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Tioga Downs, Nichols
(2.8/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web)
Tioga Downs is a county-fair-themed standardbred racetrack (5/8 mile) and racino located on a 138acre site in Nichols, New York.HistoryTioga Downs originally was a quarterhorse track known as "Tioga Park" in 1976, closing down after its third season. James Nuckel, then owner, stated that, "the track had been losing thousands of dollars a day and was still in the red after three years of operation" (New York Times, 1978). Thereafter, a few private races and the occasional flea market were held at the location.RevivalIn 2000, Jeffrey Gural, a real-estate executive, horse owner, and racing enthusiast, began lobbying for state approval of Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) at racetracks. In 2005, they were approved. Shortly after Gural, with partnership from Nevada Gold and Casinos, bought the old Tioga Park for $32 million (New York Times, 2006; Press and Sun Bulletin, 2006). A ground-breaking ceremony was held July 22, 2005.On June 9, 2006, Tioga Downs opened, offering harness racing, simulcast betting, and over 800 VLTs. Tioga Downs has two bars, a Subway(TM) restaurant, banquet room, coffee/bakery shop, and buffet. It also has a stage area, which hosts concerts. Artists that appeared at Tioga Downs have included Gretchen Wilson, Vanilla Ice, Tony Orlando, and Sister Sledge. During the warmer months, a trackside tent is available for wedding receptions, business meetings, parties, and awards' ceremonies. In 2011, The Tioga Downs Flea Market opened.
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  • I took my mother to Tioga Downs on her 96th birthday. She had two coupons worth $10 each good on her birthday. She showed an expired pictured drivers license along with her birth certificate and vario...  more »
  • All I can say is it doesn't pay to win. We won $5000 and the State of New York took 33% when we cashed out. You are not allowed to continue to play your winnings either. The machine just stops, you mu...  more »
  • Well run casino with plenty on slot machines for every interest. Could use a few more black jack machines. Looks like a lot of expansion planned! Oddly placed in the middle of no where, but I guess it...  more »
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  • Fun place for horse racing, a bit of slots, a buffet, and soon they are going to expand their casino to include table games. Do not eat at Coasters in the Casino the food is ok, however the service is very slow, even on a slow day no one is around to wait on you. I have eaten there several times so I say this not as someone who was there on a busy day. After waiting for 10 minutes I walked up the what seemed to be the manager that we were leaving, but there were a few other tables that they might want to get some over to. He didn't even say he was sorry he just said; "We will get to them." That in my opinion is very bad customer service and brings down how I feel about the casino in general.
  • Great place to gamble. My Mom loves the slots but the horse racing looks like fun too. The casino is clean and the staff is friendly and helpful. This is a great day trip for anyone from the Buffalo area, only about 3 hours from Buffalo. The food is good and staff in restaurants also friendly and helpful. The only con to this casino is it doesn't have a hotel. However, I was informed they will be building one to be completed in 2018! This will make this casino too notch! Can't wait to return.
  • Always a fun place to meet and see old friends, staff is wonderful
  • Love this place everyone I've met have been so kind and helpful. I've always loved NY This Is why.
  • Fabulous casino..the only thing that would make out any better is if they would give me more winnings ;)