MONTICELLO, N.Y. - New York State's fourth licensed non-Indian casino has opened in the Catskills.
The Resorts World Catskills Casino opened Thursday in Monticello.
The casino and resort includes 100,000 square feet of gaming space with over 2,100 slot machines and over 100 table games.
All 332 rooms are designated as five-star suites and also include a town house villa style option.
Resorts World also features eight restaurants ranging from fine dining to an open market and a few bars.
It currently employs over 1,300 people with more workers to be added on once the full resort is open, which will include a second hotel, indoor water park and a golf course.
It's operated by Empire Resorts, the parent company of Resorts World.
Empire CEO Ryan Eller says he's thrilled to see the doors open for the $1.2 billion project.
"It's extraordinarily exciting. It's been a long time coming, not just for myself and the management team, but also for this community. They've waited decades for this. It's been an extraordinary experience to be a part of a community that put so much hope into an amazing project," said Eller.
Louis Maginn is from Astoria, Queens and came to the casino to gamble.
He was up big after being on the floor for only an hour.
Astoria, Queens Resident and Customer Louis Maginn says, "It's great! It's a nice, clean place with a lot of friendly people."
"Did you gamble?" asked Mike Tanzini,
"Oh, yes I did," said Maginn.
"How'd you do?" asked Tanzini.
"I did great. I'm up $3,000 in a matter of an hour. I love this place," said Maginn.
In the coming weeks, Resorts World Catskills will open a private VIP gaming area along with a poker room.
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