Tioga Downs Casino Resort
Tioga Downs is a racetrack and casino resort located in Nichols, New York, just north of the Pennsylvania border and alongside the Susquehanna River. The casino has over 900 video lottery terminals, 28 table games and a dedicated poker room.
Visitors can also take in standardbred racing and, as of recently, a FanDuel retail sportsbook. There are eight dining venues, a 160-room hotel, a golf course, an entertainment center and other amenities. Patrons must be at least 21 years old to play any of the real-money games at Tioga Downs.
Tioga Downs Casino Resort details
- Name: Tioga Downs Casino Resort
- Address: 2384 W. River Road, Nichols, NY 13812
- Phone number: 888-946-8464
- Hours of operation: Daily from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.
- Games available: 900+ video slots, video poker, blackjack, roulette, baccarat, casino poker, live poker
Tioga Downs Casino Resort gambling and facilities
|Tioga Downs Casino Resort
|Several blackjack tables
|Tioga Rewards Club
|Four (Fin & Pho, Dunkin/Baskin Robbins, P.J. Clarke’s, Country Fair Buffet)
|Four (Sideshow Lounge, Coasters Sports Bar, Carousel Bar, Cabana Bar & Pool)
Slot machines at Tioga Downs Casino
Tioga Downs features over 900 modern slot and video poker machines in its 20,000-square-foot gambling area. Denominations range from a penny to $5, and if you’re hungry for higher stakes, you can visit the casino’s high limit room, which features an additional 34 machines.
You can find a variety of popular real money slot machines that are also available at upscale US online casinos. These include Quick Hit, Lightning Link, Lock It Link, Ultimate Fire Link and Red Hot series.
One of the most popular machines on the Tioga Downs floor is Green Machine Deluxe. This five-by-three slot from High 5 Games is good for novice players. Each reel has a jackpot assigned to it, with the highest prize appearing over the middle reel (1,000x your bet).
Clover Link from Apex Gaming is another popular title for Tioga Downs visitors. The goal is to try to unlock the clover feature, which can lead to one of the jackpots. Fill out an entire screen with clovers to win the grand jackpot worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Table games at Tioga Downs Casino
You can find 28 popular table games at Tioga Downs Casino & Resort. The table game area is right next to the Sideshow Lounge, and there are four more blackjack tables in the high limit room. Here are the options:
- Blackjack (blackjack pays 3:2; dealer must stand on soft 17)
- Spanish 21
- 777 Blazing Blackjack Progressive
- American roulette
- Mini/midi baccarat
- Three card poker
- Four card poker
- Pai Gow poker
- Let It Ride poker
- Mississippi Stud poker
- Big Six Wheel
Does Tioga Downs offer a poker/card room?
Tioga Downs is one of the New York casinos that offers poker. The Tioga Downs poker room is open Wednesday through Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m. It features several variants of Texas Hold’em and Omaha along with Five Card Stud and Seven Card Stud. The casino also organizes poker tournaments.
While you’re there, you may want to try your luck on the $100 Rollover High Hand, which runs every hour on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between noon and 10 p.m.
Does Tioga Downs have a sportsbook?
Yes, Tioga Downs Casino and Resort is now home to a FanDuel Sportsbook. The 2,600-square-foot retail betting location is right next to the main entrance. It can seat up to 50 people and features 27 video displays, a big video wall and eight betting windows.
The sportsbook allows betting on all major sports, from football and basketball to boxing, soccer and tennis. FanDuel at Tioga Downs is open Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., Saturday between 10 a.m. and midnight, and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Tioga Rewards Club loyalty program
Tioga Downs has a rewards program — Tioga Rewards Club — that you can participate in for free. Sign up at the registration desk to receive your rewards card.
You can redeem the points you earn for various perks, including free play, restaurant and bar coupons, and hotel, spa and golf club discounts. The more points you collect, the higher your tier will climb, and each new level unlocks bigger and better benefits.
You start at the Choice tier and can play your way through Preferred, Premier, Elite and VIP. Some of the VIP benefits include 25% off food, beverages and hotel stays, invites to exclusive events, free spa service and a personal casino host.
How do you earn points at Tioga Downs Casino Resort?
To earn points, insert your card into a slot machine before you play or show it to the dealer at one of the tables. The more you wager, the more points you can accrue.
Can you get free play at Tioga Downs Casino Resort?
You can earn free play at Tioga Downs through various promotions. For instance, the Free Play Frenzy promotion that ran throughout July 2022 had 30 random players win $100 of free play every Friday. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are typically senior days, during which players older than 50 can get $100 in free play through a draw.
You can also exchange your Tioga Rewards Club points for free play at a rate of 10,000 points for $50.
Tioga Downs history and current owners
Tioga Downs was originally named Tioga Park, established in 1976 as a quarter-horse track. In 2005, a real-estate executive and horse owner, Jeffrey Gural, purchased the park for $32 million. At the same time, Gural lobbied for the state of New York to approve video lottery terminals at horse racing tracks, a proposal that received approval later the same year.
The renamed Tioga Downs opened in June 2006 as a racino with simulcast betting and around 800 VLTs. After securing a license to become a full-fledged casino, Tioga Downs added table games and a poker room in December 2016. The FanDuel Sportsbook location opened in July 2019.
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Jeffrey Gural is the owner of Tioga Downs Casino Resort.
The casino does not serve free drinks.
You must be at least 21 years old to participate in any games at Tioga Downs Casino Resort.
Tioga Downs is 100% smoke-free.
Tioga Downs features over 900 video slots and video poker machines.
No, there is no bingo hall at Tioga Downs Casino Resort.
Tioga Downs Casino Resort features a 160-room hotel, a spa, a golf course and several bars and restaurants.