[toc]There are just three months to go until Resorts World Catskills opens its doors. The last of the four commercial upstate New York casinos debuts on March 1, 2018.
Given the extraodinarily tough competition in the area, it will need to kick things off with quite a bang. Otherwise it might befall a similar fate of the other properties, which are all struggling to come anywhere close to revenue expectations.
Resorts World ships in over 2,000 slot machines
At the end of November, the Catskills-area casino began installing the 2,157 slot machines housed on the casino floor. The milestone is a relief for developers, as it means they are still tracking for a March 1 open with no delays.
Executive Vice President of Government Affairs & Corporate Communications of Empire Resorts, Inc. Charles A. Degliomini spoke to Hudson Valley News Network about the importance of getting actual casino technology into the building.
“The arrival of these first pieces of gaming equipment shows that the casino resort’s construction is on target for our March 1 opening. Seeing these machines installed gives us a glimpse of just how fabulous our gaming floor will look on opening day.”
In addition to the standard slot fare, the Resorts World Catskills will also feature several exclusive slots, which will be new for New Yorkers. There will also be a range of video poker machines. The denominations on machine gambling range from $.01 to $1,000.
Moreover, thanks to its partnership with gaming technology company IGT, Resorts World Catskills will offer 4D slots. The unique new technology only recently debuted at Stations Casinos in Nevada.
Casino needs to fill 1,400 jobs, fast
When it comes to employment opportunities at the casino, there are almost as many as slot machines. The property needs to hire 1,400 employees in advance of the opening day.
With that in mind, Resorts World is holding two separate job fairs this coming week.
On Thursday, Dec. 14, the Ramada in Rock Hill, NY will host a fair from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Then, on Saturday, Dec. 16, the Emergency Services Center in Goshen, NY will hold a fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Those planning to attend should bring their government-issued ID as well as several copies of their resume. The process is quick, and Resorts World representatives are planning to do quite a bit of on-the-spot hiring. Degliomini explained some of the perks of joining the Resorts World family in a press release:
“The dream of a resort casino in the Catskills is finally coming to fruition, and nothing makes it more real than 1,400 new jobs coming to the Hudson Valley. These are good paying positions with benefits. Anyone exhibiting talent and dedication can make a great career for themselves in this exciting industry.”
The property started running dealer schools back in August. However, the company will be looking for a wide range of employees beyond just those who will be on the gaming floor.
Given the high turnover at nearby Rivers Casino in Schenectady, there might be some candidates with previous gaming experience looking to try again at a different property.