MONTICELLO, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Empire Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ-GM:NYNY) (“Empire” and, together with its subsidiaries, the “Company”) joins the grassroots campaign, Problem Gambling Awareness Month (“PGAM”), in an effort to raise awareness of problem gambling. PGAM, spearheaded by the National Council on Problem Gambling (“NCPG”), highlights problem gambling prevention, education, treatment and research.
Demonstrating its commitment to responsible gaming, during orientation and annually during PGAM, employees of the Company receive responsible gaming training in accordance with the employee training program developed by the New York Council on Problem Gambling (“NYCPG”). Specific staff receive in-depth Responsible Gambling Ambassador Training also developed by the NYCPG.
During PGAM the Company distributes red bracelets to its employees featuring the telephone number for the New York State HOPEline, 877-8-HOPENY, which is available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, offering help and hope for alcoholism, drug abuse and problem gambling, and Company employees participate in games designed to reinforce employee awareness of the Company’s Compulsive and Problem Gambling Plan which addresses responsible gaming and the prohibition of gambling by individuals who are underage and those who are on the State’s self-exclusion and exclusion lists. Further, as part of its ongoing commitment to the local community, the Company worked with community leaders in Sullivan County, NY, to pass a resolution that recognizes PGAM.
“As a responsible member of the gaming industry, we are committed to educating our employees and guests on responsible gaming,” said Nanette Horner, Empire’s Executive Vice President, Chief Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer and Chair of the Company’s Responsible Gaming Committee. “Responsible gaming is everyone’s responsibility. We are pleased to participate in PGAM to raise awareness about problem gambling and highlight the available resources for problem gamblers and their friends and family.”
“Empire’s commitment to responsible gaming is evident through its membership in NCPG and as a sponsor of NCPG’s annual conferences,” said Keith Whyte, Executive Director of NCPG. “Nan is in her second term as a member of NCPG’s Board of Directors, sits on several NCPG committees and has been a speaker at numerous NCPG conferences, so I am confident that Empire not only talks the talk, but walks the walk.”
PGAM activities are intended to increase public awareness of problem gambling education and prevention and the availability of treatment and recovery services.
For more information on PGAM, please visit https://www.ncpgambling.org/programs-resources/programs/pgam. If you or someone you know needs help, help is available. Call 1-877-8-HOPENY or Text HOPENY (467369).
About the Company
Empire Resorts, Inc. (“Empire,” and, together with its subsidiaries, the “Company,” “our” or “we”) was organized as a Delaware corporation on March 19, 1993, and since that time has served as a holding company for various subsidiaries engaged in the hospitality and gaming industries.
Our indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Montreign Operating Company, LLC, doing business as Resorts World Catskills, owns and operates Resorts World Catskills, a casino resort which is located in Sullivan County, New York approximately 90 miles from New York City. Resorts World Catskills opened its doors to the public on February 8th, 2018. When fully complete, Resorts World will include an 18-story hotel and a casino and entertainment complex with approximately 100,000 square feet of casino floor, featuring more than 150 live Las-Vegas style table games, 2,150 state-of-the art slot machines, a poker room and private gaming salons; more than 10 varied bar and restaurant experiences, including fine dining, and an Italian steakhouse created by celebrity chef Scott Conant; and year-round live entertainment at the 2,500-seat event center, casino bars, restaurants and lounges. The hotel amenities will feature 332 all-suite luxury rooms, which include 12 penthouse suites, garden suites and seven two-story villas, two indoor pools, a spa and fitness center.
Through our wholly-owned subsidiary, Monticello Raceway Management, Inc. ("MRMI"), we own and operate Monticello Casino and Raceway, a video gaming machine ("VGM") and harness horseracing facility which is located in Monticello, New York. Monticello Casino and Raceway features 1,110 VGMs on a 45,000-square foot gaming floor with a separate high stakes VGM area. Monticello Casino and Raceway also has three dining options which include a food court, restaurant and sports bar.