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Now that in-person and online sports betting is legal in New York, the state might as well make it as convenient as possible for resident bettors in 2022, and if Senate Bill 7536 (S7536) eventually becomes law it would mean allowing gambling kiosks at every NY pro stadium.
That new law would also give horse racing gamblers the ability to place their wagers using online apps, both obvious improvements to an ongoing market that is already breaking records in the sports betting world as we previously reported in New York Smokes Jersey’s Mobile Record with $1.62 Billion January Handle.
The bill is sponsored by Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., who sees these potential changes as part of the obvious evolution of this emerging market, telling the press:
If someone on one of our apps can bet on the Nets, Knicks, Rangers, whatever team they want, and also horse racing at Saratoga, it will give the New York consumer a better product. I think integrating horse racing into mobile betting will be a very high priority for me.
Made into law, S7536 could make gambling a lot easier for Empire State bettors.
Most New York bettors enjoy attending live sporting events, watching the Mets play at Citi Field, the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, the Dodgers at MCU Park, and the NBA and WNBA at Madison Square Garden, and plenty of other venues – so it makes sense to give them easy access to their favorite sportsbooks.
S7536 addresses that by allowing betting kiosks throughout New York’s pro venues aimed at “improving the customer experience by cutting down wait time” by not requiring a sports betting account to place wagers and by offering multiple locations which tend to cut down on customers having to wait in long betting lines.
Also, at stake here with S7536 is the ability for gamblers to place fixed odds bets on horse races using one of the nine legal mobile sportsbooks allowed in the state, a move expected to increase New York’s already hefty handle in ways that only the internet can deliver.
But there is still a way to go before S7536 finds its way to Governor Kathy Hochul’s desk.
This week, S7536 passed through the Senate’s Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee by a vote of 7-0, that unanimous nod a sign that this bill has legs, which it will need to get through the red tape gauntlet of becoming a New York state law.
Next, S7536 will move on to the Senate Finance committee where it will be picked apart for its revenue-related issues, with fiery debates and re-writes imminent before it is up for another vote.
Kudos to New York lawmakers for attempting to evolve their existing sports betting market by prioritizing ease of use for its customer base, a shift that we will continue to report on, so check back for all the latest news and updates.
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Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]More info on Mike Lukas
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