The state’s gaming facility location board on Wednesday recommended three casino projects in three different regions of upstate New York receive a potentially lucrative license to open a casino resort that includes table-top gaming.

The state’s recommendation — which is expected to be formally approved by gaming regulators — does not include a fourth gaming license after the facility location board concluded fourth resort would not be economically viable.

The location siting board recommended: Schenectady’s Rivers Resort and Casino at Mohawk Harbor, Lago Resort in the Finger Lakes region community of Tyre and Empire Resorts Montreign Resort in Sullivan County.

The decision shut out Orange County, which had been competing with several bid proposals, including a massive resort complex that would have sought to draw in New York City tourists.

Officials at the gaming facility location board determined an Orange County casino would have “cannibalized” a competing casino in the Catksills.

By the same token, a second Catskills casino would not have been economically viable either, Board Chairman Kevin Law said at the announcement in Albany.

The determination also shut out the state’s Southern Tier region, a jobs-starved area of the state which also today learned the state would move to formally ban high-volume hydrofracking. Tioga Downs CEO Jeff Gural, who had sought to transform his struggling racetrack into a casino resort, had raised the possibility of the facility closing if a casino license had not been awarded.

The recommendations from the facility location board is the culmination of a process that began in 2012, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo first proposed a constitutional amendment that would allow for non-Indian commercial casinos in the state.

Cuomo had initally sought a massive resort casino complex at Aqueduct in Queens, a project that ultimately apart.

The governor then turned his focus on making casinos a tool of upstate economic development.

After voters approved an amendment to the state’s constitution expanding casino gaming, lawmakers approved enabling legislation that set the first phase of casino construction to be north of New York City in regions where there is not an Indian-run casino.

But just as New York got into the casino business, questions arose over whether the northeast casino market was reaching a saturation point as the economic troubles of casinos in Atlantic City became apparent.

Cuomo, meanwhile, insisted today he is playing no role in the casino siting process, insisting at a cabinet meeting the recommendations from the siting board were made without his involvement.