Casinos in Central New York
Two big casinos flank Central New York: Turning Stone Resort Casino, 30 miles east of Syracuse, and Del Lago Resort and Casino, 42 miles west.
Concerts, shows, and fine dining
Central New York has a variety of casinos, racinos, and race tracks. The biggest, Turning Stone Resort Casino opened in 1993 and offers a large variety of table games as well as keno, high-stakes bingo, more than 2,000 slot machines and a Poker Room among its gaming options. It has more than a dozen dining options, including TS Steakhouse, regularly voted by travel guides and casino magazines as one of the most romantic restaurants in America. It sits atop the 21-story hotel Tower and is known for its panoramic views. Turning Stone has nightclubs, spas, stores of all kinds, and top-flight entertainment and concerts. Many of the concerts take place in the resort's Event Center, a 5,000-seat, state-of-the-art concert arena.
Turning Stone features five golf courses. The longest of three championship courses, at 7,315 yards, is Atunyote, the Oneida word for eagle. This Tom Fazio design has hosted a number of championships - past champions include Tiger Woods, Camilo Villegas, Matt Kuchar, Steve Flesch, and Dustin Johnson.
Turning Stone is operated by the Oneida Indian Nation, a member of the Haudenosaunee, known in English as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy. Turning Stone is located at Thruway exit 33 between Syracuse and Utica, at 5218 Patrick Road, Verona.
The del Lago Resort & Casino, 1133 Route 414, Waterloo, opened in 2017. It has 1,959 slots, 84 table games and 14 poker tables. It has a hotel, spa, The Vine event center and multiple dining options.
It's one of the Upstate casinos not operated by Indian nations that were authorized to open in recent years by New York state. Del Lago's principal owner is Rochester developer Thomas Wilmot.
Beyond Turning Stone, the Oneida Indian Nation operates two smaller casinos closer to Syracuse.
Yellow Brick Road Casino is on Genesee Street in Chittenango. It has electronic gaming, keno, bingo, dining options and two bars. Chittenango was the home of L. Frank Baum, author of the Wizard of Oz, so, like its name, much of this casino has an Oz-inspired theme.
Point Place Casino opened in February 2018 on Route 31 in Bridgeport, a short distance from Oneida Lake. The casino has 500 slot machines and 20 table games. It has two bars, a pizza place, and a restaurant called The Burgers of Madison County.
New York has six racinos - horse tracks with slots. One, the Vernon Downs Casino Hotel, is located in CNY. Vernon Downs has a long history of harness racing - starting in 1953. A few years ago it added gaming and now has 512 machines as well as self-bet terminals for thoroughbred and harness racing. The track is located at 4229 Stuhlman Road, Vernon.