New York State could be set for a Casino Expansion

by Charlotte Lee Last Updated
New York City

With New York State’s first fully-fledged commercial casino, Tioga Downs Casino opening less than a month ago, it marked the beginning of a new era for the state’s gambling industry.

Las Vegas-style gambling had previously been provided solely by New York-based tribes. However, legislators seem to have deemed it worth trying to expand such operations beyond tribal lands.

For Australian readers, in the United States, tribal land are areas of land that indigenous American Indians govern themselves within the borders of the U.S.

Although it’s too early yet to say whether the expansion will happen, there are hopes that four commercial casino resorts in Upstate New York will generate numerous benefits. The endeavour may also convince lawmakers that further expansion, particularly the possible legalisation of online gambling, is an idea that deserves broader attention.

Three years ago, New York voters approved at a statewide referendum the construction of up to four full-scale casinos over the portion of land north of New York City. A year later, three such facilities were recommended for licenses by a specially formed Gaming Facility Location Board. Following a pressure by developers, a fourth casino was given the nod by the board in 2015.

Despite being the last casino to be given approval, Tioga Downs was the first to open its doors. The venue expanded the Tioga Downs Racetrack in Nichols, New York as it had previously featured horse racing options and slot machines. Following its upgrade, it added table games to now offer full-scale casino offering.

The other three – Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo, and Montreign Resort Casino at Adelaar are all set for 2017 opening.

Del Lago is slated to open doors to guests on February 1. Rivers Casino will be next, scheduled for a February 8 launch and finally, New York’s fourth commercial casino, the most expensive one, will have its official opening a month later.

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