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Tioga Downs Racing & Entertainment

2384 West River Road, Nichols, New York  [view mapview map]   

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Table games:35
Gaming machines:950
Poker tables: 12
Minimum Bet:$0.01
Maximum Bet:$5
Self parking:Yes
Casino sq/ft:19,000 sq/ft
Convention sq/ft:13,000 sq/ft


Poker Room: Tioga Downs Poker Room
Hotels: Nichols Hotels
Venues: Summer Concert Series at Tioga Downs, Carousel Bar, Event Center, Meetings & Banquets, Slide Show Lounge
Attractions: Tioga Downs Racetrack
Golf:Tioga Country Club


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Tioga Downs Racing & Entertainment Review

Tioga Downs Racing & Entertainment is located at 2384 West River Road in NicholsNew York. The premises are currently undergoing a transition into a resort that will include a 161-room luxury hotel, casino, spa & fitness center, 5 restaurants and two lounges, indoor and outdoor pools with a water slide, an 18-hole golf course and country club, a flexible event center for meetings and concerts, and a parking garage.

The casino was completed in December, 2017 featuring a 19,000-square foot gaming area, housing 950 modern slot machines, 35 live tables, electronic roulette, live harness racing, simulcast wagering and lottery games. The slot machines include a mix of video slots, video poker and video keno. Players can also participate in slot tournaments and walk away with a grand prize of $1,000. The live table games include Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, baccarat and poker variations. For more gaming action, you can step into the poker room that offers 12 poker tables featuring NL Texas Hold’em, Stud Poker and Omaha cash games running daily.

Harness races are held on Friday and Saturday evenings (6:50 PM), and 1:30 PM on Sundays from May until September on the 5/8 mile track.

The 161-room luxury hotel is planned to open later in 2017 and the golf course club house slated to open in 2018.

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Gaming at Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs Casino Racing & Entertainment offers about 20,000 square feet of gambling space inside that holds 950 slot machines, 32 table games, simulcasting and a racetrack showcasing live harness racing. The slot machines include a mix of video slots, video poker and video keno taking bets ranging from $0.01 to $5.

Players can enjoy playing last video slot titles such as Game of Thrones, Plants Vs Zombies, Lobster Mania and many others. You can also participate in slot tournaments that run every Sunday from 3:00pm till 7:00pm awarding a Grand Prize of $1,000.

The table games are open daily from 9:00am till 3:00am and also offers a high limit room for the high rollers.

The race track runs from May through September for three days each weekend with the first post time occurring on Fridays at 6:50pm. Simulcast racing is open daily from 11:30am until close.

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Poker at Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs Poker Room

The Poker Room at Tioga Downs offers 12 live poker tables to choose from. The games offered include NL Texas Hold’em, Omaha, 5 Card Stud and 7 Card Stud. The cash game tables offer low to high limits attracting all types of players. Poker tournaments run from Monday through Friday featuring exciting tournaments such as the $32K Mad Cash Blast and many others.

Players also stand a chance of hitting a bad beat jackpot of more than $60,000.

Poker games available:

NL Texas Hold'em
Omaha Hi-Lo
Limit Holdem
7 Card Stud
Pot Limit Omaha
7 Card Stud Hi-Lo
5 Card Stud

Dining & Restaurants

County Fair Buffet

  • Serving: International

The County Fair Buffet at Tioga Downs offers a whole new experience with brand new fare and flare with the same fair value. Choose from a variety of comfort foods, soups and salads, and enjoy the constant rotation of carved meats like pork, chicken, pit ham, and of course juicy tender beef. Seasonal and regional delights from around the world are on display for your complete indulgence in a favorite, or to sample the cuisines of the world a little at a time.

  • Price range: Average
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Sunday10:00am / 8:00pm
Monday11:30am / 8:00pm
Tuesday11:30am / 8:00pm
Wednesday11:30am / 8:00pm
Thursday11:30am / 8:00pm
Friday11:30am / 8:00pm
Saturday11:30am / 8:00pm

Coasters Sports Bar

  • Serving: Bar/Pub, Gourmet Burgers

If you are not too fond of fun people, drinks, good food, and sports we don't suppose you will enjoy Coasters Sports Bar at Tioga Downs. On the other hand if that sounds like your kind of good time, then you are in luck! All of the best pro and college games, fights, auto racing and more are broadcast non-stop and Sundays are the days to go for cheap cold beer, an amazing selection of wings, and of course football in season. Check out the menu above for the full selection of fine pub fare and the best burgers for miles around.

  • Price range: Average


Sunday9:00am / 10:00pm
Monday9:00am / 10:00pm
Tuesday9:00am / 10:00pm
Wednesday9:00am / 10:00pm
Thursday9:00am / 10:00pm
Friday9:00am / 1:00am
Saturday9:00am / 1:00am

Owego Soft Serve and Caffé Fiacco

  • Serving: Desserts, Coffee, Ice Cream

Soft serves and hand dipped Perry's Ice Creams, a classic hot fudge sundae, signature cheesecake or a cake batter shake will all go perfectly well with the premium gourmet, fresh roasted coffee, hot or cold mochas, lattes, true Italian Cappuccinos and Espressos, and English teas hot or cold at Owego Soft Serve and Caffé Fiacco. Two locations to serve you - on the rotunda and trackside on race days.

  • Price range: Average


Sunday10:00am / 9:00pm
Monday10:00am / 9:00pm
Tuesday10:00am / 9:00pm
Wednesday10:00am / 9:00pm
Thursday10:00am / 9:00pm
Friday10:00am / 11:00pm
Saturday10:00am / 11:00pm

Virgil’s Real BBQ

  • Serving: Steak, Desserts, Vegetarian, Grilled , Alcoholic Drinks, Cocktails, Wine, Soup, Salads, Sandwiches, Chicken Wings, Appetizers, Burgers, BBQ

Virgil’s Real BBQ serves great barbeque immersed in traditional flavors that will surely make you crave for more. It is a casual dining that serves a variety of tasty foods including rubs and marinades slowly cooked over fruit, hickory and oak woods. Guests will be entertained with live music every weekend.

The Restaurant is open only for dinner on Thursday through Sunday.

  • Price range: Average
  • Reservations: (607) 699-7664
  • Music: Live Music
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • Attire: Casual


Sunday4:00pm / Close
MondayClose / Close
TuesdayClose / Close
WednesdayClose / Close
Thursday4:00pm / Close
Friday4:00pm / Close
Saturday4:00pm / Close

MR. G’s Post Time Pizza

  • Serving: Pizza, Snacks

MR. G’s Post Time Pizza serves mouthwatering pizzas right out of the oven. It also serves a variety of snacks, subs and beverages.

The restaurant is open Thursday through Sunday.

  • Price range: Budget


Sunday11:30am / 8:00pm
MondayClose / Close
TuesdayClose / Close
WednesdayClose / Close
Thursday4:00pm / 11:00pm
Friday4:00pm / 11:00pm
Saturday4:00pm / 11:00pm

P.J. Clarke’s Restaurant

  • Serving: Bar/Pub, Seafood, American, Grilled , Entrée

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  • Price range: Average
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • Ambience: Casual
  • Attire: Business Casual

Tioga Downs Venues & Hotspots

Summer Concert Series at Tioga Downs

For the past few years Tioga Downs has been hosting top name entertainment in an outside venue that goes by the name of Summer Concert Series at Tioga Downs. Past performers have included Wynonna, Foghat & The Outlaws, Pat Benatar,  Clint Black, Boyz to Men, Charlie Daniels,  and  America. 2014 holds such names as YES and Kellie Pickler to name but two. Ticket sales are final and refunds are not allowed for bad weather. Get your tickets at the Tioga Downs Gift Shop or online from Ticketmaster.

Carousel Bar

Libations at Tioga Downs Casino come from the Carousel Bar with a full selection of straight shots, mixed drinks, cocktails, select beers and more.

Event Center

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Meetings & Banquets

The Meetings & Banquets at Tioga Downs Racing & Entertainment offers a variety of venues ideal for your special meetings, events, weddings, bridal parties, class reunions or business meetings. The venues offered include Trackside Tent, Virgil’s Real BBQ, Mr. G’s and stage front areas. It also offers top class catering services for guests to enjoy great food to fit any budget.

Slide Show Lounge

The Slideshow Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy your favorite beverages in a comfort environment. The venue is located on the new gaming floor and provides live entertainment every Friday and Saturday. Guests can also enjoy extra entertainment via the 220-foot entertainment screen.

Tioga Downs Attractions & Entertainment

Tioga Downs Racetrack

Race Track

Tioga Downs started as a thoroughbred racetrack in the 1970's but shut down after three years of operations.  On June 9, 2006, Tioga Downs opened, offering harness racing, simulcast betting, and gambling via New York State Lottery VLTs.

Race meets are held on Friday and Saturday evenings (6:50 PM), and 1:30 PM on Sundays from May until September on the 5/8 mile track.

Simulcast betting on live races held elsewhere is open daily beginning at 11:30am.

Tioga Downs Golfing

Tioga Country Club

The nearby Tioga Country Club offers a challenging and scenic 18-hole golf course  off Route 17 in Nichols. The par 71 course was designed by Hal Purdy and seeks to make you pull every club from your bag if you want to make the grade. It's a great place to challenge your skills or host a group golf outing in a beautiful setting.

The Golf Cliub House is scheduled to open in 2018.

Tioga Downs RV Parking

Free RV and Semi parking.


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Tioga Downs Casino Jobs

PBX Operator / Reservationist at Tioga Downs Casino

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:11:44 GMT

The PBX Operator/Reservationist will be the heartbeat of the hotel and is responsible for processing incoming and outgoing communications courteously, while

Night Auditor at Tioga Downs Casino

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:11:47 GMT

The Night Auditor is responsible for balancing the revenue and expense transactions, which occurred during the day at the hotel. Provide excellent guest

Front Desk Agent at Tioga Downs Casino

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:11:44 GMT

The Front Desk Agent is responsible for attending to the needs of the guests, especially during check in and check out of the hotel. Providing accurate

YES (Youth Engagement Service) Tutor at Catholic Charities of Tompkins Tioga

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:54:39 GMT

Climb up or down stairs; Assist in implementation of an after-school support program in the Spencer-Van Etten School District....

Surveillance Operator at Tioga Downs Casino

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 20:56:52 GMT

Responsible for properly executing surveillance duties on assigned shift to adequately protect the life and property of customers, associates and the assets

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Toll-free: 888-946-8464


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Twitter: @tiogadowns


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Casino hours

Sunday 9:00am to 3:00am
Monday 9:00am to 3:00am
Tuesday 9:00am to 3:00am
Wednesday 9:00am to 3:00am
Thursday 9:00am to 3:00am
Friday 9:00am to 3:00am
Saturday 9:00am to 3:00am

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