Turning Stone Casino is an organization operated by the Oneida Indian Nation. The primary facility opened up in 1993 with 130 table games, Ruby Buffet restaurant and a coffee shop. The Casino currently employed about 1,800 people during that time. More or less 500,000 people frequent the newest attraction for the first two months of operations. In 1995, the gaming floor offered 50 instant multi-game machines, which replaced the traditional slot machines. In 1996, the gaming floor expanded using the construction of new hotel, restaurants and retail shops.

The new hotel opens to the public in 1997 including several new restaurants Emerald, Crystals Diner, Forest Grill Steakhouse, Pino Bianco Trattoria and Opals Confectionary became new dining destinations in the resort. An additional 147 table games and 1,200 instant multi-game machines were added. Also, the workforce increased to 2,850 workers. In 1998, poker room was opened at the main area of the resort.

In 2003, a 2-year $308 million expansion program starts with the construction of phase I. This expansion includes a 98-suite hotel, a luxury spa and 2,400-car garage. Turning Stone Casino is located between Utica and Rome, Central New york and is regarded as the fifth largest tourist attraction in the state of New York. It has some 4.5 million visitors yearly mostly from United States and Canada.

Starting out as a non descript Bingo Hall way back in 1979,, it has become a significant gaming and golf destination in the states. Offering high stakes bingo, live poker, 103 table games for players. Casino games include blackjack, craps, roulette, Pai Gow, mini Baccarat, Cashless instant multi-games, video keno and pull tabs. In order to be able to gamble you need to be 18 years old and above.

The Poker Room contains 22 tables that could accommodate as many as 221 players. There are four different poker variants that are being spread for poker players in the room. Special events and Poker RakebackTournaments are also being sponsored by the host casino. They also offers high stakes bingo. Turning Stone is in fact one of the top ten bingo halls in the entire America, with bingo games offered from morning until night, range from $10 to $60. For level 1, the payout starts at $250 and go as high as $3,000 for level 3.

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