Tuesday, October 21, 2014

See You at The River Road Expo, a Comic and Pop Culture Convention Hosted at Tioga Downs Casino

The River Road Expo, a comic and pop culture convention, will be held at Tioga Downs Casino on Sunday, November 2nd, from 11 am to 5 pm.

Fans can meet both professional and self-published writers and artists including;

Dave Bullock, is an Emmy Award nominated director of the Warner Brothers animated film Justice League: The New Frontier. Mr. Bullock has also directed episodes of The Spectacular Spider-Man and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. His artwork was recently in the comic mini-series Batman: Black and White.

Brandon T. Snider keeps busy as both an actor and an author. He has appeared in Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and Law and Order: SVU. He is the author of the best-selling book: The Dark Knight Manual. He also has written stories for Regular Show, a comic book series produced by Boom! Studios.

Alex Sanchez’s artwork can be seen in DC’s Katana series. He also illustrated two issues of Marvel’s Elektra.

Additional published creators; Mike Raicht, Tom Peyer, Mike Garland and Ethan Young will also be at the Expo.

All ages are welcome to this fun, free admission event.

Tioga Downs Casino is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86,
two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tioga Downs Casino and Binghamton Harley Owners' Group (HOG) raise funds through Christmas for Kids Ride

On Sunday, August 24th, over 100 participants and sponsors worked to raise $2,900 in this year's John "Wah" Oleski Christmas for Kids Ride.

Tioga Downs Casino Owner Jeff Gural has generously offered to match the amount raised for the event. The casino also provided the riders and participants with complimentary meals and free play coupons for their hard work and dedication.

Tioga Downs Casino has been a big supporter of the ride's mission for many years. The Binghamton Harley Davidson® Motorcycle group has raised over $120,000 to purchase toys for the program over the last 25 years. The ride's name was recently changed in remembrance of the event organizer, John "Wah" Oleski, who lost his courageous battle with lymphoma last year.

The Christmas for Kids Ride departs from the Southern Tier Harley Davidson® dealership and cruises to Tioga Downs Casino along with a police escort.
Hundreds of children throughout the southern tier will receive new toys due to the collaborative efforts of Tioga Downs Casino and the Southern Tier Harley Davidson® group.

Tioga Downs Casino is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86, two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tioga Downs Puts Final Beam in Place for New Parking Garage

Local dignitaries, Tioga Downs’ personnel and members of the media ceremoniously signed the final steel beam for the new parking garage before it was lifted into place during a press conference at Tioga Downs this morning.

Construction on the 3-story, 275-space garage began last fall as fulfillment of a promise made by Jeff Gural, CEO & Chairman of American Racing & Entertainment (the parent company of Tioga Downs,) to start construction on the ramp if voters passed Proposition 1 in the November 5th election allowing the New York State Legislature to authorize and regulate up to seven casinos in New York. The building process began soon after that proposition was approved.

Construction of the parking garage, which will connect to the casino, is Phase One of Tioga Downs’ expansion plans and is expected to be completed next month.

Tioga Downs Casino is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86,

two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Final Beam to be put in place for New Parking Garage

Tioga Downs Casino will hold a press conference and ceremony this Friday, September 19 at 11am as they prepare for the last steel beam to be put into place for their new Parking Garage.

Local dignitaries and Tioga Downs personnel will sign the final steel beam before it is lifted into place. Media representatives who are present will also be invited to sign the beam. The ceremony will take place outside on the Winner’s Circle Lounge patio.

Construction on the 3-story parking complex, which is Phase One of Tioga Downs’ expansion project, began last November and is expected to be completed next month.

Tioga Downs Casino is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86,

two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

TIOGA DOWNS CASINO TO HOLD "TEXAS TRICK RIDERS" WEEKEND!

Get out your ten-gallon hats and your best cowboy duds! Tioga Downs Casino is excited to announce that they will be holding a weekend-long "Texas Trick Riders" event on August 29th and 30th, featuring extreme trick riding, roping, country vendors and more! Admission to this family-friendly event is free, and the performances will take place during live racing.

Starring throughout the weekend is Texas-based "Austin Anderson and the Texas Trick Riders". Third generation entertainer Austin Anderson brings a lifetime of knowledge to his craft. Austin started his career at the age of four, working with his parents in Anderson's Wild West Entertainment and themed equine shows. Austin created "The Texas Trick Riders" in 2004 and has toured the US and Canada. A movie stuntman, horseman and entertainer, Austin draws from his vast experience to train horses and people.

In addition, patrons are invited to enjoy a special $10 country BBQ buffet, located in the trackside tent. Featuring such favorites as BBQ pulled pork, chicken spiedies, baked beans and potato salad, the buffet is available Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm to 8pm.

Capping off the Western-themed weekend is a performance by Grammy-nominated country artist Trace Adkins on August 31st, sponsored by Tioga State Bank. Famous for such hits as "You’re Gonna Miss This", "Ladies Love Country Boys", and "Just Fishin'", this show is not to be missed! Tickets begin at $25 and are available from the Tioga Downs Gift Shop and ticketmaster.com.

For more information regarding this event, please go to www.tiogadowns.com or visit us on Facebook.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pickler Concert Proceeds Reach Record Goal! Tioga Downs and Jeff Gural To Donate over $100,000 to the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group!

Tioga Downs is proud to announce that ticket sales for the August 8th Kellie Pickler concert at Tioga Downs raised a total of $55,800, the entirety of which will be donated to the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group.

Tickets for the show were available for $15. In addition, Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment Jeff Gural personally matched the amount for every ticket sold for the concert. So, each ticket garnered a donation of $30 for the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group for a total donation by Tioga Downs of $111,600 - beating last year’s contribution by over $30,000.

For the past several years, Tioga Downs and Mr. Gural have given back to our Veterans with proceeds from a summer concert. Concert ticket sales have increased year over year with acts like Wynonna, the Oak Ridge Boys and last year’s Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan concert, allowing Tioga Downs to increase their donations annually.

Mr. Gural stated, "This is an important way in which we are able to express our appreciation for those men and women who have so heroically served and protected us. We are pleased that this year’s concert surpassed all expectation and we thank all those in attendance for helping us do so."

Tioga Downs Casino is open year-round with video gaming machines, simulcast horse racing, restaurants, a sports bar and special entertainment events. It is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86, two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tioga Downs Casino Offers $5 Buffet to Veterans and Active Military Tuesdays in August

Tioga Downs Casino will offer a special $5 buffet to Veterans and Active Military on Tuesdays in August, to thank those that have served our country. Veterans are invited to attend the County Fair Buffet for Lunch or Dinner and show their military ID and Players Club Card to the cashier starting Tuesday, August 12th to receive the $5 special price.

"It is an honor to be able to show support to all of our Veterans and Military. We owe them a tremendous amount of gratitude", said Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment, Jeff Gural.

Tioga Downs Casino is open year-round with video gaming machines, simulcast horse racing, restaurants, a sports bar and special entertainment events. It is located along the north side of NY Route 17/ I-86, two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, NY. You must be 18 years old to play video gaming machines, please play responsibly. For more information please contact us online at www.tiogadowns.com (1-888-WIN-TIOGA).

Monday, July 28, 2014

COUNTRY STAR KELLIE PICKLER TO PERFORM AT TIOGA DOWNS CASINO!

July 23, 2014

All Proceeds To Be Donated to the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group.

Tioga Downs Casino is proud to welcome country singer and American Idol alum Kellie Pickler to their stage on Friday, August 8th at 8pm, sponsored by Bully Hill Vineyards. Featuring such popular songs as “Red High Heels”, “I Wonder” and “Best Days of Your Life”, Kellie is an exciting addition to Tioga Downs’ annual Summer Concert Series! Tickets for the show are $15.

As a way of giving back to those who have so heroically served and protected us, all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group. In addition, Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment Jeff Gural will personally match the amount of every ticket sold, making the final donation $30 per ticket. “Once again, I look forward to our annual concert where all the ticket sales go to help our veterans here in the Southern Tier”, stated Mr. Gural.

Last year’s benefit concert for the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group, which featured Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan, was a resounding success, raising over $80,000. Tioga Downs hopes to top last year’s amount with a goal of raising $100,000, if not more.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and the Tioga Downs Gift Shop. This is an outdoor event. No refunds or exchanges due to weather related cancellations.

For more information, please go to www.tiogadowns.com or visit us on Facebook.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tioga Downs Celebrates NYS Education Department Certification of SUNY Broome Community College’s Associate Degree Program in Casino Management

July 23, 2014  


Jeff Gural &Tioga Downs supported creation of this degree program from early idea through application for certification, Tioga Downs Executives to teach courses
New York State’s Education Department recently announced the certification of a new degree program in Casino Management to be offered at SUNY Broome Community College.
A Southern Tier facility - under careful rules and regulations put forth by legislation twice passed, the voters of New York State through referendum, the New York State Gaming Commission, and the New York Gaming Facility Location Board – is eligible to receive a full casino license. Tioga Downs is an applicant for that license.
“New York State has made responsible economic development and job creation its highest priority, and the return of gaming dollars being spent out-of-state is an important aspect of the Southern Tier’s growth,” said Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural. “SUNY Broome’s Casino Management program is an integral part of this effort – one the entire Tioga Downs family was very pleased to support.”
Tioga Downs Executives helped develop the SUNY program, participating in meetings over a two-year period, reviewing and adding to the curriculum, and aiding in course selection. Security, culinary, casino operations, marketing, equine, and HR departments all participated. Tioga Downs Executives will also be teaching courses.
The expansion of Tioga Downs to a full casino facility would require the education and training of new employees to manage table games and operations. New hospitality positions – in hotel, resort, restaurant, and spa facilities - would also be generated under the full gaming application submitted.
Tom Osiecki, Chief Operating Officer of Tioga Downs, stressed the importance of “pre-training and education” in staffing expanded operations: “While every casino and resort has their own programs for new employees, those coming to us with a degree in relevant management certainly will have a leg up. Tioga Downs’ application for a full casino license stresses how quickly it can be operational, with expanded contributions to our state and local economy. Making that happen depends on the education our employees receive.”
“SUNY Broome has been a pleasure to work with,” Jeff Gural concluded. “I was impressed by their enthusiasm, and commitment to preparing students for the opportunities provided by this exciting new economic development initiative.”
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