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Operators react to recommendation to operate online sportsbooks in New York

Three operators have announced they were recommended by the New York State Gaming Commission to operate online and mobile sports betting in New York – PointsBet, Caesars and Rush Street.

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PointsBet’s CEO, Johnny Aitken, said: “We are thankful to the Gaming Commission for this recommendation and believe it speaks volumes to PointsBet’s reputation and ability to deliver an unrivalled, world-class experience.

"We eagerly await the official opportunity to leverage our exclusive sports betting partnership with NBC Sports and introduce the nation’s premier sports betting product to the countless passionate, sports-loving New Yorkers.”

Caesars is already established as a gaming operator in the tri-state area through its retail casino and sportsbook footprint, including at the Oneida Nation’s three casino properties.

In addition to operating numerous retail sportsbooks across the country, Caesars Sportsbook is currently live in 20 states and jurisdictions, 14 of which are mobile. The sportsbook is the official casino sponsor and an official sports betting partner of the NFL and has signed agreements with the NBA, NHL, MLB; and over 20 individual teams across the country while being the exclusive odds provider for ESPN and CBS Sports.

Rush Street Interactive (RSI) was recommended for one of the nine licences permitting gaming operators to offer online and mobile sports betting in New York. RSI currently operates online gaming in 11 states including Connecticut and New Jersey, while also having an established presence in New York through its partnership with Rivers Casino and Resort Schenectady.

The launch of the New York online and mobile sports betting market is expected to occur during the first quarter of 2022. In total, nine operators were recommended, including DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM.

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