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Bill would legalize sports betting at upstate casinos

Published: Mar 13, 2018

A New York state senator has introduced legislation that would allow four casinos to legalize sports betting.

The legislation would permit online wagers for those who sign up through the casino.

Sen. John Bonacic, a Republican from Orange County, introduced the legislation that would make sports betting legal at four upstate New York non-tribal casinos, including one in Monticello.

Bonacic hopes New York can get a piece of the $400 billion pie of illegal sports betting.

"New York has historically been behind the curve in dealing with developments in the gaming world and it has been to our detriment," he said.

The legislation is contingent on whether or not the Supreme Court overturns a federal ban on state authorized sports outside of Las Vegas.

New Jersey is taking the lead on that case, and a handful of states are on deck to legalize sports if that happens.

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