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Tioga Downs, FanDuel formally open sports-betting venue

By Eric Reinhardt


Tioga Downs Casino Resort on July 19 formally opened the FanDuel Group’s first retail sportsbook for sports betting in New York. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tioga Downs Casino Resort)

NICHOLS — FanDuel Group has recently opened the company’s first retail sportsbook in New York state, located at Tioga Downs Casino Resort in Nichols in Tioga County. 

FanDuel’s new 2,600-square-foot, sports-betting retail location is available near the casino’s main entrance.

The FanDuel Sportsbook includes 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 will provide its risk and trading platform and manage the location in partnership with Tioga Downs Casino Resort. It will also use IGT PlayDigital’s retail sports-betting technology. The FanDuel Sportsbook will allow bets on all major U.S. sports, including professional baseball, soccer, football, basketball, golf, boxing, and motorsports racing.

New York Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D–Binghamton) made the ceremonial first bet as part of a July 19 ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

The FanDuel Sportsbook at Tioga Downs Casino Resort represents FanDuel Group’s fourth retail operation. Its first sportsbook location opened at New Meadowlands Racetrack last July, followed by a location at The Greenbrier in West Virginia last fall, and most recently at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Pennsylvania.

Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs Casino Resort, in July 2018 had announced plans to bring a FanDuel Sportsbook for sports betting to the venue in Tioga County. The plan couldn’t move forward until New York State regulators agreed to allow sports wagering in the state, which happened earlier this year.       

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