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Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Kurtis Blow to perform at Resorts World


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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‘Tis the season for hip-hop. Resorts World Casino is hosting three popular performers this Friday and Saturday.

Queens-born hip-hop artist Ja Rule is returning to the borough for a one night only performance at Resorts World Casino on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Ja Rule, who grew up in Hollis, will perform some of his best hits between 9 and 11 p.m. that night along with Bronx-born rapper, Fat Joe.

Ja Rule has released 11 albums in the course of his career and is best known for hits such as “I’m Real” with Jennifer Lopez, “Always on Time” with Ashanti and “Between Me and You” with Christina Milian.

Fat Joe is a prolific artist who has had several solo songs on the top charts and hits with rap groups D.I.T.C. and Terror Squad to his name.

On Friday, Dec. 12, the night before Ja Rule and Fat Joe’s concert, Kurtis Blow will perform at the casino. Blow’s performance is part of the casino’s weekly Friday Kickoff Event and will take place at Bar 360 from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. The show is free for all patrons of the casino.

The legendary rapper’s single “The Breaks” (1980), from his self-titled debut album, made it to the U.S. Billboard’s Hot 100, R&B and Dance charts. Since then he has made nine more albums and produced hits for other artists.

Tickets for Ja Rule and Fat Joe’s concert can be purchased on the lower level of the casino or online at rwnewyork.com.

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Resorts World Casino scored big during opening week


| smosco@queenscourier.com

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Resorts World Casino, the rejuvenated Aqueduct Racino in South Ozone Park, hit the jackpot during its first 10 days as it pulled in about $15 million in net profits, while gamblers bet almost $178 million.

This is great news for New York State, as about $1 million of the casino’s daily revenue goes to Albany to support state education programs and the horse racing industry. A portion of the money also goes to state lottery, while the casino operator keeps less than a third.

A Resorts World spokesperson said that large crowds were expected for the opening because of the novelty factor, but the education department and the racing industry stands to benefit from such novelty.

The company also said that it plans to hire an additional 150 workers, bringing the total number of employees to 1,500 — a 76 percent increase from Resorts World’s original estimates. Resorts World Casino New York President Michael Speller said the hiring of additional workers demonstrates that they are constantly looking for ways to better serve Queens.

“We have said from the beginning that we will continue to look for opportunities to create even more jobs and are thrilled to be able to do that so soon after our first phase of opening,” he said. “With our expanded staff in place, our second phase of opening in December will be a tremendous opportunity for visitors to experience the full extent of what Resorts World has to offer.”

The second phase of the casino’s opening, coming in December, will bring additional Video Lottery Terminals and Electronic Table Games, as well as a 130,000-square-foot events center — which Resorts World has called the largest event space in the borough.