Can I Play Online Blackjack for Real Money From New York State?

Written by:
Gilbert Horowitz
Published on:
Jan/12/2024

While sites like BetUS offer real money online blackjack (inluding live dealer) to those living in New York State, the state itself is yet to regulate i-Gaming.  That could be about to change.

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New York state senator Joseph Addabbo introduced legislation on Thursday January 11, 2023 that would allow for regulated online casino gambling and internet gambling using apps.  BetUS utilizes a browser-based online casino.

Senate Bill S8185 has been referred to the New York Senate racing, gaming and wagering committee.

More specifically the bill looks "to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, in relation to interactive gaming; and to amend the tax law, in relation to interactive lottery gaming."

The state's current land-based casinos may apply for a license as can three of the state's racetracks and the following tribes: St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, Seneca Nation of Indians and the Oneida Indian Nation of New York. They will also require a compact amendment.

Three additional licenses will be awarded through a bidding process.

The proposed tax will be among the highest in the US gaming market at 31.5% of base taxable gross gaming revenue. 

As for tax, license-holders will pay a rate of 31.5% of base taxable gross gaming revenue from igaming in New York.

The state is one of the few that can get away with taxing at this high a rate.  In December 2023, New York set a new state revenue record of $188.3m in online sports betting revenue.

The state intends to distribute $11m of the money collected for gambling addiction services.

- Gilbert Horowitz, Gambling911.com

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