New York City Gets Its First Casino: Good Idea?

News 2011/10/31 13:00:00
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No, New York City did not suddenly legalize gambling. But they did get a full-sized Vegas-style casino. The Resorts World Casino New York City is possible thanks to an innovative technology-driven design, the Aqueduct Racetrack, and a couple of legal loopholes. The casino officially opened for business on Friday to tens of thousands of guests, sources say.

The Resorts World Casino boasts free drinks, buffet meals, horse racing, and of course legal casino gambling (with a twist). The state is allowing the casino in hopes of boosting the economy. Not only does owner Genting Group propose to generate up to $1.5 million a day for the state, but it's also creating jobs.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Resorts World New York President Michael Speller said, "We are thrilled to welcome the public to this extraordinary new entertainment venue which will permanently employ 1,350 New Yorkers, of which 89 percent are either minorities or women ... [We] will work hard with the State and leadership to find more ways to create even more jobs -– as many as tens of thousands -– on our site as soon as possible."

So how did they pull off a legal casino in New York? Well, for starters, they built it around the Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, Queens. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, New York legalized electronic gambling at racetracks to raise money. To address the "electronic" aspect, Resorts World features robotic dealers instead of human dealers. They're also emphasizing games like craps, baccarat, and an Asian dice game called sic bo, as opposed to poker and blackjack.

of course, there are potential setbacks. Local businesses fear the establishment will draw crime. Enzo Bellissimo, an auto shop owner who's been running his business across the street for almost 40 years, told the New York Times, "It is going to create a big mess. Prostitutes. Crime. Gamblers are not going to create new business for us. I don't want this garbage."
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  • Bassinman 2011/11/01 01:35:50
    Sure, OK, NJ, and NV are plagued with casinos, might as well have a thousand of them in each of Obama's 57 States. That way there would be "Every dollar left behind" by poor people spending what little food money they have on slots trying to get rich, and asking for food stamps instead of spending their dollars where they should. Really? Isn't that where the proposed $1.5mil a day comes from to pay New York. And that's just the taxes, how much more money are these sad sacks going to spend to keep this place in business every day? Yeah, we need more casinos so we can have more on welfare. Hey, that would be one way that the gamblers could recover part of their losses.

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  • vinnybrooklyn 2011/11/18 22:24:40
    I am glad they did something at Aqueduct. I think the casino will bring more people and business to the local economy. I was there last Saturday and the place was packed. I won't go back until they open all three floors.
  • EDITH R. CHAMBERS 2011/11/03 15:53:46
    i think that is a very bad idea in light of what is going on in the economy
  • harry 2011/11/03 15:07:20
    7 come 11 baby needs a new pair of shoes. Play $100 on 6 the Hard Way. It pays 9 to 1
  • Aksana 2011/11/03 12:53:59
    Why not?
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2011/11/03 12:37:22
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    That should give the WSOs something better to do than stealing, raping and exposing themselves.
  • luigi1- in god we trust 2011/11/03 12:11:59
    luigi1- in god we trust
    It'll help pay the state's bills.
  • Pedro Doller ~Inc. 2011/11/03 10:39:18 (edited)
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    And for the High Rollers

    high rollers
  • JHalden87 2011/11/03 06:08:31
    Russia has a ban on gambling and it helps their society immensely, not against free trade but am against extortion and exploitation of stupidity.
  • ★Calliope★ 2011/11/03 05:42:19
    Just like the lottery the state will count it's chickens and piss the money away anyway. Same old crap with a progressive state - just a new cash cow that will be misused.
  • bigsteve 2011/11/03 04:17:41
    Yes.... but something was missed in the 'fact-check' with this story,,, This will be the SECOND casino in NYC... the first is Wall Street...
  • us 2011/11/03 01:05:58
    casino in new york, i don't it a good idea, but people should not spend there hard earn money there. If you do, set a limit.
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2011/11/03 00:39:28
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    Too many casinos everywhere, too many people that want free money everywhere.
  • Michael McConnell 2011/11/02 21:09:40
    Michael McConnell
    They built a casino in my town (Bethlehem, PA) and now all the seniors go down and spend their social security checks. It has been a nightmare.
  • daneal 2011/11/02 16:21:35
    every poor person needs somewhere to waste their money
  • shadow76 2011/11/02 15:00:08
    No that would be more rich taking from the poor.
  • ILuvMonkeys 2011/11/02 13:38:05
  • baboula 2011/11/02 12:36:05
    I wish MD would do it and keep the money in its' state instead of neighboring ones. For those that make an assumption about crime, unless and until one occurs, that's all it is, an assumption
  • Artist~PWCM~ 2011/11/02 12:23:19
    Surprised it took so long...
  • DeLosDosOsos 2011/11/02 10:28:14
    As if NYC, the mecca for morons, needs ANOTHER idiotic pastime.
  • WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB 2011/11/02 09:06:59
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    It does fit in to their "culture".
  • DeLosDo... WannaBe... 2011/11/02 10:28:54
    NYC, the petrie dish of the planet.
  • WannaBe... DeLosDo... 2011/11/03 00:03:05
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Was actually thinking septic tank, but that's just me. :-)
  • James Anthony 2011/11/02 05:58:19
    James Anthony
    Yes, but with reservations. In the present economy we should encourage and reward any business that is going to generate jobs and tax revenue for the local and state coffers. But it needs to be highly regulated and contained, which is something I don't advocate normally - but these are extraordinary times.
  • Danny Barker 2011/11/02 05:09:40
    Danny Barker
    People are alway saying they need a boost in economy and want more jobs.Seem alright by me. You will always have some people Talking about all the crime it will bring but did'nt we have crime even without the Casino.
  • Diane 2011/11/02 04:44:48
    They already have a casino. It's called the stock exchange.
  • Narcole... Diane 2011/11/02 16:25:55
    beat me to it :p
  • WatchTheRhythm 2011/11/02 03:15:57
    Tough call. But if the community wants it, let them have it. Most of the problems encouraged by this are there anyway, this at least acknowledges them and puts them in public view.
  • James 2011/11/02 02:28:11
    If the taxpaying citizens of New York believe it is a good idea, then it is a good idea.
  • Jacqui 2011/11/02 02:02:02
    It's better that NY get gabbling money then the mob.
  • Nibz 2011/11/02 01:25:53
  • i quit 2011/11/02 01:07:28
    i quit
    Wow, I live a mile from this place. Go figure.
  • wamcalif i quit 2011/11/03 01:06:22
    They'll probably run a shuttle bus from in front of your house. God knows you won't be able to afford the MTA fare coming back.
  • i quit wamcalif 2011/11/04 21:09:36
    i quit
    I'm sure somebody will find a way back. Me: I prefer to lose my money the old fashioned way; in stocks.
  • Pam 2011/11/02 00:43:39
    Hell yes. They aren't allowed to do anything else in that city. Why not?
  • san 2011/11/01 23:21:03
    Especially if it opens opportunity for jobs.
  • mal 2011/11/01 22:35:49
    who owns it, bloomberg!
  • Pam mal 2011/11/02 00:46:37
    Good question. It has to be, everything else in that city is illegal.
  • wamcalif 2011/11/01 22:17:10

    Hip, hip Hooray!
  • thomas carter 2011/11/01 21:49:27
    thomas carter
    I don't think that new york needs another reason to corrupt itself any further, they already are the largest conglomerate of bookies and most destructive economy next to california in the mis management of money on the planet and are getting worst by the day. no i think they wouldn't get it .dont think they need it .if they need more money take it from the mayor.
  • dennisg40 2011/11/01 21:29:57
    Might as well.

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