Tioga Downs turns down Traditions

By Perry Russom

June 10, 2014 Updated Jun 11, 2014 at 8:56 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Things are getting tense in the battle for the Southern Tier casino bid.

On Monday, Traditions at the Glen said they were interested in partnering with competitors Tioga Downs if the town of Union spa and resort was to win the bid.

Tioga Down's owner Jeff Gural said Tuesday, however, "not so fast."

"We don't see any kind of partnership down the road at all with Traditions, and I think that our chances of getting the license are pretty excellent," said Gural.

He said his racino is the logical choice to get the bid for the Las Vegas-style casino.

"Truthfully, I think if (Traditions owner Bill Walsh) won the bid, he would go broke," said Gural. "I told him that. I don't think that there are enough customers for both of us."

If Tioga Downs was to win the state bid, Gural says his casino would be up and running in three months.

The state is expected to award the first round of casino licenses in the fall.