Earlier this year, in February, the Tioga Down racino in Nichols, New York, unveiled a larger gaming floor and additional facilities at their recently inaugurated property. The racetrack and casino venue was allotted a full gaming license by the New York Gaming authorities on Tuesday, the 30th of August 2016. Since then, the entire Tioga Downs team has been feverishly working on the first phase additions to the property; to get the casino open to the public as quickly as possible.
The full service racino was inaugurated last year, on the 2nd of December 2016. With its successful running operations, the casino officials decided to expand the infrastructure of its gaming floor. When the racino opened its door to the public last year, their gaming floor had 461 slot machines on offer. It was announced that as of Wednesday, the 22nd of February 2017, the newly expanded casino floor has also installed additional slot machine terminals. The racino now features 944 slot machines or Video Lottery Terminals.
The expansions plans did not stop at a larger gaming area and more slot machines. Tioga Downs also added more table game amenities. This includes blackjack and roulette areas; as well as some long awaited table card games. Originally, the property only offered 23 table games to their patrons, but with the recent renovations, that number has gone up to 32. The card game facilities also feature another 33 tables.
New games and tables are not the only changes visitors can look forward to at the Tioga Downs racino. Certain areas within the property have also been given a facelift and a new lease of life. Although the facility has only been open for a few months, the casino management is confident that even the guests, who had been visiting the property on a regular basis since its December opening, will not be able to recognise the Winner’s Circle Lounge.
According to reports that are on file with the New York Gaming Commission (NYGC), Tioga Downs has accumulated net gaming revenue of USD 13.2 million. This reflects their income for just the month and few days it had been running as full scale gambling operation. The numbers reflect their income from early December of 2016 to the 12th of February in 2017.
According to Tioga Downs officials, other new features that have been added during the re-haul of the venue. This includes amenities such as touch screen capabilities, downloadable credits and bonus games. These were introduced to increase the general attraction of the gaming venue and persuade players to spend more time on the gaming floor.
New slot games such as Bally’s Green Machine, the 3 rows, 5 reels slot game and fan- favorite, Wheel of Fortune has been added to their portfolio. On top of that, other slots, which have been fashioned on popular TV shows, such as House of Cards and The Ellen DeGeneres Show will also be featured on the casino floor. These slot titles aim to captured the popularity and brand recognition of renowned television shows. Scott Freeman, the President and General Manager at Tioga Downs, mentioned that he is thankful for the patience and loyalty their guests have shown then during the period of renovation. He said, “We are so grateful for the continued patience of our guests as we completed the transition to a full casino.”
He also mentioned that with the increased size of their operations, they will also need to expand their man power at the Tioga Downs racino. The good news for the local residents in that, the management at the New York facility is in fact looking towards hiring more staff. Jobs will be created and filled to ensure the right people are brought in at the right time for the successful running of the casino. Freeman also mentioned that a lot of additional opportunities have been created for the region. This would benefit local residents, businesses, as well as nonprofit organizations.
“Harness Racing season is only a few months away, and we’ll soon be announcing our 2017 Summer Concert Series,” Freeman said. He added, “We are very much thrilled for a big year ahead of us and are ready for hiring a multitude of people, which includes a number of positions beginning from the vacancy at the track as well as casino positions that would include table game dealers, food and beverage, and beyond.”
Tioga Downs Racino
Tioga Downs Racino is a county fair themed, standard- bred racetrack and racino, which is located in Nochols, New York. The property is housed on a 138 acre site. Tioga Downs was originally opened as a quarter-horse track known as Tioga Park in 1976. Unfortunately, the company failed to stay in the black and had to be closed down the facility in 1978. After several years of widespread lobbying efforts to bring Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) to racetracks, in 2005, they were approved. Shortly after, the racetrack was purchased by a real estate developer, who held a ground breaking ceremony on the 22nd of July 2005, for the next phase of the racetrack’s life.
On the 9th of June 2006, Tioga Downs opened to the public, offering them harness racing, simulcast betting, and more than 800 VLTs. The property had also added two bars, a number of eateries and a banquet room, along with a stage area to host concerts. In October, 2015, the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board gave permission for Tioga Downs to pursue a license that will allow for the expansion of their facilities. This included a three story parking garage complex, a 136 room hotel, an event centre, and an expanded gaming floor, including a poker room.