The New York gambling scene is long overdue for a facelift. It may be shocking to many people that the city with the reputation for never sleeping does not have a casino nearby. New York City has come very close to getting slot machines, but unfortunately the legislature has repeatedly managed to waffle up the business of finding an operator at Aqueduct Race Course in Queens. When that venue is finally turned into a racino like all of the other racetracks in the state, it is predicted to generate more revenue than all of the others combined. However, it is not very likely that the Aqueduct, if it ever gets a slots parlor, will be limited to slot machines for very long.
A new threat is looming for state gambling dollars. The federal government recently recognized an Indian tribe in Long Island. This particular tribe has made it clear that they have ambitions of building a casino right down the road from the Aqueduct. The venue will be less than 10 miles away. It will also be, just like Aqueduct, accessible by the New York public transit system. If the a tribe opens a full service casino close to the most successful casino in New York, you can bet that the New York legislature is going to try its best to keep up by expanding gaming as well.
New York City will like have a casino within the next ten years. The question is whether it will stop at just the tribal casino and the racino at Aqueduct.