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Sports Betting At Upstate NY Casinos Can Begin In May

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Upstate New York casinos authorized to offer sports gambling could be accepting wagers by Memorial Day weekend.

The state Gaming Commission formally posted its rules for sports betting Wednesday, starting a 60-day period during which the public can weigh in on the issue. After 60 days, sports wagering would be allowed at the four privately owned non-Indian-owned casinos.

The agency will select a date when sports betting will be allowed to legally begin.

In January, gaming officials approved regulations for sports wagering at private casinos in the Finger Lakes region, Schenectady, the Catskills and the Southern Tier. They're required to have a sports wagering lounge to accept bets, with automated ticket systems allowed but only within the lounges.

Several Indian-owned casinos also plan to offer sports betting.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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