There a few things that set Resorts World Casino, which opens its doors at 1 p.m. today, apart from its Las Vegas brethren. First of all: it’s in Queens, which means its New York City’s first casino. Secondly, it might technically be a “racino” since its connected to the Aqueduct racetrack in South Ozone Park. But what really distinguishes the joint–which features 5,000 gambling terminals, 6,500 parking spaces, Chinese dim sum, and the Asian dice game sic bo–is the robots.
As the New York Times reports, the electronic baccarat tables, and possibly the electronic craps and sic bo tables as well, will be run by the
precursors to Skynet robot dealers:
The casino imitates the glitz and frenzy of Caesars Palace or Bally’s without running afoul of state laws and regulations that allow electronic gambling, but not human dealers, at the tracks. The baccarat tables feature real cards shuffled and dealt by robotlike mechanical arms.
“We have a situation in which elected state officials are breaching the Constitution,” said the Rev. Jason McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, a conservative Christian political group. “A robotic arm dealing cards is just as insidious as a human being.”
“Just as” insidious? We take it the good Reverend is not a big Battlestar Galactica fan.