Sports betting is coming to New York casinos.
The state Gaming Commission voted Monday to allow sports wagering at four upstate casinos, including del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County. Indian casinos, such as the Oneida Nation's Turning Stone, Point Place and Yellow Brick Road casinos, can accept sports bets.
The rules approved by the commission will require casinos to establish lounges to accept in-person wagers. No mobile betting will be permitted. Two lawmakers, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, have introduced a bill that would allow mobile and online betting.
New Yorkers could bet on various professional sporting events, including NFL and NBA games. However, betting on Syracuse University and other New York college teams will be prohibited.
The commission's approval of the rules followed a 60-day public comment period. The agency received 19 comments, mostly in support of sports wagering or mobile betting.
Casinos must obtain licenses to offer sports wagering. The four commercial casinos — del Lago, Resorts World Catskills in Sullivan County, Rivers Casino in Schenectady and Tioga Downs Casino in Tioga County — plan to add sports wagering lounges.
Del Lago, which is partnering with DraftKings to open a sports book at the casino, is constructing its sports wagering lounge in a space formerly occupied by a bar and restaurant.
The lounge is expected to open this summer.
"We look forward to some exciting summer baseball and the 2019 NFL season, as well as scores of other sporting events on which our customers have been eager to place a wager," said Steve Greenberg, a spokesman for del Lago Resort & Casino.
The Oneida Nation plans to have sports betting lounges at its three casinos. The tribe will partner with Caesars Entertainment to open "The Lounge with Caesars Sports" at Turning Stone, Point Place and Yellow Brick Road casinos.
The sports books will open this summer at Point Place and Turning Stone, according to a news release. Yellow Brick Road's sports book will open later.
After the Gaming Commission approved the sports betting rules, the Oneidas announced that Justin Arnett will serve as director of sports book operations for the three casinos.
Arnett's past experience includes managing sports books at The Palazzo and The Venetian in Las Vegas.
"Our new sports books will exceed the already high standards of excellence that have established our venues as New York's preeminent gaming destinations," Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter said.
New York is the eighth state to allow sports betting. Some of the state's neighbors, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, authorized sports wagering.
States could legalize sports betting after a Supreme Court decision last year. The court overturned a federal law that prevented states from allowing sports wagering.