The Turning Stone Resort Casino in upstate New York is gearing up to open its new sports betting space later this month. The new sports betting lounge and hangout space, which is part of the casino’s $370 million overhaul, will be called NY Rec & Social Club. This venue is set to combine sports wagering with modern nightlife and casual dining, and it will officially open on December 18.
The sportsbook component of NY Rec & Social Club, which will be branded as “TS Sports,” will include a sportsbook counter and self-wagering kiosks, as well as a three-story “media tower” with video displays, 60 televisions, and a variety of game options such as foosball, shuffleboard, darts, and billiards. In addition, several casino table games like blackjack and craps will also be offered. A full-service restaurant and bar will complete the new space, replacing the Lava Nightclub in the casino’s Exit 33 wing.
Owned and operated by the Oneida Nation, Turning Stone previously partnered with Caesars Sportsbook for its sports betting operations. However, the Oneida Nation has recently decided to dissolve this partnership and operate its own sportsbook under the TS Sports brand.
In addition to launching their new sportsbook, the Oneida Nation is undergoing a $370 million renovation and expansion of the Turning Stone Resort Casino. This includes adding a large events space, a parking garage, a new hotel, and renovating the existing hotel rooms. The plan also involves building an on-site medical center for the casino’s employees and constructing a new practice area at the resort’s golf courses.
The Oneida Nation officially started accepting sports bets in July 2019 after the state gaming commission finalized its sports wagering rules. New York expanded its sports betting industry in 2022 by allowing commercial sportsbooks to operate online, while tribal sportsbooks remain limited to in-person wagering. The expansion at Turning Stone comes as part of a larger strategy to attract more visitors to the casino as a large-scale convention destination.