Turning Stone Resort and Casino is an Indian gambling operation located in Verona, New York, in the heart of the state. It is owned and operated by the Oneida Indian Nation, who purchased the land for this purpose in the period between 1992 and 1993.
Governments had fought against the sovereignty of Indian tribes to operate their own casinos outside of state jurisdiction and regulation, and by the time the early 1990’s rolled around, it became clear that these challenges were not going to ever be successful and the courts were going to allow them to construct and operate casinos.
Seeing Connecticut open it’s first casino at Foxwoods, with another large casino in the state, Mohegan Sun, in development, the Oneida tribe looked to improve their economic standing by getting in on the casino business as well.
Construction was then completed on their bingo hall in 1996 and a year later they opened up New York State’s first casino. New York is not a state that has been open to casinos, and for years their casino traffic traveled south to Atlantic City, but now New York residents had both nearby options in Connecticut and one right in their own state.
Even today, there is still a fair bit of resistance from state officials to license casinos, but being on Indian land, the Oneida make their own rules, and they have chosen to permit a casino. They have chosen to build a very big and successful one at Turning Stone.
Initially, the hotel and casino were located in separate buildings, in other words people had to travel outside to go from one to the other, but now they are combined into one structure, which makes moving between them much more convenient.
The property grew as the years went by and in particular was expanded quite a bit in 2004 to accommodate even more guests and even more action. At 125,000 square feet of gaming space, it is one of the largest casinos in the United States now.
There are plans now to expand the property by adding 300,000 square feet of retail space, making the resort and casino even more impressive and also adding even more value to the experience of their guests.
For a time, alcohol was not served on the property while the tribe was waiting for their license to serve alcohol to be approved by the state. Once the state denied their applications though, they simply decided that they were going to exercise their sovereignty on this issue as well and alcohol is now being served again.
Turning Stone has certainly been a success thus far and is another case of state regulators getting trumped. While regulators sit on their hands, Turning Stone is doing very well indeed, and the state’s loss is their win, as well as a win for their many guests.
Turning Stone Accommodations
Turning Stone Resort and Casino offers several accommodation options for their guests. Those on a budget can choose The Inn which features 59 rooms which are very affordably priced. Those who are looking for more amenities can book a room at The Hotel which features 268 rooms including 28 suites.
The Tower offers even more elegance and is the centerpiece of the property, and is the tallest building between Albany and Syracuse, and offers great panoramic views. Guests can also choose to stay at The Lodge, which is an all suite hotel that will really pamper you. Finally, if you have an RV, they also have an RV park.
There are many packages available to cater to everyone’s needs and desires.
Turning Stone Casino
The main reason people come to Turning Stone is to gamble, and they do have a very impressive casino designed to appeal to gamblers of all preferences. Slot players will revel in their 2,000 slot machines, offering a wide selection, as well as regular slot tournaments to add some extra excitement to playing.
Turning Stone also features an excellent selection of table games, and all the ones you’d expect at a world class casino. Whether you like Blackjack, Craps, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let It Ride, Roulette, Red Dog, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Baccarat, Texas Holdem, Mini Bac, Macau Style Midi Bac, The Big Six Money Wheel, or Casino War, Turning Stone has it all for you.
Turning Stone claims their high stakes bingo is rated #3 in the world and they certainly have plenty of exciting bingo here.
Turning Stone’s poker room is very impressive, featuring 31 tables and offering round the clock poker at a variety of stakes, including a good assortment of regular tournaments. You have to pay $2 admission to it but it’s well worth this small fee to play at this professionally run poker room.
Turning Stone offers extensive VIP and concierge services where players get generously rewarded for their action and are well taken care of.
Turning Stone’s Other Features
Turning Stone’s 11 restaurants as well as their in room dining offer a wide variety of dining choices, from casual dining to the TS Steakhouse on top of the tower, where diners get not only great food but very impressive views.
There are also 11 places where you can enjoy the nightlife at Turning Stone, from bars and taverns to a sports lounge to the dance club Lava Nightclub.
The resort and casino also has a 700 seat cabaret, which offers an assortment of top entertainment acts, and the quality of the acts that Turning Stone attracts is one of their biggest features.
There are two different spas and a fitness club as well for guests to enjoy. Turning Stone also has 3 championship golf courses and one of them used to host a major PGA event. They also have excellent meeting and convention facilities where you can meet and also enjoy everything this resort has to offer, including of course their top ranked casino.