Slot machines arrive at new resort casino in Southern Tier

Tioga Downs
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2015 file photo, patrons play video lottery terminals at Tioga Downs in Nichols, N.Y. A new resort casino is likely headed to New York’s Southern Tier. Tioga Downs plans to expand its offerings and build a hotel, restaurants and concert venue at its existing race track slot parlor in Nichols. The plan was endorsed by state gambling regulators Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

NICHOLS, N.Y. (AP) – The first batch of new slot machines has arrived at Tioga Downs as the Southern Tier gambling parlor continues its expansion into a resort casino.

Tioga Downs said 63 machines arrived Tuesday. In all, nearly 950 are expected to be delivered by year’s end.

The electronic gambling parlor and race track in the Southern Tier broke ground on a new adjacent hotel last month.

New York state gambling regulators recently awarded a casino license to Tioga Downs. Las Vegas-style table games cannot begin until the commission approves final casino regulations, something that could happen as early as November.

Other casino projects that have also been awarded licenses from the state are under construction in Schenectady, the Catskills and the Finger Lakes.

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