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“Nobody ever wins”
Review of Empire City Casino

Empire City Casino
Reviewed July 18, 2012

been there too many times to count...shame on me.....Nobody ever wins.....EVER

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Reviewed July 17, 2012

If you are a gambler it really doesnt matter to you what the place looks like or where it is. Then Empire City is the place for you. Its not horrible... just really not worth going unless you absolutely have to gamble. If you are looking for more of a "casino" experience... try Foxwoods/Mohegan Sun or even Atlantic City.

5  Thank Etiquette101
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

went there for the kentucky derby--we ate over looking the race track--food quite good--we had drinks downstairs in a lounge entertainment area --again staff friendly and drinks packed a punch of course there is all the gambling around you so there is know need to go anywhere else

Thank toni175
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

A pice of history was lost. The casino offers slots, electronic Roulette, Craps, Baccarat and poker. The food court offers a variety of food options - mostly fried, Nonno's Trattoria offers decent Italian food. There is plenty of parking and on a nice day it is nice to walk around the track. one down side it the entire inside smells like mold & must.

Thank YonkersGirl
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Empire City is worth visiting if you'd like to try the casino thing and take that shot at winning a zillion dollars. We all dream it, but you know that's about as likely as digging in the dirt and finding a diamond ring.
I'm not a serious gambler at all, so maybe I'm not the best judge of this, but I know it's possible to lose a load of money in a casino whether you know what you're doing or not. There are thousands of slot machines and they're all basically the same idea... whether it involves matching icons on virtual spinning wheels or picking the right line either vertically, diagonally or horizontally. Some of the machines seemed to be more of a hassle then they were worth... much like you may find a Rubik's Cube annoying. Can you figure it out? Yes. Do you want to bother? Maybe not. The machines range from the penny slots to the bigger multiple dollar ones. Like any casino.... you see people who range from happy and excited to catatonic and mesmerized by their streak of wins OR losses.
Empire City recently added automated table games. It's actually rather funny looking at the busty, smiling virtual roulette attendants smiling at you invitingly in high definition. That really blows the atmosphere though when there really isn't anybody there and you're just playing with a machine. It's kind of like a bunch of people gathering in a circle to use their iPads together without talking.
Again, since I'm not really a gambler, I can't give you a good assessment on how worthwhile those games are since I'm usually content to blow a little cash in a cruise ship casino every couple of years and hopefully walk away with a little money. The nearly constant din of the hum and buzz from the slot machines is actually kind of strange since it never stops. When I left, it was nice to NOT hear that. The place is clean and well-maintained, but it doesn't have the excitement of Vegas.
One thing that I found particularly annoying and not smart at all at Empire City is that their food court is surprisingly expensive for really mediocre food. What were they thinking? You've got people coming in to spend their money and you want to keep them there. Don't try to score on the food when they're already emptying their wallets! That's just dumb. Stop cashing so shamefully when a river of money flows into the building each day. Feed people nicely and they'll stay and spend more! There are some more expensive restaurants upstairs where you can eat up at a buffet or a fancier restaurant and it looked okay, but do I really want to drop that kind of money at Yonkers Raceway when there are so many other nice restaurants in Westchester or a half hour away in Manhattan? Maybe... maybe not.
I've been there twice and am up by 35 dollars. So, no millions yet, but at least I had a little something to show for it.

2  Thank TomOH
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