The countdown is on until the beginning of a new chapter for NY as there is just hours to go before the legalisation and launch of sports betting in the state.
Residents of New York will have the luxury of being able to bet on sports across a range of markets from Saturday 7th January, which will be available online and mobile.
The state Gaming Commission announced the news less than 24 hours ago and since then the countdown has been on as punters gear up for an action-packed fun filled session of wagering on their favourite sports.
After 9am tomorrow morning, four major gambling operators will open their virtual doors to a flood of bettors for the first time in NY history. The four approved, legal operators are FanDuel, Caesars Sportsbook, Rush Street Interactive and DraftKings.
According to reports, the approval of legal online sports betting in the state will provide funding for crucial sectors in NY through the generation of revenue, which in turn can be invested in education and job creation.
Whilst there are some concerns regarding gambling related problems, such as addiction, overall the mood has been positive regarding the introduction of online and mobile facilities to bet on sports.
Online betting is already legal in many other major US states and NY will, from Saturday, join the likes of Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Nevada and Michigan.
In light of the concerns surrounding gambling problems arising, reportedly, $6 million in funding will be invested every year to help residents of New York who may suffer addiction and other related problems.
This move is historic for The Empire State and with a city with the nickname of The City That Never Sleeps, the state is expecting a flood of traffic and large audience demographics from the get-go, betting around the clock.
Online and mobile betting will be available in New York across a range of markets, including Ice Hockey, NFL, Boxing, UFC, NASCAR and Basketball among others.
Saturday betting in NY is expected to be a busy one with plenty of hot markets to wager on, including San Antonio Spurs at Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks at Los Angeles Lakers, Calgary Flames at Carolina Hurricanes, horse racing at Delta Downs and Penn National, Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets at Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins among others.