Resorts World To Build 400-Room Hotel in Aqueduct

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Resorts World Casino NYC announced on Monday plans to build a new $400M Hyatt Regency hotel next to its gambling facility near the JFK Airport at Aqueduct in Queens, New York. According to the announcement, the hotel will be dubbed as Hyatt Regency JFK at Resorts World New York.

The proposed eight story, 400 room, four-star hotel is expected to open in 2021. It will include new restaurants, state of the art conference and meeting areas, retail stores, and additional gaming space. Genting’s Resorts World in Caskill also features a hotel.

Said Genting Americas East President Bob DeSalvio:

“Hyatt’s global brand recognition will give Resorts World an even greater opportunity to tap into the travel and tourism market worldwide and showcase our unparalleled hospitality, gaming, dining and entertainment offerings. We are proud to work with such an iconic brand as we move NY Forward, and we are excited that guests will soon be able to enjoy an integrated casino resort experience right here in Queens.”

Genting’s Gamble

Building a hotel is considered a gamble given the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many New York businesses are experiencing big losses due to the coronavirus outbreak. Even though they have been allowed to re-open, New York casinos have been forced to operate with restrictions. Resorts World in Aqueduct is no exception.
According to Sen. Jose Addabbo, Jr. who represents the Aqueduct communities, Genting’s proposed hotel creates hundreds of job opportunities for residents and adds revenues to the state while also improving the gaming experience in the Queens area.

Always in the Plan

Building a hotel adjacent to its New York casino was always in the plan of Genting Americas’ the Malaysian-based owners of Resorts World, when they opened the gambling facility a decade ago. Genting has a strong global presence, especially in Asia, which could help bring in more customers from the JFK airport to the proposed hotel.

Prior to this plan, Genting even had an ambitious plan to build a convention center at Aqueduct and the thought was even briefly considered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The idea folded after state lawmakers and Manhattan-based tourism industries refused to allow it to replace the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side.

Casinos in New York Are Expected to Open in September

New York has been one of the last states to allow its commercial casino industry to reopen. It’s been an extremely tough few months for those employed inside these gaming venues. Based on new comments from Governor Cuomo, casinos in New York are likely to reopen soon.Andrew Cuomo

This is what many have been asking for. State leaders wanted to ensure that things were as safe as possible before they agreed to open casinos back up. Today, we’re going to discuss which properties are expected to reopen in September.

Let’s get into it!

Protesters Continue Pushing for Casinos in New York to Reopen

The state of New York is now officially a major casino destination. It wasn’t always this way, though. Lawmakers here fought against gambling legislation for years.

Commercial casinos were legalized here in 2013. In March of 2020, Governor Cuomo ordered all of these casinos to close their doors to the public. It was a huge blow to the gaming industry here and left thousands of individuals without work.

Most states began allowing their casinos to reopen in June. That includes Nevada, the biggest gambling hub in the country. In July, New Jersey started to allow its major casino-resorts to open again, too.

Many have been asking when New York would lift its regulations. Earlier this month, a number of protesters headed to Albany, calling for casinos to reopen. Several of these major protests have taken place recently and it seems they’ve had an effect.

Officials involved with gaming regulation are now working hard to get commercial casinos operational again. That includes Cuomo, who’s been hesitant to get any crowded venues up and running. This week, the governor told the media that news on this situation is coming soon.

Many feel this means that casinos in New York will be operational again by the end of next month.

Governor Cuomo is Set to Offer an Update on Casinos in New York

New York was hit extremely hard from the global pandemic earlier this year. Infection rates have become under control in more recent months. Of course, all lawmakers here fear that lifting regulations will result in another major spike in Covid-19 cases and deaths.

The casino industry is now on the brink of collapse. That’s exactly what gambling proponents in the state are attempting to point out. The permanent closure of casinos will result in a major loss of jobs.

This week, Governor Cuomo hinted at a new plan. He seems to be insinuating that all of the commercial casinos in this state will be given permission to open back up sometime in the near future.

“We will have an announcement next week,” Cuomo said, “It is going to be positive news.”

This is exactly the news that casino employees were hoping to hear. The biggest issue for these workers was not knowing when they would be allowed to return to work.

It seems likely that the same regulations found in Atlantic City’s casinos will be implemented here. That includes limiting the number of players at table games, requiring masks, and eliminating food and drink service. We’ll continue offering updates on the reopening timeline over the next few weeks.

Regulations Are Slowly Being Lifted in Atlantic City

There’s no doubt that Las Vegas remains the biggest casino hub in the United States. For a time, it seemed like Atlantic City was close to capturing that title, though. Prior to the shutdowns in March, gambling revenue in this New Jersey city was skyrocketing.

The legalization of sports betting certainly helped. A huge number of visitors from nearby states began making the trip to Atlantic City to place sports wagers inside the casinos. Many of these casino-resorts also underwent major renovations that made them more appealing to guests.

Between March and June, all of Atlantic City’s casinos were closed. They’re now open and officials have gradually begun lifting the regulations found inside these venues. News broke this week that alcohol service will once again be allowed inside the casinos here.

Hope is that the lifting of these regulations helps to boost revenue. All of the casinos in Atlantic City have experienced massive revenue drops in 2020. Overall, gaming revenue in the city dropped by 23% during the month of July.

Most experts predict this will improve as time goes on. Casino companies are working hard to attract new players. Soon, the casinos in New York will need to begin coming up with marketing ideas, as well.

Do you think it’s time for New York’s commercial casino industry to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below!

Casino Workers Rally to Get NY Casinos Open

For many weeks, New York was the state most affected by the new coronavirus spreading around the world. Cases have dropped here, yet state leaders have remained extremely hesitant to reopen any gambling venues. A large number of casino workers are now planning to hold a rally in Albany to finally get NY casino open again.

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The casino shutdown has been devastating for many New York residents. As time goes on, more individuals here are calling for casinos to begin operating again. Now is the perfect time to look at what New York has planned for its casino industry.

Let’s get into it!

New York’s Casino Industry Has Been Shut Down for Months

When most people think about East Coast gambling hubs, places like Atlantic City come to mind. Many are unaware of the fact that New York has a large and successful casino industry. For years, both tribal and commercial casinos have been allowed to operate in this state.

Competition in NY’s casino industry is extremely high. Many of the casinos here are located within a small area in Upstate New York. These gambling venues employ a huge number of individuals and bring valuable revenue to the state.

Back in March, Governor Cuomo ordered all of New York’s casinos to close down. Everyone agreed it was the correct decision. That’s particularly true after the massive spike in Covid-19 cases experienced here.

Fortunately, cases have remained low for the past few weeks. The hesitation to reopen different industries is beginning to take a serious toll on the state economy, though.

Casinos play an important role in New York, particularly in the Upstate area. Many are now calling for these venues to reopen. It’s still not clear when casinos will begin operating again, however, and some residents are now protesting these shutdowns.

Will the upcoming rally push lawmakers to finally reopen casinos?

Gaming Employees Continue to Work On Getting NY Casinos Open

Most states around the US have now allowed casinos to begin operating again. That includes New Jersey, Mississippi, and Nevada. All of these states are seeing their gambling revenue fluctuate.

States with reopened casino industries are beginning to receive some much-needed money via taxes. Many residents in these states have also seen their jobs return after casinos opened back up. Over in New York, however, casinos remain closed to the public.

This week, three prominent casino workers announced a major rally in Albany to protest the regulations still in place. The group hopes to get NY casinos open again after months of being shut down. Thousands of casino employees have already signed an online petition to lift the casino restrictions set in place.

Greg Mallette, cage operations manager and assistant hotel manager for Vernon Downs, simply hopes this rally will push lawmakers to offer a timetable on when casinos can reopen.

“When you are putting us in a position where we just have no guidance, we have no idea whatsoever,” he said. “We don’t know if it’s going to be next week, if it’s going to be two weeks or if we are going to get to Oct. 1 and we’re all going to be laid off. That’s the worst part of it.”

We’ll need to wait and see if this rally helps to get NY casinos open. In the meantime, gambling revenue in New Jersey is likely to increase.

What’s Happening Over in Atlantic City?

The state of New York is taking its time reopening casinos. It’s clear this is hurting many residents here. The casino shutdown in Atlantic City was considerably worse, though. Fortunately, all casinos here are now operating again.

Governor Phil Murphy began allowing casinos to reopen here in early July. Towards the end of that month, the Borgata Hotel-Casino became the final casino to open up here. The reopening of these venues was crucial for Atlantic City to survive.

It was clear that things needed to change here. Gambling revenue was almost non-existent for months and a huge number of residents in New Jersey lost their jobs. Revenue has slowly begun to increase here and should continue to get better as the months go on.

Intense regulations are still being set in place at all Atlantic City casinos. Eating, drinking, and smoking are prohibited here. Most feel these regulations will be set in place inside these venues for the rest of 2020.

Many residents in neighboring states are now visiting New Jersey to gamble. If NY casinos open back up, that may change. We’ll continue offering updates on the situation over the next few weeks.

Do you think it’s time for New York to reopen its casinos? Let us know in the comments section below!

Seneca Gaming Lays Off 150 Employees

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The Seneca Gaming Corporation announced last Friday that it has eliminated 150 job positions across its three casino properties.

In a statement, Seneca Gaming pointed to the slow recovery of its casino business as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The job cuts were made from its operations department and the company is looking to redirect the affected employees to other positions within the company. Per the company’s statement:

“The challenges presented by the pandemic, notably the closure of our three Seneca Resorts & Casinos properties for 90 days, have been dramatic. While we have begun the initial stages of our phased reopening, the pandemic has unfortunately not made it possible to restore all areas of our operations to date.”

Closure Has Affected Operations

Seneca Gaming’s properties have been back in business since July 1st but the three month closure has already affected its operations. And even now that they are open, the volume of costumers has decreased due to government restrictions plus health and safety protocols.

While Seneca’s casinos have been open, they have been at reduced capacity in order to maintain social distancing measures. Most restaurants are still closed while some slot machines are unavailable to allow social distancing.

Tribal Gaming Open Since May

Non-essential businesses have been allowed to re-open in New York but Governor Cuomo ordered commercial casinos to remain closed earlier this month. However, tribal gaming companies in New York have started to reopen since last May and most of them are already open right now. Seneca gaming began its phased opening in June.

Seneca Gaming Corporation was established in August 2002 by the Seneca Nation of Indians. The latter is one of three federally recognized Seneca entities in the United States. Its sovereign government has 7,800 members or tribal residents. The Nation owns five reservation casinos in Western New York and runs three gaming resorts in New York, namely the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, and the Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino.

Here’s an Update on New York’s Casino Industry

New York remains the hardest-hit US state from this global pandemic. Over the past few weeks, however, Covid-19 infection rates have been dropping here. As a result, New York’s casino industry has slowly begun coming back to life.New York Sign

Many of the tribal casinos in this state have reopened to the public. Many are now asking when the state’s commercial casinos can start operating again. Now is the perfect time to look at what the state has planned over the next few weeks.

New York Gears Up to Enter into Phase III Next Month

Back in March, the US began to enter into lockdown. The novel coronavirus had begun to spread rapidly throughout the country. Eventually, cases began to skyrocket in New York and New York City in particular.

Things didn’t slow down for months. New York’s Covid-19 cases continued to climb and tens of thousands of individuals were killed. By early June, it seemed as if the state’s intense social distancing measures began to work and finally, infection rates here started to fall.

It’s been an incredibly difficult time for residents and businesses in this state. Most of the casinos in upstate New York, for example, have been closed for months.

Many restrictions are starting to be lifted and a sense of normalcy seems to be emerging. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claims the state will enter into Phase III of reopening on July 6th.

This will be a welcome move for many residents here. Phase III allows for indoor dining and many outdoor activities to resume. Some are still concerned that lifting restrictions will lead to another surge in infections.

There’s no doubt that things are improving in this state. As restrictions are lifted, more individuals here are becoming interested in entertainment activities. Does this mean the state’s biggest casinos can finally start accepting guests?

New York’s Casino Industry is Already Opening Up

For months, it seemed like almost nothing was open in New York. Many are incredibly surprised to hear that some casinos have been open here since early June. How exactly is this possible?

New York is home to several Native American-run gambling venues. These casinos sit on sovereign land and can set their own regulations. The Cayuga Nation’s small Lakeside Gaming Hall began operating in mid-May. On June 10th, several of the Seneca Nation’s properties started operating again.

As many are aware, New York legalized commercial casinos back in 2013. There are now several of these Las Vegas-style gaming venues operating here. Don’t expect any of these properties to reopen soon, though.

For obvious reasons, New York is still extremely cautious to allow businesses to reopen. State leaders recently announced that visitors from several states will need to quarantine for 14 days.

“If you fly into New York,  we’ll have your name, we’ll know where you’re supposed to be staying, there will be random checks,” Governor Cuomo said. “You get pulled over by a police officer and he looks at where your residence, and says, ‘How long have you been here?’ You get sick, you go to a hospital from out of state and you test positive and you’ve been within the 14 days, you’re violating the law and you’re going to have a problem.”

Certain parts of New York’s casino industry is now back up and running. Commercial casinos here will need to remain closed for a little longer. It now appears that some casinos in states that have recently lifted restrictions are now being ordered to close down again.

Three Casinos in Arizona Have Been Ordered to Shut Down

Over the past few weeks, several states around the country have begun to lift their restrictions. Many feel that this is leading to the significant surge in Covid-19 infection rates around the country. Some states are being hit harder than others.

Arizona is seeing its cases surge significantly. Over the past 24 hours, for example, more than 3,000 new cases have been confirmed here. As a result, three casinos in this state have been forced to temporarily shut their doors.

This goes to show how quickly things can change right now. The casinos in Arizona that recently closed were following very similar guidelines to the casinos in Las Vegas. Some analysts fear that Nevada’s casinos will soon be forced to shut down again.

Covid-19 infection rates in Nevada have been increasing lately. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak recently announced that masks are now required when going into public spaces. That includes all of the state’s casinos.

No one really knows when New York’s casino industry will completely back up. The country is in an unprecedented time right now. Governor Cuomo is likely to offer more information on this situation over the next few weeks.

Are the casinos open in your state? Do you expect New York to open commercial casinos this summer? Let us know in the comments section below.

Upstate New York Casinos on Upswing After a Slow Start

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When the four casinos opened up in upstate New York back in 2017, they had a sluggish start. They struggled to make gains and have a steady stream of workable revenue come through their doors. And while they’re not racking in the big bucks just yet, big improvements have been made in attracting customers and boosting their revenue.

All four casinos experienced a brighter 2019 than they did in 2018, with each casino reporting a revenue increase. As a record reviewed by the USA TODAY Network from the state Gaming Commission showed, Resorts World Catskills had the biggest revenue increase from the year prior, at a whopping 48% gross gaming increase in its second year of business.

According to the review, the total revenue jump for the four casinos combined last year was 18%, or $618 million.

Bob DeSalvio, president of Genting New York State, the company that owns Resorts World Catskills, said that a “A 24-month ramp up period is not unexpected in today’s environment.” Adding the slower build up of a two-year period is more normal for gaming properties.

“If you look at the history of regional gaming properties over their lifetime, it’s about two years for them to really click in.”

From Gray to Rose Revenue Predictions

New York took a gamble back in 2014 when they handed gaming licenses to the four gaming properties standing in the state today: Del Lago, Rivers, Resorts World Catskills, and Tioga Downs.

All four casinos were unanimous slow-burners to start, and earning potentials looked meek. In fact, Del Lago and Resorts World Catskills were on the brink of bankruptcy and sold off last year.

Since being bought out last year, both companies have seen an increase in revenue. Del Lego’s economic impact was at $270 million and a gaming revenue of $157 million. This was 4% revenue jump for 2018.

With mobile sports betting becoming legalized across the country, this remains an important year for even rosier revenue predictions should mobile sports betting get the official green light.

Advocating for Lower Tax Rates for Long-Term Profitability

Many of the casino owners report taking a hit from the high tax rates, and say that the current rate is impeding on their ability to reach their long-term profitability goals, especially in a highly competitive regional casino market.

“While we continue to make progress in growing our gaming revenue,” Justin Moore, General Manager of Rivers, said in a statement, “we operate in a highly competitive and expanding regional gaming market where we pay the highest effective tax rate of all the commercial casinos which makes it difficult for us to compete effectively.”

In April, the first draft study on the future of NY’s gambling industry is set to be released. It comes at good timing, as the legislative sessions will end in June. The study could be a determining factor in the state Governor and state Legislature to reconvene on their stance of the state’s current gambling laws.

Revenue From Upstate NY Casinos is Slowly Increasing

Over the past couple of years, New York lawmakers have worked hard to expand their casino industry. Unfortunately, revenue from Upstate NY casinos failed to increase for months. New reports indicate that in 2019, things began to turn around for casinos in the Upstate area.Flag Of New York

Lawmakers in this state are looking to earn more money from the gambling industry. More gaming options may soon become available here. Today, we’re going to look at how the Upstate casinos performed in 2019.

New York’s Expanded Casino Laws, Explained

For decades, New York was considered a very anti-gambling state. Lawmakers here implemented a blanket ban on casinos back in the late 1800s. Despite laws against it, many small, illegal gambling venues continued to operate in the state.

Eventually, state officials began allowing horse race wagering. In the 1950s, lawmakers decided to legalize bingo and five years later, opened a state lottery. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that officials began looking at the possibility of legalizing casino gambling.

In 1989, the Supreme Court passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This set of laws made it legal for Native American tribes to operate casinos on sovereign land. Not long after this bill was approved, New York began allowing the state’s tribes to run gambling venues.

In 2013, lawmakers completely changed their stance and decided to officially legalize commercial casinos. Since that time, several of these gambling venues have opened up, most of which are in the Upstate area. Unfortunately, revenue from Upstate NY casinos hasn’t been quite as high as many initially predicted.

There are several reasons why this is. Most cite the competition as the primary reason why these casinos have struggled to make money. According to new reports, things are beginning to improve.

Revenue From Upstate NY Casinos is Going Up

It hasn’t been an easy road for casinos in New York. As we just mentioned, almost all of these are located in the Upstate area. Many are within close proximity to each other. Competition is extremely high here and just about every single casino has struggled to bring in players.

It seems things are improving, though. The four casinos in Upstate New York are beginning to see an increase in gaming revenue. Each one saw its revenue increase last year.

Resorts World Catskills, one of the largest casinos here, saw a massive 48% jump in revenue. In total, revenue at Upstate NY casinos increased by 18% last year. That’s fantastic news for the state, as lottery sales dropped by more than 35%.

Bob DeSalvio, president of Genting New York State, says he’s not surprised to see things start to get better.

“If you look at the history of regional gaming properties over their lifetime, it’s about two years for them to really click in,” he said. “A 24-month ramp up period is not unexpected in today’s environment.”

There has been fear that the state’s casino industry might fail. Lawmakers have discussed new ways to help these gambling venues generate more money. Things are beginning to improve, and new sports betting options may help make things even better.

New Sports Betting Options Might Be Coming to New York

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court officially struck down PASPA. This decision immediately gave every state in the country the ability to legalize sports betting. Today, more than 20 states have decided to legalize this form of wagering.

New York began working to legalize sports betting in early 2019. On July 16th of that year, the first sports wager was placed here inside the Rivers Casino in Schenectady. As of now, only land-based sports betting is available in the state.

This could change soon, though. For months, lawmakers in New York have discussed legalizing online sports betting. Many feel this will help to increase revenue from NY casinos.

This is currently being decided in the courts. Officials argue that allowing online sports betting will help to bring the state more revenue and make things more competitive with New Jersey, which allows sports wagering to be made over the internet. It’s still unclear whether or not the courts will agree with this assessment.

Revenue at Upstate NY casinos is beginning to increase. State officials hope that this trend continues. We’ll need to wait and see whether or not these officials can succeed in allowing online sports wagering.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!

Genting Appoints Bob DeSalvio to Lead Resorts World in New York

The Genting Group, which owns and operates Resorts World, is having an extremely busy year. The company is currently working to open a massive new casino-resort in Las Vegas. This week, the company appointed Bob DeSalvio to officially lead Resorts World in New York. Bob DeSalvio

It’s exciting news for the company and its properties throughout New York. DeSalvio has decades of experience in the gaming industry. Let’s look at what Genting has planned for 2020.

Resorts World Catskills is Officially Sold

Genting Group owns and operates several major casino-resorts all over the world. Recently, the company has worked to break into New York. Genting purchased Resorts World Catskills recently and is already working to improve the property.

It isn’t the first New York casino-resort that Genting purchased. The company already owned the Resorts World Casino in Queens. Eventually, it was decided that purchasing a majority of stock in Resorts World Catskills would help to improve both venues.

It was an easy decision for Empire Resorts, the former owners of this casino-resort. Resorts World Catskills has faced bankruptcy for years. Genting Group’s purchase of the venue solved all of the company’s issues.

“We’re in a unique position where we can assist with the management of Resorts World Catskills through our Resorts World New York property at a low cost,” said Ed Farrell, President of Genting Americas. “We can bring synergies to both projects and by just operating at a higher scale, we’re going to be able to put the cost structure in a way that Resorts World Catskills can turn to black and we can make money going forward.”

Genting is clearly invested in New York. This week, the company revealed a new leader to oversee the New York operations.

Bob DeSalvio is the New Head of Resorts World in New York

It was expected that Genting would appoint someone with real experience to take over Resorts World in New York. There are now two of these properties operating, both of which have struggled to generate revenue over the past few years. An experienced leader to oversee the operations in this state could bring a major change.

That’s exactly what’s happening here.

Genting Group has appointed Bob DeSalvio to lead Resorts World in New York. He has more than 40 years in the gaming industry, including a stint as president of Encore Boston Harbor. Lim Kok Thay, board executive and Chairman of Genting Group, commented on why the company is bringing DeSalvio in.

“Bob DeSalvio has a proven track record creating and implementing successful marketing and growth strategies in the gaming and hospitality industries,” he said. “Bob’s operational expertise combined with his unique ability to recognise industry trends and adapt to fast-evolving consumer demands will help accelerate growth at Resorts World Catskills and Resorts World Casino New York City.”

It’s exciting news for gambling fans around the state. With Genting Group now investing in New York, the casino industry is set to improve dramatically.

Meanwhile, the company continues to construct the incredible Resorts World Las Vegas.

Resorts World Las Vegas Still Set to Open in 2021

Genting Group continues to work on Resorts World in Las Vegas. At the same time, it’s working hard to open Resorts World Las Vegas. This has been an extremely long project for the company due to several delays and lawsuits.

Construction is underway on this project, which is scheduled to open in 2021. It will feature more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space and more than 3,500 rooms for guests. It’s expected to cost $4.3 billion to construct, making it the most expensive development in Las Vegas history.

Recently, several new details about this casino-resort came out. We now know that it will feature a 5,000 square-foot theater and massive convention space. Previously, it was thought that the casino would have a unique Asian theme. Now, it’s being said that that this is no longer the case.

When it finally opens, Resorts World Las Vegas is expected to be one of the most amazing hotel-casinos in the city. Both tourists and residents can hardly wait until it opens!

Bob DeSalvio is expected to be a major asset leading Resorts World in New York. Stay tuned for more New York casino news over the next few months!

Sports Betting at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is Finally Here!

New York officially legalized sports betting earlier this year. In July, the first legal sports wagers were placed here inside Rivers Casino. Sports betting at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is now up and running, too!

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It’s great news for sports fans in the Buffalo area. Today, we’re going to look at why it took so long for this casino to launch its sportsbook. We’ll also look at how the sports gambling industry is performing in New York right now.

Let’s get into it!

New York Continues to Expand its Sports Gambling Operations

Prior to the Supreme Court striking down PASPA, not may predicted that New York would ever legalize sports betting. In fact, lawmakers here seemed determined to shut down any forms of sports wagering here. Even daily fantasy sports was prohibited in this state!

New York was one of the few states to ban offshore online sportsbooks, as well. Most states without a regulated sports betting market simple turn their heads away from the betting sites based overseas. New York was active in banning them.

Once PASPA was removed, lawmakers here seemed to change their tune. New Jersey allowed sports betting and was earning millions of dollars a month from the industry. It was so popular in this state that many New Yorkers were crossing the border into New Jersey to place sports bets.

Now, sports betting is completely legal throughout the state. Most of the casinos here, the majority of which are located in the upstate area, offer sports gambling options.

There was even an attempt to make online sports betting legal in New York. Unfortunately, the bill was stalled in mid-2019. Hope is that it’s resumed again in 2020.

This week, one of the most popular gambling venues in the upstate area officially launched its sportsbook.

Sports Betting at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is Now Available

Buffalo is known for having one of the most passionate sporting fan bases in the country. Bills fans regularly make headlines for their antics. Unfortunately, there were very few options to make sports bets in this area.

That is no longer the case. This week, sports betting at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is becoming available. This signals a larger move for Seneca Gaming Corporation to break into the lucrative sports gambling market.

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is the first of the company’s three regional properties to open a sportsbook. Rickey Armstrong Jr, president of the Seneca Nation of Indians, is set to make the first legal sports wager in the casino today.

That’s not all. Soon, sports betting will become available at both the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls and Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca.

All traditional forms of sports gambling are set to become available in this gambling venues. This includes betting on the NFL, NHL, NBA, and even collegiate sports. If you’re in Buffalo, make sure to check out the new sportsbook operating here!

NY’s Sports Gambling Revenue Drops in November

New York isn’t home to the most lucrative sports betting market in the country. That’s surprising to some, considering the state’s massive population. For several reasons, this industry just hasn’t taken off here.

In November, sports betting revenue in this state dropped by nearly 41%. New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) officially revealed November’s revenue earnings this week.

New York’s four commercial sportsbooks generated $1.3m in gross gaming revenue in November. This represents a 40.9% revenue drop from the month of October.

Rivers Casino in Schenectady was the most successful casino in terms of sports betting. Resorts World Catskills in Monticello came second, generating $549,230 in sports gambling revenue.

Sports betting at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is finally here. Hopefully, this venue manages to generate more money than the other casinos in the state.

Stay tuned for more US casino news over the next few months!

Resorts World Catskills is Set for a Major Change

The casino scene in Upstate New York is one of the most competitive in the country. Many casinos are currently operating here, some of which are struggling to generate revenue. Resorts World Catskills now has new owners and is bracing for a major change. New York Sign

This casino-resort is having a tough time bringing in money. Hopefully, these changes to this establishment turn things around. Let’s look at what the owners are saying.

New York’s Casino Industry Continues to Expand

For many years, lawmakers in New York pushed against gambling expansion. The state’s officials event worked to ban common forms of gambling such as daily fantasy sports. Recently, however, things have taken a major turn.

In 2013, the state approved commercial casinos. Within just a couple of years, four different privately-owned gambling venues opened in this state.

New York has also recently begun to embrace sports betting. In July of 2019, the first legal sports bet was placed here inside the Rivers Casino in Schenectady. As of now, only land-based sports betting is allowed here. It’s likely that mobile sports betting will become available in New York in the near future.

Many of the casinos in Upstate New York have struggled to generate revenue. The increase in competition here seems to be making things worse. Resorts World Catskills was recently forced to declare bankruptcy and was officially sold to a company based in Malaysia.

This week, the owners of this gambling venue announced what’s coming here.

Resorts World Catskills Owner Announces “New Chapter”

It’s been a tough road for this casino. Initially, it was expected to become one of the hottest casinos in New York. Unfortunately, it’s having a very difficult time bringing in players to the casino floor.

As we just mentioned, this casino was recently sold to the Genting Group. Ryen Eller, president and CEO of Genting Americas, commented on future plans for this venue.

“This marks a new chapter for Resorts World Catskills and is the first step toward fulfilling the promise and potential of New York’s most prized integrated casino resort destination,” Eller said. “By leveraging Genting’s extensive market knowledge, coupled with unrivaled play, stay, and dine facilities, Resorts World Catskills is well-positioned to increase performance and generate significant revenue for the region and New York state.” 

With backing from Genting, hope is that this casino manages to start producing better results. Owners say they do not expect any layoffs. That’s great news for the nearly 1,000 individuals working in this establishment.

New York Looks for New Ways to Generate Money From Gambling Industry

Most of the US seems to be interested in embracing the gambling industry. With the ability to legalize sports betting, every state seems to be taking a closer look at its current gambling regulations. New York is one of the states most actively working to generate more money from its gambling market.

Nearby New Jersey is considered the gold standard for US sports betting operations. This state legalized sports gambling in mid-2018 and is now earning more revenue from this industry than Las Vegas. Lawmakers in New York want to see similar results.

The 2019/2020 NFL season seems to be helping things. Rivers Casino, in particular, has been benefiting massively from the football season. It experienced record-breaking revenue figures at the start of the season and continues to rack in money.

Casinos in New York need to work on new ways to attract players. One idea that’s being passed around is for these gambling venues to work together, rather than against each other.

Resorts World Catskills has new owners. Let’s see how this affects the gambling venue’s performance heading into 2020.

Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!