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Tribes among 17 applicants for commercial casinos in New York

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Artist's rendering of proposed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Rensselaer, New York. Image from Hard Rock International

A total of 17 groups, including three tribes, submitted applications to the New York State Gaming Commission by the deadline on Monday.

The applicants include Hard Rock International, which is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The $300 million casino would be managed by Global Gaming Solutions, a subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Hard Rock is competing for a license in the Capital region, near Albany. Four other groups submitted applications for the region, according to the commission.

"This one-of-a-kind entertainment destination will be built to attract visitors from throughout the region, state of New York and local community," Hard Rock CEO Jim Allen said in a press release. "The result will positively impact the economy and greatly enhance the entertainment and tourism options in the Capital Region."

The Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut plans to turn the former Concord Resort Hotel in New York into a commercial gaming facility. Photo from WikiPedia

Further south, the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut submitted an application for a $600 million casino at the former Concord Resort Hotel in the Catskills. The region is about 90 minutes north of New York City.

"We're tremendously excited to share our vision for the future of Sullivan County – a vision that features a world-class entertainment and tourism destination that will generate thousands of jobs and new economic development for the region," said Mitchell Etess, the CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, said in a press release.

The Catskills region drew a total of nine proposals -- the most of any region. One group submitted two bids for different locations and another wants to build a casino at the same site eyed by the Mohegans.

Empire Resorts wants to build a $1 billion facility, a figure that raised eyebrows in the Catskills. The company previously worked with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe on an off-reservation casino in the Catskills.

The New York Gaming Facility Location Board is scheduled to hear presentations from the casino bidders on July 21. The licenses are expected to be awarded in "Early fall," according to the board's website.

Get the Story:
Total of 17 Bids Submitted for N.Y. Casino Licenses (The Wall Street Journal 7/1)
Mohegan Sun files application for N.Y. casino (The New London Day 7/1)
Empire Resorts, Mohegan Sun file applications for casinos at former Concord site (The Mid-Hudson News Network 7/1)
9 casino plans meet deadline (The Middletown Times Herald-Record 7/1)

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Mohegan Tribe ready to submit application for New York casino (6/30)

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