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People gamble at the Monticello Casino and Raceway in Monticello, N.Y., November 6, 2013. (AP photo/Seth Wenig) People gamble at the Monticello Casino and Raceway in Monticello, N.Y., November 6, 2013. (AP photo/Seth Wenig)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York is gearing up to take applications for four new upstate casinos at a time when some gambling operations in the region are in a slump.

A state siting board is scheduled to seek casino applications in March, four months after voters approved a state constitutional amendment to allow Las Vegas-style casinos beyond Indian land.

A number of gambling operations in New York and neighboring states has reported lower revenues since the vote amid the harsh winter. But applicants say over the long term, their casinos could tap into gambling dollars now going to other states.

The casinos would debut in a state that already has five Indian casinos and nine racinos with slot-like video lottery terminals. Casinos also are operating in three neighboring states.

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