2011-08-12 / Community

Table Games May Come To Aqueduct

By Daniel Solomon

A rendering of the Genting racino-would-be-casino. A rendering of the Genting racino-would-be-casino. In New York, table games at casinos have long been illegal. Still, the state has seen a profusion of racinos, like the Yonkers Raceway, which have video slot machines. Queens’ Aqueduct Racetrack is set to open its own gambling joint this fall, but its operator, Genting, has set its sight much higher.

The company wants to allow table games such as blackjack, roulette, and poker and turn its facility into a full fledged casino. The corporation has already won the support of the area’s politicians, including State Senator Joseph Addabbo and Assemblyman Michael Miller. They say that the project could create up to 10,000 jobs for Queens and hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes for New York.

That will be a heavy lift, though, because overturning existing law will require an amendment to the state constitution. Nonetheless, Genting and the racino lobby, the New York Gambling Association, have deep pockets and seem determined to get what they want.

Still, not everyone is pleased with their plans. Indian tribes, for one, who can operate casinos on their tribal land, are concerned about increased competition.

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