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Advocates, casino officials are behind legalizing mobile betting in New York

Supporters of legal sports betting used Super Bowl Sunday as an opportunity to call for expansions to the betting system.

Advocates say mobile betting should be added to the state’s repertoire.

The DraftKings Sportsbook at Del Lago Resort & Casino had a big weekend. Of course, it was one of the biggest sports weekends of the year.



Del Lago VP and General Manager Lance Young says that since opening – the Sportsbook has drawn in a larger crowd than expected.

“We feel it’s the best experience outside of going to the Super Bowl,” Young told News10NBC.

Some opponents have raised concerns about the prospect of ending the need for those who want to place a wager to show up at a facility like Del Lago. After all, they were built to be an economic driver.

Greg Miller, a Corning native, told News10NBC that making betting easier – like mobile betting – would be a solid addition.

“I think that would be excellent yes, it would save people a lot of driving, but maybe casinos wouldn’t get as much floor play,” Miller admitted.



Not everyone agrees, though.

Michael Rose, who lives near Batavia, told News10NBC that they seek out a more personal experience. “We kind of planned on coming down here and make a few bucks, have a little fun and make a day out of it,” he explained.

As for del Lago’s position on legalizing mobile betting? CEO Brent Stevens told News10NBC that they’re behind it – and that Albany should act.

We applaud Governor Cuomo’s decision to allow casinos to expand sports betting throughout the casino floor. To maximize the potential role legalized sports betting can play in closing New York’s budget deficit,” Stevens said. “We strongly urge state leaders to consider taking action legalizing mobile betting in the final budget package. New Jersey is already reaping the benefits of mobile sports, and 25% of the wagering is coming from New York residents. That is crucial revenue that can be used to fund critical services throughout the state and for casinos to use to continue reinvesting in their workforce.”



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