Friday, August 13, 2010
Could it be?
Lame-duck (but really not that lame) Gov. David Patterson and the New York State Legislature seem to have come through with a vendor for video lottery terminals at Aqueduct. Genting New York.
As much as it is encouraging that horse racing will get a slice of the pie, I'm more intrigued by the $1.5 million the state will get every day. New York is in fiscal disarray, so the thought that it could be pulling in close to $400 million a year from this new casino is a nice regressive tax we can all learn to hug.
And it's not just VLTs, it's blackjack, roulette, and poker. State Lottery officials want to instill video versions of these games. We can agree that that is both cheaper and lame. Get tables and attractive dealers.
Here is the story written by Charles V. Bagli of the New York Times.