New Catskills Casino Challenges Sands Bethlehem for NYC Gamblers
The vice president of New York’s newest casino operator says they are seated on the “Iron Throne” in the “casino Game of Thrones.” Charles Degliomini of Empire Resorts, owners of the upcoming Catskills Casino, says the casino is positioned to challenge Sands Bethlehem for New York City gamblers.
According to a Sands Bethlehem President Robert DeSalvio, New York neighborhoods supply a considerable chunk of the casino’s customer base. Sands welcomes more than 50 busloads of people per year from predominantly Asian neighborhoods in the city including Flushing, Chinatown, and Brooklyn.
It is no coincidence that Resorts World Catskills is set to open on February 8, just before the Chinese New Year. The massive resort boasts a 100,000 square-foot gaming floor, an indoor water park, an 18-hole golf course, and an 18-story hotel tower. It has the size, scope, and location to compete against Pennsylvania’s Sands Bethlehem for those prized NYC customers.
Sands Bethlehem is located roughly 80 miles form NYC, meaning it will have a 10-mile advantage over Resorts World Catskills. However, Degliomini is confident the new casino will win the market.
Once limited to Atlantic City casinos, the region surrounding Resorts World Catskills is now dominated by luxury resort casinos in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The new casino’s top competition will come from Mount Airy, Mohegan Sun, MGM National Harbor, and MGM Springfield, as well as Sands.
And that list does not include resorts in the region that are still under construction: Hard Rock Casino Atlantic City, Ocean Resort, Wynn Boston Harbor, or Live! Philadelphia.