Profile: Empire Resorts Inc (NYNY.O)
30 Jan 2015
Empire Resorts, Inc., incorporated on March 19, 1993, is a holding company for various subsidiaries engaged in the hospitality and gaming industries. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Monticello Raceway Management, Inc. (MRMI), the Company owns and operates Monticello Casino and Raceway, a 45,000 square foot video gaming machine (VGM) and harness horseracing facility located in Monticello, New York. Monticello Casino and Raceway operates 1,110 VGMs, which include 1,090 video lottery terminals (VLTs) and 20 electronic table game positions (ETGs). The Company is also involved in generating racing revenues through pari-mutuel wagering on the running of live harness horse races, the import simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred horse races from racetracks across the United States and internationally, and the export simulcasting of the Company’s races to offsite pari-mutuel wagering facilities.
The Company’s primary asset, which is held in fee by MRMI, is a 232 acre parcel of land in Monticello, New York. Facilities at the site include Monticello Casino and Raceway, which includes a 3,000-seat enclosed grandstand, a clubhouse bar, pari-mutuel wagering facilities (including simulcasting), a paddock, exterior barns and related facilities for the horses, drivers and trainers. In addition, its VGM operation is conducted in the renovated lower level of the grandstand portion of Monticello Casino and Raceway, which includes a gaming floor with a central bar and lounge and a separate high stakes VGM area, a buffet and two outlet food court with seating capacity for up to 350 patrons, employee changing areas, storage and maintenance facilities, surveillance and security facilities and systems, cashier’s cage and accounting and marketing areas, as well as parking areas for cars and buses.
Import and, particularly, export simulcasting, are an important part of the Company’s business. Simulcasting is the process by which a live horse race held at one facility (the host track) is transmitted to another location that allows patrons of such other location to wager on that race. Amounts wagered at each off-track betting location are combined into the appropriate pools at the host track’s tote facility where the final odds and payouts are determined. With the exception of a few holidays, it offers year-round simulcast wagering from racetracks across the country, including Aqueduct, Belmont, Meadowlands Racetrack, Penn National Race Course, Turfway Park, Santa Anita Racetrack, Gulfstream Park and Saratoga Racecourse. In addition, races of national interest, such as the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup supplement its regular simulcast programming. The Company also exports live broadcasts of its own races to race tracks, casinos and off-track betting facilities in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Isle of Man, Mexico, South America and the United Kingdom.
The Company’s racing revenue is derived from pari-mutuel wagering at its track and government mandated revenue allocations from certain New York State off-track betting locations. In pari-mutuel wagering, patrons bet against each other rather than against the operator of the facility or with pre-set odds. The amounts wagered form a pool of funds from which winnings are paid based on odds determined by the wagering activity. The racetrack acts as a stakeholder for the wagering patrons and deducts from the amounts wagered a take-out or gross commission from which the racetrack pays state and county taxes and racing purses. Its pari-mutuel commission rates are fixed as a percentage of the total handle or amounts wagered.
The Company competes with Yonkers Raceway.
Empire Resorts Inc
c/o Monticello Casino and Racewa
, 204 State Route 17B,,
P.O. Box 5013
MONTICELLO NY 12701