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SUNY Broome Learns about Running a Casino

Those who are pushing for fracking in New York State often talk about the badly needed economic boost which they say such gas extraction will bring to this area. But economic stimulus is also often mentioned by those who support an expansion of gaming in this area.

On Thursday, Tioga Downs was offering lessons on all that.

Students and faculty at SUNY Broome learned about the inner workings of a casino operation, from Tioga Downs Director of Operations, Jeff Townsend.

Students got to hear about how much it costs to run a casino, where revenue goes, and different gaming licenses.  Townsend also explained how much has changed in the past six years after New York passed a law allowing video lottery terminals at racetracks,  and the recent passing of Proposition One.

"A lot of students here today, a lot of faculty here today. A lot of questions ranging from different types of slot machines, how to use a player's card, what you might expect in terms of security," said Director of Casino Operations Jeff Townsend.

"And I didn't realize there were different levels of allowance given to casinos to have different level games," said SUNY Broome student, David Stuart.

Townsend also spoke on the future plans of Tioga Downs with their new parking garage to be completed in October of 2014 and their plans to build a hotel and additional restaurants.

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