Turning Stone Casino Resort Overview
Turning Stone Casino Resort in Verona, New York became New York State’s first and only land-based casino when it opened in 1993. In fact, it wasn’t until 2002 when the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls opened its doors that Turning Stone had any competition inside the state.
The resort and casino is owned and operated by the Oneida Indian Nation. It has been able to host legal gambling on the site for almost 25 years under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and a gaming compact between the State and the Nation.
New York’s first land-based casino
Turning Stone Casino Resort originated as a High Stakes Bingo hall on Oneida land in 1985. The Turning Stone Casino opened in July 1993 on a 400-acre parcel Oneida Nation Lands in Verona and the Bingo operation moved over. The gaming floor was further expanded in 2002. A remodel was finished in early 2017. The main gaming floor became smoke-free in November 2016. At that time, Turning Stone added a new air filtration system and opened up Casino Blu within the existing gaming floor for smokers.
Verona is in Central Upstate New York. The largest city nearby is Syracuse. In fact, Turning Stone Casino Resort can be found off Exit 33 on the New York State Thruway.
Gaming space galore
Turning Stone Casino Resort has developed into a massive full-service resort and casino over the past 20 years. In fact, it now boasts more than 120,000 square feet of gaming space. The casino includes:
- Upwards of 80 table games
- More than 2,000 slot and video poker gaming machines
- A live Poker Room with more than 30 tables
- A keno lounge and a High Stakes Bingo hall considered among the best in the world
Table games at Turning Stone Casino Resort include:
- Caribbean Stud Poker
- Let it Ride
- Mississippi Stud
- Pai Gow Poker
- Three Card Poker
- Four Card Poker
- Sic Bo
- Texas Hold ’Em Bonus
- Mini Bac
- Midi Bac (Macau style)
- The Big Six Money Wheels
- Casino War
Turning Stone Casino Resort was New York’s first land-based casino. In fact, it remains one of the state’s largest. The casino is open to patrons 18 years of age and up in accordance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Ready for iGaming now
Online casino gaming is not currently being considered by New York legislators. However, if it ever is, Turning Stone Casino Resort appears ready to go. In fact, Turning Stone Online Casino already offers free-to-play online casino games and slots through an app for iOs and Android devices.
The Turning Stone Online Casino app offers more than 50 free casino slots and table games that pay out rewards players can use on the property. It also provides information about events, offers and promotions at Turning Stone Casino Resort.
As early adopters with the software already in place, there’s little doubt Turning Stone Casino Resort would be ready, willing and able to offer online casino gaming if New York State lawmakers ever get behind the idea.
Plus, it is also worth noting Turning Stone Casino Resort has taken on all legal challenges when it comes to its right to offer casino gambling. It would presumably be a strong and experienced ally to anyone taking up the cause of iGaming in New York.
Prepared for online poker
Two identical bills which would legalize and regulate online poker in the state of New York were introduced into the New York Senate and Assembly in the first quarter of 2017. Westchester Assemblyman, J. Gary Pretlow, who introduced one of the bills, claims there is very little standing in the way of such legislation. In fact, he said all of New York’s licensed casino and Racino properties have indicated they support it.
This would presumably include the Turning Stone Casino Resort, which currently hosts one of the largest Poker Rooms in the state. In fact, Turning Stone has a long and storied history of hosting major poker events. This includes the long-running Empire State Hold’em Championships.
As New York’s first land-based casino, Turning Stone Casino Resort has continued to expand and offer patrons the latest in gaming innovations. If the future of poker in New York is online, there’s little doubt Turning Stone Casino Resort will want to be a part of it.
A full-service resort
Turning Stone Casino Resort is more than just a casino, it’s a full-service resort with a host of top-notch amenities. This includes:
- world-class golf
It began with just one hotel. However, the Turning Stone Casino Resort now offers four different hotel options with over 700 total rooms. There is also an RV Park on site.
Turning Stone Casino Resort has five golf courses on and off site, which have held major PGA events. This includes three 18-hole and two 9-hole courses. There is also:
- A Golf Dome hosting year-round indoor golf
- 2 golf virtual simulators
- A racquet sports facility with four indoor US OPEN blue Decoturf tennis courts and 2 racquetball courts.
- A steam and sauna room
- A lap pool
Turning Stone Casino Resort is also home to the 33,000-square foot Skana Spa and Ahsi Day Spa, with nine treatment rooms and a full-service salon.
There is also an 800-seat showroom and a 5,000-seat Event Center, which regularly hosts A-list acts.
Entertainment options also include Exit 33, dubbed the “Ultimate Entertainment Destination.” This area includes:
- the LAVA nightclub
- Tin Rooster country dancehall & BBQ
- The Gig underground Rock & Roll club
- The Turquoise Tiger lounge and cocktail bar
Food options abound
Turning Stone has more than 20 restaurant and dining locations on the property. In fact, this includes everything from fine dining to food court fare. Restaurants include:
- the TS Steakhouse at the top of The Tower hotel
- The Peach Blossom gourmet Asian and Thai cuisine
- Three Italian food options in one location
- The popular Season’s Harvest Buffet
- A new Food Hall that opened in December 2016, offering a huge variety of fast casual dining options
Turning Stone Resort Casino offers free membership to its TS Rewards Card program. Plus, TS Rewards Card members can earn exclusive:
- invitations to gaming tournaments
Plus, points earned with the card can be redeemed for:
- other services on the property