According to company officials, the first gaming machines at Aqueduct Racetrack will be installed this week at the multi-level casino as part of its condensed opening schedule announced in March, 2011. Under the new schedule, the casino at Aqueduct Raceway will be able to open its doors in two phases rather than three.
Phase one will bring 2500 Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs), rather than the originally planned 1,600, plus seven food-court outlets with a total of 300 seats, as well as indoor and outdoor parking. Phase two will add 2,000 VLTs, two fine-dining restaurants called Genting Palace and RW Prime, a lounge and an additional VIP casino, as well as another bar, with views of the first floor entertainment area.
In addition to the signature restaurants, Resorts World Casino New York at Aqueduct will also offer a unique international buffet with capacity for 450 patrons, plus a food court featuring local favorites, as well as national brands, including Stage Deli; Wolfgang Puck Express; Queens Burgers; Good Friends Noodle House; Cups n’ Cones (Proudly serving Starbucks); and Fiesta (Latin & Mexican Cuisine).
The casino will also feature a 130,000-square feet of event space for concerts, exhibitions and gatherings on the third floor. Another 100,000-square-feet of outdoor event space, for up to 1,000 people, is currently under development on the former track apron.
“We’re still a couple of months out. We are working around the clock right now to get this done.” said Resorts World President Michael Speller.
Resorts World is a subsidiary of Malaysia-based Genting Berhad, the world’s largest gaming company with 51 casinos in Asia, Europe and now the U.S. Resorts World Casino New York represents the company’s first venture in the U.S. Once the New York casino is fully operational, the facility is expected to employ approximately 900 workers and provide $300 million in annual revenue for the state.