By John Cirillo
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It was a sweltering 92 degrees outside, but even hotter inside Empire City Casino when a slot-player identified as “Thomas” from The Bronx hit for a cool $100,000 jackpot on Thursday.
The second six-figure score of the month was registered at 4:30 pm on the Bally Double Jackpot Wild, a wildly popular slot-machine in the Gotham Palace. He made a $5 wager on the $1 denomination machine. It was a short drive for a long payoff for Thomas.
The six-figure jackpot was the seventh in 2016 at Empire City, one of the largest entertainment destinations in the northeast located less than two miles north of New York City.
The month started off with a bang at Empire City when a slot-player from Mamaroneck hit a $139,808 jackpot on July 1.
The woman identified as “Nancy” made the six-figure score at 4:31 pm in the afternoon on the Bally Fireball slot in Empire City’s Victorian Room. She made a $2 wager on the penny-denomination machine.
Three days earlier, a Connecticut player identified as “Vincent” hit a jackpot worth $100,020 on June 28 in the Gotham Palace on the Bally/Double Jackpot Wild slot. Vinny made a $5 wager on the $1 denomination machine.
“Lucy” from the Bronx hit the jackpot for $129,107 on June 8 on the Bally/Hot Shot Progressive machine.
Tracie B’s $388,311.84 score on February 5 was the biggest hit of the year, registered on the Blazing 7’s slot machine. That was the largest jackpot since the all-time Empire City record of $1,473,503 was brought home by Suffolk County resident Howard G. on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 11:00am. That jaw-dropping score was won on the popular IGT Wheel of Fortune® Triple Stars® slot machine, located just a few hundred feet from the casino’s valet entrance.
“Salvatore,” a Long Island player, hit the year’s second largest jackpot – a $144,324 score – on May 2 on the Bally/Hot Shot Progressive machine at Empire City Casino.
On February 18, a player identified as “Pavel” had the hot hand, scoring for $105,778 on the Bally 777 Wild Jackpot Quick Hit slot machine.
Jackpot Record History: Howard G’s record jackpot exceeded the previously held record by nearly one million dollars, hit by Manuel Esteche of Port Chester hit for $571,000 in February 2015. Esteche’s haul broke the previous record jackpot of $509,000 won in November 2014 by Moosue Stefern of Bergenfield, New Jersey.
About Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway:
Empire City Casino is one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast. Featuring 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo, Empire City Casino also offers guests year-round harness racing and International simulcasting, live entertainment including the best party, tribute and Latin bands, comedy, New York’s hottest DJ’s, and more. A plethora of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palate with Italian cuisine at Nonno’s Trattoria; Dan Rooney’s, a high-energy sports bar; Alley 810, a craft cocktail lounge with retro bowling lanes; and convenient delicious options at the International Food Court or Lil’ Cocina. Visit Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (off I-87 at Central Avenue) Yonkers, NY, Westchester County, open seven days a week from 10:00am to 6:00am. Visit www.empirecitycasino.com or call 914.968.4200 for information.