The FanDuel Group has made its first manoeuvre in New York State, after aligning with Tioga Downs Casino Resort to debut the company’s first retail sportsbook in the region.

Opened to the public on Friday 19 July with New York Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo making the ceremonial first bet as part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Nichols, New York, located property becomes the fourth retail operation of the group.

After opening its first-ever FanDuel sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack in July 2018, it was followed up with The Greenbrier in West Virginia and most recently Pennsylvania’s Valley Forge Casino Resort.

Tioga Downs’ sports betting retail location is one of four upstate New York casinos permitted to offer the activity in the state.

“As we continue to expand our sportsbook operations across the US the opening of our FanDuel Sportsbook at Tioga Downs Casino Resort is a history-making moment for the FanDuel Group,” stated Keith Wall, vice president of commercial retail at FanDuel Group

“Jeff Gural has been an incredible partner in New Jersey, and joining forces with him and the team at Tioga Downs allows us to bring sports betting to New York sports fans while delivering new jobs and tax revenue to the Empire State.”

The 2,600 square foot location features eight betting windows and 27 video displays including a large video wall and 14 self service betting kiosks, leveraged by IGT PlayDigital’s retail sports betting technology.

Jeff Gural, chairman of American Racing and Entertainment, added: “Our partnership with FanDuel at the Meadowlands has surpassed expectations. Now that legislation in New York has been passed, we look forward to bringing the fun and excitement of wagering on sports to the upstate region.”

Rush Street Gaming recently welcomed sports betting to New York, as its Rivers Casino and Resort Schenectady accepted the states first legal wagers.