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2/1/17-Gamblers flood into del Lago Resort & Casino

Some arrived about five hours before opening.

Others peeling off Thruway Exit 41 had to deal with a line of traffic.

When the new del Lago Resort & Casino’s doors opened about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the crowds streamed through the front doors and quickly spread out on the 94,000-square-foot gaming floor.

“I took off work and am going to win money,” said Nate Herbert, a poker player from Clyde, Wayne County, who waited outside for several hours in near-freezing temperatures. “I hope to be here all day. I am ready to be that big winner today.”

The casino opened with 2,000 slot machines and 89 tables, including 12 poker tables and several tables of Blackjack, three card poker, Texas Hold ’em, mini baccarat, craps, roulette and more. Minimum bids for most tables started at $5 and $10.

A minimum bid of $50 was required for a higher stakes game of blackjack. The number of guests coming through the front doors in the first hour were not immediately available.

But it was obvious that the number of people playing table games were dwarfed by the numbers sitting at slot machines. If a new casino at Tioga Downs is any indication, the slots are where del Lago may make most of its money.

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Source: Democrat & Chronicle