Tioga Downs, first of four new up­state casi­nos, opens to­day

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Tioga Downs Casino will open to the pub­lic to­day, the first of four new gam­bling halls launch­ing in up­state New York amid an in­creas­ingly sat­u­rated gam­bling mar­ket.

The racetrack and electronic gam­bling hall in Ni­chols re­ceived state per­mis­sion to ex­pand into a full re­sort casino last year. Tioga will fea­ture 33 ta­ble games, like poker and black­jack, and 944 slot ma­chines.

“This has been a long jour­ney,” said owner Jef­frey Gu­ral. “We have cre­ated a lot of ad­di­tional jobs, rev­enue and op­por­tu­nity.”

Lo­cal and state of­fi­cials pre­dicted up­state casi­nos would be a boon for communities that have long strug­gled in the face of shut­tered fac­to­ries and de­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion. But the new fa­cil­i­ties will launch into a sat­u­rated gam­bling mar­ket that has seen casi­nos in At­lantic City close.

Other casino projects are close to com­ple­tion and expect to open in 2017: Mon­treign Re­sort Casino in Sul­li­van County in the Catskills; Rivers Casino & Re­sort at Mo­hawk Har­bor in Sch­enec­tady; and del Lago Re­sort & Casino in Seneca County in the Fin­ger Lakes.

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