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Oneida Indian Nation Expanding Its Upstate New York Casino

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on July 24, 2023 - Last Updated on February 8, 2024
New Crescent Hotel Exterior Rendering with Turning Stone Resort & Casino logo

The Oneida Indian Nation announced their New York casino in Verona is getting a well-deserved facelift. 

The tribe’s Turning Stone Casino, located 30 miles east of Syracuse, is getting an architectural redesign estimated to cost $370 million. However, the expansion does not add to the casino gaming floor.

The casino currently sits at 125,000 square feet with over 2,000 slot machines, a full slate of table games, and a huge bingo hall. Furthermore, construction is expected to be complete by 2025. 

Turning Stone Casino expands to reach new industries

Ray Halbritter, the Oneida Indian Nation Representative and CEO of the tribe’s business enterprises said the casino’s evolution will help it be one of the largest resort convention centers in the state. 

“The Turning Stone evolution will help us put an even greater spotlight on our region by expanding our reach to new industries and throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England,” Halbritter said in a Syracuse.com post

The tribe also operates two other full-service casinos, Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango and Point Place Casino in Bridgeport.

Joel Barkin, the nation’s vice president of communications, said:

“With the new hotel and the new conference facility, we’ll be able to go after events that need 700+ rooms a night, which puts us in play for much larger regional and national events.”

The expansion will add 258 hotel rooms and create a bigger conference center. Other highlights of the project include:

  • Conference center
  • 2,000 new parking spaces
  • The Crescent Hotel
  • The Lounge with Caesars Sportsbook 
  • 5,000-square-foot health center
NY Rec & Social. Rendering credit: Oneida Indian Nation

The casino’s economic impact includes several new jobs in New York

The expansion also comes with a rebrand of the overall business from Oneida Nation Enterprises to Turning Stone Enterprises.

The tribe said the two-year project would:

  • Create 3,600 jobs
  • Generate $616 million in economic impact
  • Provide nearly $22.1 million in state and local taxes

Turning Stone has a midsized selection of slot machines compared to other casinos in New York. However, it is home to the largest poker room, which hosted New York’s first World Series of Poker event in March 2022. 

Photo by Oneida Indian Nation
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Nick Garcia is a senior reporter for PlayUSA. Garcia provides analysis and in-depth coverage of the gambling industry with a key focus on online casinos, sports betting and financial markets. Garcia has been covering the US gambling market since 2017. He attended Texas Tech University as an undergrad and received a Master of Arts in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago.

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