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Want to bet on sports in New York? You may soon be able to do just that, but it might not be as easy as it could be. 

New York has issued preliminary rules for casinos to offer sports betting, but these rules didn't include mobile or online wagering, which would make it easy for anyone in New York to bet on sports, whether they're close or far away from a casino. For instance, the nearest casino to NYC is around an hour and a half away. 

Legislators are currently gearing up for a battle to decide if mobile betting should be legal in New York and so are individuals. 

Bet On NY has started a petition urging voters to tell legislators they want mobile sports betting in New York. To join the petition, click here.

In January, New Jersey sports betting generated nearly 80 percent of its revenue via mobile or online platforms. Considering such a large percentage of sports betting is done via mobile, legalizing mobile betting would give New York a previously untapped source of revenue. For instance, New Jersey generated over $400 million of revenue from sports betting in January alone. 

The AGA (American Gaming Association) estimated that nearly 75 percent of "illegal, offshore sports betting" was taking place via mobile platforms. Legalizing mobile betting would go a long way to ensure everything is safe and transparent.  

Ultimately, with the way technology is trending, more bettors will continue placing bets via mobile platforms. Capitalizing on this trend makes a lot of sense. Legalizing mobile betting streamlines the betting process and ensures bettors are doing everything legally, while also generating a ton of revenue. Now it's up to states like New York to decide if they want to be part of that or not. 

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