NY Approves Final Regulations for New Upstate Casinos

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ALBANY, N.Y. (Associated Press) - The first of four new casinos planned for upstate New York could be open by the end of the month after state gambling regulators gave final approval to regulations for table games.

The state Gaming Commission adopted the rules Tuesday. The regulations govern card shuffling and dealing as well as the details of games including poker, roulette and craps. They now must be published in the state register before taking effect.

The first facility expected to open is Tioga Downs, a race track and electronic gambling parlor in the Southern Tier that is expanding into a full Las Vegas-style resort casino. Owner Jeff Gural says the casino could open later this month.

Other casino projects are under construction in Schenectady, the Catskills and the Finger Lakes.

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