It seems that Suffolk County Off-Track Betting organization’s last resort to settle its debts and avoid bankruptcy is the plan to open a new video lottery (VLT)casino in Long Island. The operator is projected to generate an annual $2 billion in gross revenue, out of which Suffolk OTB would be entitled to $164 million per year.
According to OTB executives, the operator is going to benefit the local economy by creating new jobs and reducing expenses for community members traveling to neighboring states in order to gamble. Suffolk OTB has been trying to get the project going for four years despite vehement antagonism towards the plan and a lawsuit filedby local community representatives.
Approval forthe casino site at the Islandia Marriott Long Island hotel has already been granted.
Suffolk OTB have been making unsuccessful attempts at improving their financial standing by cutting costs since 2012. Currently, it is clear that only additional casino revenues can help them counter bankruptcy.
Research in the field of gambling claims that VLT casino revenues are not subject to long-term upward trends, falling into decline after several profitable years.