Resorts World Catskills Casino Opens in New York

New York's newest Upstate casino, Resorts World Catskills, opened its doors on Thursday. The $1.2 billion project is the fourth of four commercial casinos approved by the state, giving it the unique advantage of a full year to watch the competition get on their feet.

Located in the heart of the old “Borscht Belt,” the new casino promises to bring a long-awaited economic boost to an area of New York that was once a renown resort town.

The opening of the new Catskills casino comes after the first three Upstate casinos, Del Lago in Tyre, Rivers in Schenectady, and Tioga Downs in Nichols; all failed to meet first-year revenue projections. Their failures raised questions about the long-term viability of non-tribal gaming in New York.

Will Resorts World be different? Catskills officials are optimistic about the future of the new casino, but they also have a lot riding on its success. State Senator John Bonacic, a champion for gambling legislation in the state, believes the new casino will “deliver untold opportunities for the Catskills,” the region he represents.

Resorts World Catskills opened with a 100,000-square-foot gaming floor. It offers 2,151 slot machines, a poker room, and 150 other table games. Visitors will find a variety of dining options including a restaurant by celebrity chef Scott Conant.

A hotel is planned for the resort, but it is not expected to open until next year. Once it is finished, the hotel complex will add an indoor waterpark and spa, along with 324 rooms.

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