Empire Monticello Casino & Raceway
In New York State, only the five Native American facilities (categorized as Class III) can offer full casino gaming (live table games in addition to slots) and operate around the clock. All are located upstate. There are also nine “racinos,” where you can bet on horse racing and at video lottery terminals and electronic table games. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has put forth a proposal to permit other resort casinos with full gaming facilities to operate in the state, though formal legislation for this proposal had not yet been introduced to the legislature at press time.
Batavia Downs Gaming hosts live harness racing every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through August. You can also bet on simulcast racing from North America’s premier tracks seven days a week.
Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack in Farmington has begun construction on a $12-million, 33,000-square-foot expansion that will add more than 300 video-lottery terminals, a sit-down dining alternative to the current buffet, and a lounge/bar with a 16-foot HD projection screen and 22 TVs.
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in downtown Buffalo is undergoing a $130-million redesign this summer, replacing the slots-only facility opened in 2007 with a new building containing more than 800 slots, 16 table games and a small restaurant and bar. The new casino is scheduled to debut in the fall. In the meantime, play continues at the original facility.
More highlights …
In Hogansburg, Akwesasne Mohawk Casino’s eight-table poker room has received a glamorizing facelift. … Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, home of one of the few year-round live harness race tracks, has unveiled a $50-million, 66,000-square-foot expansion, adding almost 700 slot machines to its gaming floor. … Saratoga Casino & Raceway’s upscale Fortunes restaurant in Saratoga Springs not only offers great views of the harness racing track, it also allows you to place your wagers right at your table. … Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca opened its new $48-million hotel tower, almost doubling the number of available deluxe rooms and suites.
Akwesasne Mohawk Casino
873 State Route 37, Hogansburg, N.Y., (877) 99-CASINO, mohawkcasino.com
Batavia Downs Gaming
8315 Park Road, Batavia, N.Y., (585) 343-3750, bataviadownscasino.com
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
810 Yonkers Ave., Yonkers, N.Y., (914) 968-4200, empirecitycasino.com
Hamburg Casino at the Fairgrounds
5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, N.Y., (716) 646-6109, thefairgrounds.com/hamburg-casino
Finger Lakes Casino and Race Track
5857 New York 96, Farmington, N.Y., (585) 924-3232, fingerlakesracetrack.com
Empire Monticello Casino & Raceway
204 State Route 17B, Monticello, N.Y., (866) 777-4263, monticellocasinoandraceway.com
Resorts World Casino New York
110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, N.Y., (718) 215-2828, rwnewyork.com
Saratoga Casino & Raceway
342 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., (800) 727-2990, saratogacasino.com
Seneca Allegany Casino
777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca, N.Y., (888) 913-3377, senecaalleganycasino.com
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino
1 Fulton St., Buffalo, N.Y., (877) 873-6322, senecabuffalocreekcasino.com
Seneca Niagara Casino
310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls, N.Y., (866) 873-6322, senecaniagaracasino.com
Tioga Downs & Casino
2384 W. River Road, Nichols, N.Y., (888) 946-8464, tiogadowns.com
Turning Stone Resort & Casino
5218 Patrick Road, Verona, N.Y., (800) 771-7711, turningstone.com
Vernon Downs & Casino
4229 Stuhlman Road, Vernon, N.Y., (877) 888-3766, vernondowns.com
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