Game On: Shinnecock Double Down on Casino Plans

The Shinnecock released this rendering of the tribe
The Shinnecock released this rendering of the tribe

The Shinnecock released this rendering of the tribe’s planned casino The Shinnecock Indian Nation is upping the ante on its proposed casino , trying its odds that it could win approval to build a Las Vegas-style gaming facility off of its Southampton territory.

Tribal leaders were among 31 entities that responded last month to a request for information from the New York State Gaming Commission to gauge interest in contracts for three Class III gaming facilities — full-fledged casinos with live dealers — that could be awarded next year for the downstate region. The development comes nearly a year after Shinnecock leaders announced their third bid to build a casino on tribal territory in Southampton, albeit a Class II gaming facility that is limited to slot machines and electronic gaming tables — no live dealers, same as Long Island’s only other casino, Jake’s 58 in Islandia.

“The Shinnecock submitted information on why it should be considered for a commercial, Class III gaming license in the New York Metropolitan area,” Randy King, Shinnecock tribal vice chair, told Dan’s Papers . “We will still continue our push for a modest facility on the East End of Long Island on our territory in Southampton. But also we’re seeking one of these licenses or the ability to negotiate a Class III tribal facility somewhere on Long Island.”

In addition to the Shinnecock, casino operators responding to the state’s query included MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, Bally’s Corporation and the Suffolk County Off-Track Betting Corporation, which operates […]

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