new casino could be brought to the New York City area, and three Las Vegas-based companies are reportedly considering the opportunity to open it.
The New York Post reported that Wynn Resorts, Bally’s Corp. and Las Vegas Sands seek to secure one of three gaming licenses New York state plans to issue for the New York City, lower Hudson Valley and Long Island area this year. The jurisdiction would put out a request for proposals as soon as next month.
Two of the licenses will likely “go straight to gaming properties that have already been OK’d to run slot machines in the area: the Resorts World Aqueduct racino in Queens and the MGM Resorts-owned Empire City Casino in Yonkers,” the news outlet reported.
Las Vegas Sands CEO and chairman Robert Goldstein told the local newspaper that his company is “eager to bring our expertise and resources to New York,” even after last week’s sale of its Las Vegas properties. A casino opening “could bring needed revenue, thousands of jobs and help rebuild the state from the devastating effects of COVID,” he added.
Wynn and Bally’s have not publicly discussed their plans to vie for the New York license.
Willets Point in Queens, the Belmont Park development on Long Island and the St. George neighborhood on Staten Island are among the locations where a casino could open.