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Address: 2384 W River Rd, Nichols, NY 13812-1406
Phone Number: +1 888-946-8464
09:00 - 03:00
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Sun - Thu 09:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 03:00

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Quick visit

A quick visit to the new restaurant (Virgil's BBQ) and checked out some of the improvements being made.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Binghamton, New York
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Binghamton, New York
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38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A quick visit to the new restaurant (Virgil's BBQ) and checked out some of the improvements being made.

Thank billibud
Venice, Florida
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took my mother to Tioga Downs on her 96th birthday. She had two coupons worth $10 each good on her birthday. She showed an expired pictured drivers license along with her birth certificate and various credit cards. They would not accept any of it because it wasn't a valid picture ID. I talked to three managers and got the... More 

Thank Suzanne M
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157 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

All I can say is it doesn't pay to win. We won $5000 and the State of New York took 33% when we cashed out. You are not allowed to continue to play your winnings either. The machine just stops, you must cash out and NY takes their cut. Then you can go back to playing the machines. I'm grateful... More 

Thank 770MCP
Carleton Place, Canada
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39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Well run casino with plenty on slot machines for every interest. Could use a few more black jack machines. Looks like a lot of expansion planned! Oddly placed in the middle of no where, but I guess it serves the area well.

Thank Johnnyvette69
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

I visited this casino on Sunday Sept. 25 and was pleasantly surprised. The casino had plenty of machines to play on and the facility as a whole was clean and well taken care of. A return trip is likely when I travel again on I86.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Islip, New York
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30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Went with friends on Saturday, Labor Day weekend 2016. It was OK. No tables although they are in the process of getting some. Check your racing tickets for what you tell the cashier. I would have won $200 on a race but the cashier put it in wrong.I did win $ 76.00 on the free $5.00 slot play when you... More 

Thank Elizabeth M
Hagaman, New York
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Very small casino. May be ok if there is not an event going on like a concert. Long lines for the rest room. More than a 45 minute wait for the buffet. So many people you can't get near the machines. When you do they were so tight all it did was take your money without giving you anything back.... More 

Thank reneejab
Endwell, New York
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72 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

The last time we visited Tioga Downs was 8 years ago and the improvements and expansions since then are remarkably favorable. There is a free parking garage connected to the gaming facility and valet parking is only $4.00. No smoking is permitted inside and the air quality was superb. We thought we would try the County Fair Buffett which is... More 

Thank deeleft
Vestal, New York
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

My benchmark for good smoked BBQ in this part of the country is the Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse. Virgil's has some different styles of BBQ but I think it could be at the level of Dinosaur with some refinement. Our waitress seemed totally confused. Hopefully, she was just having a bad night. Simple things like being short on straws and... More 

Thank Tom Q
Sayre, Pennsylvania
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62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

With video terminals, harness racing in season, several restaurants, live concerts and lots of other fun events, Tioga Downs is a happenin' place. Clean, modern, and lively...with an incredible buffet. Soon Tioga will have table games, once NY State officially approves its gaming license. And the new Virgil's Bar-B-Q is exactly like the original in New York City. You may... More 

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