New York City isn’t a traditional casino city, in fact, there are very few places in the city in which you can get an authentic casino experience. The New York Times reports that could be set to change in the coming years, as big casinos in upstate New York are not performing as well as could be expected. Perhaps soon we could see a Foxwoods Lounge within the city limits, but until then there are options for the discerning traveler.
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There are plenty of things to do in New York City this winter, but if you fancy playing a hand of poker or a bit of blackjack, we’ve got you covered. We’ve picked entertainment places in the city right now offering a casino experience to New Yorkers.
Best casino to play Roulette—Resorts World Casino, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, Queens.
Currently claiming to be New York City’s only casino, Resorts World New York welcomes some 10 million guests annually to their building close to JFK International Airport. It’s without a doubt the best place to play roulette in the Big Apple. There are three levels here, each themed around an area of the city: Times Square, Fifth Avenue, and Central Park. There are also high-level rooms for exclusive members if that is the way you like to play. There are a host of other table games catered to as well, including Blackjack, Baccarat, Three-Card Poker, Craps, and Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em. There’s also a food court with several different outlets, but if you’re all spun out on the Roulette, the RW Prime Steakhouse is an attractive option to satisfy your hunger. With such a vast building and different levels to explore, this is as close as you’ll get to a Las Vegas casino in New York.
Best place to learn poker—Big Deal Casino, 1 E. 28th St., at Fifth Ave.
Big Deal Casino isn't a traditional casino, but an event space where you can have a great company get-together or get lessons in the art of poker. There is a Prohibition theme here, which harks back to the origins of poker in the city. New York has a strong legacy with poker. Speakeasies started off the city’s passion back during times of Prohibition, but the film Rounders brought about the online poker boom and was set mainly in New York. Before getting themselves around a table, players are likely to want to learn online in the modern age. In partypoker's online guide to cash games, they provide tactics that are aimed at helping both rookies and veterans of the game.
Best casino for slot machines—Empire City Casino, 810 Yonkers Ave., Yonkers
Empire City Casino is handily situated at Yonkers Raceway. Founded in 1899 as the Empire City Race Track, Yonkers is a one-half-mile standard-bred harness racing dirt track but also incorporates the Empire City Casino. The Yonkers Tribune noted that since its opening in 2006 it has become the most successful casino in New York State. It’s a haven of slot machines, with over 5,000 different games to try your hand at. Empire City Casino has recently added Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Baccarat tables, all automated games to keep visitors coming back for more. Once you’ve experienced the slots, you can dine here as well as taking in the horses. There are several restaurants including Dan Rooney's Café & Bar, Nonno's Trattoria, and Alley 810.