TYRE — Future options for gamblers at the del Lago Resort and Casino will include sports wagering.
The only question left is when.
The state Gaming Commission voted 6-0 Monday to approve regulations for sports wagering at the four state-licensed upstate casinos, including del Lago.
The regulations are modeled on those adopted in states that already allow sports wagering, with modifications made by Gaming Commission staff and more than 80 suggestions from the public at hearings.
The regulations were adopted without comment, though bets won’t start until the facilities receive their wagering licenses, which is likely to be later this summer.
Del Lago has formed a partnership with DraftKings Sportsbook, and spokesman Steve Greenberg said confirmed that the casino hopes to start accepting sports wagers later this summer.
“We are excited to soon begin offering sports gaming for our customers with our DraftKings partner,” Greenberg said.
“Del Lago has started building a state-of-at-art sports gaming venue off the casino floor,” he added. “We look forward to some exciting summer baseball and the 2019 NFL season as well as scores of other sporting events on which our customers have been eager to place a wager.”
The other casinos included in the ruling are Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady and Tioga Downs in the Southern Tier.
The state’s tribal casinos plan to allow sports wagers, too.
The Commission initially endorsed the idea of allowing sports wagering at the four facilities earlier this year. Legislation that would authorize wagers at sporting venues or on mobile devices has been introduced but so far has so been voted on in the Legislature.