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Opening day at del Lago Resort and Casino in Waterloo.

Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen

The week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday was good for del Lago Resort & Casino in Seneca County. 

The casino's pre-tax revenue was $3,532,995 for the week of Nov. 20-26, according to a report filed to the state Gaming Commission. The haul was the second-highest weekly total for the town of Tyre facility since it opened in February. 

Del Lago's best week was Feb. 20-26, when it reported gross gaming revenue totaling $3,711,657. That was only a few weeks after the casino opened. 

The casino benefited from the holiday weekend. The table game drop — the amount paid for chips to play blackjack, craps and roulette — was $4,540,836, the fifth-highest total since the casino's debut. Table game gross revenue was $1,152,280, which is the highest total since the facility opened in February. 

Del Lago has 85 table games. That doesn't include the 14 poker games also at the casino. Poker generated $51,246 in gross gaming revenue last week, according to the report. 

Slot machine play was also strong. More than $31.1 million in credits were played at del Lago's 1,956 electronic slots. Pre-tax revenue from the slots was $2,329,468. The average daily win was $170 per unit. 

Since opening Feb. 1, the casino has reported more than $124 million in gross gaming revenue. 

The big week comes as casinos are being scrutinized for not meeting projections detailed in gaming license applications submitted more than two years ago. State gaming officials have said that it's too early to assess the casinos' performance. 

The gaming revenue doesn't factor in other elements of the casino business. Del Lago has a 205-room hotel and an entertainment venue that hosts comedy shows and concerts. There are several restaurants within the facility, including Portico by Fabio Viviani, which bears the name of a celebrity chef. 

Del Lago officials tout the casino's impact on the regional economy. Earlier this week, the casino released data from the New York State Thruway Authority which revealed that average monthly traffic at the Waterloo exit increased by 43 percent since the casino opened in February. 

Before del Lago opened its doors, average monthly traffic at the Thruway exit was 266,306 vehicles. It's now up to 381,477 vehicles. 

These early indicators of del Lago's positive impact on the region are gratifying and only inspire us to continue helping local businesses expand and create even more new jobs and opportunities for our neighbors in Seneca County and the Finger Lakes region," said Jeff Babinski, executive vice president and general manager of del Lago Resort & Casino. 

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