Track to al­low sports bet­ting

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Nation + World -

NI­CHOLS, N.Y. » On Mon­day May 14, United States Supreme Court Judge Sam Al­ito ruled that the fed­eral ban against sports bet­ting is un­con­sti­tu­tional, paving the way for states across the coun­try to in­tro­duce le­gal­ized sports bet­ting.

After a multi-year le­gal bat­tle be­tween New Jer­sey and the four ma­jor sports leagues, MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL, to get le­gal­ized sports bet­ting out­side of Ne­vada only, the mon­u­men­tal rul­ing paves the way for Tioga Downs as well as the other three New York state casi­nos to of­fer this type of wa­ger­ing on prop­erty once leg­is­la­tion is writ­ten and passed by the state.

The re­spon­si­bil­ity now falls on the State of New York to de­fine what sports bet­ting will be al­lowed as well as write leg­is­la­tion reg­u­lat­ing this new form of wa­ger­ing. New York State Sen. John Bonacic, R-42, is plan­ning on in­tro­duc­ing a bill to the full Se­nate next Mon­day and an­tic­i­pates it be­ing en­acted into law by June 20.

“This is not just a pos­i­tive for Tioga Downs, but for the en­tire coun­try,” said Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gu­ral. Gu­ral is also the owner of Ver­non Downs, Tioga’s sis­ter track. “Sports bet­ting has long been a black-mar­ket ac­tiv­ity that many en­gage in; how­ever, now that there is the op­tion for le­gal­ized wa­ger­ing, many states can bring jobs and tax rev­enue that weren’t pre­vi­ously pos­si­ble. Many cus­tomers come to Tioga Downs to watch sport­ing events; how­ever, once sports wa­ger­ing is avail­able on prop­erty, they will be able to do prop and in-game bet­ting just like you see in Las Ve­gas.”

Tioga Downs has be­gun the process of vet­ting the top sports bet­ting com­pa­nies from around the world to en­sure the best pos­si­ble op­er­a­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence at Tioga Downs. Tioga ex­ec­u­tives ex­pect sports bet­ting to be in place in time for the foot­ball sea­son in late sum­mer. Bet­ting may also be pos­si­ble at Ver­non Downs through self-ser­vices kiosks that cus­tomers can use to place sports bets.

In ad­di­tion to the gam­ing and rac­ing, the casi­nore­sort has a new club­house, an on-site ar­cade, a heated in­door salt-wa­ter pool, and an out­door pool area, com­plete with a wa­ter slide and ca­banas.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.tio­gad­

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