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Another Casino Opens In New York State

Oneida Indian Nation Unveils New Gambling Den


The operator of New York’s Turning Stone casino expanded its gambling footprint in the Empire State this week.

The Oneida Indian Nation, the tribal group behind the Turning Stone casino in Verona and another gambling den in the state, on Thursday opened a $40 million facility in Bridgeport, near Syracuse. The gambling parlor is called Point Place Casino. The facility is equipped with 500 slots and 20 gaming tables.

Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter said in a statement: “This is a very exciting day for the Oneida Indian Nation, our employees, the Bridgeport community, and for the entire region. Point Place Casino will provide local residents and people throughout the region a new destination for food, entertainment and fun.”

The casino took less than a year to build.

Point Place brings the number of casinos in New York to 20. In addition to six tribal casinos, New York has four full-fledged commercial casinos and 10 properties known as racinos. The latest of the Las Vegas-style commercial casinos opened in February.

In addition to expanded brick-and-mortar gambling in the state, lawmakers are flirting with a plan to legalize online poker sites. The four commercial facilities, which all opened within the last year and a half, have so far fallen way short of their initial revenue projections.