Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is one of New York’s largest Racino facilities. It features a massive variety of slots, electronic table games, live and simulcast harness racing and a host of food, drink and entertainment options. The facility is just minutes from New York City at the historic Yonkers Raceway.
Yonkers Raceway was founded in 1899 as the Empire City Race Track. The half-mile standardbred harness racing track and attached Racino is owned by the five sons of Pittsburgh Steelers legendary owner Art Rooney. The Rooney family first bought the track in 1972.
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway underwent a $225 million renovation in 2006 that was originally designed to include 7,500 slot machines. The first phase saw 1,870 Video Lottery Terminals installed. A second phase added 120,000 square feet of gaming space in December 2006. That brought the total number of VLTs to 4,000. In March 2007, a the third phase was completed bringing the VLT total to 5,300.
Plus, another $50 million expansion in January 2013 added 66,000 square feet of gaming space, 700 VLTs, and two new restaurants.
In 2016 Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway sought a full gaming license but it was not granted. Plans to build a 400-room hotel, 5,000-seat multi-use arena, and a 2,500-space parking garage at a cost of $310 million were shelved.
The Empire City Casino at Yonkers is in Yonkers, NY, a New York City suburb directly north of the Bronx and just two miles north of Manhattan.
One of New York’s Biggest Racinos
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway currently features more than 120,000 square feet of gaming space. There are more than more than 5,300 VLTs including a huge number of popular slots and electronic table games.
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway offers a number of themed slots including:
- Wheel of Fortune
- Michael Jackson King of Pop
- Sex and the City
- Family Guy
- Dolly Parton
- Betty Boop
There are also Video Poker, Progressives and Keno games.
Electronic versions of popular table games at the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway include:
- Three Card Poker
The Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway also has Self-Redemption Units allowing patrons to redeem slot vouchers and break currency.
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is already online
If any Racino in New York is ready for online gaming, it’s the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. In fact, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway already offers free-to-play casino games online.
The Empire City Online Casino is an online casino website hosted in Nevada. The Empire online casino offers a full slate of free-to-play casino games. No real money online gaming is available. The site is built for entertainment purposes with a variety of slots and table games available.
The Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway also owns and operates the empirecitybets website. The site offers online pari-mutuel betting on horse races. Horse race wagering remains the only legal online betting in New York State as of the first quarter of 2018.
New York lawmakers are not currently considering opening up a legal and regulated online casino market. Should that ever change, the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway appears ready to get involved.
Online Poker coming soon?
Two identical bills which would legalize and regulate online poker were on the floor of the New York State Senate and Assembly in early 2018. The Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway has expressed a desire to become a full-service casino and resort. As a result, the organization would likely jump right in a legal and regulated online poker market.
The Empire City Online Casino already offers a free-to-play Texas Hold’em game and real-money games would be a logical next step should they become legal in the state.
A Racino with full-service casino dreams
In addition to the huge slate of slots, electronic table games and live and simulcast harness racing, the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway offers a wide variety of food, drink and entertainment options.
Restaurants at the Empire City Casino at Yonkers include:
- Dan Rooney’s Café & Bar – an Irish Pub styled after the original Dan Rooney’s Café & Bar in Pittsburgh
- Pinch – a 250-seat Basque tapa cafe created by French chef Alain Ducasse
- Alley 810 – a craft cocktail lounge with two bowling lanes
- Nonno’s Trattoria – a classic italian restaurant
- Empire Terrace – a restaurant with racetrack views
There is also an International Food Court. Bars and lounges on the property include:
- The Winner’s Circle Bar
- Tequila Bar
- The Entertainment Lounge
The Entertainment Lounge hosts live music and comedy nights. Empire City Casino at Yonkers also hosts a Summer Concert Series with A-list acts performing for crowds of up to 2,000 people.
Rewards for game play
The Empire City Casino at Yonkers offers free membership in its Empire Club player’s club. Members can earn Empire Points while playing VLTs. Points are redeemable for:
- food and beverages
- entries into promotions
- exclusive merchandise and gift cards
- valet parking
Empire Club benefits also include:
- Free Play and Food Offers
- Members Only Promotions
- Invitations to Special Events
- Empire Club Mailings
- Free Check Cashing