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Tioga Downs, Nichols

Categories: Casinos & Gambling, Fun & Games
Inspirock Rating:
2.9/5 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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  • 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...  read more »
  • I visited this casino on Sunday Sept. 25 and was pleasantly surprised. The casino had plenty of machines to play on and the facility as a whole was clean and well taken care of. A return trip is likel...  read more »
  • Went with friends on Saturday, Labor Day weekend 2016. It was OK. No tables although they are in the process of getting some. Check your racing tickets for what you tell the cashier. I would have won ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Love this place everyone I've met have been so kind and helpful. I've always loved NY This Is why.
  • No where else for the area hillbilly's to go....the waiting line to get into the restaurant was ridiculous...they say the food is good....toss out some cash, load up a machine, loose it then think "Shucks, I could have washed my car at a real car wash for how much money I just lost" try another machine. ..
  • Note to management. You need more tellers at the otw on bigger race days. Your machines work half ass also. Costed me alot of money getting shutout . I do this all over the country and been at some real dive tracks. But this is by far the worst betting setup in the country. Good luck with the derby tomorrow
  • Not 2 ammendment friendly. For me, that's a deal breaker. I carry concealed in 34 states, when I asked who was watching my family's back I was told not even security carried a side arm.
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