From the Morning Call:
While the rest of the country was transfixed by the presidential race, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem officials kept one eye on another race just across border as New Jersey asked voters whether to expand gambling into the heart of Sands’ lucrative market.
Now that voters soundly crushed that effort, will it trigger $100 million or more of new building at Sands casino? The short answer is, well, probably.
Two sources with knowledge of Sands’ master plan but not authorized to speak for the casino say the world’s largest gambling company elected to wait until Garden State voters decided whether to build two $1 billion casinos in northern New Jersey.
And now that voters defeated the question 78 percent to 22 percent, Sands can forge ahead with plans that could include a $40 million project to build a new poker room and restaurants, and a second hotel and convention center that could cost more than $60 million.
From Casino News Daily:
The New York State Gaming Commission approved on Tuesday the necessary regulations that would govern the operation of table games at the four Upstate casinos that are set to open doors in the next several years.
The regulations adopted included rules and official terminology for popular table games like blackjack, roulette, poker, and craps, among others, and covered important operational details about how cards should be dealt and shuffled. The rules will come into force once published in the New York State Register.
Late in 2014, the state Gaming Facility Location Board recommended the construction of three hotel and casino resorts in the Schenectady, Catskills, and Finger Lakes regions in Upstate New York. As a result, the New York State Gaming Commission granted licenses to the developers that stood behind the projects for the above-mentioned three areas.
Montreign Resort Casino in Catskills, Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, and del Lago Resort & Casino in the Finger Lakes are the other three casino complexes to have been approved for Upstate New York. They will also feature Las Vegas-style casino gaming and numerous other non-gaming options to attract visitors from around the state and other parts of the nation.