There are plenty of people who are registered to bet in New Jersey. It’s a state that provides one of the best online sports betting experiences, so it would come as no surprise that many New Yorkers are registered under a New Jersey account.
But, can those same New Yorkers open up sports betting accounts in New York if a New Jersey account is already active?
Well, with the pre-registration for New York sports betting already beginning, it just depends. There are a handful of operators that have gotten the go-ahead to set up their brand new New York sportsbook platforms, and all of them have different terms and conditions.
With most reputable operators, the terms and conditions are very clear about having multiple accounts. They will reserve the right to terminate your account if you are found to have set up a sportsbook account if you already have one and that doesn’t matter what state you’re playing out of.
This is a common rule across most sportsbooks. You’re limited to one account per person, so don’t expect to set up a different account for both New York and New Jersey. It’s a simple anti-fraud measure, to make sure one person doesn’t take advantage of bonus offers, VIP systems, and rewards along those lines. But, what about on a more general basis?
If we go by the state laws, particularly those clearly defined by New Jersey, it’s looking hopeful. New York residents were always allowed to bet in New Jersey, long before New York sports betting was legal. You simply had to be the legal age, and be within New Jersey state lines.
From what we can gather about New York’s online betting laws, the same can be applied here. If you’re a New Jersey resident of legal age and are within New York borders, you can bet on whatever bookmaker is available. So, it seems the only restrictions are on using the same bookmaker across two states.
Let’s take an example. Let’s say you were registered to FanDuel in New Jersey. The New York legislation legalizing gambling begins to be implemented, so you want to go to your neighboring state and give it a try. If you tried to set up an account with FanDuel in New York, you wouldn’t be breaking the law. But, you would be breaking the operator’s terms and conditions, and you’d have both of your accounts terminated.
However, if you tried to set up an account with Sugarhouse in New York, there are no laws in place that will stop you. You’re free to have an account in both New York and New Jersey, as long as you are utilizing separate bookmakers.
So, as long as you’re within the state line of New York, you can bet in that state. Even if you have a New Jersey account with another sportsbook. So, make sure you choose your New York sportsbook wisely!
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