Empire City Casino adds 1,000 new games through floor upgrade

MGM Resorts has confirmed that its Empire City Casino has upgraded its gaming floor with the addition of more than 1,000 new games.

Said to deliver a “new experience” for guests, the new games will offer the most recently released titles, while replacing almost 20 per cent of the nearly 5,000 slots and electronic table games. 

Responsible for the transformation of Empire City’s gaming floor is its Executive Director of Slot Operations, Ryan Munroe, who has developed his career with Empire City for more than a decade. 

“If you think the casino floor looks different, you are right,” stated Munroe. “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.”

The additions include Light & Wonder’s 88 Fortunes Money Coins and Dancing Drums Explosion, Konami Gaming’s Ba Fang Jin Bao and Aristocrat’s Mighty Cash Double Up.

Recent changes by the New York State Gaming Association permitted Empire City to source games from a larger number of vendors than has been possible in the past, allowing titles from Aristocrat Gaming, Konami and Alfastreet.

Munroe also explained that the Empire City Casino will include multiple six-figure progressive jackpots that are unique to the property, rather than the usual progressives that are shared across various casinos. 

Currently, the three highest jackpots available only for Empire City guests include Bally’s Celestial King, which is approaching $600,000, Bally’s Monopoly Millionaire now over $500,000, and IGT’s Wheel of Fortune Triple Stars at nearly $500,000.

In his current role, Munroe has been actively engaged in MGM Resorts’ preparations to compete for one of the three commercial casino licences currently available in New York.

A commercial casino licence will allow Empire City to transition from a limited lottery facility offering video lottery terminals and electronic table games, to offering live-dealer table games, retail sports betting and Vegas-style slots, for the tri-state area.