No Launch Date Yet, but WynnBET Approved for Mobile New York Sports Betting

No Launch Date Yet, but WynnBET Approved for Mobile New York Sports Betting
By Lou Monaco

Wynn Interactive, the online gaming division of Wynn Resorts, has been cleared to launch its WynnBET app for mobile New York sports betting.

A company spokesman has confirmed that WynnBET New York got the green light from the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC). The spokesman would not reveal to NewYorkBets.com when WynnBET would go live.

WynnBET would become the seventh mobile sports betting provider to launch. PointsBet New York was the last to launch in the state on Jan. 24. The core four of sports betting platforms – Caesars Sportsbook New York , DraftKings New York, FanDuel New York and BetRivers New York – all started on Jan. 8.


BetMGM New York launched on Jan. 17.

Currently available in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia, WynnBET is also an approved sportsbook operator of the NFL, an authorized gaming operator of NASCAR, NBA and the MLB and a marketing partner of several NBA, MLB and NFL teams.

In late November, the company named Ian Williams as President of Wynn Interactive. In that role, he will oversee Wynn Interactive’s global day-to-day operations. Before joining Wynn, Williams worked for five years as the president of online gaming for Churchill Downs Inc.


Why Operators Are Keen on New York

Mobile business in the Empire State has been pursued heavily by all the major operators. The state is considered a big fish.

New York (19.3 million residents) became the state with the largest population to have mobile betting when it launched. The two states with the highest populations – California (39.6 million) and Texas (29.7 million) – do not have sports betting. That will not change in the short-term, for sure.

No. 3 Florida (21.9 million) had limited sports betting earlier in 2021 with one sportsbook run by the Seminole Tribe (Hard Rock Sportsbook). But that was stopped by the courts in December.

Early Handle Numbers on Way to History

In less than three weeks, the handle for New York mobile betting has surpassed $1 billion, at $1.175 billion.

New York certainly will post the largest handle for a month in United States history when new figures are announced Friday. The record currently is held by New Jersey, which posted $1.3 billion for the month of October 2021.

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Lou Monaco has been a columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas and has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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