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First New York City Casino by Genting Resorts World

6 February 2012 by Devon Chappell

newyorkcitycasinoIf you’re an avid gambler, the Genting Group is probably a name you’ve heard. Heck, even if you’ve never even rolled the dice a day in your life, there’s a good chance you’ve still heard of Genting. That’s because Genting is the world’s largest destination resort operator, and has their fingers in a little bit of everything, including real estate, theme parks, cruises and power generation. Oh, and best of all: Resort Style Casinos.

Through it’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Resorts World, the Genting Group (www.gentingcasinos.com) owns world class gaming resorts in Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and most recently, my home town of New York City. Aptly called Resorts World Casino New York City, this brand spanking new destination opened in 2011 at the famous Aqueduct Racetrack in Jamaica, New York. Not technically Manhattan per say, it’s still New York City (borough of Queens). In other words, you can quickly get to it from the subway or a cab. And if you’re one of the rare few New Yorkers who actually owns a car, you can drive there yourself!

Through a partnership with the New York Lottery and New York Gaming Association, Genting’s NYC casino is something of a marvel in that it’s the first casino (technically, it’s a racino) ever to go up in New York City. Perhaps we owe that to an ailing horse racing industry, yet the bottom line is that New Yorkers need not any longer take the Chinatown bus all the way to Connecticut, Atlantic City or Pennsylvania. Not only that, it’s a full-fledged casino with about 4,500 gaming machines (slots, keno, video poker) and over 200 electronic gaming tables (Baccarat, Craps, Roulette, etc.).

Genting Rewards Club Members can claim some great perks playing at RW’s New York Casino. On the heels of an amazing Chinese New Year Celebration, Genting is offering a fantastic lineup of free play slots tournaments throughout the month of February. Called the $50,000 Free Play Blizard, this weekly tournament (every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in February) awards free play earnings and a chance to win $50,000. Ten winners are chosen every drawing, and sixty winners are picked every day.

Additional free-play promotions this month take place on Sunday, February 19 (up to $110 in free money based on historical play), and to celebrate the Leap Year, new players can claim $9 Free on February 29th, and returning players can receive up to $129 in free money based on historical play. And for all the senior’s, RW New York Casino is offering the Senior Power Play, in which Rewards Club members age 55+ will earn 2x comp points on all wagers every Tuesday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Additionally, senior’s can redeem vouchers for a $5 lunch buffet between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., and $1 breakfast items for all the early birds between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Speaking of food, RW’s New York City Casino offers a staggering food and beverage court with 18 vendors ranging from an affordably-priced Wolfgang Puck to your traditional New York deli counter. There are also two restaurants, four VIP lounges, and for your nighttime entertainment fix – a large bar and theatre for hosting musical and comedy acts.

Genting has truly done a fantastic job with New York City’s first casino….err, racino. The New York Racing Association is predicting it will generate $30 million in racing purses, and the facility has already created more than 1,350 New York jobs.

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