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New York set to legalise mobile betting following budget agreement

| By Conor Mulheir
Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo has agreed the FY 2022 New York State Budget, which includes the introduction of mobile wagering in the state.

The governor, together with state senate majority leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and assembly speaker Carl Heastie, announced their agreement on the budget yesterday (6 April).

Under the budget legislation, the state will issue a request for applications and must select at least two platform providers, who will work with a total of at least four operators or skins.

Cuomo’s office says that once it is fully phased in, legalisation of the vertical will provide more than $500m (£361.7m/€420.8m) in revenue for the state, with the possibility of becoming the largest sports wagering market in the US.

With the current largest market, neighbouring New Jersey, bringing in $46.2m in February 2021 and a record $82.6m the month before, this suggests the state of New York will receive at least half of mobile betting revenue if it expects to take in more than $500m.

The governor’s office said that once fully phased in, the programme will provide $5m annually to youth sports and $6m to combat problem gambling, double the resources currently available.

The remainder of the new revenue will be dedicated to education, it said.

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