Officials from the New York State Gaming Commission will tour the site of the coming Montreign Resort Casino in the Catskills Mountains today after operator Empire Resorts paid the required $51 million licensing fee late last month. Currently under construction as part of the first phase of the $1.1 billion Adelaar development, which will be a major resort on Kiamesha Lake near Monticello, the 18-storey and 332-room Montreign Resort Casino is expected to feature a 90,000 sq ft casino gaming floor featuring a poker room, 102 table games, and 2,150 slots.

When it opens early next year to five-star and five-diamond standards, the new casino is additionally planning to offer a VIP lounge with upscale food and beverages, eight high-stake tables and 26 high-denomination slots as well as six private gaming salons and an exclusive gaming cage all serviced by butlers.

Non-gaming amenities for the Montreign Resort Casino, which will be located off exit 106 on New York State Route 17, are to include a Rees Jones 18-hole Monster golf course alongside an indoor water park lodge complete with a hotel while an “entertainment village” will offer dining, performance, and retail outlets.

December saw the New York State Gaming Commission endorse the casino license for the Montreign Resort Casino, along with those for the Del Lago Resort And Casino in Seneca County and the Rivers Casino And Resort at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady while a fourth licence is expected to be approved later this year for the area bordering northern Pennsylvania.

Before handing over the $51 million fee on March 30, 10% of which is to be shared among local counties and the town of Thompson, Empire Resorts deposited a bond with the New York State Gaming Commission that represented 10% of the proposed capital investment for the project.

Those interested in following the development of the casino in real-time, or seeing time lapse video of progress so far, can view the Oxblue construction cam at any time of the day or night.