Sports betting NY

The 3 best sites for sports betting in NY

3 May 2021

Online sports betting is a burgeoning market in New York thanks to legalized markets in New Jersey. We pick out the best online sportsbooks for mobile wagering in New York.



NY & NJ betting expert

BettingScanner's resident sportsbook specialist picks out his top three sportsbooks for New Yorkers.

Sports Betting NY In order to legally place a bet online, you can sign-up in NY but then you must travel to NY to place a wager.

888sport The best value online sportsbook.

Bet365The best online sportsbook for in-play betting.

Unibet The best welcome bonus.

Sports Betting in NY

Sports Betting in New York has increased dramatically since New Jersey legalize online wagering in 2018. The proximity to the state of New Jersey meant that New Yorkers opted to take the short trip over state lines to place a wager, rather than travel upstate to land-based casinos and sportsbooks.

In fact, sports betting tourism has become so popular that sports bars in Hoboken and Newport saw a surge in weekend customers. In 2019, FanDuel, NJ’s largest online sportsbook estimated that one-third of its customers were residents of NY.

So, this begs the question, is it legal. In short - yes, it is perfectly legal to be a resident of New York and wager with an online NJ sportsbook - as long as you are in New Jersey.

You can sign-up and download an NJ sportsbook’s app in New York, but you must be within state lines to wager, deposit or withdraw funds.

If you are thinking about using a VPN to get around this, we are afraid the sportsbooks are one step ahead; many now require you to download geolocation software to see if your IP address really matches your actual location.

However, if you do make a genuine mistake and try and place a wager in NY with an NJ sportsbook do not worry, it won’t be a crime. It is up to the sportsbook to block that wager.

Legal Online Sportsbooks in New York and New Jersey

So, we have established that it is legal to sign-up with an NJ sportsbook in New York and then wager, deposit and withdraw in the state of New Jersey. But it is important to point out that this is only if the online sportsbook is licensed in the state of NJ. If you are attempting to use an offshore sportsbook that is not a legal bet and they are not liable to payout.

We have listed all the trustworthy and licensed online sportsbooks in New Jersey below:

Legal NJ sportsbooks

  1. Risk-free bet up to $500

  2. Bet $1, get $200

  3. $500 risk-free bet

  4. Deposit Bonus of up to $1,000

  5. up to $1,000 risk-free bet

  6. 100% matched deposit bonus up to $250

  7. $1000 sign-up bonus

  8. 100% Deposit Match up to $1,500

  9. 100% Deposit Match up to $1,500

  10. up to $1,000 risk-free bet

What does it mean if an online sportsbook is licensed?
Nils Edmondson

Nils Edmondson

If an online sportsbook is legally licensed then it means that a state gaming commission has approved the sportsbook, a full license fee has been paid and an annual tax on winnings has been paid.

This means that the company is liable and therefore, you as a customer are protected, something that you are not if you place a wager with an offline sportsbook.


888 may be a relative unknown in New York but don’t let that fool you. The online sportsbook is a global heavyweight with thousands of customers all over the world. Fortunately, for residents of New Jersey and New York the company chose NJ as its base for its US operations.

888 NJ’s product is one of the best on the market and their odds for all major sports events offer great value. Their mobile product is easy to use and reliable but if you do have any issues 888 also provides 24/7 customer service.

We can recommend it as an all-rounder. It does not have the highest welcome bonus or the very best odds but it does provide a high-quality service all round.


888sport sign-up

Risk-free bet up to $500

  1. New customers only
  2. Valid until December 31, 2021
  3. Single bets only
  4. Free bets expire after 7 days
  5. Free bet stakes not included in returns
  6. NJ players only

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Bet365 is a British sportsbook with over two decades of online experience. Their rise from a shed in northern England to the largest sports betting company is a testament to its excellent product.

However, it is one area that the sportsbook is the best in the market; in-play betting. When it comes to live betting Bet365 has one of the best-looking and popular functions worldwide. This is in part thanks to their strategy of combining live streaming with in-play betting.

Now, you may ask, why would the in-play function warrant a place in the top 3. Well, the reason is that if you are a New York resident looking to place a wager in New Jersey then you will probably be planning to travel over one evening, or weekend, to NJ and place a bet in a sports bar. Since you will not be able to wager in your state you will almost certainly place a wager on an event just about to start or that is live. If it is the latter then you will be placing an in-play wager.

When you do place an in-play wager then it is absolutely essential that you can rely on your mobile sportsbook. Any glitch, delay or issue can jeopardize your bet. This is why if you like in-play bets and live in NY then Bet365 is hands down the best choice.

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Bet365 sign-up

Bet $1, get $200

  1. New customers only
  2. Single bets only
  3. Free bets expire after 7 days
  4. NJ & CO players only


Unibet is the new kid in the block having arrived in the US from Europe a year after its competitors.

Despite its late arrival, the Swedish online sportsbook has not wasted any time. The betting site now live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Indiana.

So far, we are very impressed with Unibet. They offer high-value odds, a wide selection of betting options and have a nice customized app for each market.

However, none of the reasons mentioned above warrants a place in the top 3. Instead, it is an absolutely unbelievable welcome offer that helps it claim a top spot.

There are two things we love about their current offer. The first is that it is extremely generous; A $500 risk-free bet and a 4x$10 no deposit bonus. The first part of the offer is pretty standard in a new market where sportsbooks are looking to make their mark, but the second part of the offer is almost unheard of. The no deposit bonuses allow you to collect $40 in free bets without placing any deposit, so effectively you get your bonus just for signing up.

This brings us to the second reason we love this offer and that is because it is honest. There is no pesky smallprint which means that you need to add more and more of your money to get your bonus. For example, DraftKings requires you to turn over your bet 25 times before the bonus can potentially be withdrawn.

So, if you fancy a nice big and honest welcome offer then Unibet is the sportsbook for you.


Unibet Sign-up

$500 risk-free bet


  • Choose your welcome offer
  • Enter your first and last names
  • Enter your DOB (must be 21+)
  • Enter your mobile number
  • Enter your residential address
  • Pick a username and secure password
  • Enter a valid e-mail address


  • Pick your preferred deposit method
  • Make your first deposit (minimum $10)
  • Collect your welcome risk-free bet and no deposit bonuses

Set your limits

  • Set how much money you want to deposit and wager and how much time you wish to spend onsite.

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