The idea behind Montreign Casino was to bring tourism back to the section of the New York state where it used to flourish. The Catskills used to be popping with tourists from all over the country, something which has changed for the worse in recent years. That’s why Montreign Operating Company LLC decided to make Monticello, NY home to its $1-billion project.
When they planned Montreign Resort Casino, the goal was for the casino to be the focal tourist attraction, not just for gamblers but also for those who just wish to enjoy the panoramic beauty of the Catskills. That’s why they carefully thought out the casino in order for it not to stick out too much but rather become a wholesome part of the whole community.
Montreign Operating Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Resorts, who, in turn, solely hold a Hudson Valley gaming facility license. Empire Resorts began Montreign Casino construction back in 2015, and it took them under three years to be prepared for the opening day. Although they initially wanted to call it Montreign Resort Casino, they have decided that the casino bears a name of Resorts World Catskills.
Casino Floor and Hotel
Montreign Casino has a gaming floor which covers 100,000 square feet and will leave even the pickiest of gamblers satisfied. They have included 2,150 top-shelf slot machines as well as 150 different table games. Furthermore, the poker room consists of 19 tables and works round the clock.
Accompanying the casino, there’s an 18-story four-star luxury hotel which meets Forbes’ standard for four diamonds. As a guest of the casino, you can stay in one of the 391 rooms in their hotel and enjoy other amenities, such as the spa. The company has teamed up with a TV-appearing chef Scott Conant in their efforts to offer the best dining options to their guests. Conant has opened a restaurant (Bistecca by Scott Conant), which offers classic and premium Italian dishes.
One of the things that separate Montreign from other casinos in the East Coast is its collaboration with Monticello Motor Club. The MMC owns a premier private racetrack. This means that casino guests who enjoy a bit of exclusivity will be able to test out some of the MMC’s high-performance cars on the racetrack. There are professional drivers to help you out with driving a race vehicle, and you can also opt for an offroad Land Rover experience. As of yet, Montreign is the only casino which offers this possibility on the East Coast.
In the near future, the resort will include an indoor waterpark as well as a golf course designed by Rees Jones. The course will be called “Monster,” so you can only imagine how it will be like. The waterpark will, if everything goes according to plan, open in early 2019.
They also plan to add an entertainment village, so if you ever get bored spinning slot reels or drawing cards, there will still be plenty for you to do in Montreign. Based in Town of Thompson in Sullivan County, during and after the construction of these new amenities, the company plans to create around 2,000 temporary and permanent job offerings, which is welcome news to the part of the state that suffers from a low employment rate.
Apart from Conant’s restaurant, there are six more drinking and dining options in the confines of the resort. For instance, you can visit Lotus if you’re up for some Chinese dishes and seafood. Alternatively, Dos Gatos Cantina offers Mexican food, so as you can see, there’s something for everybody. With a fresh-new entertainment village on the way, the resort will most probably be richer for another restaurant or two.
The Casino’s Success
The casino opened its doors to players in February 2018. It had a slow start to its life, and at first, it looked like the huge investment was misplaced. After all, the company was losing almost $1 million every day during the construction phase.
However, the opening of the casino didn’t bring them much joy. In the first six months of doing business, they recorded a loss of $58 million, nearly two-thirds of which happened in the latter three months. They expected to have better financial results during the summertime, but seemingly, it turned out that the slow start of the four-season resort wasn’t due to bad weather. When they made the decision to start working on the golf course and the entertainment village, they needed to take out a loan worth $30 million. The problem was, they simply weren’t making enough money off the visiting gamblers. The casino recorded a $103 net win per slot machine on a daily basis — way below what other New York casinos were raking in.
Their hopes are that the new additions to the resort will prompt more visitors to come to the gorgeous Catskills and spend their money on the entertainment the casino offers. Time will tell if the investments will pay off.