More Plans to Open a NYC Casino are Coming Out

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New York is home to a large casino industry. Unfortunately, revenue from this industry has been low for more than a year and many are looking at new ways to bring in money. We’re now beginning to hear more about the plans to open a NYC casino.

Many officials are pushing to allow a Class III gambling venue in New York City. It seems that some progress is being made on this front. Today, we’re going to discuss exactly what needs to be done for a casino to be approved to open its doors in the Big Apple.

Let’s get into it!

Gaming Revenue is Beginning to Surge Around the US

It’s been more than a year since the US casino industry completely shut down. This proved to be one of the biggest moments in the casino industry to date. It took months for any major casinos to begin operating again.

The country’s larger gaming hubs were impacted more than the smaller ones. Places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City immediately began to suffer. These cities are unique in that they rely massively on their tourism industries.

Las Vegas began allowing its casinos to operate again in June. Of course, these venues were only able to operate at a limited capacity with intense regulations set in place. Tourism in the city remained low even after the casinos opened their doors again.

Atlantic City wasn’t given permission to reopen casinos until July. It was a tough few months for the East Coast’s biggest gaming destination. Like Las Vegas, tourism here remained very low for months.

Things are beginning to improve, though. Tourism rates are steadily increasing in Las Vegas. Casino companies across the country are beginning to see an increase in revenue. It seems likely that there will be a major recovery reported throughout the summer.

New York has been trying to improve its casino industry for years. It’s now looking like a major gambling venue could finally be making its way into NYC.

Here’s What We Know About the Plans to Open a NYC Casino

The idea of opening a major Class III casino in New York City has been floating around for years. There has been pushback by several prominent individuals in the state who feel this could end up resulting in more crime and gaming addiction. Lately, however, more have gotten on board with the idea of getting a casino in New York City up and running.

Several prominent politicians are interested in this idea, as well. New York City mayor-hopeful Andrew Yang has been supporting the plans to open a NYC casino. He believes this gaming venue could help to bring New York a huge amount of valuable revenue.

This week, news broke that a bid to open an official casino in New York City came up during the state budget talks. It’s the first time this has happened and shows how much progress is being made. Governor Cuomo is now said to be working on a “community advisory board” to find an adequate site to host this new casino.

One anonymous lawmaker spoke with the New York Post this week about the current casino plans here.

“Cuomo is like a mad scientist in his lab drafting language for a new casino. Legislators in the Senate and Assembly are rejecting budget language giving the governor the authority to locate a casino in Manhattan,” the lawmaker said.

It’s clear that more individuals are now beginning to support the idea of opening a major casino in New York City. Reports have surfaced showing this property could bring the state a massive amount of tax revenue every single year. One anonymous lawmaker seems to indicate that not everyone is supporting this idea, though.

Finding a suitable location for this venue seems to be the main priority right now. We’ll be sure to offer updates on this situation over the next few weeks!

Atlantic City’s Casino Industry is Poised for a Big Comeback

Casinos around the United States are beginning to see big increases in their monthly revenue earnings. It’s great news for the companies that own these properties. Most major US casino operators have seen unprecedented revenue drops over the past twelve months.

Atlantic City may end up seeing a massive comeback this summer. This small city is home to many of the best casino-resorts on the East Coast. Most of the restrictions here have been lifted and these casinos are beginning to report major increases in their visitation rates.

Some big companies are now investing into this city’s gaming industry. Not long ago, news broke that the Ilitch family had agreed to purchase half of the Ocean Casino in Atlantic City. They expect major jumps in revenue over the next few months.

The sportsbooks here are likely to see a major revenue boost, as well. Online sports gambling revenue has been flowing into New Jersey for the past year. As more visitors flock into Atlantic City, land-based sports betting revenue will increase.

It’s a great time for the casino industry. If all goes according to plan, there will be a surge of tourism into the major gambling hubs around the country. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting situation.

What do you think about the plans to open a NYC casino? Do you think a casino will open here in the next few years? Let us know in the comments section below.

We Could See a Casino in Queens Opening Sometime Soon

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The push to get a real Class III casino in New York City continues. It’s been a long, complicated process to get a major gaming venue in the Big Apple. Now, many are looking at possible locations for this property. Some believe we’ll see a casino in Queens opening its doors sometime soon.

This seems like a logical location for this new venue. Today, we’ll discuss why Queens may be the best area for a casino. We’ll also talk about what needs to happen for a New York City casino to open its doors.

Here’s what you need to know!

Lawmakers Continue Working to Expand New York’s Gambling Industry

New York’s gambling industry is still fairly new. For decades, officials here prevented any real commercial gambling properties from operating in the state. Finally, in 2013, the state government approved a new measure to allow commercial casinos here.

This proved to be a game-changer for New York’s gambling industry. It didn’t take long for major casino companies to begin opening casinos in the Upstate area. Unfortunately, state leaders did not permit any casinos to open in New York City.

Many now believe that it’s time for New York to expand its gambling options. A few years ago, the state legalized sports betting. Interestingly, only land-based sports betting was allowed here. The state pushed against the legalization of internet sports gambling.

More are now pushing for Governor Cuomo to begin allowing internet sports betting. New York’s sports betting revenue has been significantly lower than neighboring states. Until online sportsbooks become regulated here, this will not change.

There is also a huge push to allow more casinos to open around the state. The past year has been extremely tough for the casinos in Upstate New York. Many believe the state would benefit greatly from allowing casinos in New York City.

It seems that some progress is being made to get a casino opened in New York. Here’s a look at where this property could open its doors.

Here’s Why More are Pushing to See a Casino in Queens

As we just mentioned, New York’s gambling industry has expanded in a big way over the past few years. It is still significantly smaller than some of the other ones nearby such as New Jersey’s and Pennsylvania’s. Allowing a casino in New York City could be a great way for the state to compete in the market.

There have been some major issues getting this venue approved. Some in New York City believe that opening a casino here will result in an increase in crime. As time goes on, however, more are embracing the idea of a Class III casino in the city.

It now seems there could be a casino in Queens opening its doors sometime in the future. Queens is currently home to Resorts World Casino New York City. This isn’t a real casino and is only able to offer a limited set of electronic games.

Resorts World is one of the main candidates to become the first real casino in NYC. Meghan Taylor, the vice president of Government Affairs and Public Relations for Resorts World Casino, believes this will help to bring some much-needed revenue for the state moving forward.

“We are in an extremely different time in 2021, post-pandemic, where the state is dying for an economic boost,” Taylor said. “What that means is thousands of jobs being created almost immediately, and those thousands of jobs are for communities or really would be in communities that are in need of quality, high-paying jobs.”

This is exactly what many other state leaders are beginning to realize. New York is in serious need of tax money right now. A legalized casino in New York City could be the perfect way to achieve this goal.

The push to allow online sports betting continues, too. Here’s a look at what is happening on that front.

Now is the Perfect Time to Allow Online Sports Betting in NY

New York once had some of the strictest gambling laws in the country. For one reason or another, state leaders pushed against the legalization of almost all forms of gambling. Only recently have things begun to change here.

Land-based sports betting is now available in the state. No regulated online sportsbooks are currently allowed here. There has been intense pressure on Governor Cuomo to finally change this ban on internet sports betting, though.

Several companies seem ready to break into the state’s new online market. That includes Penn National Gaming, which recently secured a deal with the Twin Rivers Casino in New York. This will allow Penn Gaming to launch online sportsbooks in the state as soon as it becomes legal.

It seems likely that New York could grow to have one of the largest sports betting markets in the country with the legalization of online sportsbooks. New Jersey is setting new revenue records almost every month from this industry. It’s bringing the state a huge amount of tax money.

The gambling industry in New York seems likely to change in a big way soon. Most expect to see online sports gambling legal here within a year or two. We may even see a real casino in Queens open its doors soon!

Do you think it’s time for New York City to open a Class III casino? When do you expect online sports betting to become legal here? Let us know in the comments section below.

More Officials Push to Allow Real Casinos in New York City

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New York is home to a fairly large number of popular casinos. For several reasons, however, there are no real casinos in New York City currently operating. Many state officials are now taking issue with this fact and feel that things should change.

Analysts believe New York would benefit from expanding its gambling industry. The state has struggled to compete with many of its neighboring states in the casino and sports betting departments. Now is a great time to talk about how things could change here in the near future.

Let’s get into it!

New York Seems Close to Finally Allowing Online Sports Betting

The state of New York is well-known for having one of the most passionate sports fan bases in the country. Unfortunately, state leaders here haven’t capitalized on this fact. Lawmakers here have been hesitant to expand the sports betting industry here in any major way.

The first legal sports wager was made here in 2019. As of now, only land-based sports betting is available. That has made it difficult for sports betting operators to generate revenue with the events that have unfolded since March of 2020.

There has been a real push to allow online sports betting here lately. Analysts point to states such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania with regulated online sportsbooks up and running. These states are earning a massive amount of tax revenue from these internet gambling operations.

Officials in New York can no longer deny this fact. Even Governor Cuomo, who has been largely anti-online gambling over the years, seems to be embracing a change. He is actively in talks with other officials on how to safely launch the state’s online sports betting platforms.

This could end up being a game-changer for New York. It will almost certainly result in a major revenue spike. As of now, there is still no official date set for the state’s online sportsbooks to go live.

Many also feel that New York should begin to expand its casino industry. Here’s what we know about this situation.

Business Officials Push to Allow Real Casinos in New York City

The casino industry in New York has been steadily increasing since 2013. That year, state leaders began allowing commercial casinos to start operating. None were given permission to operate in New York City, though.

State leaders have long pushed against allowing Class III casinos in NYC. They believed these venues could cause a variety of unintended issues in the city. That idea seems outdated, however, when considering many of the successful casinos in other major US cities.

New York is beginning to realize that fact. Several prominent business leaders in different parts of the city are now supporting the push to allow real casinos in New York City. That includes leaders in The Bronx and Westchester County.

Most of the focus seems to be on allowing table games inside the Empire City Casino. This venue is one of the only ones in the city currently able to offer slot machines and other electronic games. There are now many that want to see this venue become a real, traditional casino.

Council member Shanae Williams believes this will end up bringing more money into Yonkers, where the Empire City Casino is located. “It would mean more money to help with a lot of different community projects, and I think that’s what we need right now in Yonkers,” she said. 

Governor Cuomo has shown a willingness to look into this idea. Of course, he is facing a variety of other issues at the moment that are likely taking his attention. We’ll be sure to offer more updates on any possible casinos in New York City over the next few months!

Atlantic City is Still in Recovery Mode

New York seems close to allowing many new gambling options. Over in New Jersey, the casino companies have a different focus. Rather than looking at expansion, these casinos want to simply get back to the way things were in 2019.

Atlantic City has been hit hard over the past twelve months. There are some clear signs that things are beginning to improve here. Revenue figures are still far below what was seen just a couple of years ago, though.

As infection rates drop, Governor Phil Murphy has slowly begun lifting restrictions on Atlantic City. This is giving the casinos here a little breathing room to attract players. Even major sports leagues are now making the move into AC.

News broke today that the Professional Fighters League plans to hold its upcoming tournament bouts inside the Ocean Casino-Resort in Atlantic City. These bouts will take place inside a “bubble” without any fans in attendance. It goes to show how far things have come here since last year.

Many believe February’s gaming revenue figures will break records. The Super Bowl likely brought an unprecedented amount of wagers. Hopefully, that money helps to keep the gambling properties here afloat during these difficult times.

Do you think we’ll see real casinos in New York City soon? Let us know in the comments section below.

Andrew Yang Supports New York City Casino Plans

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For years, several officials in New York have been pushing to open a new casino-resort in New York City. This idea is now beginning to gain attention from powerful individuals in the state. That includes Andrew Yang. New reports claim that Yang now supports the New York City casino plans.

It’s exciting news for gambling proponents in this state. Some, however, feel this isn’t the right time to discuss opening a casino in the city. Today, we’ll talk about what exactly might be coming to New York City in the future.

Let’s get into it!

New York’s Casinos Are Continuing to Struggle

For many years, New York was known as one of the most anti-gambling states in the country. Lawmakers here began cracking down on this industry decades ago due to its connection with crime groups. Some felt that we’d never see a booming casino industry here.

Eventually, the state began allowing Native American-run casinos to begin operating in the state. These grew extremely popular with residents and revenue started to increase. In 2013, officials in New York decided to pass a bill to allow commercial casinos in the state.

This was a huge moment for the country’s gambling industry. It became clear that New York saw the upside in gambling. Several commercial casinos have since opened in the state, mostly in the Upstate area.

2020 proved to be a devastating year for New York’s casino industry. In March, all of the casinos here were forced to shut down. They reopened over the summer, yet all of the casinos in the state have seen extremely low revenue figures since that time. Some are at risk of a permanent shutdown.

New York isn’t alone in this situation. All major casino destinations around the US are seeing extremely low revenue figures right now. It’s a complicated issue that even the top gaming experts are having a difficult time solving.

Could opening a casino-resort in New York City help things? Some certainly think so. That includes one man currently pushing to become mayor of NYC.

More Show Support for New York City Casino Plans

It’s clear that New York has changed its stance on gambling over the past few years. Interestingly, nearly all of the casinos in this state are located in the Upstate area. Many state leaders have been hesitant to allow any casinos in New York City.

Some now feel this is the time to make a change. We’ve seen several states open major casino-resorts lately. Prior to 2020, these venues were proving to be hugely successful. Even Chicago has recently approved a measure to open a new casino-resort.

This week, NYC Mayor-hopeful Andrew Yang gave his opinion on this situation. He addresses the fact that casinos can bring a variety of issues. Ultimately, however, he supports the New York City casino plans due to the massive revenue potential.

“We need big ideas,” Yang tweeted this week. “There are many downsides of casinos but the upside is $700m+ recurring annually largely from tourists now going to CT and NJ. That’s money for teachers, hospitals and other services. We should be trying to grow revenue where possible.”

Yang certainly has a point. Many gambling fans based in New York City are heading to neighboring states to play their favorite casino games. Opening a gambling venue in the city would help to keep this money inside the state.

It will be interesting to see if these plans move forward over the next few years. Many feel that Andrew Yang will end up becoming the next Mayor of NYC. Perhaps he will push these casino plans forward. Stay tuned for updates!

Will New York Approve Mobile Sports Betting This Year?

The casino industry in New York is growing at a steady pace. Prior to 2020, this industry was helping to bring the state valuable revenue in the form of taxes. Hope is that casinos here begin seeing pre-pandemic levels of revenue over the next few months.

As many know, New York also legalized sports betting years ago. Unfortunately, only land-based sports wagers are available here. It’s unusual, as online sports betting has proven to be a far more lucrative industry.

Many are now calling for mobile gambling to finally be approved in 2021. There are several bills to start regulating this form of gambling moving through the legislative process. Many believe lawmakers will give online sports betting the green light this year.

That will be bad news for New Jersey. This state has seen massive revenue figures from its online sports gambling industry over the past twelve months. Many sports fans in New York make the move into New Jersey’s borders in order to place online sports wagers.

If New York’s online sports betting industry goes live, this money will stay inside the state. It’s a similar thought process to the New York City casino plans. Officials in the state are tired of seeing money go into other parts of the country.

Do you think a casino should open in New York City? Would this be successful? Let us know in the comments section below.

New York’s Online Sports Betting Bill on the Move After Committee Aproval

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The New York online sports betting bills that Lawmakers favor over Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state-run model has begun its legalizations process.

The bills, S1183 and A1257, sponsored by Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, have gotten the needed support from both chambers and are on the move.

Support from Both Chambers

The New York Senate voted S1183 out committee on Tuesday while The Assembly followed by voting A1257 out of committee the following day. Getting both chambers to vote them out of committee is the first step in the legalization process for any law in New York and it represents a big win for New York mobile sports betting.

After this, the New York legislative will start the discussion process and hopefully, it will lead to a vote on the floor. According to sources, both the Governor and the members of the senate and assembly are confident that not only will the bill be passed but also expedited.

With the way the bill was voted out of committee in the Senate and the Assembly, it appears like lawmakers are hastening the legalization of New York online sports betting. At this rate, it is very possible that New Yorkers can bet on their mobile devices before the start of the 2021 NFL season in September.

Details of NY Online Sports Betting Bill

The current bill permits New York’s four commercial casinos and three tribal casinos to partner with two sportsbooks each. This means that there will be up to 14 sports betting operators in New York even before the proposed downstate casinos are included. This also means that top sportsbooks like FanDuel and DraftKings, which already have physical sportsbooks in the state will have the opportunity to launch their mobile apps in the Empire State.

Each online sportsbook operator will be required to pay a one-time fee of $12M. That would mean a total of $168M for the state is all 14 slots are taken. Meanwhile, sports betting will be taxed at 8.5% from retail bets and 12% for online bets. Professional sports stadiums and off-track betting facilities will be allowed to partner with a casino to host betting kiosks.

The proposed bill also allows online registration which means that the ongoing pandemic won’t affect the number of bettors and the total amount of bets placed. Operators are also obliged to pay 0.2% of their handle wagered on a specific sport to that sport’s governing body as an “integrity fee”.

NY Governor Cuomo Says He Will Push For Online Sports Betting

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is now willing to bet on online sports wagering. After long opposing to the legalization of online sports betting in New York, the governor now says that he will push for it during his upcoming annual address to the state.

Said Cuomo in a statement:

“New York has the potential to be the largest sports wagering market in the United States, and by legalizing online sports betting we aim to keep millions of dollars in tax revenue here at home, which will only strengthen our ability to rebuild from the COVID-19 crisis.”

A Focal Point of State of the State Address

On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo said that legal online sports betting will be a focal point of his policy proposals when he addresses his constituents and fellow lawmakers during his State of the State address next week.

Added Cuomo:

“At a time when New York faces a historic budget deficit due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the current online sports wagering structure incentivizes a large segment of New York residents to travel out of state to make online sports wagers or continue to patronize black markets.”

Under the governor’s proposal, mobile sports operator will have to obtain a state-issued license and be tied to a legal gaming facility. He will reportedly ask the New York Gaming Commission to look for proposals or offering legal online sports betting and to ensure that gaming operators include protection against addiction and abuses.

Change of Heart

For much of 202, Cuomo remained opposed to online sports betting and argued that its legalization would need a constitutional amendment. However, with the state facing a looming budget deficit and revenue shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor started to warm to the idea of legal online sports betting last month.

During a remote briefing last month, the governor said:

“Are there other ways to get revenue? How about marijuana? How about sports betting?”

Residents in neighboring New Jersey have been able to place wagers using mobile devices and computers since 2018. Today, the Garden State is poised to overtake Nevada as the United States’ largest sports betting market. In November 2020, a total of $872 online bets were placed in New Jersey, generating $30M in taxes. That amount brought the overall 2020 haul of the state from legal online sports betting to $268.8M, with the final numbers expected to be revealed next week.

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.