Resorts World Casino New York overview
Resorts World Casino New York bills itself as New York City’s only casino. However, it is technically a Racino.
In fact, the gaming facility opened in October 2011 at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, NY after years of political jockeying over who would be allowed to build and run Video Lottery Terminal gaming at the track. Regardless, Resorts World Casino New York remains the only VLT gaming facility in New York City’s five boroughs.
The Aqueduct Racetrack is a thoroughbred racing facility that opened in 1894.
When New York State authorized the installation of VLTs at racetracks in 2001, developers and casino operators lined up to build and operate a gaming facility at Aqueduct. However, it wasn’t until 2007 that the State issued a request for proposals to operate VLTs at the site. The Shinnecock Indian Nation proposed to build a $2 billion casino at the site. However, the tribe’s own standing and property ownership issues left that project unable to move forward.
In October 2008, developer and Racino owner Delaware North was selected to build a 330,000-square-foot Racino with 4,500 slot machines. However, the group failed to come up with a $370 million upfront payment to the state and the project died.
Aqueduct Entertainment Group was the next organization selected to build. However, political issues surrounded the project and the State re-issued the RFP in 2010.
Genting Group steps in
In August 2010, Genting Group‘s bid, which included a $380 million upfront licensing fee, was accepted. Genting Group is a Malaysian company that operates destination resorts in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the Bahamas.
In fact, after putting up an additional $450 million to renovate Aqueduct Racetrack’s grandstand, Genting opened up the first floor of Resorts World Casino New York in October 2011. Six months later, the second floor was opened doubling the gaming floor space at the property.
Resorts World Casino New York is on Rockaway Blvd. in the South Ozone Park area of Queens, NY. It is accessible by subway.
Two gaming floor levels
Currently, Resorts World Casino New York features 415,000 square foot of gaming space over two floors.
In fact, The Times Square Casino Level on the first floor features VLTs and electronic table games including:
- Single & Double Zero Roulette
- Three Card Poker
- Over 2,800 VLT slots
Plus, The Fifth Avenue Casino Level on the second floor features features VLTs and electronic table games including:
- Sic Bo
- Three Card Poker
- Single & Double Zero Roulette
- Video Poker
- High Limit Rooms
- Over 2,500 VLT slots
Additionally, Resorts World Casino New York also hosts three high-limit gaming rooms on the second floor. Plus, pari-mutuel wagering on live and simulcast horse races is available through Aqueduct Racetrack.
Online casino leaders
The Genting Group are veterans in the online casino gaming industry. In fact, through its UK division, the group already offers one of the most robust online casino websites in the world. Actually, the Genting online casino offers both a huge variety of traditional online casino games and live dealer games online.
Plans to legalize and regulate online casino games were not on New York State lawmaker’s agendas as of the first quarter of 2018. However, should that ever change, Resorts World Casino New York is in a unique position to take a leading role in any legal and regulated New York online casino market. This considering owner Genting Group’s previous experience in the iGaming sphere.
Online poker veterans
Genting Group also offers an online poker site in the UK called Genting Poker.
State lawmakers introduced legislation to legalize and regulate online poker in the state of New York in early 2017. It passed in the Senate but died in the Assembly. However, both versions of the bill are live at the start of the 2018 session. Politicians claim New York’s licensed casino and Racino properties are in full support.
This is highly likely to include Resorts World Casino New York, considering owner Genting Group’s experience in the online poker industry.
In fact, Genting put up over $800 million before the doors of the Resorts World Casino New York even opened. The operation has proved profitable. However, here’s little doubt Genting would be interested in the additional revenue online poker may be able to provide at low overhead.
More casino-style gaming and amenities
Resorts World Casino New York has proposed a $400 million expansion to the facility that would include turning the 415,000 square foot Racino into 750,000 square foot resort.
Proposed amenities include:
- 1,000 video-lottery machines
- A 400-room hotel
- 20,000 square foot spa and resort
- 140,000 square feet minimum convention center
Construction is expected to be completed in 2019.
Food, beverage and entertainment options already on site include:
- Food Court
- RW Prime steakhouse.
- Good Friends Noodle House
- Bar 360
- 70,000 square-foot third-floor event space
Points can be used towards:
- Event tickets
- The Resorts World Gift Shop