New York Mets co-owner Jeff Wilpon issued this statement on Wednesday:
"My father and Mr. Katz loudly applaud the wisdom of New York State voters in approving the gambling casino referendum on Tuesday.
We are announcing our immediate plans to apply for a casino permit for use at Citi-Field starting with the 2014 major league baseball season."
Our Di-Jest staff has learned that the plans the Mets' owners have includes placing slot machines on each level and having a large number of them centered around Keith's Grill and the Shake Shack.
Inside McFadden's Restaurant will be the $10 blackjack tables. And the Delta Sky360 Lounge will house the roulette area. No foo-foo games like baccarat will be played at Citi. This is New York for God's sake.
And while ownership has ruled out putting a Sports Book on site (because "that would be wrong!") they may institute a daily 50-50 drawing based on which Met hits the first homerun of the game.
The idea of a casino in the Mets' home ballpark dovetails well with the team's ongoing endeavor of playing 3-card-Monty with its fanbase. And trying to make money without actually putting a winning product on the field may be accomplished if the revenues from the gaming tables and slots are large enough.
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