New York Casino Guide

Online Casinos in New York

New York is probably one of the states that are furthest behind when it comes to legalizing any forms of online gambling. There is still a bill waiting to be passed to allow raffle tickets to be sold online, and that's as close as New York has gotten. 

The gambling laws in New York aren't very clear and only seem to apply to casinos trying to conduct operations over the internet. This means there aren't any current penalties for those just playing.  

Online casinos are legal in the neighboring state New Jersey, but players in New York still can not access the sites unless in NJ.

New York Land-Based Casinos Map

You can easily see all casino locations by using our New York casinos map. To zoom in, just click the + (plus) sign in the lower right corner of the map, or to zoom out, just click the – (minus) sign in the same area.

To move the map of casinos in New York, click and hold down either of your mouse buttons. Then use the hand icon to drag the map in whichever direction you desire.

Each of the red icons on the map is a casino location. Just click on any red icon to see the name of the casino at that location. If you want more information on that casino, simply click again on the casino’s name and it will direct you to another page with detailed information on that particular casino, including address, phone number, toll-free phone number, room rates, casino size, dining information, games offered, availability of discounts for seniors, any special features, and a direct link to that casino’s website.

Land-Based Casinos in New York

Types of Casinos in New York

There are four different types of casinos in New York: regular Class III casinos (such as those found in Nevada and New Jersey); Class III Indian casinos; Class II Indian casinos; and pari-mutuel casinos.

There are some distinct differences among these New York casinos and they are explained below.

Make sure you keep checking in to keep track of any new casinos in New York.

Regular Casinos (Class III)

There are four regular Class III casinos in New York state. All of these New York casinos offer regular table games, such as blackjack, roulette, craps, and baccarat, as well as slots and video poker.

See a list of slot machine payback percentages for all regular casinos in New York.

The minimum gambling age is 21 at all of these New York casinos and all are open 24 hours, except for Tioga Downs.

Indian Casinos (Class III)

There are five Indian casinos located in upstate New York which offer traditional Class III casino gambling.

All of these casinos are open 24 hours and offer the following games: blackjack, craps, roulette and Caribbean stud poker. Some casinos also offer:  Spanish 21 (S21), baccarat (B), mini-baccarat (MB), big six wheel (B6), keno (K), poker (P), pai gow poker (PGP), let it ride (LIR), three-card poker (TCP), four-card poker (FCP) and casino war (CW).

No public information is available concerning the payback percentages on any gaming machines in New York’s Indian casinos.

The minimum gambling age is 21 at the three Seneca casinos and 18 at the other two casinos. 

Indian Casinos (Class II)

There are some Indian casinos that offer Class II gambling which consists of electronic gaming machines that look like slot machines but are actually games of bingo and the spinning video reels are for “entertainment purposes only.”  No public information is available concerning the payback percentages on the video gaming machines.

The terms of the compact between the tribes and the state allow table games and slot machines, including video keno and video poker. These machines do not pay out in cash. In­stead, they print out a receipt which must be exchanged for cash. All casinos also offer a cashless system whereby you have to go to a cashier cage, or a kiosk, get a “smart” card and deposit money to that card’s account. The machines will then deduct losses from, or credit wins to your account. Additionally, after playing don’t forget to cash out because all remaining credits on cards will be forfeited at the end of the day.

Pari-Mutuel Casinos

In October 2001, legislation was passed to allow for the introduction of slot machine-type video lottery machines at New York racetracks. Officially referred to as Video Gaming Machines (VGM’s), they are regulated by the New York  State Lottery Division.

All VGM’s offer standard slot machine-type games, plus keno in denominations from five cents to $10. The machines all accept cash but do not pay out in cash. They print a receipt that must be taken to a cashier.

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

The legislation authorizing the VGM’s states, “the specifications for video lottery gaming shall be designed in such a manner as to pay prizes that average no less than ninety percent of sales.”

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

If you are looking for casinos in Manhattan, then you will be disappointed. But, there is one in a neighboring borough. It is Resorts World Casino New York City and it is located in Queens.

All Video Gaming Machine facilities are allowed to be open for 20 hours and day, with varying hours. Some are open 8 am-4 am, some are open 9 am-5 am, etc. and all are non-smoking. Please call to confirm hours if necessary. Admission is free to all facilities.

The minimum gambling age is 18 for playing VGM’s, as well as for pari-mutuel betting.

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