This afternoon, New York City will open its first casino. With the grand opening of the Resorts World Casino New York City in South Ozone Park, Queens will get a taste of Vegas. Sort of. Because Resorts World is connected to the Aqueduct race track, it’s actually going to be more of a “racino”. Having human dealers would be against the law, so there are 5,000 video gambling terminals and electronic table games like craps, as well as restaurants like Chinese dim sum and the Stage Deli and 6,500 parking spots.

Legislature approved the casino back in 2001, but suffered 10 years worth of delays. Gambling was approved at Aqueduct and eight other racetracks after 9/11 rocked New York’s economy, but not everyone is in love with Resorts World. Some argue that it violates constitutional regulations on gambling, and others believe that gambling is just one of the many evils that will continue to drive society further into the ground. If you agree, be aware that there’s far worse going on. Turn on the news.

Supporters of Resorts World insist that it will assist in keeping jobs and money in New York. It’s owned by Genting New York, which is part of the biggest gambling company in England and Southeast Asia, and is projected to earn about $1.5 million a day for the state. The doors will open at 1 p.m. today, 8 a.m. tomorrow and close at 4 a.m. Monday through Sunday.

Robots, free drinks and the splendor of the West Coast in Queens? This has to be successful. Now let’s sit back and wait for the corruption to sink in.

[via The New York Times]