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del Lago wants to cut back on slot machines

Del Lago Resort & Casino wants to reduce the number of slot machines at the Seneca County gaming facility as it plans to offer sports betting once regulations are finalized.

Steven Greenberg, a spokesman for del Lago, confirmed the casino’s plans Thursday.

“As del Lago Resort & Casino looks forward to begin offering sports gaming in conjunction with our DraftKings partner, we are seeking to reduce the number of slots to construct our sports gaming facility and make other improvements for our customers,” Greenberg said.

Del Lago has 1,950 slot machines, according its latest financial report available on the state Gaming Commission’s website. The casino’s gaming license, which was awarded in 2015, requires it to have a minimum of 1,950 slot machines.

The casino would need approval from the state Gaming Commission to reduce its slot machine total below the minimum.

Earlier this week, the commission approved requests from two other casinos — Resorts World Catskills in Sullivan County and Tioga Downs Casino in Tioga County — to amend the minimum number of slot machines required at the facilities.

The commission revealed that the casinos sought the change to remove “under-performing” slot machines.

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