Publish Date: 01/19/2022
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis
The world of online gambling in the US has certainly transformed over the last decade. You may be surprised to know the first state to legalize online betting was Delaware back in June 1992. This paved the way for steady growth across the country and since then another 17 states have been granted an online gambling license.
With New York becoming the 18th state to be added to this growing list, many bettors may find themselves in the position of having more than one sportsbook account in more than one state. It is estimated that a quarter of all neighboring New Jersey online bettors actually come from New York, which isn’t a surprise seeing as NJ legalized online betting in 2018. State gambling regulations are complex and it’s true to say that this issue will raise a number of questions that need addressing.
Online bettors can sign up to as many operators as they like. In fact, this is common practice as most NY sportsbooks offer exciting welcome bonuses to attract new customers. With the expansion of legalized online gambling across the US, this means that more bettors may want to gamble in different states with their preferred sportsbook.
It is understood that most operators will only allow customers to open one account in each state that the operator is licensed for. You don’t have to be a resident of that state to open an account, but you do need to be physically located in it to place a real money bet. For example, if you want to claim the DraftKings New York welcome bonus, or perhaps the Caesars new sign up offer, you can only do that from inside New York state lines. Operators use geolocation software that accurately pinpoints exactly where you are logging in from, so monitor this very closely. There is a strict regulation that they must adhere to, and they could land themselves in very hot water if they don’t!
BetRivers and Caesars, both now live in New York, will prohibit you from making a real money bet online unless you are physically located within the state boundaries. However, you can log in to your account and use all other features, including depositing and withdrawing money, elsewhere. BetMGM, which launches in New York in February 2022, specify that if you are located in another state, you must log in with that state-specific account, and if you do not have an account in that state, you will need to register and create a new account.
Many people will find themselves wondering “Can I open an online sportsbook account in New York if I already have an account in New Jersey”? We know the rules are complex and can be confusing, so we always recommend you read the Terms and Conditions before signing up with a NY sportsbook to avoid disappointment down the line. The best online sportsbooks will have a responsive and knowledgeable Customer Services team, so always reach out to them to ask any questions you may have about registering, opening, and playing with the Sportsbook across different states.