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New law extends hours for casinos

Resorts World, other racinos can stay open to 6 a.m., add more free play

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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:51 am, Thu Aug 7, 2014.

Gov. Cuomo has signed into law legislation to allow racinos like Resorts World Casino New York City in South Ozone Park to stay open later.

The bill will also increase the amount of free play a casino can offer to attract customers.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), who sponsored the bill in the Assembly, said it was a “technical fix” to the state law governing casino operations.

“It gives the casinos a little more flexibility,” he said, noting that the bill garnered no opposition in either house of the state Legislature when it was passed in June.

The Senate version was sponsored by state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx, Westchester County).

Under the law, Resorts World and other racinos in the state will now be allowed to stay open until 6 a.m. from the current 4 a.m.

Further, the gaming halls will be allowed to give out free play equaling 15 percent of the total amount wagered, up from 10 percent.

Resorts World spokeswoman Abbey Falconer said the casino must wait 60 days as stated in the law before its hours can be extended.

“The earliest Resorts World Casino New York City’s hours of operation would change is the week of Sept. 22,” she said in an email. Resorts World recently changed its opening time to 10 a.m. from 8 a.m.

Revenue is down at many racinos upstate, but is up 7.6 percent generally statewide thanks almost entirely to Resorts World, which has raked in over $1 billion since opening in October, 2011.

There are nine racinos across New York State including Resorts World and there are plans to open four new Las Vegas-style casinos spread across three regions; the Catskills, the Southern Tier and the Capital District area, the result of a successful referendum to legalize full gaming in the state passed by voters last November.

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