CO, IL, IN, MI, NJ, PA, VA
  • App Store Average Rating: 4.7 (7.6K total ratings)
  • Google Play Average Rating: 3.4 (249 total ratings)
  • App Store Listed As: Barstool Sportsbook & Casino
  • Google Play Listed As: Barstool Sportsbook & Casino
  • Owned By: Penn National Gaming

Barstool Sportsbook is coming fast and the sports-betting world may never be the same.

Not only are many of the traditional betting categories available, but Barstool Sportsbook ramps it up with unique events. For instance, sports gamblers had an opportunity to bet on one of Jake Paul’s recent bouts.

Available in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Virginia, Barstool Sportsbook is entering as many states as possible. Naturally, the great state of New York should be on the list of future geographical locations Barstool identifies.

Get started now with a $1,000 risk-free bet and check out what Barstool Sportsbook has to offer.

 

7. PointsBet

PointsBet Sportsbook, App Store
PointsBet Sportsbook, App Store
  • Where Available: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), Web Browser
  • States Available: NJ, IA, CO, IN, IL, MI
  • App Store Average Rating: 4.4 (3.3K total ratings)
  • Google Play Average Rating: 4.1 (153 total ratings)
  • App Store Listed As: PointsBet: Sports Betting
  • Google Play Listed As: PointsBet: Sports Betting
  • Owned By: NBC Sports

Licensed in six states, Australian-based company PointsBet is on the come-up. Its unique PointsBetting feature is sure to become a reality in New York once it opens up for online sportsbook business.

Now owned by NBC Sports, PointsBet’s mobile app is wildly spreading to more states while gaining popularity. It’s already legal and active in New Jersey, something many Tri-State sports fans are enjoying.

In terms of app functionality, PointsBet delivers a sleek interface and high-end technology. Much like BetMGM, the company’s focus on parlays is something that could hurt the user more than help it.

 

8. BetRivers / Sugarhouse

Sugarhouse, App Store
Sugarhouse, App Store
  • Where Available: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), Web Browser
  • States Available: CO, IL, IN, IA, MI, PA, VA, & NJ
  • App Store Average Rating: 2.7 (337 total ratings)
  • Google Play Average Rating: 4.0 (100 total ratings)
  • App Store Listed As: PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook
  • Google Play Listed As: SugarHouse Casino & Sportsbook New Jersey
  • Owned By: Rush Street Interactive

BetRivers Sportsbook already has a New York presence as the sportsbook for Rivers Casino in Schenectady, but the online end of things gets a bit confusing.

Owned by Rush Street Interactive, BetRivers makes way for SugarHouse in New Jersey, which is where we pulled our ratings from above.

All told, the company’s apps are independent in each state (eight in total), and it looks like New York will be no different—if or when it enters the market.

 

9. Bet365

Bet365, App Store
Bet365, App Store
  • Where Available: App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), Web Browser
  • States Available: NJ
  • App Store Average Rating: 3.0 (5.6K total ratings)
  • Google Play Average Rating: 1.9 (5.05K total ratings)
  • App Store Listed As: Bet365: Sports Betting
  • Google Play Listed As: Bet365: Sports Betting – Bet on Racing & Football

MSG Networks viewers could not have missed the commercials. Bet365 is currently pushing hard while it awaits New York to officially open up for online sports-betting business.

It’s expected that Bet365 gets the last nod in the rankings considering its overall size and underdog status.

 

NY Sports Betting Apps Snapshot

  Where Available States Available App Store Rating Google Play Rating
FanDuel App Store, Google Play CO, Il, IN, IA, MI, NH, NJ, PA, TN, VA, WV 4.8 4.7
DraftKings App Store, Google Play CO, Il, IN, IA, MI, NH, NJ, PA, TN, VA, WV 4.8 3.5
BetMGM App Store, Google Play CO, IN, IA, MI, NJ, NV, PA, TN, VA, WV 4.8 2.9
Caesars App Store, Google Play CO, IL, IN, IA, MI, NJ, NV, TN, VA, WV 4.5 4.4
FOX Bet App Store, Google Play CO, MI, NJ, PA 4.5 3.3
Barstool App Store, Google Play CO, IL, IN, MI, NJ, PA, VA 4.7 3.4
PointsBet App Store, Google Play CO, IA, IN, IL, MI, NJ 4.4 4.1
SugarHouse/BetRivers App Store, Google Play CO, IL, IN, IA, MI, PA, VA, & NJ 2.7 (NJ) 4.0 (NJ)
Bet365 App Store, Google Play NJ 3.0 1.9

 

How To Download And Use A Sports Betting App

Sports bettors who want to wager via a sports-betting app can painlessly do so in a few easy steps.

  1. Download the sports betting app from the App Store (Apple/iOS) or the Google Play (Android). Previously, Android users were forced to download a link from the sportsbook’s website to get the app working on their devices. In early 2021, Google changed that, and operators can now make apps available on Google Play.
  2. Select “register” or “sign-up” and complete the registration process. This will usually consist of creating a username and password, providing an email, social security number, etc. Sometimes, sports betting apps will ask for more verification steps.
  3. Deposit funds, usually done by locating and visiting your “account” section of the app.
  4. Place a bet after checking the fine print and taking advantage of new-user promos (if applicable).
  5. Withdraw winnings.

 

New York Pro Sports Teams

New York is a professional sports town loaded with action. Two NFL teams, two NBA teams, two MLB teams and three NHL teams unofficially call New York home, but the number of teams that actually have their headquarters within the state limits are much fewer.

Along with the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, New York Yankees, New York Mets, New York Rangers and New York Islanders call New York state home.

Fortunately, each of these teams can be wagered on as long as you live in or you’re within state limits of a legal online sports betting state (depending on particular state laws).

Tri-State Area Team Coverage:

New York State-Housed Teams

  • New York Knicks (NBA)
  • Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
  • New York Yankees (MLB)
  • New York Mets (MLB)
  • New York Rangers (NHL)
  • New York Islanders (NHL)
  • New York Liberty (WNBA)
  • Buffalo Bills (NFL)
  • Buffalo Sabres (NFL)

 

NY Retail Sports Betting Locations

In addition to the expected online sports betting apps, New York also features brick-and-mortar locations that are already taking sports bets.

Below is a list of the physical locations in the Empire State already taking advantage of the legal sports betting world.

Resorts World Catskills

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady

Point Place Casino

Yellow Brick Road Casino

Turning Stone Resort Casino

Tioga Downs Casino Resort

del Lago Resort & Casino

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort

 

NY Sports Betting Apps FAQ

Are Sports Betting Apps Legal In New York?

No, sports betting apps are not yet legal or active in New York, but that will eventually change. The state is currently projecting a go-live date around Super Bowl 56 in 2022.

Which Is The Best Sports Betting App?

AMNY, along with many others, tout FanDuel Sportsbook as the best sports betting app on the market today. Obviously, sports gamblers can’t go wrong with other options such as DraftKings Sportsbook.

Which Is The Best Sports Betting App In NY?

Since New York online sports betting isn’t yet live, this question will have to wait until it’s possible to answer.

Which Sports Can I Bet On In New York?

Similar to New Jersey, New York prohibits in-state collegiate betting. This means that any collegiate athletics representing a school from the state of New York cannot be wagered on. Prohibited sports event means any collegiate sport or athletic event that takes place in New York or a sport or athletic event in which any New York college team participates regardless of where the event takes place.

Is Online Sports Betting Legal In New York?

No. The wait for NY online sports betting continues, but we do know it’s only a matter of time.

When Did Sports Betting Go Live in New York?

Retail sports betting in New York went live in 2019.

Will I Have to be in New York to Bet?

Yes. You can bet on sports in any of the approved retail sports betting locations in New York.

Do I Have to be a New York Resident to Bet?

No. It is not required that the sports gambler resides in New York to place wagers in person.

What Types of Bets Can I Place in New York?

New York offers many of the same types of bets seen in the online space. Straight bets (Moneyline, spread, O/U), Parlays & Accumulators, Pleasers & Teasers, Player & Championship, Futures Live Betting Props & Exotics

What is the New York Sports Betting Tax Rate?

Currently, with the bills in the works to bring online betting to New York, there would be an 8.5% tax rate on physical sportsbooks and a 12% tax for mobile sportsbooks. There also would be a $12 million one-time licensing fee for mobile sportsbooks entering the state. By way of comparison, New Jersey offers an 8.5% tax rate for in-person sports wagering and a 13% online tax, while Pennsylvania holds a much higher 36% rate.

How Old Must I Be to Place a Bet in New York?

As is the case in all states where sports betting is legal, gamblers must be at least 21 years of age.

 

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