Monday, November 30, 2015

Tioga Downs announces arrival of electronic blackjack

New gaming machines proving popular among visitors

Nichols, N.Y. - November 30, 2015 - Blackjack fans can now look no farther than Tioga Downs for their chance to play an electronic version of the popular card game. Special terminals for the games were just installed in the racino last week.

Up to 12 players can play electronic blackjack at a time. Two sides have been arranged, featuring six seats per "table," and each side has a separate virtual "dealer." The minimum bet is $5 for the main game and $1 for each of the optional side bets. Blackjack pays 3 to 2, and the dealer must hit soft 17.

"Our players have been asking for blackjack, and we are pleased to be able to add the game to our extensive offerings," said owner Jeff Gural. "We anticipate that it will also draw additional blackjack fans from the area."

The new electronic blackjack games aren't the first virtual table games to be played at Tioga Downs. Earlier this year, the casino added electronic roulette to the 800 gaming machines on the casino floor. Other popular games include Sex and the City, Blazing 7's Hot Shot Progressive, Big City 5's Progressive and video poker.

In addition to video lottery terminals, Tioga Downs offers live harness racing, live music and other entertainment. 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. Tioga Downs is the lone bidder for the state's final full gaming license in the Southern Tier region. 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