Jake’s 58 opens final set of VLTs in New York state

Jake’s 58 opens final set of VLTs in New York state

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Delaware North acquired Jake’s 58 Hotel & Casino in August 2016

Delaware North has opened the final 273 of the 1,000 video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming machines planned for Jake’s 58 Hotel & Casino on Long Island, New York.

With all 1,000 VLTs operational, the facility is now fully open as the most conveniently located gaming venue for nearly three million people on Long Island.

Delaware North, one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world, purchased the 227-room Islandia hotel in August 2016 and soon began renovations to the facility.

The opening of the third phase, 273 VLTs in the hotel’s former first-floor pool area, follows the May 1 opening of a second phase with 427 VLTs, including 64 seats at electronic table games, in the hotel’s former second-floor ballroom.

In February, the gaming venue first opened with 265 VLTs, with another 35 VLTs added to that area in March.

In addition to a wide variety of slot-like VLTs, guests can play their favourite table games – blackjack, craps, roulette and baccarat – in an electronic format, thanks to the Interblock Stadium.

“Renovating an existing hotel to accommodate a significant casino gaming operation such as we have done here at Jake’s 58 on Long Island is yet another example of Delaware North’s ability to innovate to grow its gaming business,” Brian Hansberry, president of Delaware North’s gaming business, told TotallyGaming.com.

The Village of Islandia is using funds from the casino’s gaming operations for a major reduction in property taxes for its residents. In addition, Delaware North has provided the village $1.5 million to pay for the redevelopment this summer of the First Responders Recreation Field on Old Nichols Road.

The completion of the VLT installation at Jake’s 58 follows Delaware North’s recent acquisition of GEM, a route gaming business in Illinois, along with social casino developer, Ruby Seven Studios, with which the group launched the Lucky North social gaming app.

Totally Gaming says: Thanks to Jake’s 58, residents of Suffolk and Nassau counties no longer need travel to Queens or Atlantic City for a casino-style gaming experience. Following the completion of the large-scale VLT installation, Delaware North is planning a range of further improvements, as it the operator looks to attract both Long Island natives and those from further afield.

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