ALBANY, NY — Gov. Andrew’s Cuomo wants to expand — slightly — the state’s year-old entry into sports betting.
But his plans don’t go as far allowing bettors to place their wages online through mobile devices.
Continuing the ban on mobile betting, critics say, could cost the state millions of dollars in gaming revenues that could help reduce the state’ projected $6 billion budget deficit.
Cuomo’s plan, announced during his 2020-2021 budget presentation today, simply expands legal betting beyond the limits of dedicated sports lounges within the full-service casinos currently authorized for sports wagers.
Currently, sports bets can only be placed within the confines of the sports lounges (sportsbooks) at four Upstate New York casinos: Rivers Resort & Casino in Schenectady; Tioga Downs in Nichols west of Binghamton; Resorts World Catskills near Monticello in Delaware County; and del Lago Casino & Resort near Waterloo in the Finger Lakes. Betting in sports lounges is also authorized in full-service casinos operated by the Oneida, Seneca and Akwesasne Mohawk nations.
“The budget ends this restriction by allowing sports wagering outside the lounge, but still within the…
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