As I suspected, the new State-regulated casinos in New York (as well as those in Massachusetts) will almost all be smoke free. This good news was reported by the Times Union in a recent item about what Turning Stone is doing to meet the new competition.
While I and many other casino patrons would welcome a completely smoke-free environment, maintaining a ban on smoking may not be economically viable. There is a high correlation between gambling and smoking, and a complete ban in Atlantic City sent too many customers elsewhere and had to be rescinded. Smoking will continue to be allowed at Turning Stone and in the Connecticut casinos. Their customers may stay loyal to those establishments that allow them to smoke, even if new, non-smoking casinos are closer to where they live.
I think the best way to accommodate everyone is to make all public areas of casinos non smoking, with separate (but equal, in terms of games offered and other amenities) gambling rooms for smokers and non smokers. Foxwoods has a separate non-smoking casino, but unfortunately for me it does not have any of the full pay jacks or better video poker machines I like to play at that establishment, so I have to put up with some smoke to play the better games. Casino management also should consider accommodating those who are sensitive to noise by establishing some quiet areas. The more a business can accommodate those with competing likes and dislikes, the better for everyone.