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Aqueduct Casino

Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York City

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Aqueduct's casino -- Resorts World Casnio New York City -- opened in November 2011. The casino is a "racino," which means it's video slot machines, attached to the Aqueduct Racetrack.

Gambling at Aqueduct Casino

Aqueduct casino
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Resorts World Casino New York City has some 5,000 video slots and gaming machines. It is not a full casino, but a racino.

The video slot machines include regular slots -- both with buttons and levers to pull. Play bets starting at 1 cent to $1 and much more. There are video versions of poker, blackjack, baccarat, and other card games.

There are electronic game terminals where you can play roulette, Sic Bo, and craps. There are no dealers. You see the wheel spin (or the dice roll) virtually on your video screen but also a real wheel and ball in an enclosed sphere. No human hands touch the wheel (or dice).

Resorts World Casino has a membership program -- Genting Rewards -- through which you can earn discounts on food and other rewards. See its website or visit the member services on site.

Food and Drink at Aqueduct Casino

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The casino has a buffet, food court, a bar, and two upscale dining choices. None of the dining options are free, but there are often discounts for members of the rewards program. There’s a dim sum restaurant called Genting Palace with windows overlooking the racetrack. RW Prime is a steakhouse and wine bar. The food court offers Chinese (including noodle soups and congee), hamburgers (similar to 5 Guys, but slow), Mexican food, coffee, ice cream, deli, and a Wolfgang Puck’s Express with pasta and pizza.

Hotels Near Aqueduct Casino

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There is no hotel nor any sleeping accommodation at the Aqueduct casino. The casino closes at 4 a.m. every day. There are many hotels serving JFK Airport within a short drive. Here's a list of convenient JFK hotels.

Getting to Aqueduct Casino

Aqueduct is officially at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, South Ozone Park, NY 11420. The easiest route by highway is from the Belt Parkway. Take exit 19 if east-bound or exit 18-B if west-bound. Then follow the signs to Aqueduct. It's the largest building and hard to miss. Here are more options for getting to the casino:

Parking at Aqueduct Casino

Parking at Aqueduct
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Parking is free at Aqueduct. There’s a parking garage with multiple levels attached to the casino. This is the usually the easiest access to the casino. There are also outdoor parking lots, and you can catch a shuttle bus or walk to the entrance. Note that the casino entrance is next door to the racetrack entrance.

Subway and Bus to Aqueduct Casino

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The A subway stops at Aqueduct. Note that the A subway line splits and only the Rockaways-bound A stops at Aqueduct. Take the Aqueduct North Conduit stop. There's a free shuttle bus to take you to the casino.

On horse racing days, the Aqueduct Racetrack station is open only for northbound travelers. A walkway to connect the station and casino is under construction (January 2012).

There is no train (no LIRR). The closest connection is the JFK Airtrain at Howard Beach. Take the A subway one stop to Howard Beach to reach the Airtrain.

The Q37 bus stops at Resorts World Casino. The area is also close to the Q7, QQ7, Q11, Q37, and Q41 buses. See mta.info for details.

Aqueduct Racetrack

Horse race at Aqueduct
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The racetrack is connected to the casino. You can walk between the casino and the betting floor for the horse racing during the Aqueduct season. Gamblers can also easily step out on the large balcony and watch the horse races. Learn more about horse racing at Aqueduct.

Events at Aqueduct Casino

The casino company plans to open an events area available for private receptions, such as weddings. This area is not open, as of January 2012.

What’s Near Aqueduct Casino?

The casino borders the neighborhoods of Ozone Park and South Ozone Park, along with JFK Airport. South Ozone Park along with neighboring Richmond Hill has a stretch called Little Guyana, the epicenter of Indo-Guyanese and Trinidadian life in New York City.
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