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Sports betting in New York state underway

Posted at 3:24 AM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 03:27:48-04

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — With Bills and Sabres games coming up soon fans can begin placing wagers on sporting events in New York state.

The state joined the growing list of states allowing sports wagers, and the Schenectady's Rivers Casino and Resort opened its betting lounge to the public Tuesday, becoming the first of what is likely to be several casinos that expect to begin taking bets before the fall football season.

The Empire State's entry into sports wagering comes after a ruling last year by the U.S. Supreme Court lifting sports betting prohibitions covering most states and prompted a frenzy of interest in many states.

The aim is to catch up to next-door neighbor New Jersey, where gamblers bet more than $3 billion on sports in the first full year since it became legal in that state.