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MONTICELLO, N.Y. – Resorts World Catskills celebrated a significant milestone, officially opening its casino doors for business several weeks ahead of schedule, on Thursday. The luxury casino resort marked the occasion by welcoming thousands of guests to the gaming floor which included a private ribbon-cutting celebration for the property’s highly-anticipated opening.

“Today marks an exciting new era for us,” said Ryan Eller, President and CEO of Resorts World Catskills, “I’m incredibly proud of all of the hard work and dedication from our staff, local officials and the community that went into making this day possible. We’re committed to having a positive impact on the region and we’re looking forward to continuing to collaborate with the local community to ensure this happens. We are open for business and are ready to offer our guests unparalleled gaming, world-class amenities, and thrilling experiences like no other in the region.”

Resorts World Catskills’ 100,000-square-foot casino floor features over 2,150 high-tech slots and 112 live table games, including Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Roulette and Pai Gow Tiles. A poker room and private luxurious gaming salons are expected to debut later in February.

Guests will also be able to choose from varied bar and restaurant experiences, ranging from fine dining to grab-and-go options, and can enjoy year-round live entertainment at the casino resort’s 2,500-seat event center, casino bars, restaurants and lounges.

Elected officials from New York State, Sullivan County, the Town of Thompson and the region joined executives from Resorts World Catskills for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Following an invocation from Rabbi Simcha Zajac of Rock Hill, NY, the ceremony included speeches from dignitaries such as Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Senator John Bonacic, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. Members of the Board of Directors of Empire Resorts and its executive team also participated in the ceremony. Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, a beneficiary of the largest stockholder of the parent of Resorts World Catskills, had the honor of cutting the ribbon. The event concluded with a ceremonial Lion Dance performance to bring continued good fortune to the property.

The casino resort has created in excess of 1,300 new jobs and is expected to bring 4 million visitors to the Catskills each year.

“As we celebrate the opening of the fourth casino in upstate New York, we also mark an exciting new chapter for growth and prosperity in the region,” said Senator Bonacic. “Resorts World Catskills will deliver countless opportunities for the Catskills and we are incredibly optimistic for its future.”

For more information on Resorts World Catskills, visit www.rwcatskills.com.

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