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Weeks-Old New York Casino Getting State Approval For Poker Tournaments

Regulators Looking Over Proposed Tournament Schedule At Rivers Casino

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The state of New York is undergoing a major phase of gambling expansion, and one of its newest casinos is already looking at beefing up its poker offerings.

Rivers Casino, located in Schenectady County, has the the green light to begin poker tournaments in April. According to a report from The Daily Gazette, the state Gaming Commission is still looking over a proposed daily tournament schedule for the Las Vegas-style casino that opened early last month.

The 15-table poker room reportedly has been packed since opening and the casino is looking at having more cash games as well. The 15 tables followed a 12-table room from Del Lago Resort and Casino in Seneca County that also opened in February. The Tioga Downs Casino in Tioga County unveiled its 12-table poker room in December.

Over the last four months, 39 table poker tables have been added to New York’s poker market. In early 2018, Montreign Resort Casino in Sullivan County, the priciest of the four new commercial casinos, will open with a 14-16 table poker room.

New York is also considering online poker.

In addition to New York’s new commercial casinos, the state’s tribal run gambling facilities have poker as well. There are three of those with about 60 tables between them. The largest of them is the 32-table room from Turning Stone Casino in Oneida County.