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Not the first casino in New York City, but the card lounge in a residential building. (Waterline Square - Evan Joseph) Not the first casino in New York City, but the card lounge in a residential building. (Waterline Square - Evan Joseph)
With so many things to do in New York City, a study by WalletHub that ranked it as only the ninth most fun city in America had some scratching their heads. However, a closer look at the methodology found that the number of casinos per capita carried some of the greatest weight in determining the rank. This may explain how Las Vegas shot to the top spot.
Most fun cities Top 10 most fun cities in America (WalletHub)
New Yorkers who like to gamble may not have to travel to Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or Montville, Connecticut (home of Mohegan Sun) to indulge for much longer. Elected officials authorized up to three casino licenses for downstate New York in April 2022. Two existing “racinos” (tracks with digital games) in Yonkers and just off JFK Airport are considered to be leading contenders for two of the three licenses, largely because they have the infrastructure to seamlessly segue to full casinos. The third would potentially allow the first casino to open in the heart of New York City.
The application process is not expected to open until January 2023, but bold-faced names have already begun clamoring for a license. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation recently joined forces with SL Green and Caesars Entertainment as a partner in their casino bid for 1515 Broadway. Related has partnered with Wynn Resorts in a bid to build a casino in an as-yet undeveloped portion of Hudson Yards. New York Mets owner Steve Cohen has been in talks with Hard Rock to develop a casino next to Citi Field, and Thor Equities is partnering with Saratoga Casino Holdings and the Chickasaw Nation to propose a casino as part of its efforts to revitalize Coney Island. Additionally, rumor has it that Vornado has been approached for a casino, possibly in Herald Square or the Penn District.

Proponents say a New York City casino create jobs, attract more tourists, and raise money. Opponents object on the grounds that a casino will cause congestion (especially in the already-crowded Times Square), exacerbate gambling problems, and siphon off money from existing entertainment options rather than bring in new money. In any event, the determinations will not be made until later in 2023, and the casino is not likely to open for years after that.
As it currently stands in New York State, poker games are legal as long as no one makes a profit from organizing the events. In other words, it is perfectly legal to host a poker game among friends at one’s own apartment. However, some buildings take this one step further by offering dedicated poker tables in their game rooms. With indentations for cards and tokens as well as a special surface that allows the cards to slide more easily across the surface, these are a step up from the typical kitchen table. These are also typically located near lounges with big-screen TVs, bars, or terraces to keep the party going.

15-Hudson-Yards-01 15 Hudson Yards (Related)
In its bid for a Hudson Yards casino, Related touted its proximity to the Javits Center. However, there is already an ultra-exclusive club room for residents of 15 Hudson Yards. It offers billiards tables, card tables, a large-screen television and spectacular views of the skyline and the Hudson River.

254-Park-Avenue-South-01 254 Park Avenue South (CityRealty)
Flatiron District condos Game room (Compass)
When the Neo-Classical building at the corner of East 20th Street was reimagined into residences, the historic limestone facade was restored while the interiors were redone with modern interiors and spacious layouts. The basement-level game room includes a pool table and a poker table.

138-Willoughby-Street-01 Brooklyn Point (Extell)
Brooklyn Point game room
Brooklyn Point is well positioned near 11 subway lines, allowing for easy access to popular New York attractions. However, 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities under one roof make leaving the building optional. They include a game room with a poker table, pool table, and big-screen TV.

Waterline Square amenities
On the Far West Side waterfront, residents of the condo and rental units alike have access to The Waterline Club, the 100,000+ square-foot amenity space at the heart of Waterline Square. It includes a card parlor with dedicated poker table.


8 availabilities from $4,197/month
$1,000 security deposits for qualified applicants

435-West-31st-Street-01 The Eugene (Brookfield Properties)
Midtown West amenities
Manhattan West rental The Eugene is located one block east of Hudson Yards. The Hudson Club at the top of the building offers a similarly luxurious atmosphere with a piano lounge, poker table, separate game table, fireplace, and spectacular city views.

455-Tenth-Avenue-01 The Set (Related)
The Set amenities
With its furnished apartments, unparalleled services, and penthouse-level amenities, The Set blurs the line between residential building and five-star hotel. Residents-only social club includes The Set Club, which in turn comes with a poker table in the game room. Players can order food and drinks from the resident-only restaurant run by chef Dan Kluger.

8 availabilities from $3,995/month
$1,000 security deposit for qualified applicants

625-West-57th-Street-01 VIA 57 WEST (The Durst Organization)
Via 57 amenities
While Waterline Square (see above) was still on the drawing board, the Bjarke Ingels-designed VIA 57 WEST transformed the Far West Side residential landscape with its imaginative design and extensive amenities. In addition to the game room with pool, shuffleboard, and foosball tables, there is a dedicated poker room.

28-40-Jackson-Avenue-01 Jackson Park (Tishman Speyer)
LIC rental amenities
At the heart of three-building complex, The Club at Jackson Park offers five stories of premium amenities. The entertainment offerings include a poker and gaming room as well as a billiards lounge and sports simulator.

22-44-Jackson-Avenue-01 5Pointz (MNS)
LIC rentals
When 5Pointz was initially announced, it drew attention for the street art destination it replaced. Since then, though, residents have been drawn to its convenient location, well-thought apartments, and 90,000-square-foot amenities package that includes a game room with poker and pool tables, big-screen TVs, and a video arcade.

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