As patrons streamed into the Empire City casino at Yonkers Raceway, golden shovels went into the dirt, breaking ground on a new $40 million expansion on Tuesday.
Fighting a fire will rely on sprinkler systems and internal pipes, as well as scores of firefighters working from inside the building.
The project would be the first of two new “boutique” casinos recently authorized by New Jersey regulators.
Mohegan Sun poured nearly $10 million into renovating their Seasons buffet restaurant.
The state Casino Control Commission on Wednesday approved a process for companies to apply for a license to build two new smaller casinos. One could have as few as 200 rooms, while the other would eventually have to expand to 500 rooms within five years.
The Atlantic City casino that once bore Donald Trump’s name was changing hands Monday. The casino was being bought by Texas-based Landry’s Restaurants, which is renaming it the Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
A Fairleigh Dickinson-PublicMind poll puts the seaside casino resort behind Las Vegas and New Orleans when it comes to where gamblers would like to spend their time and money.
After nearly banning smoking altogether at casinos, the city imposed the partial ban in 2007. The change of heart came when the economy crashed and casinos feared a complete smoking ban would cost them more customers.
Police said Richard J. Vogel, 22, of Westville had been fighting with another casino patron on the fourth floor of the Harrah’s Resort garage around 5:40 a.m. Casino security found him on the outer area of the structure, where he apparently having lost his footing and fell.
The stamp may have been issued to stir feelings of national pride, but instead it has stirred up controversy.
Resorts Casino Hotel was being sued by seven fired waitresses. Several others were considering legal action.
Revel was expected to create 2,000 construction jobs and about 5,500 permanent jobs once the facility is open.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have made his state the first in the nation to legalize Internet gambling.
Recession-pummeled construction workers expect to see a year and a half of steady work on the casino project, while residents hope they’ll be able to land one of the estimated 5,500 permanent jobs the casino and hotel will create.
Additional layoffs to other inspectors at Casino Control Commission are likely in coming weeks.