Online play officially gets a start date in the Hudson Valley

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Surprise! Online sports betting officially has a start date in the Hudson Valley.

We told you earlier this week that the New York State Gaming Commission has yet to give its final approval to the sports betting law that has already been passed in New York State. It was hoped that a meeting would take place in December, but that never happened.

New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. told NY Sports Day on Tuesday that he expected approval soon, but did not expect it to happen at time to kick off this weekend.

I remain hopeful that New Yorkers will finally be able to participate in mobile sports betting around mid-January.

Well, it turns out that things have changed quickly since then. Online sports betting will officially begin this Saturday, just in time for the NFL playoffs, which begin next weekend.

Draft Kings’ director of racing and sports betting operations also happens to be a native of the Hudson Valley. The spokesperson struggled to contain his enthusiasm for Thursday’s news.

Growing up in New York City and having spent the past 30+ years in Las Vegas, I’m delighted that my worlds are finally ready to collide.

Fans over the age of 21 located in New York State will be able to bet on professional sports teams online starting January 8. Bets on university matches, however, remain prohibited.

Until now, residents of the Hudson Valley have only been able to place sports bets in a limited number of physical locations in the state, including Resort Worlds Catskill bookie.

Will you be betting online this weekend? Let us know your thoughts on the news on our Facebook page or in the comments section below.

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