The New York State Gaming Facility Location Board has awarded licences for three new Upstate destination gaming resorts, but declined to select a fourth applicant after deciding that a second competing gaming facility in any of the regions would make it significantly more difficult to succeed.

In July 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law The Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act of 2013, which authorized up to four Upstate destination gaming resorts with at least one gaming facility located in each of three defined regions of the state: Catskills/Hudson Valley (Region One, Zone Two), Capital (Region Two, Zone Two), and Eastern Southern Tier/Finger Lakes (Region Five, Zone Two).

The board evaluated a total of 16 proposals, including bids from the likes of Caesars, Genting, Churchill Downs and Penn National Gaming, having initiated a Request for Applications competitive process earlier this year in March.

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