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New York Gambling Laws

Gambling, whether it's horse-racing or slot machines, is regulated at the state level. New York gambling laws have historically limited casinos to Indian reservations and allow betting on horse racing. But times are changing in the Empire State. In 2013 voters approved an amendment to the New York constitution that allows Las Vegas-style casinos in the state. The following table highlights the basics of California's laws pertaining to gambling. See Details on State Gambling Laws for a general overview.

Code Section PEN§225.00 et seq.; 47A:101 et seq.; RW&B 47A§518
Gambling Staking or risking something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not under person's control, upon an agreement that he/she will receive something of value, given a certain event.
Horse Racing/Off-Track Betting Licensed horse and harness racing legal. Off-track parimutuel wagering at licensed facilities legal.
Dog Racing/Off-Track Betting Not specified.
Casinos Allowed? Up to 7 new casinos will be permitted, in addition to 5 Indian-run casinos upstate.
Other Kinds of Gambling-Related Activities Allowed or Banned Promoting gambling; possession of gambling records; bookmaking; possession of gambling devices illegal. Games of chance sponsored by bona fide charitable organizations allowed. Social, private gambling allowed.

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New York gaming attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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