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Monticello Casino and Raceway Opens New Simulcasting Area

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

On Monday, Oct. 24, Monticello Casino and Raceway will open its new simulcasting room, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m.  The event is open to the public.
The new simulcasting room has over 35 television screens on which patrons can watch live harness and thoroughbred racing, and simulcasting from across the country, seven days a week. Patrons will be able to place their bets with live tellers or from SAMs (automated teller machines).
The room also offers a private high limit area with individual betting carrels equipped with flat screen monitors and their own teller and SAM machines.
Other new racing enhancements will include an enclosed and heated bleacher section on the racing apron, which can be accessed via an enclosed and heated walkway from the new simulcasting room. 
The newly created simulcasting area represents a major investment on the part of Empire Resorts, the parent company of Monticello Casino and Raceway in the racing operation. 
Monticello Raceway General Manager Anthony Bruno said, “The new location will offer our loyal racing patrons the same amenities that our slot players have come to enjoy, such as easy access to the food court, beverage service and our weekend entertainment.”

About Monticello Casino and Raceway
MCR operates 1,070 Video Lottery Terminals and 40 electronic table games as an agent for the New York State Gaming Commission and conducts pari-mutuel wagering through the running of live harness horse races, the import simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred horse races from racetracks across the country and the export simulcasting of MCR’s races to offsite pari-mutuel wagering facilities. In addition to the VGMs and harness horseracing, MCR amenities include a 350-seat buffet, The Terrace Dining Room with seating for 100, food court with two food outlets, entertainment lounge with seating for 75, central bar, new state of the art simulcast area, parking spaces for 2,000 cars and 10 buses.

For more information contact:
Anthony Bruno, General Manager
845.794.4100 ext 417

Upcoming system and equipment upgrade

Friday, August 5, 2016

Valued Players’ Club Member,

From grilling on a brand-new Weber grill in July, chilling with a YETI® cooler full of cash in August or winning a brand-new Ford F150® in August, summer 2016 is in full swing here at Monticello. Our entire team works tirelessly to create the magic that is Monticello Casino and Raceway. From big cash giveaways, cool loyalty merchandise gifts and even chances to win a million dollars, our collective focus is to create a fun environment for your entertainment.

We recently replaced all the equipment in the Players’ Club to ensure that we are operating as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our goal is to exceed your expectations. For that very reason, I’m excited to share with you some enhancements we’re making to the Players’ Club system. What does this mean? A lot, actually. This substantial investment in technology will take promotions and winning opportunities here at Monticello Casino and Raceway to a whole new level. We will be able to maximize your fun, by creating cool, new ways to win.

We’re upgrading our self-service kiosks. These sleek new machines will allow you to skip the Players’ Club line to redeem your rewards whenever you’re ready. The new self-service kiosks have increased functionality that we currently do not provide and you’ll love the new games and new ways to win on the kiosks.

We’re scheduled to perform our upgrade September 6, 2016. Allow me to apologize in advance for any inconvenience that any temporary delay in service may cause you. Our Players’ Club will remain open throughout this upgrade so please stop by the Club to ask any questions that you have. We’re always happy to provide the best service we can.

My number one priority is to ensure that you have the best possible experience, every time you come. With these new exciting enhancements to the Players’ Club, I know that you will enjoy Monticello Casino and Raceway even more.


Anthony Bruno
General Manager
Monticello Casino and Raceway

Join Monticello Casino and Raceway in Continuing the Conversation about Problem Gambling. March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Gambling is fun. It’s a part of how we enjoy ourselves. 48 states have gambling, with some $119 billion dollars spent annually on this past time. 75% of Americans have gambled in some form or another in the past year, almost 15% in the past week.

While it’s big fun and big business, it isn’t always fun for some. The National Council on Problem Gambling estimates some 5 million Americans meet the criteria for a gambling addiction, contributing to over $7 billion dollars in social costs each year.

Monticello Casino and Raceway is your place to play, responsibly. We want you to have a good time every time you come. It isn’t a good time when you have a problem. If you or someone you know needs help, HOPE is available. Call 1-877-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369).

Join Monticello Casino and Raceway, the New York Council on Problem Gambling and the National Council on Problem Gambling to continue the conversation about problem gambling. March is problem gambling awareness month here at Monticello and all over the United States.

Join us in having the conversation about problem gambling. Stop by the Players’ Club, or ask a Floor Ambassador about our efforts. We’re wearing red bracelets for Problem Gambling Awareness Month and we encourage you to ask for one. Together, we can continue to keep having fun, responsibly. Join us all month long on Facebook to learn more about our commitment to responsible gambling at Facebook.

For more information about Monticello Casino and Raceway’s commitment to playing responsibly visit us at  For more information on resources available to you visit the New York Council on Problem Gambling at  You can access the National Council on Problem Gambling’s resources by going to

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We’re giving you more reasons to love winning this February AND a fun, new website to keep you updated on all the excitement at Monticello Casino and Raceway

Monday, January 25, 2016

Every day in February, Monticello Casino and Raceway is giving you more reasons to love winning! We want you to be our sweetheart, so the first 100 members who earn five base points will get a coupon for the sweet treat of their choice at the Food Court. We’ve made winning on Fridays easy with Gotta Love Free Play where playing with your Players’ Club card you can win up to $250 in FREE Slot Play starting 5PM. And if that didn’t make your heart pound, Saturday’s $50,000 Presidential Cash Bash is sure to get your attention. Starting at 6PM every hour we’re increasing the prize money. Play every hour to make sure you get your shot at the cash. Be the winner at 12AM and get $5,000 bucks. Every Saturday we’re electing to make this President’s Day a celebration all month long.

We’re offering three one of a kind gifts this month. Earn 30 base points on February 5 and take home a Sharper Image Electronic Pepper Mill. Earn 50 base points on February 12 and drink in style with the Infuser Pitcher. This year is a Leap Year and to celebrate, we’ve giving out one of a kind t-shirts to the first 500 members who earn 5 base points on February 29th. As if that wasn’t enough, wrap yourself in a cozy blanket compliments of Monticello Casino and Raceway by earning 300 base points, all month long!

Special guests from the New York State Lottery will be on site Saturday, February 13 AND Sunday February 14 to help celebrate all that there is to love about winning! Your purchase of $20 or more in New York State Lottery tickets gets you a spin on the lottery prize wheel and a $10 purchase gets you a roll of the lottery dice. Who doesn’t love free prizes?

We love to dance, and we know that you do too! Check out the FREE live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night in the Lava Lounge. With great regional entertainment like the Crossroads Band and Far Beyond Gone, great tunes are in order for your enjoyment. Join us Saturday, February 27 at 9PM for M80 - a Tribute to the 80s.

More prizes. More gifts. More reasons to love winning. Join us in February at Monticello Casino and Raceway and win your share of the fun!

Visit us online at to see our new website and all the excitement Monticello Casino and Raceway offers. We like you, now like us! Be our friend onFacebook! Connect with us on Instagram and follow the jackpots and prize winners on Twitter.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BETHEL, NY (September 18, 2013) – The annual Wine Pairing and Fundraising Dinner at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has sold out prior to the event for the second year in a row.  160 guests will enjoy the dinner on Friday, October 4, in the exquisite setting of the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.   As a not-for-profit cultural organization committed to inspiring expression, creativity and innovation through the arts, Bethel Woods will use the funds to raise awareness for youth initiatives provided through education, community outreach and museum programs.

Guests will enjoy an eclectic selection of fine Joseph Carr and Josh Cellars wines courtesy of Deutsch Brands. In addition to information about wine and food pairing, guests will savor culinary delights, regional cheeses, an array of delectable desserts, and live music. The evening will also feature both silent and live auction items including a tour of the NY Stock Exchange with Gary Kaminsky, a Broadway show and one night at the NYC’s London Hotel, high-performance driving at Monticello Motor Club’s private track, and private dinners at Catskill estates. Among other items, the silent auction will feature a plethora of exceptional wines, dinner at the famed Mohonk Mountain House and Glenmere mansion.

Empire Resorts, Inc. who owns and operates Monticello Casino & Raceway, a harness racing track and casino located in Monticello, New York, proudly presented Bethel Woods with a $25,000 check to underwrite this event. Charles Degliomini, Executive Vice President, Government Relations and Corporate Communications explains, “We look forward to building a long relationship with Bethel Woods and are supportive of their efforts to make a positive impact upon the lives of children and young adults through educational, community outreach, and museum programming.” Along with EPR Properties, Empire Resorts is anticipated to create a world-class, four season destination resort and multi-use residential community at the site of the former Concord Resort, reigniting the Catskill tourist industry which historically supported the regional economy. 

Bethel Woods’ Chief Executive Officer, Darlene Fedun, adds, “We rely on the generous financial support of individuals, businesses and foundations to sustain and grow our curriculum and expand arts engagement for youth and families in our region.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will fund education, community and museum programming at Bethel Woods. We are grateful to Empire Resorts, Deutsch Brands and to all of our donors for their support.”

The five course dinner will be prepared by Bethel Woods food service partner Ovations, led by Executive Chefs Robert St. Lawrence and Mark Woinoski who won a gold medal at the third annual “Taste Exposure and Culinary Challenge” in 2012.  Also for the second year in a row, the dinner is co-chaired by Tim McCausland, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Orange County Trust Company, also an event sponsor, and Dan Teplesky, Superintendent, Monticello Central School District. With their support, the wine pairing dinner became a sought after event.

For more information please visit or call 845.295.2500.


About Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and The Museum at Bethel Woods


Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit cultural organization, located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY.  Located just 90 miles from New York City on a lush campus featuring bucolic countryside views, the Center is comprised of the Pavilion Stage amphitheater that accommodates 15,000, an intimate 440-seat indoor Event Gallery, and the award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods.  The Center offers a diverse selection of popular artists, culturally-rich performances, and educational, community, and museum programs committed to inspiring expression, creativity and innovation through the arts. Bethel Woods is exemplary in its efforts to engage, inspire and advocate for the accessibility of the arts for all ages and to connect with community partners to broaden programmatic reach and to strengthen support and resources for its activities.


The Museum at Bethel Woods is dedicated to the study and exhibition of the social, political and cultural events of the 1960s, including the Woodstock festival, and the legacies of those times, as well as the preservation of the 1969 Woodstock festival site. More than a nostalgic celebration of a colorful decade, the award-winning Museum provides a focus for deeper issues and lessons of the decade.  The Museum is a dynamic and vibrant community resource where individuals and groups of all ages participate in tours, lively lectures, cinematic conversations, changing exhibitions and special events.  The Museum features include a permanent exhibit space, Special Exhibit Gallery, Corridor Exhibit Gallery, Museum Theater, Event Gallery, retail store, café, and the Woodstock Monument.

For more information please visit

About Empire Resorts, Inc.

Empire Resorts owns and operates, through its subsidiary Monticello Raceway Management, Inc., the Monticello Casino & Raceway, a harness racing track and casino located in Monticello, New York.

For additional information, please visit

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Monticello Casino & Raceway

Friday, December 21, 2012

Looking for a fun New Year’s Eve? How about chugging over to Monticello Casino & Raceway  on Saturday, December 31 and celebrate the coming of the new year with great food,  music, and gaming. After all, there is no place else in the area where that combination can be found.

In the Lava Lounge the very popular band, Common Ground, will provide the live music beginning at 9pm and continue until the wee hours of the morning.

“We will change the televisions to focus on the New Years Eve celebrations in New York City and when it gets close to the midnight hour we’ll watch the ball fall in Times Square and the band, Common Ground, will lead us in a count-down to 2012. Good food, dance  music and gaming, what a way to spend New Year’s Eve.” said  Jackie Pinner, the facility’s marketing director.

A special New Year’s Eve buffet will also  be available  from 4pm until 11pm that night. Salads, appetizers, gourmet main dishes, and fantastic desserts will be part of that package for just $29.95

Empire Resorts Monticello Casino and Raceway Generates $24,443,637 Million for New York State Education

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New York State Division of the Lottery Publishes Fiscal Year 2011-2012 
            Revenue Generated by Monticello Casino and Raceway

Monticello Casino and Raceway’s Revenue to Education Equivalent 
                           to 350 Teachers’ Salaries

MONTICELLO, N.Y., April 10, 2012 -- Monticello Casino and Raceway generated $24,443,637 million for education during the 2011-2012 fiscal year, according to recently released data by the New York State Division of the Lottery. 39 percent of the facility’s net win goes directly to the Lottery to fund education.

“Monticello Casino and Raceway is proud of the funding we generate to support education,” Empire Resort’s Chairman of the Board Emanuel Pearlman said.  “We look forward to continuing to generate even more funds to support education and help to ease the burden on taxpayers as we pursue our plans for a new facility at the Concord Resort property.” 

In 2011-2012, revenue generated by Monticello Casino and Raceway for education was equivalent to the annual salaries of approximately 350 teachers. Since opening in 2004, Monticello Casino and Raceway has generated more than $223 million in education funding for New York.

In addition the Lottery Monticello Casino and Raceway also supports the local community and in June 2011, the host communities of Monticello Casino and Raceway received $795,000 in aid payments.

More information on Monticello Casino and Raceway is available at and the full New York State Division of the Lottery report is available at


Empire Resorts, Inc.
Investor Relations
Charles A. Degliomini
Executive Vice President
(845) 807-0001

Hoop It Up at Monticell Casino and Raceway

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Monticello Casino and Raceway is on the ball. The basketball, that is.

With March Madness set to get underway the marketing department at MC&R has devised a basketball game called “Hoop It Up” where fans   can shoot hoops and win money. 

When a lucky patron is randomly selected from those playing on a gaming machine he, or she, automatically wins $250 and a chance to win up to $1000.  Three basketballs are provided and the lucky winner gets to shoot at the hoops situated on the gaming floor and for each basket made they will receive another $250 and possibly walk away with $1000 in cash.

“It seems to be a real fan favorite. It creates excitement on the main floor and once the people see how it works everyone wants to give it a try,” says Jackie Pinner, the facilities Director of Marketing.

The game is available every Friday and Saturday from 5pm -9pm  throughout the month of March and all  attending guests have a chance to be selected to shoot the hoops.

Study: Monticello Casino & Raceway Creating Jobs for Sillivan County

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Charles Degliomini
Empire Resorts, Inc.

Shannon McSweeney-LeMay
Focus Media
845.294.3342 x312

580 Jobs Supported, Added Over $25 Million to Sullivan County Economy & Generated Over $37 Million to State and Local Revenues Annually

MONTICELLO, N.Y. (February 16, 2012) – Monticello Casino & Raceway added over $25 million to
the Sullivan County economy and generated over $37 million annually in revenues for the region and
the state, according to a new economic impact analysis conducted by an independent firm. This analysis
also estimates that 580 local, full and part-time jobs are supported by the casino. The New York Gaming
Association (NYGA) released part one of the two-part report today to outline the positive economic
impact gaming has had on the local economy.

A second report, which will be released within the next two weeks, will show projections for future
regional job growth and revenues that will be generated if enhanced gaming is authorized in New York.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State legislature will consider passing a constitutional amendment to
authorize enhanced gaming.

“Sullivan County needs reliable jobs that enable people to support their families, and for more than 50
years we have been one of the area’s largest employers,” said Empire Resorts’ Chairman of the Board
Emanuel Pearlman. “We look forward to creating even greater opportunities and positive economic
impacts as we pursue our plan with Entertainment Properties Trust at the Concord Resort property.”

According to estimates from the analysis, in 2011 Monticello Casino & Raceway provided 580 local full
and part-time jobs, with 310 of those jobs representing direct employment by the casino, and 270 direct
jobs primarily in racing and the horse breeding industries. Monticello Casino & Raceway wages and
salaries for its employees annually totaled more than $8 million.

Additional findings from the report show that in 2011, Monticello Casino & Raceway:
     -Accounted for over $25 million in economic output for the region;
     -Reinvested more than $2.1 million into the local economy with the purchase of goods and services
      including construction) from businesses in Sullivan;
     -Accounted directly and indirectly for nearly $2.46 million in revenues for Sullivan County municipalities,
     -Generated over $33 million in State revenues, of which more than $26 million went towards education in
      New York State, which is the equivalent of paying the salaries of more than 337elementary and secondary
      school teachers throughout New York State.

The nine Racetrack Casinos comprising the New York Gaming Association include: 
       - Batavia Downs Casino
       - Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
       - Empire Resorts at Monticello Casino & Raceway
       - Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack
       - Hamburg Casino at the Fairgrounds
       - Resorts World Casino New York at Aqueduct Racetrack
       - Saratoga Casino & Raceway
       - Tioga Downs Casino
       - Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel

The New York Gaming Association members have contributed $1.96 billion to the State in 2011. Over
$830.5 million has gone to fund education in New York State which is the equivalent of paying the
salaries of more than 11,900 elementary and secondary school teachers throughout New York State.
The nine Racetrack Casinos employ nearly 5,500 New Yorkers directly and have created a total of
17,400 jobs both directly and indirectly across the state.

The economic impact analysis study was conducted by Appleseed Inc., a New York City firm that
specializes in providing economic and social research analysis.

Report available upon request.

About Empire Resorts

Empire Resorts owns and operates, through its subsidiary Monticello Raceway Management, Inc., the Monticello Casino & Raceway, a harness racing track and casino located in Monticello, New York, and is 90 miles from
midtown Manhattan. For additional information, please visit