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

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