Let’s get ready to gamble.
The state Legislature is on track to award at least one full-blown casino license to a gambling operator in the city as part of this year’s budget, a key lawmaker involved in negotiations said Thursday.
Queens State Sen. Joe Addabbo, who chairs his chamber’s Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, told the Daily News that negotiators have agreed to bake three casino licenses into the budget.
Two of those licenses are likely to be given to the Resorts World Casino in Queens and the Empire City Casino in Westchester County, Addabbo said. Both of those locations are currently only allowed to offer slot machine and racing betting, but with full casino licenses, they could start hosting table games like poker and blackjack as well.