Experts say New York is still hampered because mobile wagering isn’t permitted Jimmy Vielkind, Wall Street Journal · July 17, 2019 at 7:11 pm The state’s first legal sports bets were placed at an upstate casino on Tuesday morning, but experts say New York still lags behind its neighbors because mobile wagering isn’t allowed. The sports book at the Rivers Casino opened to the public just before 10:30 a.m. after a ceremony featuring state and local officials. A 2013 amendment to the State Constitution legalized Las Vegas-style commercial casinos in New York, and an accompanying law that year authorized sports betting should it ever be federally allowed. A 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling struck down federal prohibitions on sports betting. Sixteen other states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting, according to Daniel Wallach, a Florida attorney whose clients include online gaming companies.