MGM’s Empire City Casino Announces Gaming Floor Expansion

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on February 7, 2023
New York casino, Empire City will replace and add thousands of new games

Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts announced the addition of more than 1,000 new state-of-the-art games to its gaming floor. The prominent New York casino will replace more than 20% of its games with the newest cutting-edge fan favorites.

The addition also includes replacing the nearly 5,000 slots and electronic table games.

Empire City Casino upgrades gaming portfolio with +1000 titles

Empire City aims to improve the experience for its nine million annual guests by replacing outdated and underperforming games. The casino prides to have added over 1000 titles with some of the newest titles available in the industry.

The casino’s upgrade also includes some of the most popular games that are enjoyed across the globe. The selection consists of the following slots:

  • Light & Wonder’s 88 Fortunes Money Coins
  • Light & Wonder’s Dancing Drums Explosion
  • Konami Gaming’s Ba Fang Jin Bao
  • Aristocrat’s Mighty Cash™ Double Up

Recent changes by the New York State Gaming Association permitted Empire City to source games from many vendors. That includes titles from renowned software supplier companies like Aristocrat Gaming, Konami and Alfastreet.

Ryan Munroe initiates Empire City’s gaming floor transformation

Ryan Munroe, Executive Director of Slot Operations for Empire City Casino, is responsible for transforming Empire City’s gaming floor. Munroe said:

“If you think the casino floor looks different, you are right. In my 15 years working at Empire City, I can’t remember a time where we’ve had so many new games hit the gaming floor over a relatively short time period.

MGM Resorts continues to make the necessary investments to ensure a top-tier experience for our guests. Empire City also has some of the highest payouts in the industry, which means that more of the money played at Empire City is returned as payouts to our guests.”

Munroe said there is “no shortage of opportunities to win” at Empire City Casino. Players can test their luck with multiple six-figure progressive jackpots unique to Empire City.

Currently, the three highest jackpots available to Empire City guests include the following:

  1. Bally’s Celestial King, which is approaching $600,000
  2. Bally’s Monopoly Millionaire is now over $500,000
  3. IGT Wheel of Fortune® Triple Stars® at nearly $500,000

MGM Resorts is in the race for one of three New York casino licenses

In his current role, Munroe has been actively engaged in MGM Resorts’ bid for a New York casino license. One of the three commercial casino licenses is currently up for grabs in New York.

A commercial casino license would allow Empire City to make a big transition.

The casino currently offers a limited lottery facility offering video lottery terminals (VLTs) and electronic table games. But soon, it could extend its service to offer:

  • Live dealer table games
  • Retail sports betting
  • Vegas-style slots
  • New and elevated amenities
  • World-class entertainment options for the tri-state area and beyond
Photo by Empire City Casino/PlayUSA
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Katarina Vojvodic is a lead writer for PlayUSA who lives in Toronto. Vojvodic provides coverage of the US gambling industry with a focus on US online casinos. Previously, she covered Ontario’s online gambling industry for Vojvodic holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade. Outside working hours, she can be found near the water with her husband and their two kids.

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