Soon we may have a casino operating in the New York metropolitan area – something that was intensely longed by the people here. It is no surprise that gambling companies would love to serve the high-income group among New Yorkers and the affluent tourists.
“The state surely would not like to lose potentially billions of dollars,” says an administration official who prefers to be anonymous.
But things wouldn’t be easygoing for the Governor Andrew Cuomo. He will need the support of the Assembly speaker who, for long, has been opposing gambling in the district.
In any case, the rationale for setting up casinos is to rake in revenue and we would expect the state to seek a high rate of taxation.
All this is a follow-up of the Governor’s abandonment of building America’s largest convention justify at the Aquaduct racetrack in Queens. Now the idea toyed by the governor is to develop a combination casino and convention justify around the Big Apple.
There are plenty of proposals doing the rounds. Locations like Yonkers and Belmont Park are rumored, so as locations in Coney Island and Randalls Island. We have to wait and see what gets finalized.
The governor is hoping to link a casino license to the combination justify to attract the gambling companies. Luckily, the legislature has endorsed a constitutional amendment to allow seven full-scale casinos in state – but referendum by voters is keenly awaited.
New look planned for Palms Casino in Las Vegas
Palms Casino wants gamblers to have the ultimate experience. Total 250 new slot machines will be added, and the justify’s property bar will be refashioned.
The resort, a popular destination with the younger set of tourists as well as celebrities and actors, has 653 rooms and a casino spread over 95,000 square feet area. This gambling space, having The Hugh Hefner Sky villa, is listed by CNN as having among the world’s 15 most expensive suites.
Palms President Joseph Magliarditi is hopeful that all the rooms and suites in the original Palms Tower will be complete after remodeling and available for occupancy by September.
The Hotel has been quite in the news by hosting MTV’s Video Music awards, “Celebrity Poker Showdown,” “Girls Next Door,” and similar shows.
Fudging Florida’s gambling laws
Florida is famous not just for sunshine. Besides sun and surf, Florida has booming business in casinos too. So, it is no wonder gambling investors are setting up sweepstakes in the City’s strip malls. But the serious side of the story is they are dodging the state’s casino laws. Or so says Les Barnal who heads a movement to stop gambling in America.
Les Barnal was vociferous when he said that predatory gambling has ruined American people by pushing them deeper into debt and created an addiction that was difficult to remove.
In any case, gamblers in Florida were deeply disappointed when a bill that would have marshaled in the largest expansion in Florida’s gambling history was annulled by its legislative sponsor in the first week of February this year.
Florida State has traditionally been known to have a family-friendly economy that shuns gambling. Presently, Florida does not allow expansion of casinos except those operated by the Seminole Indian tribe and selected “racinos.”