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NY Commercial Poker Rooms Rake $760K In July

Card Rooms Still Less Than A Year Old

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The three poker rooms inside the Empire State’s three commercial Las Vegas-style casinos took in $764,000 from the games last month, according to state figures.

Rivers Casino and Resort led the way with $469,000 in revenue from its 16 poker tables, followed by del Lago Resort and Casino’s $220,045 from 14 tables and Tioga Downs Casino’s $75,765 from 12 tables.

Several years ago New York found that its residents were spending about $1 billion each year at out-of-state casinos, so the legislature authorized four Las Vegas-style facilities for struggling upstate economies. Three of the four opened between late last year and the early spring.

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.

Revenue from the commercial poker rooms is only part of the equation in New York. There are nearly 70 tables spread between a few tribal facilities, with the largest being the 32-table room at Turning Stone in Verona, NY. There’s also cash game poker available right across the border into Canada and nearby in Pennsylvania, the latter of which saw its 10 poker rooms collect $5 million last month. Atlantic City’s market was also $5 million in July, but that includes online poker.