Journal News

It was a holiday bonanza at Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct Race Track in Queens, with nearly $1.3 billion gambled there in December, state records show.

The racino, which opened in October 2011, is the state’s largest gambling hall with more than 5,000 video-lottery terminals. Its net win—the amount of money left in the machine after payouts to winners—was $59.7 million in December, second only to July 2012.

The racino hailed its numbers in a news release today, saying it was a record breaking season for the facility. The facility’s success helped fuel a record $9 billion in revenue for the state Lottery in 2012, Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported earlier this month.

“Resorts World Casino is breaking records, on a regular basis. With more visitors than ever coming through our doors, it’s clear that New Yorkers and tourists alike know that Resorts World Casino New York City is a world-class gaming experience right here in Queens – just minutes not hours away,” said Michael Speller, the president of Resorts World Casino New York City. “With a fantastic first year in the books, we look forward to doing even more to improve the gaming and entertainment experience in 2013.”

The racino is one of nine in the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to move forward with three upstate casinos, and yesterday indicated that they would be outside the New York City metro area.