Turning Stone Casino to Open New Sports Lounge, Ditch Caesars Sports Betting

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Dan Michalski

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Last Updated 14th March 2024, 07:22 AM


Turning Stone Casino Resort, in Verona, New York, is scrapping its once popular Lava Nightclub, and replacing it with a “sports lounge” called NY Rec & Social Club, which opens Dec. 18. 

On that same day, Turning Stone and two other upstate New York casinos run by the Oneida tribe will be launching TS Sports, ending a partnership with Caesars Sports that in 2019 allowed these properties to be some of the first in the state to offer in-person sports betting.

NY Rec & Social Club at Turning Stone

Artist’s rendering of the still-under construction NY Rec & Social Club sports lounge at Turning Stone casino in New York. (Image: courtesy of Turning Stone / YouTube)

Turning Stone will relocate the old sportsbook into the old nightclub space to create a new sports bar with a leisure-suit vibe and plenty of betting. All the games on 60 screens + foosball, pool, darts, shuffleboard and a large bar with some leather sofas, blackjack and craps. Mancave chic. 

The lounge can seat up to 200 guests. Dining options promise “innovative game day fare,” which sounds to us like fancy chicken wings, maybe with smashed brussel sprouts and $18 takes on an old fashioned? Turning Stone was not able to confirm nor deny our menu speculations before press time.

NY Rec & Social Club at Turning Stone

The new TS Sports sportsbook to bring the betting action into a upscale gastropub setting. (Image: courtesy of Turning Stone / YouTube)

The NY Rec & Social Club is one piece of a two-year, $370 million expansion project at Turning Stone. The plan calls for adding more than 250 new rooms to the hotel, doubling the size of its conference facilities, and adding more dining and entertainment spaces.

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Dan Michalski is a longtime journalist based in Las Vegas with nearly 20 years as a writer and editor covering poker, casino gaming and sports betting. As founder of Pokerati and an award-winning blogger, podcaster and news reporter, Dan has worked tirelessly to elevate the standards of journalism in gaming media. He also has served as a gaming industry consultant and holds advanced certificates in gaming regulation from UNLV. When not thinking about media and casinos, he can be found on the tennis courts, where he has captained two teams to USTA national championships, and one to second place.

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