A New York panel decided to recommend only three sites for upstate gambling casinos instead of four amid an increasingly saturated gambling market. While casinos were once limited to Las Vegas, Atlantic City, most Americans are now within a few hours' drive of a gambling facility. Here's a look at the other sites where gamblers already can go in New York.
Similar in appearance to classic slot machines or simulated classic table games, there are nine video lottery gambling facilities and 17,213 machines operating in the state as of Jan. 1, 2013:
— Resorts World Casino New York City at Aqueduct Racetrack, Jamaica;
— Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers;
— Saratoga Casino & Raceway, Saratoga Springs;
— Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Farmington;
— Monticello Casino & Raceway, Monticello;
— Hamburg Gaming at the Fairgrounds, Hamburg;
— Tioga Downs Casino, Nichols;
— Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel, Vernon;
— Batavia Downs Gaming, Batavia.
Pari-mutuel betting on horse races is permitted at these tracks, along with Belmont Park in Elmont.
Three tribes have lawful gambling operating in New York state under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act passed by Congress in 1988:
— The Seneca Nation of Indians operate the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, the Seneca Allegany Casino, the Seneca Buffalo Casino in Buffalo and bingo on both their Cattaraugus and Allegany Reservation lands;
— The St. Regis Mohawks operate the Mohawk Bingo Palace and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, which also houses poker games;
— The Oneida Indian Nation of New York operates the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, which houses gambling operations, along with bingo and poker.
Source: New York State Gaming Commission.