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.

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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.

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