Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tioga Downs pays tribute to 50’s, 60’s rock and roll hits

Tickets to see the Belmonts on sale now

Nichols, N.Y. - February 11, 2016 - Tioga Downs is taking music fans back to a simpler time with next month's band, the Belmonts. From rock and roll to doo wop, the quartet is known for its realistic renditions of popular fifties and sixties hits. The Belmonts will entertain Tioga Downs' audiences Saturday, March 5 at 7 pm and 9 pm.

"We are pleased to pay tribute to an era in American musical history that isn't celebrated nearly as often as it should be," said owner Jeff Gural. "We hope those who have enjoyed this style of music for many years will bring their loved ones to share in the experience."

Tickets are on sale now for only $10 per person and can be purchased at the Tioga Downs Gift Shop and all Ticketmaster locations.

Four male vocalists make up the singing sensation, the Belmonts, a group that has been performing together for decades. They have eight labels, including a Christmas album, to their credit. When they aren't recording music or performing on stage, the group is still busy streaming music into homes across the country through its Internet radio station. Special weekly programming includes a doo wop revival show, a rock and roll revue and a "collector's corner," featuring rare musical recordings. More information about the group, including a link to their radio station, can be found at www.thebelmonts.net.

The Belmonts also have a number of honors to their credit, including being inducted into the Doo Wop Hall of Fame and receiving the Key to the City of Buffalo, New York.

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.

Friday, February 5, 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.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tioga Downs brings back popular tribute concert

Spirit of Johnny Cash once again a sold out event

Nichols, N.Y. - January 28, 2016 - A popular tribute concert to legendary American musicians returns to Tioga Downs next month. The entertainment complex is bringing back The Spirit of Johnny Cash, which also features the music of Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen and more Saturday, February 6. This same show entertained a sold out audience during its 2013 run at Tioga Downs.

"We are confident fans of all ages will enjoy this show that highlights the music of some of the most influential musicians in history," said owner Jeff Gural. "We are pleased to be able to offer an evening of great entertainment at an affordable price."

The Spirit of Johnny Cash will occur on February 6 at 7 pm and 9 pm on the Tioga Indoor Stage. While tickets for both performances have already sold out, there will be a small number of tickets available for sale from VIP guests that register for comp tickets but do not show up to claim them.  The unclaimed VIP tickets will be made available on the evening of the show at the Tioga Downs Gift Shop for $10 per ticket.

Harold Ford is widely regarded as one of the best Johnny Cash tribute artists, bearing striking vocal and physical similarities to the late musician. Cash's own brother who has seen Ford perform sings his praises. After seeing his show in 2014, Tommy Cash told Harold, "There's hundreds of Johnny Cash impersonators, but you're different. I LIKED what I SAW!" (Source: http://thespiritofjohnnycash.com/). Tribute artist Laura Lucy joins Ford on stage as June Carter Cash.

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 is in the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond as well as expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. Construction on an expanded gaming complex is underway and Tioga Downs officials have confirmed that construction is on schedule.  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, January 25, 2016

Tioga Downs Declared a December Winner

Local Casino Brings Home Seven National Industry Awards

Nichols, N.Y. - January 25, 2016 - The results are in and Tioga Downs won in multiple categories for the December Best of Slots issue of Strictly Slots, the monthly magazine that highlights casinos and new slot machines and video poker games.

Tioga Downs received two first place awards and seven total awards out of 18 categories.

"The hard working and dedicated staff - from the top to the bottom - is why we were able to bring home these recognitions," Tioga Downs Owner Jeff Gural said. "I would like to express my sincere appreciation for all guests, staff and the region as a whole that have helped make Tioga Downs the premier entertainment destination in the Southern Tier."

The casino placed first in two categories, "Casino Where You Feel Luckiest" and "Best Comps." It also took home two second place prizes, "Best Nickel Slots" and "Best 50-cent Slots." Strictly Slots officials also named Tioga Downs to three third place wins in the "Best Video Slots," "Best Progressive Slots" and "Best Slot Club Promotions" categories.

Strictly Slots is a national monthly magazine aimed at slot machine and video poker players. The magazine focuses on upcoming, new slot machines and video poker games, as well as casino amenities. Strictly Slots features regular articles from notable gambling authors, including Bob Dancer, Jeffrey Compton, Frank Legato and Frank Scoblete. Strictly Slots is published by the Casino Publishing Group, which also publishes Casino Player magazine, America's most popular gaming magazine.  Typical Strictly Slots topics include the following: history of slot machine, the principle of slot machine work, new strategies for playing video poker, casino reviews and latest casino news.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic roulette. 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 is in the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond as well as expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. Construction on an expanded gaming complex is underway. Tioga Downs officials have confirmed that construction is on budget as well as on schedule.  The poker room, which represents the first phase of the casino expansion, is expected to open July 1.  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, January 18, 2016

Tioga Downs celebrates successful year, looks ahead to even better 2016

Continued investment planned in Winterfest, new construction 

Nichols, N.Y. - January 8, 2016 - After a successful 2015, Tioga Downs is ringing in the new year by announcing plans for increased investment in its events and the facility. Winterfest, the free family-friendly celebration of the holiday season, drew more than 13,000 people to the entertainment complex last month. The festivities ran two fewer days in 2015, but total Winterfest attendance saw an increase of 3,000 visitors from the previous year. The number of visitors watching the holiday parade more than tripled compared to 2014.

"Word has spread that Winterfest is the community holiday gathering not to be missed," said Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural. "That coupled with December's unseasonably warm weather made Tioga Downs the place to be this year." Temperatures on three Winterfest dates reached into the 50s.

Special activity nights proved popular again this year with more people coming out to enjoy the light show and brand new family photo booth area as well as the ice bar, craft show and ice sculpting evenings. Hundreds of guests enjoyed visiting the live reindeer, and additional new attractions are already being planned for Winterfest 2016.

Tioga Downs' revenues were up for the year by more than a million dollars, and the addition of full gaming this year promises to yield further increases for 2016.

"Additional revenue means more opportunities for us to invest in our community," Gural said. "Tioga Downs remains thankful for the public support that made the gaming license possible and remains committed to giving back in every way we can."

Construction on an expanded gaming complex is underway. Tioga Downs officials have confirmed that construction is on budget as well as on schedule.  The poker room, which represents the first phase of the casino expansion, is expected to open July 1.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic roulette. 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 is beginning the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond as well as expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. 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, January 12, 2016

Tioga Downs to give away two thousand Powerball tickets tomorrow

Free tickets give the public a chance at the record $1.5 billion jackpot

Nichols, N.Y. - January 12, 2016 - The excitement surrounding the 44 state Powerball frenzy continues as the jackpot, which hasn't been won since early November, continue to swell to record numbers.  Experts estimate that the jackpot for tomorrow night's drawing will be upwards of $1.5 billion, making it the largest jackpot in United States history.  To join in the excitement, Jeff Gural has announced that Tioga Downs will be giving a voucher for a free $2 Powerball ticket to the first 2,000 people to visit the Players Club tomorrow between 9 am and 9 pm.  The boca ticket/voucher received at the Player's Club can then be redeemed for a free Powerball ticket at Coasters Sports Bar or the Carousel Bar at Tioga Downs. This offer is only valid tomorrow, Wednesday January 13, between 9 am and 9 pm at Tioga Downs while supplies last.  Tickets are limited to one per person and each guest must be at least 18 years of age and have a Tioga Downs Your Club card in order to receive the free ticket.  The public is encouraged to come down to Tioga Downs for their free chance to be a part of history.

"This historic Powerball jackpot has taken the country by storm, dominating conversation, news headlines and social media.  We at Tioga Downs are also excited and happy to do our part to give others a chance at history by offering a free Powerball ticket to the first 2,000 guests who come to our Players Club.  Nothing would make me happier than to see someone from our community win this tremendous prize," commented Jeff Gural, CEO of American Racing and Entertainment.
Vernon Downs, the sister property of Tioga Downs, has announced that they will be giving 2,000 free Powerball tickets tomorrow to guests on a first come first serve basis as well.
Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. No players have correctly selected the six numbers required to win the jackpot in the last 19 drawings dating back to Nov. 11.  Retailers say that the demand for tickets to the drawing at 10:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday has been off the charts, raising the possibility that the payoff could climb even higher than the current estimated jackpot of $1.5 billion.
Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic roulette. 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 is in the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond as well as expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. Construction on an expanded gaming complex is underway. Tioga Downs officials have confirmed that construction is on budget as well as on schedule.  The poker room, which represents the first phase of the casino expansion, is expected to open July 1.  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.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Tioga Downs' celebrates successful year, looks ahead to even better 2016

Continued investment planned in Winterfest, new construction 

Nichols, N.Y. – January 8, 2016 – After a successful 2015, Tioga Downs is ringing in the new year by announcing plans for increased investment in its events and the facility. Winterfest, the free family-friendly celebration of the holiday season, drew more than 13,000 people to the entertainment complex last month. The festivities ran two fewer days in 2015, but total Winterfest attendance saw an increase of 3,000 visitors from the previous year. The number of visitors watching the holiday parade more than tripled compared to 2014.

"Word has spread that Winterfest is the community holiday gathering not to be missed," said Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural. "That coupled with December's unseasonably warm weather made Tioga Downs the place to be this year." Temperatures on three Winterfest dates reached into the 50s.

Special activity nights proved popular again this year with more people coming out to enjoy the light show and brand new family photo booth area as well as the ice bar, craft show and ice sculpting evenings. Hundreds of guests enjoyed visiting the live reindeer, and additional new attractions are already being planned for Winterfest 2016.

Tioga Downs' revenues were up for the year by more than a million dollars, and the addition of full gaming this year promises to yield further increases for 2016.

"Additional revenue means more opportunities for us to invest in our community," Gural said. "Tioga Downs remains thankful for the public support that made the gaming license possible and remains committed to giving back in every way we can."

Construction on an expanded gaming complex is underway. Tioga Downs officials have confirmed that construction is on budget as well as on schedule.  The poker room, which represents the first phase of the casino expansion, is expected to open July 1.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic roulette. 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 is beginning the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond as well as expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. 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, December 22, 2015

Major workforce meeting with all counties in the Southern Tier occurs to begin the process of career placement for casino expansion

Casino Career Summit for the public set for December 28

Nichols, N.Y. - December 22, 2015 - As Tioga Downs prepares for its major expansion in the coming months, county labor executives and officials met with Tioga Downs leadership on December 11th to begin the process of placement for the hundreds of new jobs that will be added as part of phase one of the casino expansion project.

The goal of the meeting at Tioga Downs was to access the resources of and work with local Workforce in promoting available jobs, creating a pool of candidates and placing candidates in those jobs. There was an exchange of information that included job descriptions and development, promotional ideas, skill levels currently found in the local labor pools, necessary skills for the new positions, timeline of hiring and what services Tioga Downs need from the Workforce Centers.

Out of the many positions that will be available, over half of them are dealers for poker and the other table games that Tioga Downs will offer. Tioga officials announced that there will be training classes locally that will be free to the public for poker and table games, the details and schedule of which will be determined at the appropriate time and once in full compliance with New York State Gaming Commission regulations.

As part of the workforce agenda, the date for the first Tioga Downs casino career summit for the public was also announced. The summit will be held at Tioga Downs on December 28 from 12 - 4 pm in the stage front and winner's circle lounge. Tioga Downs executives have stated that this is an informational summit where interested employees can come down and find out about the many employment opportunities that will be available and how and when to apply for positions. There will be no hiring at the summit however interested job seekers will attain a lot of valuable information on the newly created positions and any requirements needed. The Available jobs will include poker room, table game and experienced dealers along with slots, guest services, cage, administrative, information technology, surveillance, facilities and food and beverage positions.

"We appreciate all of the time and effort being spent by our local workforce organizations to ensure that we place the right employees with the most appropriate positions. These folks are extremely valuable to our hiring process and we look forward to a great pool of candidates that we can put to work in 2016. We are currently in the process of building a database of potential future applicants, those interested in applying may do so by visiting www.tiogadowns.com/expansion. In addition, we encourage all interested job seekers to come out to the casino career summit on December 28th to learn more about the many local employment opportunities that will be available at Tioga Downs, it will be extremely informative," commented Jeff Gural, CEO of American Racing and Entertainment.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic roulette. 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 is beginning the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond as well as expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. 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.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Tioga Downs to host Tioga Central football championship banquet

The racino to help celebrate school's first state championship in grand fashion

Nichols, N.Y. – December 18, 2015 – Tioga Downs is set to host Tioga Central High School’s football team, staff, friends and family on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. to honor the school’s first Class D State Football Championship win.

The Tioga Central football championship has been five years in the making. Tioga was able to propel themselves to a 33-26 win over Ticonderoga High School and ended the season with a record of 12-1. Due to the long awaited win and overall accomplishments of the high school football program, Tioga Downs is pleased to host this event free of charge to help celebrate this significant milestone.

Tioga Downs is expecting around 240 people from Tioga Central at the celebratory banquet and the group will be joined by Jeff Gural, CEO of American Racing and Entertainment LLC, who has been asked by Tioga Central School District to speak to the students and their guests.

"We would like to congratulate the Tioga Central Tigers on their first New York State high school football championship, it is a well-deserved accomplishment for a wonderful group of student athletes. From the moment we walked in the doors of the school we could feel the energy, excitement and pride associated with being a Tioga Central Tiger. For these students to go from a period of uncertainty surrounding their cherished programs to the pinnacle event for high school sports is a terrific ending to a long journey this year. We look forward to being involved with Tioga Central for years to come and are proud of all the students, athletes, coaches, staff, volunteers and parents on a tremendous victory," commented Jeff Gural, CEO of American Racing and Entertainment, LLC.

Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic roulette. 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 is beginning the process of transforming into a full casino gaming resort to serve the Southern Tier and beyond as well as expanding its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. 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, December 16, 2015

Annual Tioga Downs Lighted Holiday Parade Set for Saturday

Tioga Downs Lighted Holiday Parade a one of a kind event for the Southern Tier and beyond

Nichols, N.Y. - December 16, 2015 - With less than two weeks before Christmas, officials at Tioga Downs are preparing for the second annual lighted holiday parade, which will be bigger and better than the inaugural parade last year.

The Tioga Downs lighted holiday parade, which is the only event of its kind on the East Coast, is scheduled to begin this Saturday, December 19th, at 8 p.m. and will include several floats and lighted fun for all to enjoy. Participants include local schools, the Tioga Central High School football team celebrating their first State championship, fire companies, troops, marching bands, mini wagons with horses, vintage cars and many more.

Given the exclusive, high profile nature of this event as well as the significant participation and attendance planned for this year, a special media VIP area will be set up where footage of the parade can be taken and interviews with the co-emcees, participants, attendees and Tioga Downs personnel can be given.

"We had such a great turnout at last year's event, and that led to an overwhelming response for something bigger and better this year," Tioga Downs President Tom Osiecki said. "We're pleased to announce several new additions to the parade that will make it even more engaging and fun for the entire family."

The parade will be co-emceed by WBNG meteorologist Howard Manges, WETM's Samantha LaRocca and long-time radio personality Tanya Wild. Wild will be perusing the crowds and float area during the parade with live commentary from the audience.

"Parade attendees won't be disappointed, we have a great lineup this year and we anticipate filling our grandstands as we did for last year's parade. This parade is free to attend and is a one of a kind, eye-opening experience for everyone, no matter your age," Osiecki added.

In addition to live harness racing, Tioga Downs offers video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic roulette. A variety of eateries are also part of the entertainment complex. Jeff Gural
owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Gural is in the process of preparing a new proposal to apply for the state's final full gaming license. Once awarded, Tioga Downs will expand its facility and workforce to accommodate live casino gaming. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit www.tiogadowns.com.