New York casinosTypes of Casinos in New York State

New York is home to four different types of casinos: Regular Class III casinos, Class II Native American Casinos, Class III Native American Casinos, and pari-mutuel casinos. Each of these New York casinos has distinct differences among them.

Traditional Casinos (Class III)

New York state has four regular Class III casinos. The regular New York Class III casino offers live table games, such as: blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, slots, and video poker. Click this link to see a list of slot machine payback percentages for all regular casinos in New York

All New York Casinos have a minimum age of 21 and they are all open 24 hours a day. The only casino that is not open 24 Hours is Tioga Downs.

Native American Casinos (Class III)

There are five Native American casinos located in upstate New York and they all offer traditional Class III casino gambling.

All Class III Indian Casinos in New York are open 24 hours a day and offer the following games: blackjack, roulette, craps, slots, video poker and video keno. Select casinos also offer such games as: poker, baccarat, mini-baccarat, Spanish 21 , big six wheel , keno , pai gow poker, let it ride (LIR), three-card poker, four-card poker, Caribbean stud poker and casino war.

The minimum gambling age is 21 at all Native American Class III casinos, and 18 at the other two casinos.

New York state Gaming laws do not require Native American Casinos to make payback percentages on any gaming machines a matter of public information.

Native American Casinos (Class II)

Some New York Native American casinos only offer Class II gambling, which consist of electronic gaming machines which look like slot machines. These machines are, in reality, games of bingo, and the spinning video reels are for entertainment purposes only. New York state gaming laws do not require Native American Casinos to make payback percentages on any gaming machines a matter of public information.

All Class II machines print out a receipt which must be taken to a cashier. All New York Class II casinos also offer a cashless system whereby you have to go to a kiosk or cashier to get a smart card, where you can deposit money to your personal account. The Class II machines will then deduct losses, or credit wins, to your account. Do not forget to cash out your account, because all remaining credits on cards, or in the account, will be forfeited at the end of the day.

Pari-Mutuel Casinos

In late 2001, New York passed a law to allow for the introduction of slot machine style video lottery gaming machines at racetracks. These machines are officially referred to as “Video Gaming Machines” (VGM’s). These VGM’s are regulated by New York’s State Lottery Division.

VGM’s all offer standard slot machine-type games, and keno that is played from five cents to $10. These VGM machines accept cash, but do not pay out in cash. They instead print a receipt which must then be taken to a cashier to exchange for money.

VGM’s do not operate like regular slot machines. They are similar to a scratch-off-type lottery tickets, with a pre-determined number of winners.

New York gaming regulations states that , “the specifications for video lottery gaming shall be designed in such a manner as to pay prizes that average no less than 90% of sales.”

Click to see a list of New York casino VGM payback statistics.

There are no casinos location in Manhattan, the closest would be Resorts World Casino New York City in the neighboring borough of Queens.

All Video Gaming Machine casinos are permitted to be open for a maximum 20 hours each day and each casino has varying hours. Some casinos are open 8am-4am, while others are open 9am-5am. All VGM casinos are non-smoking.

Please call any casinos to confirm hours if necessary. The minimum gambling age is 18 for playing VGM’s, as well as for pari-mutuel betting and admission is free.

For more information on visiting New York call the state’s travel information center at (800) 225-5697 or go to: www.iloveny.com.

Canadian Casinos

If you are looking for casinos in the Buffalo-area there are two just across the border in nearby Canadian. All winnings in these casinos are paid in Canadian currency, and the minimum gambling age is 19.

Both of these casinos are open 24 hours and offer the following games: blackjack, craps, Spanish 21, mini-baccarat, baccarat, pai-gow poker, three-card poker, Caribbean stud poker, and let it ride. List below:

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TOP THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK

New York is the fourth largest state by population. Although many of New York’s most popular attractions are in New York City, the state has perhaps, the greatest cultural and geographic diversity in the country. Niagara Falls, the Adirondack Mountains and Saratoga are just a few places rich in history and experience you won’t want to miss in New York. Some of the best things to do in New York are listed below.

Visit Niagara Falls State Park

This park is located on 400 acres of lush terrain where you’ll find protected wildlife and an array of exciting activities and fantastic attractions. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed Central Park, this state park is a wonderland surrounding Niagara Falls and includes gardens, hiking trails and stunning views at every turn. Niagra Falls State Park was the first state park designated in America. Attractions include the iconic Maid of the Mist boat ride, Cave of the Winds, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, Niagara Adventure Theater, Aquarium of Niagara and the Niagara Scenic Trolley, as well as the Path Through History attraction.

New York State Capitol

The 98-acre Empire State Plaza is home to museums, The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, memorials to Vietnam Veterans as well as fallen firefighters and first responders. The Capitol has served as the seat of government since the 1880s and is a magnificent example of stone masonry. Guided and self-guided tours are available Monday through Saturdays and reservations are not required.

Of course, New York City is among the greatest cities in the world and it is filled with many activities and iconic structures that you can visit. One of the great things about New York City is that many of the best places to visit are located within walking distance of each other, or just a short ride away. Here are some of the best things to do in “The City That Never Sleeps.”

Explore Times Square

Times Square is a great place to go in New York in the evening, surrounded by huge, brilliantly lit screens and billboards. This area is the where the iconic New Year’s Eve Celebration takes place, with the popular ball drop at midnight which attracts thousands of tourists and locals. Times Square is usually very busy and crowded, but has its unique appeal. The area offers tourists the chance to enjoy “people watching” while relaxing on a bench. There are more shops, theatres, and restaurants than you could ever visit in one trip.

Go sightseeing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

This museum is located on Fifth Avenue and displays 5,000 years of applied and fine arts from all over the world. This museum is considered the largest gallery in the U.S. and filled with diverse exhibits to enjoy. You could easily spend a whole day at this museum and still not be able to explore all that it has to offer.  Some of the highlights of the museum are the Egyptian Temple of Dendur (15BC), Rembrandt’s Aristotle with a Bust of Homer (1653), Raphael’s altar painting of Madonna and Child (1504), and Van Gogh’s Self Portrait with Straw Hat (1887).

Visit the 9/11 Memorial

The 9/11 memorial and museum can be found on the site of the World Trade Centre.  This memorial pays tribute to the 2,977 people that died in the attacks in 2001. Twin reflecting pools which are about an acre in size mark the footprints of the Twin Towers and they are surrounded by the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. There are bronze panels on the parapets that surround these pools, inscribed with the names of every person that died in the attacks.

The museum gives tourists detailed information about the events of 9/11, the weeks that leads to the attack and its aftermath. It also gives an insight into the lives of the people that perished during the event. Some other exhibits you will find here are fragments from the aircraft, the monumental Last Column, and a damaged fire truck.

Explore the Empire State Building

This building shows the ambition of New York in the ‘20s and ‘30s and it is still the 44th tallest skyscraper in the world. The building features an Art Deco tower which is more than 1,200 feet over the Midtown Streets and was regarded the highest point in the city until the One World Trade Center Observatory was opened in 2011. You can visit the Main Deck located on the 86th floor which is opened to the public daily. The viewpoint offers panoramic views as far as Pennsylvania and Massachusetts on clear weather days. You can also head to the indoor observatory located on the 102nd floor which was once a part of the docking station for airships. Make sure you enjoy the Art Deco opulence of the Lobby located on Fifth Avenue which features marble floors and a unique image of the tower behind the main desk.

Visit the Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom which was conceived by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and a metal framework that was constructed by Gustave Eiffel. This statue stands over 300 feet tall and symbolizes the Roman goddess Libertas as she strides free of the shackles at her feet while holding a torch in her right hand and carrying a tablet in her left hand which symbolizes the Declaration of Independence. You should be sure you visit this statue which welcomed immigrants that made a voyage to New York for a new life. Due to its popularity, visitors may find it best to invest in a skip the line ticket or Flexible Statue of Liberty Tickets to make the most of their visit. The ticket comes with a complimentary audio guide and optional access to the pedestal. The highlight of the statue is climbing to the crown and you should make sure to book well in advance for this.

 

 

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