Vernon Downs Casino Hotel

Vernon Downs Casino Hotel is a racino located in the small town of Vernon, in central upstate New York, some 40 miles from Syracuse. Vernon Downs originally opened in 1953 as a racetrack. Over the years and after a series of upgrades, the New York casino is now home to a casino with over 500 gambling machines, live and simulcast harness race betting, and a AAA-approved hotel with 150 guest rooms and suites.

The Vernon Downs property is owned and operated by American Racing & Entertainment, a company chaired by Jeff Gural, a real-estate mogul and the head of the Gural family. The family also owns another racino in the state, Tioga Downs Casino Resort, located in Nichols.

Casino patrons need to be at least 18 years old to play on the machines at Vernon Downs, purchase or redeem lottery tickets, or wager on horses.

Vernon Downs Casino Hotel details

  • Name: Vernon Downs Casino Hotel
  • Address: 4229 Stuhlman Road, Vernon, New York 13476
  • Phone number: 877-888-3766
  • Hours of operation: Sunday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Games available: 500+ video gambling machines, live and simulcast horse race betting.

Vernon Downs Casino Hotel gambling & facilities

Vernon Downs Casino HotelDetails
Slots500+
BlackjackNot available
Poker tablesNot available
SportsbookNot available
KenoNot available
Free playYes
Comp programVernon Rewards Club
Smoking100% smoke-free
Restaurant(s)Six (Mr. G’s Food and Spirits, Gold Cup Buffet, Miracle Mile Restaurant, Trackside Concessions, Triple 777 Café, The Kitchen Buffet at Vernon Downs)
Bar(s)One (Ring Eyed Pete’s Bar)
Hotel150-room hotel on-site

Vernon Downs slot machines

Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel features over 500 Class II video gambling machines of various denominations, ranging from a penny to $5. The game lineup is quite diverse. You can find classic three-reel slots as well as more modern progressive slots and jackpot machines from the Ultimate Fire Link, Fast Hit Progressive and Quick Hit series of slots.

The games at Vernon Downs Casino Hotel come from a variety of leading game providers, such as IGT, SG Gaming, Aristocrat and Ainsworth.

The jackpot winners list offers insight into which games pay the most often at Vernon Downs and how big the jackpots can be. Among those games, certain titles appear more often than others, such as the Copper Cash progressive slot by Bally, a classic penny slot with five reels and 15 paylines featuring fruits and coins as its main symbols, plus a special Copper Cash symbol that can trigger the jackpot.

In July of 2022 alone, the casino paid more than $11 million in jackpot winnings, with the 5 Treasures slot among the games that produced the most. That particular game is an Asian-themed slot with five reels and 243 ways to make a winning combo. During gameplay, the pot of gold coins that sits atop the reels will fill randomly. Once you fill it, a pick-me game will initiate where you will try to match three of the same symbols, potentially leading to a mini, minor, major or grand jackpot.

In addition to real cash slots, Vernon Downs Casino Hotel has a decent selection of video poker machines, such as Double Match Card Draw Poker and Game King Multi Poker, with various paytables.

Vernon Downs table games

Vernon Downs Casino Hotel is a racino and therefore is not able to offer table games, not even in their electronic form. This means you won’t find any blackjack, roulette, craps or poker tables on the casino floor. The available games boil down to video gambling machines of multiple denominations.

Does Vernon Downs Casino offer a poker/card room?

If playing poker or any other card game is your style, you should look for these options elsewhere, such as the Tioga Downs Casino Resort, which is part of the same company as Vernon Downs. As a racino, Vernon Downs is not able to offer any form of table games under New York gambling law.

Does Vernon Downs Casino offer a sportsbook?

Vernon Downs does not have a full-fledged sportsbook on the premises. However, the venue is home to premium harness racing with events such as the Empire Breeders Classic, Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot and several New York Sire Stakes races you can bet on live from April to November. Besides live horse race betting, there is also simulcast wagering available in the simulcast room, with three giant screens broadcasting action from the country’s most popular tracks.

Vernon Rewards Club loyalty program

The Vernon Rewards Club is available for customers. The program is free to join and allows its members to receive rewards such as VIP concert invitations, complimentary hotel room stays, monthly offers for free play, free food and more.

The rewards program consists of four levels that members qualify for based on the number of points they earn during a 12-month qualification period. Every $1 that you bet on the gambling machines counts as one base point. The four levels of the program and their point thresholds are as follows:

  • Plus — 0 to 2,499 points
  • Preferred — 2,500 to 24,999 points
  • Premier — 25,000 to 124,999 points
  • Elite — 125,000+ points

Active duty military personnel and veterans, as well as first responders, may receive additional benefits.

How do you earn points at Vernon Downs Casino Hotel?

Earning points at Vernon Downs is easy. Insert your rewards club card into the gambling machine every time you play, and the points will automatically accrue based on your gameplay.

Can you get free play at Vernon Downs Casino Hotel?

Members of the Rewards Club program at Vernon Downs Casino Hotel can redeem their base points for free play only as a part of a special coupon offer or promotion, such as a birthday bonus, tier achievement free play bonus and the like.

Vernon Downs Casino Hotel history and current owners

Vernon Downs Casino Hotel debuted as a harness racing facility in 1953 when a revolutionary six-furlong oval track with 24 barns equipped with 24 stalls opened on the site. The first race took place on July 1, 1953, and the winner was Bob Abbe II.

The track suffered a significant financial blow in the early 2000s, despite introducing video gambling machines and simulcast harness racing in 2002. However, in 2006, Jeff Gural purchased the track, introduced new gambling machines, increased purses for the races and improved the accommodations.

FAQs

American Racing & Entertainment is the owner and operator of Vernon Downs Casino Hotel. Jeff Gural owns American Racing & Entertainment.

No, the casino does not provide a complimentary beverage service to players.

You need to be at least 18 years old to play any of the gambling machines at the casino or place a bet on harness racing.

Vernon Downs Casino Hotel is a 100% smoke-free facility.

Vernon Downs houses over 500 video slots and video poker machines.

No, there are no bingo games at Vernon Downs.

Vernon Downs features a hotel with 150 rooms and suites, an indoor heated pool and whirlpool, a fitness center and several bars and restaurants.

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