04/22/2014 9:37AM

Saratoga Springs slot parlor won't pursue full casino license

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The owners of a harness track and slot-machine parlor in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will not pursue a full casino license for the property in the face of local opposition, the owners announced Monday.

The decision likely eliminates Saratoga Springs from the locations where a casino might be sited under a recently passed law allowing for four new casinos in upstate New York offering table games and slot machines. The owners of Saratoga Casino and Raceway, a harness track that has operated slot machines for a decade, had hoped to expand their casino under the new law, but the plan met resistance from local businesses and the city council, which earlier this year voted unanimously to oppose the project.

In a statement, the owner of the track and casino said it would instead pursue a license in East Greenbush, a suburb of Albany about a 30-minute drive south from Saratoga Springs.

“We will also continue to operate our successful facility in Saratoga and look forward to maintaining our strong partnerships within this community,” the statement read.

Though voters statewide approved a constitutional referendum last November allowing for up to seven new casinos in New York, voters in Saratoga Springs voted against the measure by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent. The town is famous for its Thoroughbred track, a major tourist attraction that runs from late July until early September.

Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Slots are a bad joke
mikey More than 1 year ago
If you drop one of those slots off the Empire State building nothing would come out.Why have games the people have a shot at winning.
Marie Jost More than 1 year ago
Matt, Your coverage of the race track industry prompts me to ask you this question. When DRFBets runs a live bankroll handicapping contest, the money goes through Xpressbet, DRFBets wagering platform licensed in Pennsylvania, and then it goes onto Oregon, through Xpressbet's multi-jurisdictional wagering hub. So my question is, which state racing commission New York, Pennsylvania, or Oregon governs the rules of DRFBets live bankroll handicapping contests?
mikey More than 1 year ago
Express bet is the most unfriendly bunch in the world.Their customer service stinks.
Joseph Giambra More than 1 year ago
Then I would says DRF has found the perfect partner, whose customer service most reflect their own business model.
Marie Jost More than 1 year ago
One would think that DRF would be able to simply answer the question. I posed the same question over on DRF's Handicapping Tournament section 7 days ago. The writer of that column, also serves as their tournament director/editor for DRFBets. Instead of answering my posted question, his only concern was why I wanted to know. Then he loses my followup post and sends me an e-mail to tell me it's Oregon. Not sure if he's right, he seems very green in the area of tournament rules and regulations. Maybe somebody else knows better.