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2 harness track racinos look to state for relief

Two harness racing tracks that host electronic casino operations are looking to the state for help amid increased competition from the proliferation of casinos across upstate New York. One piece of legislation would allow Saratoga Casino Hotel in Saratoga Springs to use 4 percent of its net win for capital improvements.

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8/21/2017

article A look at Rivers Casino’s gaming numbers 6 months after opening
(New York) -- Rivers Casino & Resort’s second quarter in business saw the opening of its hotel, residents move into apartments down the road and both its best...
article Turnover continues at Rivers Casino in Schenectady as workforce exceeds 1,100
(New York) -- Just over 1,100 people work at Rivers Casino and Resort six months after it opened in Schenectady, New York — but finding and keeping qualified...
article NY commercial poker rooms generated $764k in July
(New York) -- According to an official report issue by The New York State Gaming Commission, New York casinos generated $764k in poker revenue during the month of July....

8/20/2017

article Editorial: Casinos lose their glitz
(New York) -- THE ISSUE: Barely even open, New York's upstate casinos are already finding business isn't so hot. THE STAKES: Will New Yorkers now have to prop...

8/18/2017

article A tale of two states: How tribal gaming affects Florida and New York
(New York) -- Tribal casinos are great partners in nation-building – only if states will have a harmonious relationship with the operators. A tale of two states:...
article Despite revenue blip, officials say gaming figures still steady
(New York) -- Gaming revenue received by Oneida County in the second quarter is down nearly $75,000 from the same period a year ago. While the drop is slight, less than...

8/14/2017

article $31 Million Spent on 2017 Ballot Measures
(New York) -- Just over $31 million in monetary and in-kind contributions has already been spent on the 23 ballot measures certified for the 2017 ballot. Of that total,...

8/13/2017

article Dealer And Other Casino-Racetrack Jobs In The Hudson Valley
(New York) -- A casino-racetrack in the Hudson Valley — and a second casino being built — means job opportunities. Empire Resorts Incorporated, the owners of...
article Dealer Schools Scheduled, Other Casino-Racetrack Jobs Available In Hudson Valley
(New York) -- A casino being built in the Hudson Valley means job opportunities. Empire Resorts Incorporated, the owners of Resort World Catskills, knows that a casino...

8/11/2017

article CBS2 Exclusive: Sneak Peek Inside Casino Resort Coming Soon In The Catskills
(New York) -- After years of false starts and broken promises, a casino resort is finally rising in the Catskills, 90 miles from Midtown. It was approved by voters in...
article New York casinos report underwhelming results
(New York) -- The New York State Gaming Commission revealed that the three new commercial casinos in the state achieved underwhelming results. Gross receipts from one of...

8/10/2017

article NY’s new casino owners say competition is tough
(New York) -- Open for less than a year, upstate New York’s three new state-licensed casinos are already predicting trouble ahead. “The party is over,...
article So far, Upstate NY's new casinos are falling far short of revenue forecasts
(New York) -- In a market one casino operator calls "totally saturated," the revenues at Upstate New York's three new "Vegas-style" gambling...
article New casinos in NY post dismal revenues
(New York) -- The three new commercial casinos in New York have apparently failed to live-up to the state’s expectations. Reuters reported that the newly opened...
article New debates about racing industry in New York
(New York) -- After petition to reprivatise New York Racing Association (NYRA), operator of Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, Aqueduct racetrack in Queens and...

8/8/2017

article Gaming could get limited in New York
(New York) -- The government of New York plans to add an amendment to the Daily Fantasy Sports legislation in order to limit alleged proposition gaming operations. The...

8/7/2017

article Recruiters outline Sullivan casino’s dealer jobs
(New York) -- The leaders of the future Resorts World Catskills casino were more like rock stars than recruiters Monday night as they spoke to repeated rounds of...

8/6/2017

article Casino to Open in Catskills Will Offer School for Dealers
(New York) -- A casino opening in the Catskills next year will be offering a school for table game dealers. Resorts World Catskills says it will operate casino dealer...

8/2/2017

article Resorts World Catskills to open three regional casino dealer schools
(New York) -- Resorts World Catskills will operate three casino dealer schools, one in each of Sullivan, Orange and Ulster counties, in the coming weeks. The schools...

7/30/2017

article At Saratoga Race Course, Rivers Casino's presence is hard to miss
(New York) -- When visitors step through the turnstiles at Saratoga Race Course, they’re greeted by a board advertising “the Capital Region’s newest...

7/26/2017

article Helicopter "lands" at new hotel at Rivers Casino
(New York) -- Las Vegas entertainer and illusionist Steve Wyrick made a helicoper "appear" out of thin air Tuesday to help celebrate the opening of The Landing...

7/20/2017

article Resorts World slots have highest payback
(New York) -- Those playing the slots in Resorts World Casino New York City are more likely to see a return on their investment than anywhere else in the country,...

7/19/2017

article New York could well hit the jackpot with sports betting
(New York) -- New Jersey has, against all odds, gotten the U.S. Supreme Court to agree to consider overturning the federal ban on sports betting. If the court does so,...

7/18/2017

article Auburn companies, Seneca County casino among CNY donors to Cuomo's 2018 campaign
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised more than $5 million in the first six months of 2017, and a sliver of that total came from donors in central New York. Cuomo...
article Editorial: Give it more time for revenue from Rivers Casino
(New York) -- If you actually believed the rosy projections put forth by casino operators, developers and some government officials about how much money the new...

7/17/2017

article Breaking down Rivers Casino payments to Capital Region communities
(New York) -- Capital Region counties can expect to receive payments this week for second-quarter gaming tax revenues from Rivers Casino & Resort, just as they begin...
article One man's huge lottery win costs CNY school district $452,000 in aid, district says
(New York) -- Good fortune smiled on Richard Loveless in 2015, when the retired electrician won a $42.5 million lottery prize, but those winnings are bringing headaches...

7/12/2017

article Resorts World casino bets big on $400M Queens expansion
(New York) -- The Aqueduct racino is doubling down on its Queens footprint. Resorts World casino at Aqueduct Racetrack is breaking ground on a $400 million expansion...

7/11/2017

article New York airport hoping to fly Asian gamblers to Resorts World Catskills
(New York) -- In upstate New York, Stewart International Airport near the town of Newburgh is reportedly in negotiations with an unnamed firm about the possibility of...
article The Landing Hotel at Schenectady's Rivers Casino now taking reservations
(New York) -- The new hotel at the Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady -- The Landing -- will open July 19 and is now taking reservations. It's the latest...
article Jackpot payouts top $10M at Rivers Casino
(New York) -- It's been open less than five months, but Rivers Casino and Resort has so far paid out more than $10 million in jackpot winnings, the casino announced...

7/10/2017

article Stewart negotiating for international casino flights
(New York) -- The Resorts World Catskills Casino in Kiamesha Lake could be a destination resort for the large Asian market. Stewart Airport Manager Ed Harrison revealed...

7/8/2017

article Jackpot payouts top $10M at Rivers Casino
(New York) -- It's been open less than five months, but Rivers Casino and Resort has so far paid out more than $10 million in jackpot winnings, the casino announced...

7/7/2017

article Revenues slide at Upstate New York's new casinos, but will that continue?
(New York) -- Weekly revenues at the del Lago Resort & Casino near Waterloo reached their highest point back in mid-February, just a few weeks after it opened. The...

7/5/2017

article Rivers Casino touts success of first fireworks show
(New York) -- Rivers Casino says the Monday night preview to its fireworks show was a huge success, and they expect to make it an annual tradition. Tuesday the casino...
article Foss: Some New York lottery winners lose at same time
(New York) -- Here's something I learned this week and found rather interesting: In New York, lottery winners who receive public assistance have their prizes seized...

7/4/2017

article Developer with ties to Cuomo gets $2M tax break amid bailout
(New York) -- A New York City developer who is a major campaign donor placed a losing bet on an upstate racetrack — but still came out a winner when Albany granted...

7/3/2017

article Upstate track, not Empire City, gets better casino tax deal
(New York) -- Vernon Downs will remain open after the state Legislature reached an agreement to provide more revenue to the central New York racetrack amid threats it...
article Vernon Downs Racino Dealt Lifeline, State Gives Owner Jeff Gural Tax Break
(New York) -- The Vernon Downs horse racetrack and casino will remain open after lawmakers in Albany approved a tax break for the struggling facility.

6/30/2017

article Bill to help Saratoga racino compete clears hurdle
(New York) -- A bill making it easier for Saratoga Casino Hotel to compete with a new casino 20 miles south in Schenectady — has cleared a major hurdle: the state...
article State Helps Save Jobs at Vernon Downs, Owner Says
(New York) -- Employees at Vernon Downs Casino and Racetrack can breathe a sigh of relief -- their jobs are safe after new legislation was passed by legislators to save...
article Vernon Downs got a tax relief
(New York) -- The Vernon Downs operator assured that the New York State racetrack and casino was losing clients and needed a tax relief in order to keep the business...
article Vernon Downs to remain open
(New York) -- Both the Assembly and Senate have passed legislation that provides a relief package to the Vernon Downs racino. The Racino had threatened to close by the...

6/28/2017

article Bingo law change to restrict teens, children
(New York) -- In just over a week, changes will go into effect impacting charitable gaming and bingo laws across the state. Some local organizations say the changes...
article Keeping Vernon Downs open could be on agenda at Legislature's special session
(New York) -- The New York State Legislature is meeting today for a special session and that may provide lawmakers with an opportunity to prevent the closure of Vernon...
article Vernon Downs will close this fall without a tax break, owners say
(New York) -- A bipartisan coalition of state legislators representing Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties is hoping to use this week’s special session of the...
article New hotel and spa at del Lago set to open Saturday
(New York) -- Exactly five months after the dice started rolling at del Lago, the resort and casino will welcome the first guests to its new hotel and spa starting...
article New hotel final piece in Schenectady's Rivers Casino complex
(New York) -- Is it possible to feel like you're on vacation in Schenectady? Or at least visiting the casino on business? The Rivers Casino & Resort sure hopes...

6/27/2017

article Online poker set to be front-runner for New York in 2018 legislative sessions
(New York) -- As many of America’s states look to legalize online gambling, the question of poker’s popularity hangs in the balance: right now, is it in...
article Mayoral control heck, we worry about Vernon Downs
(New York) -- While Wednesday’s legislative session called by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is to deal with the unresolved issue of extending mayoral control in the New York...

6/26/2017

article Lawmakers may add online poker to state's gambling options
(New York) -- Has New York hit a saturation point when it comes to venues for gambling? That question has surfaced at the statehouse where some lawmakers are pushing to...
article New York Online Poker Bill Fails in 2017
(New York) -- The 2017 New York online poker bill failed to gain approval in 2017, though its sponsors in the state legislature vowed to submit the bill again in 2018....

6/22/2017

article Bill To Aid Saratoga Casino Hotel Passes State Legislature
(New York) -- Lawmakers who represent Saratoga Springs have announced passage of a bill to aid a gambling facility facing competition from Schenectady’s full-scale...

6/21/2017

article New York online poker bill dies of neglect for second year in a row
(New York) -- New York’s legal online poker hopes appear to have died of neglect in the state Assembly for the second year in a row. The New York state legislature...

6/20/2017

article Online poker effort dies in New York
(New York) -- Bill sponsor Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, D-Westchester County, commented that that Assembly Democrats discussed the bill last week behind doors and that they...

6/19/2017

article New York Assembly Democrats fold on legalization of online poker
(New York) -- Those hoping that New York will legalize online poker this year shouldn’t bet on it. Though the Senate recently passed the bill, Assembly Democrats,...
article NY casinos generate less revenue than expected
(New York) -- The New York State Gambling Commission has revealed that Upstate New York’s three casinos generated US$133 million between the first day of December...
article NYS Casinos Trending Slightly Below Expected Total Revenue
(New York) -- Upstate New York’s three operational casinos have generated around $133.6 million between December 2016 and May 31, 2017, according to the New York...
article Construction continues at Tioga Downs Casino
(New York) -- Construction continues at Tioga Downs Casino in the Town of Nichols. Construction manager Carl York said the new facilities will have dozens of features...

6/18/2017

article 2 harness track racinos look to state for relief
(New York) -- Two harness racing tracks that host electronic casino operations are looking to the state for help amid increased competition from the proliferation of...

6/16/2017

article Current State of New York Gambling
(New York) -- While gambling may be legally restricted in most of the United States, some states are starting to tolerate it, at least in some of its forms.
article Inside the numbers: Vernon Downs CEO talks track closing, taxes and casino competition
(New York) -- If anyone should know the inner workings of the growing casino gaming industry in New York state, it might be Jeff Gural. His company, American Gaming and...
article Local senators, assemblymen advocate for Vernon Downs
(New York) -- Two days after Vernon Downs released a scheduled of closing dates for the racino, restaurants, and hotel, local state politicians are pushing to keep the...
article Vernon Downs is near closure
(New York) -- The American Racing and Entertainment company is set to close its Vernon Downs facility as taxes are too high to be a profitable business. Jeff Gural,...
article Racinos seek better tax deals from NY
(New York) -- The state Senate passed bills in recent days that would let Batavia Downs, Yonkers Raceway and Vernon Downs keep more tax revenue as a way to boost the...
article del Lago Resort and Casino on track to open Feburary 2017
(New York) -- One of three Upstate New York casinos okayed by Albany late last year is well on its way to opening. del Lago Resort and Casino, sits right off Thruway...
article New York City-area casinos offer A-list entertainment and great dining this summer
(New York) -- Here’s a sure bet for a great time this summer. Head to one of the area’s casinos, which showcase great dining, A-list entertainment, splashy...

6/15/2017

article Mohawk Valley Lawmakers Pledge Commitment to Save Vernon Downs
(New York) -- A collection of state lawmakers from central New York are renewing their pledge to help save Vernon Downs from closure. Vernon and Tioga Downs owner Jeff...
article Struggling To Compete, Vernon Downs Racino Prepares For Closure
(New York) -- The owner of Vernon Downs Jeff Gural says without intervention from state lawmakers, his business will close. Gural says the racino and hotel loses about $...

6/14/2017

article Harness tracks, racinos, feel the heat from racinos
(New York) -- The end of a legislative session typically brings a rush of last-minute bills, often centering on public employee pension sweeteners, special interest tax...
article Casino Sued for Downgrading Jackpot to Steak Dinner
(New York) -- A woman claims in court that the casino called it a “machine malfunction” when she hit the jackpot playing slots, giving her just a couple of...

6/13/2017

article New York Senate approves online poker bill (again)
(New York) -- For the second year in a row, New York’s state Senate has voted in favor of allowing online poker within state borders, but it’s anyone’s...
article New York Senate Passes Online Poker Bill, But Will The Assembly Follow Along?
(New York) -- The New York Senate passed a bill that would legalize and regulate online poker for the second consecutive year.The bill, S 3898, passed by a vote of 54-8...
article NY online poker to be evaluated
(New York) -- The online poker bill is being evaluated by the New York State Senate starting this week, as Card Player revealed. The iGaming legislation could be passed...
article Vernon Downs owner announces closing dates, blames Assembly for no tax relief
(New York) -- Vernon Downs owner and chairman of American Racing and Entertainment Jeff Gural announced three closing dates for different parts of the Central New York...
article Vernon Downs sets closing dates amid financial struggles
(New York) -- Vernon Downs will shut down operations before the end of the calendar year if a bill designed to provide tax relief to the track does not pass the New York...
article del Lago Resort & Casino moves up hotel opening to July 1
(New York) -- The del Lago Resort & Casino has moved the opening date for its new hotel up by two weeks to July 1. The hotel off the New York State Thruway in Seneca...
article Inside del Lago: Seneca County casino's hotel opens July 1 with 'world-class' amenities
(New York) -- Del Lago Resort & Casino's 205-room hotel is opening earlier than anticipated. Jeff Babinski, del Lago's executive vice president and general...
article Rivers Casino in Schenectady says it will pay money owed state
(New York) -- The state Department of Labor filed a warrant against the owner of Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, New York, over unpaid contributions to the...
article Rivers Casino offers test run of slot machines
(New York) -- Visitors at Rivers Casino over the past four days had the opportunity to try their luck at some slot machines, without losing their money. The casino...

6/12/2017

article Bill to legalize online poker quietly gains support in Albany
(New York) -- A bill that would legalize online poker in New York is quietly gaining momentum in the closing days of the legislative session. A Senate bill expected to...

6/7/2017

article New York online poker bill to feature ‘bad actor’ clause
(New York) -- A bill that could lead to the legalisation of online poker in the US state of New York has been amended to include reference to so-called ‘bad actors...

6/6/2017

article New ‘Bad Actor’ Language In NY Online Poker Bill Casts More Doubt On Its Already Cloudy Future
(New York) -- The New York Senate amended legislation that would legalize online poker in the state, adding language that could hurt the bill’s already tenuous...

6/5/2017

article Del Lago seeks OK to make changes
(New York) -- The Seneca County Planning Board will consider an application from the del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre to modify its site and sign plan when it meets...
article Schenectady's Rivers Casino sets July opening for 'The Landing Hotel'
(New York) -- An "upscale boutique" hotel to be called The Landing is slated to open by mid-July at the new Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady.

6/4/2017

article Rivers Casino reveals more details on new hotel ahead of July opening
(New York) -- The Rivers Casino & Resort located in Schenectady, New York is set to open a new hotel this July with 165 guest rooms. Management of the casino has...

6/3/2017

article Local governments get tax revenue from del Lago Resort & Casino, but how will money be used?
(New York) -- Robert Shipley, chairman of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors, hails del Lago Resort & Casino as a major development for the Finger Lakes county....

5/30/2017

article County eyes ‘blip’ as casino payout dips
(New York) -- The opening of three casinos in upstate may be costing Oneida County money. The county’s share of gaming revenue from the state dropped in the first...
article Queens casino keeps getting fined for fire code violations
(New York) -- The Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct keeps making the same bet — and losing. The Queens casino has been fined three times in as many years for...
article Video of prior Rivers Casino fight goes viral
(New York) -- "An outdated video of an altercation between two guests has recently surfaced on the internet,” spokesman Tom Nardacci said. “Our security...

5/29/2017

article Poker winner nets $46K at Schenectady casino
(New York) -- An Orange County man is the big winner of River Casino & Resort's inaugural Capital Region Classic poker tournament. Robert Saladin of Montgomery...

5/25/2017

article Cash Is Pouring Into Suffolk Casino, But So Are Complaints From Neighbors
(New York) -- The new casino on Long Island appears to be on a roll with cash pouring in, but so are the parking complaints from some neighbors who filed a lawsuit. Tony...
article Resorts World still bringing in big bucks
(New York) -- Resorts World New York continues to be one of the top economic performers in the state, making more money for the Education Fund than any other gambling...

5/24/2017

article Job fair June 3 to fill 100 positions at Rivers Casino for new hotel
(New York) -- Rivers Casino and Resort will hold a hiring fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3 at its Event Center as it prepares for the opening of its 165-room hotel...

5/23/2017

article Long Island video lottery terminal expansion completed in Islandia
(New York) -- An often overlooked aspect of the 2013 law that approved construction of four casinos in New York State is that it also allowed for 1,000 video lottery...

5/22/2017

article Upstate NY's next casino officially rebrands itself: Resorts World Catskills
(New York) -- The last of the four new full-service casinos to open in Upstate New York has a new name: Resorts World Catskills. The $1 billion project, under...
article del Lago Resort & Casino to host job fair
(New York) -- The del Lago Resort & Casino will host a job fair for hotel and spa positions. The job fair will take place on Monday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 24...

5/20/2017

article Del Lago Resort & Casino to hold two hotel, spa job fairs next week
(New York) -- Del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County has scheduled two more job fairs for those interested in positions at the facility's 205-room hotel or...

5/19/2017

article Racinos tout results amid casino competition
(New York) -- The state’s nine racetracks with gambling operations are promoting how much they provide to the state in education dollars and jobs amid growing...
article Islandia’s Jake 58 casino will add more machines as cash pours in
(New York) -- Suffolk OTB’s video lottery casino has become one of the state’s most successful gambling facilities — just three months after opening in...

5/16/2017

article New York Online Poker In Flux As Assemblyman Runs Hot And Cold On Legalization
(New York) -- The New York Senate is expected to pass a bill legalizing and regulating online poker in the very near future. This belief comes after the bill S 3898...
article Casino in Utica? Picente Hopeful 'U District' Plan Revitalizes Downtown
(New York) -- Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente shared what he hopes the future of downtown Utica will look like on Tuesday. "We are making a change in this...
article Where Rivers Casino revenues stand after 3 months
(New York) -- Rivers Casino & Resort closed the books this past week on its first quarter in business, a period that saw fluctuating revenue numbers and small tweaks...

5/15/2017

article Where Rivers Casino revenues stand after 3 months
(New York) -- Rivers Casino & Resort closed the books this past week on its first quarter in business, a period that saw fluctuating revenue numbers and small tweaks...
article del Lago Resort & Casino hosting job fair to fill 250 jobs at new hotel and spa
(New York) -- Town of Tyre--The del Lago Resort & Casino will host a job fair Wednesday to fill 250 positions for its hotel and spa opening in July. The fair will be...

5/13/2017

article Eye on NY: Del Lago Resort & Casino's first quarter, what's new at gaming facility
(New York) -- Looking for state and national political coverage? Read Robert Harding's award-winning Eye on NY blog for the latest, including news and information...

5/11/2017

article New York's lottery games generated almost $10 billion last year, nearly matching record
(New York) -- Lottery games -- both traditional and video -- generated just under $10 billion in New York last year, nearly matching the all-time revenue record set the...

5/10/2017

article New York close to online poker regulation
(New York) -- Online poker bill S-3898 was sent to the New York Senate floor after a Senate Finance Committee passed it last Tuesday. The bill classifies certain types...
article Lottery sales, VLT net win generates near-record revenues in 16-17
(New York) -- The state Gaming Commission reported Wednesday that state Lottery sales and Video Lottery Terminal net win (revenues after payouts) generated a near-record...
article Rivers Casino jobs a big deal for Schenectady's young workers
(New York) -- Annabelle Glover and Evelyn Tyson worked as emergency medical technicians for about 7 years for a local ambulance company when life happened. Tyson...

5/9/2017

article New York inches ever closer to regulated online poker
(New York) -- New York’s latest online poker bill breezed through a state Senate committee vote on Tuesday but an uncertain future awaits in the state Assembly.
article New York Senate Finance Committee Advances Online Poker Bill; Now It Moves To The Full Senate
(New York) -- On Tuesday the New York Senate Finance Committee passed Sen. John Bonacic’s online poker bill, S 3898. The committee passed by a voice vote without...
article Hotel at del Lago casino near Waterloo taking reservations for summer
(New York) -- The recently opened del Lago Resort & Casino is now taking reservations for its hotel, starting with July 14. The resort, just off the New York State...

5/6/2017

article Town of Tyre could see further development beyond new casino
(New York) -- In the three months since del Lago Resort & Casino opened its doors to the public, droves of people from all over New York, and outside the state, have...

5/4/2017

article Mary Cheeks has eye on action at Schenectady casino
(New York) -- For our regular Capital Region Q&A feature, we ask local people questions about themselves, their jobs and the place we call home. Today's subject...

5/3/2017

article Tioga Downs harness racing season begins this Saturday
(New York) -- As summer quickly approaches, Tioga Downs is pleased to announce another exciting season of live harness racing set to begin on Saturday, May 6. Saturday...

5/2/2017

article Family upset over treatment of cemetery on casino property
(New York) -- What are the odds of a cemetery being in the parking lot of a major casino resort? The Weaver Family Cemetery and its six graves is located within the 85...
article Rivers Casino: 5 weeks, 185 emergency calls
(New York) -- Nearly 200 calls to 911 have originated from Rivers Casino & Resort during the facility’s first five weeks of operation, but the Schenectady...

5/1/2017

article Briefing on casino jobs scheduled for Ellenville
(New York) -- Empire Resorts will hold a jobs opportunity briefing at the Ellenville High School auditorium from 6-8 p.m. May 8. More than 1,400 jobs are expected to be...
article Clubs seek approval for electronic gaming
(New York) -- Facing declining membership in many regions of upstate New York, veterans and fraternal clubs are pushing state leaders for help in keeping the doors open...
article After a delay due to financial losses, Vernon Downs sets opening date
(New York) -- Vernon Downs is set to open Friday after a two-week delay, said Jeff Gural, chairman of American Racing and Entertainment, which owns Vernon Downs and...
article Vernon Downs opens to racing May 5, but effects of closure felt
(New York) -- Although Saturday’s announcement that racing at Vernon Downs will begin Friday, May 5, local businesses and horsemen already have felt the impact of...

4/30/2017

article Vernon Downs will open May 5th, hopes to receive 'tax relief' from state
(New York) -- Harness Racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday May 5th, with the expectation that the state will provide some tax relief for the track. The opening is...

4/29/2017

article Sullivan County places bets on billion-dollar casino and resort
(New York) -- At 18 stories, the glass-framed luxury casino hotel tower of the the Montreign Casino Resort is visible for miles from Route 17 in bucolic Sullivan County...

4/28/2017

article Del Lago Resort & Casino records best week in two months
(New York) -- Del Lago Resort & Casino reported its best week in two months and the second-best weekly financial performance since the facility opened Feb. 1. The...

4/27/2017

article How much is del Lago Casino making?
(New York) -- Del Lago Casino, just off the Waterloo Thruway exit, averages about $3 million each week in gross gaming revenue. The casino is required to regularly...

4/25/2017

article Upstate New York's newest casinos are each earning $3 million a week from gaming
(New York) -- The two full-service gambling casinos that opened in Upstate New York this year are each earning about $3 million in gaming revenues per week, according to...

4/23/2017

article Casino brings jobs, increased business to upstate New York, locals say
(New York) -- Pointing to the employment and financial benefits tied to Rivers Casino & Resort, Schenectady officials have cast the New York Capital Region's...
article Schenectady Police: 'Too early to tell' casino's impact on public safety
(New York) -- Despite concerns that the newly opened Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady would lead to an increase in crime in New York's Capital Region, public...
article Upstate New York casino confident about future despite competition from MGM Springfield
(New York) -- Although the doors at the New York Capital Region's first full-scale casino have been open for just over two months, officials there say they're...

4/21/2017

article Upstate NY casino news: tourists lured by del Lago; fine-tuning Rivers, lit up in Buffalo
(New York) -- The new del Lago Resort & Casino near Waterloo seems to be boosting tourism in Seneca County. Almost a quarter of the visitors staying at Seneca County...

4/19/2017

article Compulsive gambling growing problem as number of casinos in region increase
(New York) -- As gambling casinos continue to open up across the state, the shadow of compulsive gambling grows larger. One Syracuse area gambling addiction clinic is...

4/17/2017

article Vernon Downs Delays Start Of Harness Racing Amid Losses
(New York) -- The owner of Vernon Downs casino and race track in central New York says the seasonal start of harness racing will be delayed amid new gambling competition.

4/16/2017

article 23 percent of visitors come for del Lago
(New York) -- Rick Newman of the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce told the Board of Supervisors last week that 23 percent of visitors in the first three months of the...
article Easter dilemma: Casinos open, race tracks and OTBs closed
(New York) -- Gamblers who need more stimulation than an egg hunt on Easter Sunday can celebrate at the Rivers Casino in Schenectady, or either of the two other newly...

4/15/2017

article Can I Bet at TwinSpires.com Online From New York
(New York) -- New York residents are permitted to place bets on the TwinSpires websites as the state typically embraces horse betting, however, you will need to provide...
article OP/ED: Foss: Time to temper casino expectations
(New York) -- Shortly after Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady opened, Scotia resident Beverly Oudt wrote me a letter about her first trip to the casino. "...
article Saratoga, Schenectady casinos see dip in weekly revenues
(New York) -- Both Capital Region casinos, the Saratoga Casino and Hotel and the Rivers Casino & Resort, reported dips in their most recent weekly results, according...
article Vernon Downs delays racing amid ‘significant financial losses’
(New York) -- Vernon Downs race track has been fixture for more than 60 years. Once the place to be during simmering summers in Central New York, the track has had its...

4/14/2017

press release Del Lago Resort & Casino installs electric car charging stations
(New York) -- Del Lago Resort & Casino has unveiled eight new outdoor supercharging stations and two additional standard EV charging stations inside the casino...

4/13/2017

article Harness Track Vernon Downs Feeling Pinch From Casinos
(New York) -- An upstate New York harness racetrack, struggling to compete with added casino gambling in the region, is scuttling plans to open for another racing season...
article Vernon Downs Postpones Opening Day Citing Casino Competition
(New York) -- Vernon Downs has postponed its April 21 opening day for harness racing, pointing to increased competition from three casinos in the region. At the same...

4/11/2017

article Del Lago Resort & Casino now accepting reservations for 205-room hotel
(New York) -- The opening of the hotel at del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre, Seneca County, is near. Del Lago Resort & Casino recently began accepting...

4/10/2017

article Governor’s plan to siphon off area casino money scuttled
(New York) -- A proposal by Governor Cuomo to skim $2.25 million from casino income and reroute it to Madison County failed to make the final cut in the just-adopted...
article NY State’s Rivers Casino Poker Room Has Problem Most Would Envy: Too Much Business
(New York) -- It didn’t take long for players jonesing to see some tournament action at the recently opened Rivers Casino in Schenectady, New York to get their...

4/9/2017

article The numbers, experiences behind Rivers Casino employees
(Illinois) -- A few dozen employees already have come and gone in Rivers Casino & Resort’s opening months. Of roughly 900 employees donning the operation...
article Eye on NY: Del Lago Resort & Casino's pre-tax revenue drops $1 million in March
(New York) -- Del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County reported a drop in gross gaming revenue in March, according to the latest monthly financial breakdown...
article Where are Rivers Casino employees coming from?
(New York) -- In order to work at Rivers Casino, or any licensed gambling facility in the state, an employee who has been hired by the business must then apply for a...

4/7/2017

article Montreign casino in Sullivan County will use Resorts World brand
(New York) -- The Montreign casino resort that’s under construction in Sullivan County has been rebranded as “Montreign Resort Casino, a Resorts World...

4/6/2017

article Several changes made to Rivers Casino since initial opening
(New York) -- This weekend marks two months since they cut the ribbon at Rivers Casino. As with any new operation, there have been some kinks to iron out. As the first...
article NYRA Deal Stalled After Budget Bills Fall Apart
(New York) -- A tentative deal to return the New York Racing Association to private hands ran aground April 5 when a broader package of state budget bills that included...

4/4/2017

article Batavia Downs may lay off 100; seeks parity from state budget
(New York) -- New York State's foray into gambling has been cobbled together over decades and so it seems has the rules for one gaming facility versus another.

4/1/2017

article Upstate NY casino news: Resort staffing issues; lunch at del Lago, shuttle to Tioga
(New York) -- New York's two newest casinos continue to add to their staff payrolls, despite the notoriously high turnover rate in the hospitality industry. At del...

3/31/2017

article More casinos, more problem gambling centers
(New York) -- New York now has more than a dozen casinos or racetracks with video-lottery terminals. So problem gambling is a growing concern.

3/30/2017

article Q&A: Del Lago Resort & Casino GM on feedback, using social media and hotel project
(New York) -- Jeff Babinski, del Lago Resort & Casino's executive vice president and general manager, says the gaming facility is on track as it nears its two-...
article Lawsuit Could Still Drive a Stake Through Jake’s 58 Gambling Casino
(New York) -- The video lottery slots are up and running at Jake’s 58 in Islandia. So are the crowds—and the traffic. Still hanging overhead is a pending...

3/29/2017

article Dozens of employees leave Schenectady's Rivers Casino
(New York) -- At least 60 people have been fired or resigned from their positions at the 2-month-old Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady — a trend a Rivers...

3/28/2017

article Picente outlines plan for Utica casino, entertainment district
(New York) -- “We need more people.” That says Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. is the main factor behind his bid to promote the development of...
article NYRA Privatization Stalls During NY Budget Wrangling
(New York) -- Budget negotiators in New York remain split over a number of racing industry proposals as the clock ticks down toward a March 31 deadline to conclude the...

3/27/2017

article Area casinos had another down week
(New York) -- Both the Rivers Casino and Resort and Saratoga Casino and Hotel showed a decline in revenues in their most recent reports to the New York State Gaming...
article How much money are Upstate New York's new casinos making?
(New York) -- New York's two newest casinos earned their highest gambling revenues in mid-February, shortly after they opened, but have seen those numbers drop...
article Forum participants question casino plan
(New York) -- In the first public forum since his State of the County address the beginning of this month, county Executive Anthony Picente Jr. shared a more detailed...

3/24/2017

article New casinos dip into tracks' revenue
(New York) -- Gamblers shuffling from one upstate casino to another is well underway: Existing racetracks near the two new casinos had a revenue drop of 17 percent each...

3/22/2017

article Local Dems protest Cuomo’s casino revenue-sharing suggestion
(New York) -- Four Assembly Democrats representing Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties are protesting the potential diversion of a small share of the casino-generated...
article Schenectady's new casino hit with $6,000 fine
(New York) -- In a letter to the casino obtained by CBS 6, the New York State Gaming Commission fined Rivers $6,000 after an underage gambler won a jackpot on the gaming...

3/21/2017

article Delay on NY poker bill vote
(New York) -- The New York State Assembly announced yesterday that legislators are not debating the online poker bill until June 2017. The Assembly also determined that...

3/20/2017

article Exclusive: Pretlow Ready To Battle For New York Online Poker This Year, But Doesn’t Believe Budget Will Be The Vehicle
(New York) -- New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow said that online poker will not be in the state’s budget because his chamber’s leadership still needs to be...
article State agencies plan meeting on problem gambling
(New York) -- The opening of del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre has generated jobs and excitement throughout the region. It’s also brought the issue of problem...
article Revenues drop again at Rivers Casino in Schenectady
(New York) -- Gross gaming revenues fell to $2.79 million in the week ending March 12 at the recently opened Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady. That's down...
article Saratoga vs. Schenectady: Let the games begin
(New York) -- Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady hasn't been open too long, but the race for gambling dollars is on -- with nearby Saratoga Casino Hotel...

3/18/2017

article OP/ED: Suffolk OTB gambles on video slots casino
(New York) -- Suffolk County suddenly has gotten a major gambling casino smack in middle of the county — indeed, there’s no missing the just-opened Jake...

3/16/2017

article Online poker is considered in NY
(New York) -- Whilst legislators are debating a clear law to regulate the authorised online poker market in the state of New York, the Senate has included the potential...
article Gambling is not 'risk-free' activity
(Maine) -- About 50 people attended the Annual Conference on Problem Gambling Awareness Issues on Monday to share views on assessment and treatment of addiction.

3/15/2017

article Cuomo's plans for New York Racing Association meet opposition
(New York) -- Separate budget proposals from the New York Assembly and Senate have rejected several aspects of a plan by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reorganize the board of the...

3/14/2017

article NYRA Expands Partnership with Fox Sports
(New York) -- The New York Racing Association announced March 13 an expanded partnership with FOX Sports, which will result in additional live shows broadcast across all...

3/12/2017

article Commercial casinos in New York successful during first few weeks of operation
(New York) -- Before 2013, in addition to video lottery terminal gaming allowed at race tracks, the New York only offered casino gaming at venues operated by tribes in...
article Waterloo factoring casino revenue in budget talks
(New York) -- As village officials prepare a 2017-18 budget this spring, they are also focusing on obtaining a share of Seneca County’s excess sales tax generated...

3/10/2017

article County keeps eye on new casinos, revenue
(New York) -- The opening of three casinos in New York state in barely three months is being watched with more than just passing interest by Oneida County Executive...
article How Rivers Casino’s 1st month revenues compare to projections
(New York) -- Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady took in $10.8 million in gaming revenue after payouts in February, amounting to $3.8 million in state gaming tax...
article Queens: A Casino’s New Deal
(New York) -- Some major changes are coming to southeastern Queens in the next couple of years. A new hotel is under construction on the site of the vacant TWA Terminal...

3/9/2017

article New York Commercial Casinos Generate $40 Million in First Weeks of Operation
(New York) -- Generally speaking, New York State lawmakers tend to adopt a rather conservative stance when it comes to gambling expansion. It was in 2013 when the state...
article Problem Gamblers Can Now Ban Themselves from New York Casinos
(New York) -- As New York increases it's gaming options, its also taking steps to fight gambling addiction. Problem gamblers can now ban themselves from state-...

3/7/2017

article What people are saying about Schenectady's casino
(New York) -- For more than two years, municipal and business leaders worked to bring a casino to Schenectady, and in early February those efforts culminated with the...
article Crowds Create Parking Problems Around New Suffolk County Casino
(New York) -- The brand new casino on Long Island is up and running. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. with hundreds of video lottery terminals. The parlor is so...

3/6/2017

article Islandia installing parking meters near site of new casino
(New York) -- The Village of Islandia is installing new parking meters on local roads near Suffolk's new casino. It comes as bettors who say they couldn't find...
article DFS boosts New York’s revenues
(New York) -- The Albany Times-Union released a new report where data from the New York State Gaming Commission is detailed. The state Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into...
article Online Poker Building a Strong Hand in N.Y.
(New York) -- Key political backers are lining up in New York to make online poker a reality in the state in 2017. Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, who chairs the Committee...

3/3/2017

article New York Possibly Moving Closer to Accepting Online Poker
(New York) -- According to a New York state assemblyman, regulated online poker in New York could become a reality by the end of this year.
article Living with a gambling addiction
(New York) -- It's National Problem Gambling Awareness Month and just recently, New York State has made it possible for you to put yourself on a list, essentially...

3/2/2017

article The Economic Impact of Tioga Downs on the Southern Tier
(New York) -- After years of attempts to bring a full gaming casino to the Southern Tier, the dream became a reality last summer. What began as a mere horse racing venue...

3/1/2017

article Has del Lago Resort and Casino boosted local business?
(New York) -- Wednesday marks one month since del Lago Resort and Casino opened in the Seneca County Town of Tyre. People living and working in that area have been...
article Report: Deal Reached To Keep Finger Lakes Open
(New York) -- After lengthy negotiations, the Finger Lakes Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association has reached an agreement with Delaware North Companies, which...

2/28/2017

article Gamblers can now ban themselves from casinos in New York
(New York) -- The New York State Gaming Commission will now allow people to ban themselves from casinos. The Commission launched what it calls the "broadest self...
article What state's doing to help you gamble responsibly
(New York) -- Members of the New York Responsible Play Partnership will visit Schenectady in the next month to meet with the public and review Rivers Casino & Resort...
article Jake’s 58 casino opens in Islandia
(New York) -- Hundreds of gamblers crowded into an Islandia hotel Monday to play electronic slot machine games and sip drinks as Suffolk OTB opened Long Island’s...
article Finger Lakes racing riding ‘on a house of cards?’
(New York) -- In a deal struck Tuesday, Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack will see a 2017 racing season thanks to terms meant to cushion a financial blow from del Lago...

2/27/2017

article Key New York Lawmaker Sees Opposition To Online Poker Fading, Raising Hopes For Passage This Session
(New York) -- Assemblyman Gary Pretlow appears to have decided that 2017 is the year for online poker in New York. Pretlow, who has previously sounded skeptical notes on...
article Key NY Assemblyman Doesn’t Expect Much Opposition To Online Poker Bill
(New York) -- RNN-TV/Fios1’s Andrew Whitman had the chance to sit down and talk online poker with New York Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow. Pretlow is the chairman of...
article Key NY Assemblyman Pretlow hints at Online Poker support
(New York) -- Assemblyman J.Gary Pretlow, who heads the New York Assembly’s Racing and Wagering Committee, hinted that he is willing to support the effort to...
article You can now ban yourself from NY casinos
(New York) -- New York this month implemented a policy that allows troubled gamblers to ban themselves from the state's casinos and racetracks. The policy is part of...

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