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New Yorkers checked mobile sports betting apps 17 million times in first 36 hours of new state law

New Yorkers did this 17 million times over the weekend.


It’s not a Jeopardy question. The answer is, check their mobile sports betting apps the first weekend they were legal to use. Spectrum News reports geolocation data showed eight million of those who checked their betting apps in the first 36 hours since the new state law took effect lived in the five boroughs of New York City.

DraftKings, one of the four approved sportsbooks, would not say how much money New Yorkers wagered through the app this weekend, but Director of Race and Sports Operations Johnny Avello said the handle was more than expected.


“It turned out great,” Avello said. “They couldn’t have opened it on a better weekend; Week 18 of the NFL. There were some games also on Saturday, National Championship Game tonight so the timing couldn’t have been better.” He said the top three games being bet on were the Bills-Jets game, the Raiders-Chargers Sunday night game and Monday night’s Georgia-Alabama college football national championship game.



 

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