Long island’s East River waterfront is being eyed as a location for a “Monte Carlo”-style on line casino that might instantly turn into the sector’s “most up to date” playing facility, its promoter says.
The deliberate East River on line casino submitted to the state Gaming Fee is the brainchild of Water Membership restaurateur Michael “Buzzy” O’Keeffe and could be positioned subsequent to the floating eatery off East thirtieth Boulevard.
No less than 9 on line casino operators expressed passion to vie for 3 downstate on line casino licenses, in step with initial outlines submitted to the gaming fee.
It was once no longer transparent from O’Keeffe’s proposal who could be his spouse to perform the playing aspect of items.
He envisioned providing gamblers “vintage” desk video games and no slot machines.
“Within the Borough of Long island, from river to river, that is probably the most viable location to position a smaller boutique (Monte Carlo) genre on line casino this is simply expandable,” O’Keeffe wrote in his proposal. “An upscale Monte Carlo genre on line casino at the East Aspect, Mid-Long island, and really visual alongside the FDR Power at the East River.”
The on line casino could be 24,000 sq. ft and would have a modest 100-car automobile parking space.
He mentioned 450 ft of “open deep water pier” may well be used to construct extra gaming facility area or “flow in a customized on line casino.”
O’Keeffe, who additionally owns the waterfront River Cafe in Brooklyn’s DUMBO, additionally emphasised top rollers would have accessibility to the on line casino from the within reach heliport and personal ferry provider.
River playing is the best way to move, he mentioned.
“Construction at the waterfront is a long way more cost effective than construction in Midtown Long island. It’s the very best deal for the state and town to make, because it already exists, and is able to move,” O’Keeffe mentioned.
“New York, The International’s Capital, will have to have an attractive and upscale on line casino (so perhaps the following James Bond can play a hand of poker in New York),” he added. “One on line casino in Long island will finally end up as the freshest on line casino on the earth.”
Some of the different on line casino operators who submitted proposals are MGM Hotels and Genting. MGM owns Empire Town On line casino at Yonkers Raceway and Genting runs Hotels International at Aqueduct raceway.
Each operators could be enthusiastic about making use of for a license to transform their slots parlors into full-fledged casinos.
Others who submitted initial proposals: Bally’s, Las Vegas Sands Corp., Wynn Hotels, Exhausting Rock World, UE Hotels which operates the Okada on line casino in Manila; and Rush Boulevard Gaming, which operates a on line casino in upstate Schenectady.
Elected officers and neighborhood teams had been additionally allowed to put up their enter on casinos.
There was once robust opposition to a on line casino opening close to Citi Box, the NY Mets house in Flushing — together with from the influential Queens Civic Congress, a coalition of 60 group teams.
A up to date learn about carried out by way of the gaming fee estimated that opening 3 new downstate casinos — which come with the conversions of Aqueduct and Yonkers and opening a brand new on line casino in Long island — may just generate between $420 million and $630 million in revenues in keeping with yr.
Operators and state officers hope that licenses may well be issued inside of six months.