Resorts World celebrates one-year annivesary
by Kathleen Lees
Oct 31, 2012 | 1852 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Resorts World New York celebrated its first anniversary this past Thursday, reminding the community its progress and hopes for the future.

Located in Queens, the racino opened last year on Oct. 18 at Aqueduct Racetrack, providing the hopes of new jobs for Queens residents and extra income for the state.

Cat Greenleaf, the host of Talk Stoop, an NBC entertainment show, hosted the event.

New York State alone is estimated to take in 68.5 percent of the racino's gross revenue of $635 million. The number has far exceeded projections, according to officials, with approximately $434 million in state coffers.

“We have generated more tax revenue than any other gaming operation in the country,” said Michael Speller, the president of Resorts World.

Reports from the casino estimate than in its first year alone, more than 1,750 employees were hired, with donations of one percent of company profits going to benefit local community groups.

State Senator Joseph Addabbo said that Resorts World was one of the largest generator of jobs in the borough, and they would continue pressing for new positions for people living in Queens, especially with the possible expansion of Resorts World.

“We’re going to still work with Resorts World to continue to push for more local jobs,” Addabbo said.

Christian Goode, senior vice president of Development of Genting Americas, Inc., said that Resorts World was adding over 500 table game machines by opening the Table Games Square and Roulette Sports Bar, including the first single zero European Roulette machine in the country.

“In just one year of operation, it is clear that Resorts World Casino New York City has been an incredible success for Queens, New York City, and the state as a whole,” Goode said.

Speller reminded attendants that ten million guests have so far experienced Resorts World Casino in its first year. “We’re hoping to do a lot more in the next year,” he said.
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