The race to secure one of four available licences to operate a resort casino in New York is heating up with the New York State Gaming Commission confirming the receipt of 17 applications Monday, including proposals from industry giants such as Caesars, Genting and Penn National Gaming.

A state constitutional amendment passed last year authorizes up to seven full-scale casinos in New York, with the state planning to issue four licences initially for venues in the Albany-Saratoga area, the Catskills-Hudson Valley area, and the Southern Tier.

Applications were received by the NYS Gaming Commission by yesterday’s deadline from 16 different companies, with Genting submitting two applications via its RW Orange County subsidiary.

Five applications have been made for the Albany-Saratoga area including proposals from Saratoga Harness Racing, NYS Funding and Capital Region Gaming.

The Catskills-Hudson Valley area is the mostly keenly contest region, with 9 proposals submitted by the likes of Caesars, Penn National Gaming, Genting, and Empire Resorts, among others.

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