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Aqueduct tops the New York racino race


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Looks like this gamble is paying off.

The city's first "racino," which has transformed the aging Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, was the most popular among its peers statewide at the end of last month, new gaming figures show.

For the week ending Nov. 26, Resorts World New York won nearly $9.9 million from gamblers in net revenue, edging out longtime champ Empire City in Yonkers, which made $9.8 million.

"We are fully aware that some of these outsized numbers are a result of the opening phenomenon and 10 years of pent-up excitement, which will normalize over time," said Resorts World President Michael Speller.

His racino, one of nine in New York sanctioned by the state and located at various tracks, opened to much fanfare in late October after an initial $830 million investment.

Despite Resorts World's one-week high and earnings of more than $47 million over the past month, it still hasn't caught up to Empire City's total winnings of more than $50 million. Resorts World now has more than 4,500 video slot machines.

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