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2018-02-13 / News

Resorts World Catskills Casino Grand Opening Draws Large Crowd

By Anthony D. Morgano


Cutting the ribbon, officially opening the new Resorts World Catskills casino, are, left to right: COO and General Manager Kevin Kline; CEO Ryan Eller; Senator John Bonacic; Assemblyman Gary Pretlow; K.T. Lim; Peter Ward; Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther; Chairman Manny Pearlman and VP Charlie Degliomini. 
Contributed Photos Cutting the ribbon, officially opening the new Resorts World Catskills casino, are, left to right: COO and General Manager Kevin Kline; CEO Ryan Eller; Senator John Bonacic; Assemblyman Gary Pretlow; K.T. Lim; Peter Ward; Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther; Chairman Manny Pearlman and VP Charlie Degliomini. Contributed Photos MONTICELLO – The new Resorts World Catskills casino officially opened to the public on Thursday, Feb. 8. More than 8,000 visitors entered the doors on opening day, as well as more than 4,500 new card sign ups.

“The $1.2 billion casino project will bring four million visitors to the Catskills each year, creating thousands of new jobs and providing millions in revenue to the area,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

The resort features a 100,000 square-foot gaming floor, a luxury hotel and multiple dining, retail and entertainment options.

As a result of the new resort, 1,500 permanent jobs have been created, and around 600 more are expected once all features are opened at the resort. The features include a golf course, water park and the entertainment village, all of which are expected to open in early 2019.


Resorts World Catskills President and CEO Ryan Eller welcomes NY Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to the ribbon cutting ceremony. 
Contributed Photos Resorts World Catskills President and CEO Ryan Eller welcomes NY Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to the ribbon cutting ceremony. Contributed Photos Resorts World is the fourth commercial casino to open in New York since the approval of the New York State Gambling Amendment in 2013.

“For generations, the Catskills have served as a recreational and entertainment destination for people across the country,” said Governor Cuomo. “This new resort truly heralds the rebirth of the Catskills, and will serve as an economic driver, generating thousands of jobs and opportunities for people in the region.”

Ten percent of the state’s tax revenue from the casino will be split between the town of Thompson and Sullivan County for hosting the facility. Colombia, Delaware, Green, Orange and Ulster counties will share ten percent, and the remaining 80 percent of revenue will be distributed statewide to support public education and provide tax relief to New Yorkers because of Governor Cuomo’s Upstate New York Gaming and Economic Development Act of 2013.

The casino features many different amenities, including a gaming floor with 2,151 slot machines, 150 table games and a poker room. There are also 27,000 square-feet of multi-purpose meeting and entertainment space as well as various restaurants.

“As we celebrate today’s opening of the fourth casino in upstate New York, we also mark an exciting new chapter for growth and prosperity in the region,” remarked Senator John Bonacic. “Resorts World Catskills’ casino resort campus is a true destination that will deliver untold opportunities for the Catskills and we’re incredibly optimistic for its future.”

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