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Casino anticipates surge in sports betting traffic ahead of Super Bowl

NICHOLS, NY (WBNG) — Tioga Downs Casino Marketing Manager Jim Weed said Wednesday that they expect a good crowd for Super Bowl 56 on Sunday.

“It’s been busy all NFL season for sure, but now that the Super Bowl is upon us, the ‘big game’ if you will, people are excited and people are starting to get excited. acting on the game.”

It’s been exactly a month since online sports betting was legalized in New York State, and according to Weed, the heat is on in their establishment. He said that throughout the football season, their sports betting site FanDual has grown in popularity. “People are interested in all sports, not just the NFL of course, but yeah, there’s been a big increase and people are interested, it’s just another way of really having fun for them and so we’re seeing a lot of interest for sure.”

He said that in addition to those who have been going to FanDual since the beginning, they are also starting to see new faces. “So now we’re starting to see a lot more people coming here to the casino because they have questions. The good thing is that we have very knowledgeable staff here at FanDuel sports book and they can help you through the process. A lot of people come in saying ‘I don’t really know how to do it, I’d like to do it’ and they’re very knowledgeable, very helpful and that’s really the way to go”.

This weekend is for people to have fun, Weed said. He mentions that there are also options for people struggling with gambling addiction. “It’s for fun, it’s not meant to be a problem and we don’t want it to become a problem. We always have resources here on the property, there are plenty of phone numbers we can give you, (and) a bunch of brochures. Once a month we have a table here with a problem gambling resource center here in the Finger Lakes. They come on site to talk about these things. Whether it’s slots and tables or a sports book, they cover it all.

If you or a loved one is struggling with a gambling addiction, or if you need help, you can contact the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Support: NYS HOPELINE – 1-877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369)