NEW YORK (WKBW) — The New York State Gaming Commission has approved four mobile sports betting operators to begin Saturday.
The commission announced Thursday that Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel and Rush Street Interactive "have satisfied all statutory and regulatory requirements necessary to accept and process mobile sports wagering activity," and have been approved to commence operations as of 9 a.m. Saturday, January 8.
According to the commission, each operator will determine when to accept wagers based upon its capabilities and readiness.
- Caesars Sportsbook tweeted about the commission's approval, but did not say whether it would launch beginning Saturday.
- DraftKings Sportsbook tweeted "New York, we'll see you Saturday" and confirmed to 7 News it would launch Saturday.
- FanDuel Sportsbook tweeted "See you Saturday, New York" and confirmed to 7 News it would launch Saturday.
- Rush Street Interactive, which runs BetRivers, confirmed to 7 News it would launch Saturday.
The Buffalo Bills named FanDuel Group as official mobile sports betting partner Thursday.
FanDuel has built a strong reputation as a premier sports betting destination for sports fans. The ways they reach people through engaging and entertaining content is innovative and aligns with how we think about connecting with our fans. We're very excited for all this partnership will offer our valued fans throughout the state of New York as part of their gameday experience and look forward to working with FanDuel for many years to come.
In November the state approved nine mobile sports betting operators, the five other operators must "continue to work towards satisfying statutory and regulatory requirements necessary to launch and will be approved on a rolling basis when requirements are met."
The state has previously estimated mobile sports betting would bring in $500 million each year with $5 million going to youth sports, $6 million going to combat gambling addiction and the left over revenue would go to education.
If you or someone you know may have a gambling addiction, New York State has a free confidential helpline that can connect you with a provider in your community. There is also a gamblers anonymous program.