Aqueduct Casino Nearly Complete As Second Gaming Floor Gets Finishing Touches

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Finishing touches are being put on a second gaming floor at the Resorts World Casino, which will double the number of video slot machines and electronic card games, designed specifically to target New Yorkers going out of state to satisfy their gambling needs, according to casino president Mike Speller.

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“They’re going to Jersey. They’re going to Vegas. They’re going to Connecticut. They’re going to Pennsylvania. That’s all money that’s leaving the state,” he said Monday.

The second floor will actually be exclusive.

“It’ll be available to a Silver Card customer or above, which is similar to the airline concept where if you’re a frequent flier, you have added benefits,” he said.

There’s an upscale steakhouse and Chinese restaurant overlooking the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, and 130,000 square feet of event space — that’s the largest event space in all of Queens.

“We certainly support enhanced gaming in the state and we look forward to seeing that unfold next year,” Speller told WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it’s time to sanction full-fledged casinos, which would be a huge boost to New York’s economy.

The casino will be 99 percent complete by Friday. It opened in late October and has proven to be very popular, with over 20,000 visitors on the weekends.

Do you support full-fledged casino gaming in New York? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • The Realist

    Yes, but are New Yorkers allowed to WORK at Resorts World? Or is this another Atlantic City where only out-of-towners are hired?

  • Give the player a break

    VLT slots at Aqueduct are too tight and most of the machines require way too many coins for each spin. Atlantic City and Conn casinos have a better variety of penny slot machines that require only 5 to18 coins to cover all lines. And they offer the ability to double or triple the bet without bankrupting the player.
    The Aqueduct machines require you to exhaust your playing budget too fast, and this doesn’t encourage a player to play very long or to come back for another visit. And there are no free slot dollars offers.

  • Robert

    Hopefully some of that money will start making it’s way to Boston!

    Casinos in Boston

  • pugphan

    We go to CT and AC once in a while, and have been going to Yonkers lately. The big A has to get it’s act together. Drinks are free at AC and CT for one thing. Also
    Yonkers sends us cash for our tolls and once a month we get 10 or 20 spendoodits playing cash. The big A gives up nothing, and to boot the valet is twice as much.
    We won’t be going back anytime soon to the big A. smokersodysseycom

  • mak

    I’ve been to both Yonkers and Aqueduct and I have to say that BOTH places are MAJOR ripoffs. I have never seen such tight machines in my life. And heaving forbid that a person should be able to find the payout percentage on NYS machines. I don’t think NYS requires that gamblers know the percentage, unlike NJ or Vegas. I know that gambling is a losing proposition but to sit down at multiple machines and barely get a cherry, is beyond bad luck. It is stealing money from the schmo that’s sitting there. Never again will I go.

  • Bullett

    I can’t wait the see the crying towel from AC.

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