Turning Stone Casino is a venture run by the Oneida Indian Nation. The primary premises opened up in 1993 with 130 table games, Ruby Buffet restaurant and a coffee shop. The Casino employed about 1,800 people at that time. More or less 500,000 people frequent the new attraction for the first two months of operations. In 1995, the gaming floor offered 50 instant multi-game machines, which replaced the standard slots. In 1996, the gaming floor expanded with the construction of new hotel, restaurants and retail shops.
In 1997, the new hotel opens to the public which include numerous new restaurants Emerald, Crystals Diner, Forest Grill Steakhouse, Pino Bianco Trattoria and Opals Confectionery 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 development 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.
From its humble beginnings as small bingo parlor in 1979, it has become a major gaming and golf destination in the states. Offering high stakes bingo, live poker, 103 table games for players. Casino games include craps, roulette, blackjack, pai gow poker, mini Baccarat, Cashless instant mutli-games, video keno and pull tabs. In order to be able to gamble you need to be 18 yrs. old and above.
There are twenty two poker tables available for up to two hundred plus poker aficionados. Four different types of poker are played. The Casino also sponsors poker tournaments and special events. 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.