Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tioga Downs hosts jam-packed Memorial Day

Deals, promotions, entertainment planned throughout weekend

Nichols, N.Y. - May 24, 2016 - Tioga Downs is gearing up for a big Memorial Day with four days of live harness racing, gaming floor promotions and deals on trackside food and entertainment.

The fun begins Friday, May 27 with a racing post time of 6:30 pm. Fans can enjoy deep food and beverage discounts with Dollar Days. Hot dogs, popcorn, Coke products, 10 ounce draft beers and racing programs can all be purchased for just $1. Inside the casino, $250 Free Play Hot Seats takes place from 7 - 11 pm.

Saturday's entertainment also consists of horse racing beginning at 6:30 pm with the addition of a special "60 Second Wagering Spree." Three contestants will be randomly selected from the drawing barrel prior to a designated race, and each winner will have 60 seconds to wager as many $2 exacta bets as they can with a designated live mutuel teller. Tioga Downs pays for all of the wagers, and the contestant keeps the winnings.

Entertainment continues in the tent outside with "Cans & Bands II," which will be headlined by musical guest "Zac Brown Tribute Band" at 9 pm. Guests can gain admission to the show for just $10 per person. Local band "The "Rum Runners" will open the show and perform from 5 - 8 pm. Inside the casino, guests can enter to win a 2016 Ford Mustang which will be given away at 11 pm.

Harness racing entertains fans again on Sunday with a 6:30 pm post time. The "Favorite vs the Field" contest allows guests to submit an entry blank supporting either the favorite horse or the field prior to the designated race. If the post time favorite horse wins, one winner will be chosen from the favorite barrel, and that person will win a $50 wagering voucher. If the field wins, one

entry will be drawn from the field barrel and win a $50 wagering voucher (unless the $2-win payout is greater than $50; then they will win the payout). Guests can also bring their May 2016 Tioga Downs Monthly Mailer to enter for a chance to win $500 cash at 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm (must be present to win).

Racing begins Memorial Day afternoon with a post time of 1:30 pm. Fans should arrive early to receive a free baseball hat which will be handed out beginning at 12:30 pm, while supplies last. Guests can also take advantage of a special holiday buffet brunch for $14.99 from 11:30 am - 8 pm.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic table games. A variety of eateries are also part of the current entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs was recently recommended by the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board for a full gaming license. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit www.tiogadowns.com.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tioga Downs Hosts Interview Days to Find Top Team for New Restaurant

Racino to Hire Approximately 70 People to Staff New "Virgil's Real Barbecue" Location

Nichols, N.Y. - May 9, 2016 - Those looking to join the Tioga Downs team will have a chance to apply for dozens of open positions at the new Virgil's Real Barbecue coming to the entertainment complex. Open interviews will be held for a variety of jobs on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, May 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Up to 70 people will be needed to fill hourly positions such as servers, bussers, hosts/hostesses, bakers and general culinary staff. Tioga Downs will be conducting interviews throughout both days, and hiring decisions will be made at a later time. Those interested in applying for openings should be available to work beginning in June. The restaurant's official opening date is set for Tuesday, July 19 at 4 pm.

The restaurant and bar will serve authentic Southern-style barbecue for dinner and become an after-hours live music venue on the weekends.

Virgil's Real Barbecue originated in New York City when Artie Cutler decided to open an authentic barbecue restaurant in the heart of Times Square in 1994. A second location serves customers at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas.  More information on Virgil's Real Barbecue can be found on its website, www.virgilsbbq.com.

As construction continues on a multi-million-dollar expansion to prepare for full gaming once a license is awarded, hundreds of additional positions are being created. Those interested in staying informed about future openings can register online at www.tiogadowns.com/expansion.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic table games. A variety of eateries are also part of the current entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, N.Y. and Vernon Downs in Vernon, N.Y. Tioga Downs was recently recommended by the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board for a full gaming license. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit www.tiogadowns.com.

* Pending regulatory approval. Participation in the Fair, interviews, or training is not an offer of or guarantee of employment. You must be 18 to play video gaming machines. Please play responsibly. 24 hour problem gambling hotline:  1-877-8HOPE-NY.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Racing fans to watch, wager on Preakness at Tioga Downs

Simulcast of Nyquist pursuit of second jewel planned for May 21

Nichols, N.Y. - May 17, 2016 - Harness racing fans who won't want to miss Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist's pursuit of the second jewel of the Triple Crown will have to travel no further than Tioga Downs to watch the 141st Preakness on May 21. Live racing at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore begins at 10:30 am, and the Preakness post time is set for 6:45 pm.

Nyquist is already gaining attention not only for his 2016 Kentucky Derby victory but also for winning the 2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. This makes him only the second horse to complete the Juvenile-Derby double. His team sets their sights now on the next leg of a hopeful Triple Crown victory. If successful Saturday, Nyquist will advance to the Belmont Stakes June 11 and attempt to sweep the series.

Wagering on the Preakness will be open all day, and fans can enter to play "That's My Driver" for a chance to win up to $140. Five entries will be chosen randomly and awarded vouchers every time their chosen driver wins a race. Live local racing will begin shortly after the Preakness. Guests will also have a chance to participate in season-long promotions, such the "Horseplay Car Giveaway."

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic table games. A variety of eateries are also part of the current entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs was recently recommended by the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board for a full gaming license. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit www.tiogadowns.com.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Tioga Downs Hosts Interview Days to Find Top Team for New Restaurant

Racino to Hire Approximately 70 People to Staff New "Virgil's Real Barbecue" Location

Nichols, N.Y. - May 9, 2016 - Those looking to join the Tioga Downs team will have a chance to apply for dozens of open positions at the new Virgil's Real Barbecue coming to the entertainment complex. Open interviews will be held for a variety of jobs on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, May 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Up to 70 people will be needed to fill hourly positions such as servers, bussers, hosts/hostesses, bakers and general culinary staff. Tioga Downs will be conducting interviews throughout both days, and hiring decisions will be made at a later time. Those interested in applying for openings should be available to work beginning in June. The restaurant's official opening date is set for Tuesday, July 19 at 4 pm.

The restaurant and bar will serve authentic Southern-style barbecue for dinner and become an after-hours live music venue on the weekends.

Virgil's Real Barbecue originated in New York City when Artie Cutler decided to open an authentic barbecue restaurant in the heart of Times Square in 1994. A second location serves customers at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas.  More information on Virgil's Real Barbecue can be found on its website, www.virgilsbbq.com.

As construction continues on a multi-million-dollar expansion to prepare for full gaming once a license is awarded, hundreds of additional positions are being created. Those interested in staying informed about future openings can register online at www.tiogadowns.com/expansion.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic table games. A variety of eateries are also part of the current entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, N.Y. and Vernon Downs in Vernon, N.Y. Tioga Downs was recently recommended by the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board for a full gaming license. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit www.tiogadowns.com.

* Pending regulatory approval. Participation in the Fair, interviews, or training is not an offer of or guarantee of employment. You must be 18 to play video gaming machines. Please play responsibly. 24 hour problem gambling hotline:  1-877-8HOPE-NY.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tioga Downs live racing season opens Saturday

Nichols, NY --- As summer quickly approaches, Tioga Downs is pleased to announce an exciting season of harness racing.

The racing season will open southern style with a full day of contests, promotions and entertainment to celebrate the Kentucky Derby on Saturday (May 7). Derbyfest 9 begins at 9 a.m. and ends after midnight.

Promotions include a chance to win horse and jockey beads as well as a $500 cash prize for the most lavish southern fashion in a Derby Hat Contest from 2–4:30 p.m. The popular Derby Dream Bet returns, giving two lucky winners a chance to wager $500 on a single horse in the Kentucky Derby which has a 6:34 p.m. post time. Had last year's winner bet on American Pharoah, they would have won $1,950.

Guests can stay for Tioga Downs' first live harness race of the season with a 5 p.m. post time. Later that evening, visitors can expect $500 cash hot seat drawings every hour from 8 p.m. to midnight on the gaming floor. Live music will entertain audiences beginning with Virgil Cain in the Trackside tent at 4 p.m. and spectacular fireworks are planned at approximately 9:30 p.m. after racing concludes.

Sunday afternoon racing returns this season. Though guests must be 18 to place a wager, families are invited to visit Tioga Downs to experience the excitement of live racing.

All season long, guests can participate in the Horseplay Car Giveaway. For a $1 donation, people will have the chance to toss a mini rubber horse onto a moving car on the track. One winner each night gets $100 and an entry in the grand prize drawing to win a 2015 Toyota Yaris courtesy of the Williams Auto Group. A drawing for the car will be held on closing night. All money raised throughout the season is matched by Tioga Downs and donated to local charities. A different charity receives the proceeds each month. About $10,000 total is donated to charity each racing season.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Popular polka music festival returns to Tioga Downs for third year

Polkapalooza III offers free entertainment for all ages

Nichols, N.Y. - March 19, 2016 - In celebration of the centuries old tradition of polka music, Tioga Downs is hosting the third annual Polkapalooza music festival Saturday, April 2 from 11 am until 8 pm. The free event is open to people of all ages and features performances by four musical groups throughout the daylong event. Bands will entertain audiences on two stages throughout the day and evening.

Polkapalooza III features the return of Joe Stanky and the Cadets, who have been a part of the event since the beginning in 2014. They will perform from 11 am - 1 pm on the Coasters Stage. The popular polka group has been performing together for more than 30 years at venues across the country.

Also back for a third time this year to entertain fans is Fritz's Polka Band, which will perform from 1 - 3 pm on the Tioga Stage. This New York-based group strives to break down stereotypes about polka music and aims to entertain fans of all ages. The band has remained together for nearly 40 years and was even inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

New to the event in 2016 is Salt City Brass, which will take to the Coasters Stage from 3 - 5 pm. This group has been performing together since 1966 and specializes in polka music but also plays a wide variety of musical styles.

The evening culminates with John Stevens Doubleshot, returning for a second year, on the Tioga Stage from 5 - 8 pm. Since its formation in 1995, the band has entertained on Polka Cruises and currently has more than a dozen CD releases. John Stevens Doubleshot performs with promoting polka music to the younger generation in mind.

"We enjoy hosting this popular event each year," said owner Jeff Gural. "Families look forward to a chance to hear this unique style of music and enjoy a day of wholesome and free entertainment."

Local media personalities Roger Neel and Bill Flynn will serve as the guest emcees.
 Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic table games. A variety of eateries are also part of the current entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs was recently recommended by the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board for a full gaming license. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit www.tiogadowns.com.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Upcoming Tioga Downs job fair offers opportunities to join casino, racing teams

Interviews, same-day hiring expected

Nichols, N.Y. - March 22, 2016 - Tioga Downs is growing and needs talented people to join its winning team. The entertainment complex is hosting a job fair beginning this weekend that will offer participants same-day interviewing as well as on the spot hiring for more than 60 positions. Those interested in working for the racino should plan to attend this Saturday, March 26 from 10 am - 2 pm or next Tuesday, March 29 from 1 - 5 pm. Veterans have a special opportunity for early access to the job fair on Saturday from 9 - 10 am.

Tioga Downs will be looking to hire for positions in food and beverage, security, maintenance and racing (including mutuel tellers). Forty of the openings are seasonal positions to support harness racing season, which opens May 7 with a simulcast of the Kentucky Debry and runs through September 17. Open interviews will also be conducted for those interested in the next session of the dealer training program.

Anyone considering applying for a position should register online at www.tiogadowns.com/careers prior to the job fair.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic table games. A variety of eateries are also part of the current entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs was recently recommended by the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board for a full gaming license. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit www.tiogadowns.com.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Tioga Downs to host qualifiers for harness racing championship

Two upcoming opportunities offer entries into main event

Nichols, N.Y. - February 5, 2016 - Tioga Downs will send two lucky contestants to the largest harness handicapping event of its kind, the $50,000 World Harness Handicapping Competition. Qualifying tournaments at Tioga Downs are set for February 20 and March 19, with one seat to the finals up for grabs at each event. Contestants can enter either tournament for a $60 entry
fee. The format of the tournaments requires contestants to make ten $2 win and place wagers on ten designated contest races. Contestants keep any winnings. The grand prize winner will also receive two nights of hotel accommodations and a $100 travel credit to the WHHC Final.

The winner of each contest will earn a spot in the WHHC Final to be held April 30 at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Contestants there will vie for $50,000 in prizes (payouts to the top ten) and the coveted title of "harness handicapper of the year."

"The World Harness Handicapping Championship is a big event that people look forward to every year," said Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural. "We are so pleased to be able to offer two highly sought after opportunities at our Tioga and Vernon properties to earn a spot to participate."

Qualifying events are also being held at Vernon Downs, the Meadowlands and numerous other racetracks and online sites.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic table games. A variety of eateries are also part of the current entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs was recently recommended by the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board for a full gaming license. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit www.tiogadowns.com.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Tioga Downs announces auditions for Rockokie singing contest

Audience to choose winners during final week

Nichols, N.Y. - March 1, 2016 - Tioga Downs invites talented local singers to audition this week for the Rockokie singing competition. The contest begins Thursday, March 3 at 4 pm with tryouts and continues Thursday evenings throughout March from 7 to 9 pm. Friends and family of competitors and the public are welcome to attend and witness the excitement of the live competition each week. There is no fee to enter the contest and no cover charge to attend.

The contest is open to "Your Club" members 18 and older. Contestants will audition by singing a song of their choice in front of three judges. The panel will select the top twenty performers to advance to the next round. Four contestants will be eliminated each week until twelve finalists remain. Once deemed a finalist, no further eliminations will be made, and audience votes will determine their rankings on March 31.

"We thought it would be a fun way to encourage finalists to pack the house for a friendly competition," said Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural. "It will be up to the audience to choose their favorite performers."

A total of $10,000 in cash prizes will be given with a top award of $5,000 going to the first place finisher. Second place will receive $2,500, third place $1,000 fourth place $500, fifth place $300 and sixth through twelfth $100 each.

For those who enjoy singing without the pressure of a competition, karaoke will follow Rockokie every Thursday night in March from 9 pm until midnight.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic table games. A variety of eateries are also part of the current entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs was recently recommended by the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board for a full gaming license. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit www.tiogadowns.com.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tioga Downs celebrates record weekend, seeks applicants for growing team

Tioga invites interested dealers to begin pre-screen process

Nichols, N.Y. - February 23, 2016 - Momentum continues to build for Tioga Downs as the racino celebrated its best weekend in history with new records for both credits played as well as monies paid out to guests. Collectively, visitors this past weekend placed a total of $12,875,181 in wagers, and $12,176,073 was paid out to guests.  On the heels of the best weekend in the racino's storied history, Tioga Downs has also announced that it is gearing up for open interviews for dealers to join its growing team.

"We are thrilled that so many players are enjoying the vibrant gaming atmosphere that Tioga Downs offers, and we are so pleased to be able to grow and welcome many from our community to join the Tioga Downs team in the very near future," said owner Jeff Gural.

Tioga Downs will hold a special Dealer Admission Fair this weekend for anyone wishing to learn more about dealer opportunities, including a free dealer training program.  As part of the Fair, open interviews to start the process for the dealer training program will be held this Friday, February 26 from 3 - 6 pm and Saturday, February 27 from 11 am - 1 pm. An additional session will be held Friday March 4th from 3 - 6 pm. Anyone considering applying for a position should register online at www.tiogadowns.com/expansion to receive information about upcoming opportunities.*

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic table games. A variety of eateries are also part of the current entertainment complex. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs was recently recommended by the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board for a full gaming license. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit www.tiogadowns.com.

* Pending regulatory approval.  Participation in the Fair, interviews, or training is not an offer of or guarantee of employment.  You must be 18 to play video gaming machines.  Please play responsibly.  24 hour problem gambling hotline:  1-877-8HOPE-NY.