Tioga Downs was originally a racetrack for quarter horses that operated from 1976-79. The track sat dormant for many years until it was purchased by Jeff Gural in 2000. He returned live racing to the facility and began the site’s conversion into a racino and its current status as Tioga Downs Casino Resort.
Gural led the charge to legalize video lottery terminals (VLTs) at New York state racetracks. That agenda won approval in 2005. In 2016, an expansion led to full table games being added to the slot machines already present inside the Tioga Downs racino.
There is also a retail brick and mortar sportsbook on site that is operated in conjunction with FanDuel. The resort features a 160-guestroom hotel, a spa, an event center that has featured acts from Vanilla Ice to Sister Sledge, ballrooms that can accommodate weddings, meeting rooms for business functions, 10 separate dining areas and a Hal Purdy-designed, par-71 championship golf course that will test nearly every club in a player’s bag, while providing some of the finest views of the Susquehanna River Valley.
The Tioga Downs Casino Resort is a 100 percent smoke-free facility.
Gural is also the owner of The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., where online sports betting is already legalized. Gural has been an outspoken lobbyist while working to bring online and mobile betting to the Empire State.
With its 160 spacious guest rooms and suite accommodations that overlook the beautiful rolling hills of the Southern Tier, the Tioga Downs Casino Resort hotel provides convenient inside access to the adjoining casino. Complete with live entertainment, delicious fare, and exciting seasonal harness racing action, Tioga Downs Casino Resort is perfect for a spontaneous getaway, special occasion or that next corporate event.
Hotel guests can access pampering through the resort’s Ageless Spa, or enjoy the fun of their outdoor water slide and plunge pool, indoor heated saltwater pool, arcade and game area. Dine on everything from pizza to BBQ at one of their 10 culinary options. Planning a wedding or convention? The Tioga Downs Casino Resort offers over 30,000 square feet of flexible event space.
Tioga Downs Casino Resort has some 890 gaming machines in operation. They offer some of the hottest slots around, including Clover Link, Green Machine Deluxe, Ultimate Fire Link, and Lock it Link, just to name a few. There’s also video poker offered. The games range from 1¢ to $5 in denomination.
Among the 28 table games that are available to be played there’s blackjack, Spanish 21, craps, roulette, mini/midi baccarat, 777 blazing blackjack progressive and big six wheel.
Card players will enjoy the time they spend in the Tioga Downs Casino Resort World Series of Poker-sanctioned poker room.
Featured games include Pai Gow poker, let it ride poker, three-card poker, four-card poker and Mississippi Stud poker.
Tioga Downs Casino Resort partnered with sports betting and daily fantasy powerhouse FanDuel to launch a retail sportsbook on site in July of 2019. It was the fourth retail operation opened by FanDuel.
FanDuel’s 2,600 square foot sports betting retail location is conveniently located near the main entrance of the Tioga Downs Casino. The FanDuel Sportsbook features eight betting windows, 27 video displays including a large video wall, 14 self-service betting kiosks from IGTPlayDigital, three sports tickers, 12 lounge seats, seven high tables, two drink rails, and seating for more than 50 customers.
FanDuel provides its first class risk and trading platform. The company is managing the location in partnership with Tioga Downs Casino Resort and leverages IGT PlayDigital’s retail sports betting technology.
The FanDuel Sportsbook features bets on all major U.S. sports, including professional baseball, soccer, football, basketball, college football and basketball, golf, boxing, UFC, motorsports racing, rugby league and union, cricket and more.
Available betting lines include moneylines, spreads, totals (over/under), futures, props and parlays. There is also live in-play betting offered on sports events.
Tioga Downs schedules live harness racing between May and September, with post times typically on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:50 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.
In 2006, the track was revived and refinished to become the 5/8th-mile harness racetrack known today as Tioga Downs Casino Resort in 2006. They also offer year-round simulcasting featuring the top thoroughbred and harness tracks from all over North America.
Up-to-date track stats, race replays and a race calendar can be accessed directly on the Tioga Downs Casino Resort web page.
Promotions & Loyalty Programs
They’re so proud of their promotional offers at Tioga Downs Casino Resort that they list all of their ongoing promotions right on the front page of their website. These offers change frequently, so always be sure to check out this page before planning a visit to their casino.
A majority of the promotions require a membership within the Tioga Downs Rewards Club. New members are welcomed with $100 to play in the Tioga Downs casino. Points earned by rewards club members can be exchanged for free play in the casino.
Tioga Downs Casino Resort does not currently offer a mobile app.