Account Wagering on Horse Racing is the only legal online gambling in NY.
The NYS Gaming Commission has allowed for telephone account wagering and now includes internet account wagering on horse races. If you are at least 18 years old (NY Residents) or older you may apply for an internet account through several Account Wagering companies. Some of companies may require you to be 21 years old as they offer other types of betting.
Here are two of those wagering companies:
Bet Horse Races online at Empire City Bets through Empire City Casino in Yonkers, NY
Bet Horse races online at NYRA Rewards through the New York Racing Association
Please read the FAQ and terms on each of the linked websites above.
This is the only type of legal online betting specified in the New York State Law, specifically New York State Consolidated Laws – PML Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law
Draft Kings Fantasy Sports Betting
Daily and Weekly Fantasy Sports contests for cash prizes in all of the five major sports (MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA and PGA) as well as college football and basketball. Our rapid-fire contests are a much shorter duration than the traditional season-long leagues and require no team management after the draft.
Online Fantasy Sports Betting and Online Poker are technically contests of skill instead of “contest(s) of chance” . I’m sure there are many online gaming sites that accept NY Residents whether it is legal to or not… At some point we can only hope that Professional Sports Team wagering and online Poker will be specifically allowed in NY as it is now in New Jersey..
NYS Penal law Article 225 states
A person engages in GAMBLING when that person stakes or risks
“something of value” upon the outcome of a “contest of chance” or a
future contingent event not under his control or influence, upon an
agreement or understanding that he will receive something of value in the
event of a certain outcome. Penal Law § 225.00(2).