Del Lago Resort & Casino
Del Lago Resort & Casino is a $404 million, 94,000-square-foot casino resort in Waterloo, Seneca County, upstate New York, in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. It is an easy drive from upstate and western New York.
The casino opened in 2017, a year after construction began on the 205-room resort in a cornfield in Seneca County. Now, a majestic facility rises just off Exit 41 of the New York State Thruway, a short distance from the Waterloo Premium Outlets.
Del Lago Resort & Casino is home to over 1,700 popular slot and video poker machines, 66 table games, and 14 poker tables with non-stop action. The slot machines range from penny slots to those where a pull of the lever costs $100.
The venue also ranks as a AAA Four Diamond destination with 205 rooms, a spa, and multiple bars and restaurants. Del Lago Resort & Casino is open to patrons who are at least 21 years old.
Del Lago Resort & Casino details
- Name: Del Lago Resort & Casino
- Address: 1133 State Route 414, Waterloo, NY 13165
- Phone number: 315-946-1777
- Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to Monday 3 a.m.
Games available: 1,700 slots and video poker, 66 table games (blackjack, craps, and roulette), 14 poker games (Texas Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, and Seven Card Stud), DraftKings Sportsbook
Del Lago Casino gaming & facilities
|Del Lago Resort & Casino||Details|
|Blackjack||Traditional blackjack, 21+3 Xtreme, blackjack with the lucky ladies side bet, single deck blackjack, Spanish 21|
|Poker Tables||Limit and No Limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Seven Card Stud, Three Card Poker, Mississippi Stud, Let It Ride Progressive, Caribbean Stud|
|Sportsbook||Yes, DraftKings Sportsbook|
|Comp Program||Rewards Club|
|Smoking||The casino, hotel and restaurants are nonsmoking. There is a smoking slot area near the parking garage and Portico.|
|Restaurant(s)||Portico by Fabio Viviani, DraftKings Sportsbook, SmashBurger, Ciccino’s, Knuckle Sandwiches, Zweigle’s|
|Bar(s)||Centrifico, NY Savor, The Sociale|
|Hotel||Yes, 205 rooms|
Slot machines at Del Lago Resort & Casino
The floor of del Lago Resort & Casino is lined with 1,700 slot and video poker machines from the leading software providers in the business, including IGT, AGS, Konami, and Aristocrat.
The betting range for slot machines goes from $0.01 to $100 per round, most of which are penny or dollar machines. The variety of games and their betting ranges are a big contributing factor to why players wagered more than $137 million on these games at del Lago Resort & Casino in May of 2022 alone.
The penny slots from SG Gaming’s Lock It Link series, like Lock It Link Diamonds and Lock It Link Nightlife, are among the most popular slots. You’ll find several of these machines on the casino floor. There are also over a dozen versions of Quick Hit Platinum slots by Bally, with traditional bells, fruits, and lucky 7s as symbols and a progressive jackpot that can easily be worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Players who don’t shy away from betting big often resort to IGT’s Sizzling 7s slot. It’s a classic game from the early 2000s famed for its flaming 7s and $100 denominations. Hitting all three red flaming 7s on a payline will win you the jackpot.
Speaking of jackpot cabinets, SG Gaming’s Dancing Drums is a popular slot with four jackpots, and the latest big Dancing Drums jackpot hit was $11,297.78.
Table games at Del Lago Resort & Casino
The casino features 66 table games, with live dealers ready to teach you a thing or two about blackjack, roulette, craps, and other fan favorites. Compared to other Finger Lakes casinos, del Lago Resort & Casino has the biggest selection of table games whose betting limits are usually $10/$25/$100, especially at blackjack tables. Note that the minimums may vary depending on the day and time.
In addition to the standard version of blackjack, you’ll find plenty of tables with several side bets, including lucky ladies, 21+3, and others. As for roulette tables, the games there follow American roulette rules with two green pockets, which in turn means the house edge clocks in at 5.25%.
Here’s a list of the table games you can find at del Lago Resort & Casino at the moment:
- Big 6
- Mini/Midi Baccarat
- Fortune Pai Gow Progressive
- Spanish 21
- Caribbean Stud
- Ultimate Texas Hold’em
- Crazy 4 Progressive
- Three Card Poker
- Mississippi Stud
- Let It Ride Progressive
- Criss Cross
The table games are available Sunday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m., while on Fridays and Saturdays you can play table games from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Does del Lago Resort & Casino offer a poker/card room?
Del Lago Resort & Casino has a modern-looking poker room with 14 tables hosting Limit and No Limit Texas Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, and Seven Card Stud games. The casino has teamed up with the Bravo Poker app, which you can download from the App Store and Google Play to keep track of all promotions, cash games, and tournaments.
There are plenty of poker promotions, such as the Poker Promotional Fund, which funds recurring high hands promotional payouts and other poker promos that have the approval of the New York State Gaming Commission.
The casino has discontinued the bad beat jackpot and moved all the funds to the promotional fund.
Does del Lago Resort & Casino have a sportsbook?
Del Lago Resort & Casino has partnered with DraftKings, one of the nation’s leading sports betting companies, to launch a retail sportsbook on its premises. The grand opening of a 6,000-square-foot DraftKings Sportsbook at del Lago took place on Aug. 23, 2019, thus marking the company’s third retail location in the state.
The sportsbook is near the entrance to the Vine Showroom and offers more than 1,000 square feet of LED video screens, with 16 single-bay TV sets, live scoreboards showing results and updates, 23 betting kiosks, and four betting windows.
A full-service bar and restaurant with over 30 beers on tap and a diverse dining menu enhance the sportsbook experience.
Del Lago Resort & Casino rewards program
Del Lago Resort & Casino has a four-tier rewards program that all patrons can join. Every time you place a bet on slots or table games, you will receive tier credits. Each $3 amounts to one tier credit. There are four levels of the rewards program. Here is the threshold for each:
- Signature — Free
- Premiere — 2,000 points
- Elite — 20,000 points
- Massimo — 80,000 points
Perks increase as you climb the tier levels. For example, all programs, even the free Signature one, offer exclusive birthday promos and free parking. As you move up the tiers, you’ll find bonuses such as invites to special events and tournaments, complimentary drinks while gambling, a dedicated casino host and exclusive dining offers.
How do you earn points at del Lago Resort & Casino?
Del Lago Resort & Casino patrons need to swipe their Rewards Club cards to start earning loyalty points — a $3 bet equals one point. The renewal period for every level of the program is six months. Also, if there’s been no activity on the card for the past six months, the points will expire.
Can you get free play at del Lago Resort & Casino?
The rewards program at del Lago doesn’t include free play. However, the casino will run frequent promotions for all loyalty card holders that allow users to convert points into free play. Mostly, for 200 points, you can get $1 in free play.
Del Lago Resort & Casino history and current owners
Del Lago Resort & Casino was one of the first four upstate commercial casinos to receive a license after the Empire State authorized gambling facilities other than tribal ones.
Thomas Wilmot of Wilmorite Properties and Iowa-based JNB Gaming pitched the casino to the authorities. It was the promise of more than 1,500 construction jobs and 1,500 steady casino jobs that brought the project to fruition. The founders estimated more than $263 million in gambling revenues per year, according to the New York State Gaming Commission.
The casino met strong opposition from tribal casinos in the Finger Lakes area, which feared that commercial casinos would endanger their livelihoods. Regardless, del Lago Resort & Casino opened in 2017, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo cutting the ribbon.
Over the years, the ownership structure of the casino changed. A California investment company — Peninsula Pacific Entertainment — acquired the remaining 50% stake from the Wilmot family in 2019 to become the sole owner.
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Peninsula Pacific Entertainment is the owner of del Lago.
Players betting on table games get free drinks, while those at the slot machines can only count on free coffee or soft drinks.
You need to be at least 21 to access the services at del Lago.
Only in three designated outdoor smoking areas.
There are over 1,700 slot machines at del Lago.
At the moment, bingo is unavailable at the casino.
Not at the moment, no.