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New York Consolidated Laws, Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law - PML § 1367. Sports wagering

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1. As used in this section:

(a) “Casino” means a licensed gaming facility at which gambling is conducted pursuant to the provisions of this article;

(b) “Commission” means the commission established pursuant to section one hundred two of this chapter;

(c) “Collegiate sport or athletic event” means a sport or athletic event offered or sponsored by or played in connection with a public or private institution that offers educational services beyond the secondary level;

(d) “Operator” means a casino which has elected to operate a sports pool;

(e) “Professional sport or athletic event” means an event at which two or more persons participate in sports or athletic events and receive compensation in excess of actual expenses for their participation in such event;

(f) “Prohibited sports event” means any collegiate sport or athletic event that takes place in New York or a sport or athletic event in which any New York college team participates regardless of where the event takes place;

(g) “Sports event” means any professional sport or athletic event and any collegiate sport or athletic event, except a prohibited sports event;

(h) “Sports pool” means the business of accepting wagers on any sports event by any system or method of wagering;  and

(i) “Sports wagering lounge” means an area wherein a sports pool is operated.

2. No gaming facility may conduct sports wagering until such time as there has been a change in federal law authorizing such or upon a ruling of a court of competent jurisdiction that such activity is lawful.

3. (a) In addition to authorized gaming activities, a licensed gaming facility may when authorized by subdivision two of this section operate a sports pool upon the approval of the commission and in accordance with the provisions of this section and applicable regulations promulgated pursuant to this article.  The commission shall hear and decide promptly and in reasonable order all applications for a license to operate a sports pool, shall have the general responsibility for the implementation of this section and shall have all other duties specified in this section with regard to the operation of a sports pool.  The license to operate a sports pool shall be in addition to any other license required to be issued to operate a gaming facility.  No license to operate a sports pool shall be issued by the commission to any entity unless it has established its financial stability, integrity and responsibility and its good character, honesty and integrity.

No later than five years after the date of the issuance of a license and every five years thereafter or within such lesser periods as the commission may direct, a licensee shall submit to the commission such documentation or information as the commission may by regulation require, to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the executive director of the commission that the licensee continues to meet the requirements of the law and regulations.

(b) A sports pool shall be operated in a sports wagering lounge located at a casino.  The lounge shall conform to all requirements concerning square footage, design, equipment, security measures and related matters which the commission shall by regulation prescribe.

(c) The operator of a sports pool shall establish or display the odds at which wagers may be placed on sports events.

(d) An operator shall accept wagers on sports events only from persons physically present in the sports wagering lounge.  A person placing a wager shall be at least twenty-one years of age.

(e) An operator shall not admit into the sports wagering lounge, or accept wagers from, any person whose name appears on the exclusion list.

(f) The holder of a license to operate a sports pool may contract with an entity to conduct that operation, in accordance with the regulations of the commission.  That entity shall obtain a license as a casino vendor enterprise prior to the execution of any such contract, and such license shall be issued pursuant to the provisions of section one thousand three hundred twenty-seven of this article and in accordance with the regulations promulgated by the commission.

(g) If any provision of this article or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this article which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this article are severable.

4. (a) All persons employed directly in wagering-related activities conducted within a sports wagering lounge shall be licensed as a casino key employee or registered as a gaming employee, as determined by the commission.  All other employees who are working in the sports wagering lounge may be required to be registered, if appropriate, in accordance with regulations of the commission.

(b) Each operator of a sports pool shall designate one or more casino key employees who shall be responsible for the operation of the sports pool.  At least one such casino key employee shall be on the premises whenever sports wagering is conducted.

5. Except as otherwise provided by this article, the commission shall have the authority to regulate sports pools and the conduct of sports wagering under this article to the same extent that the commission regulates other gaming.  No casino shall be authorized to operate a sports pool unless it has produced information, documentation, and assurances concerning its financial background and resources, including cash reserves, that are sufficient to demonstrate that it has the financial stability, integrity, and responsibility to operate a sports pool.  In developing rules and regulations applicable to sports wagering, the commission shall examine the regulations implemented in other states where sports wagering is conducted and shall, as far as practicable, adopt a similar regulatory framework.  The commission shall promulgate regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of this section, including, but not limited to, regulations governing the:

(a) amount of cash reserves to be maintained by operators to cover winning wagers;

(b) acceptance of wagers on a series of sports events;

(c) maximum wagers which may be accepted by an operator from any one patron on any one sports event;

(d) type of wagering tickets which may be used;

(e) method of issuing tickets;

(f) method of accounting to be used by operators;

(g) types of records which shall be kept;

(h) use of credit and checks by patrons;

(i) type of system for wagering;  and

(j) protections for a person placing a wager.

6. Each operator shall adopt comprehensive house rules governing sports wagering transactions with its patrons.  The rules shall specify the amounts to be paid on winning wagers and the effect of schedule changes.  The house rules, together with any other information the commission deems appropriate, shall be conspicuously displayed in the sports wagering lounge and included in the terms and conditions of the account wagering system, and copies shall be made readily available to patrons.

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