The New York State Gaming Commission accepted a deposit of 10% of the minimal capital investment for the Empire Resorts casino development in upstate New York this week which made the casino license awarded in December valid with immediate effect.  The Montreign Resort Casino license is subject to various conditions including a license fee of $51 million that needs to be tendered by the end of the month.

Montriegn at Adelaar was one of three casinos granted licenses by the gaming commission in December along with Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre, Seneca County and Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady.

Montreign Resort Casino is part of the first phase of development at Adelaar, a major resort under construction at the site of the former Concord resort on Kiamesha Lake next to Monticello. The casino is being designed to meet 5-star and 5-diamond standards and promises to be the most “posh” of all the New York casinos opening over the next several years.

After being selected by the locations board and before being granted final approval, Empire Resorts expanded the scope of their casino proposal to include a 90,000 sq ft casino gaming floor with a poker room, 102 table games, and 2,150 slot machines. A VIP lounge was penciled in that will offer upscale food and beverages, 8 high stakes tables, and 26 high denomination slot machines. Six private VIP gaming salons are also planned for the luxury hotel. They will be serviced by butlers and a private gaming cage.

The hotel will rise 18 stories and be comprised of 332 luxury rooms with 12 penthouse level suites, eight 1,000+ sq ft garden suites, and seven 2-story villas. Indoor pools and a fitness center are also in the works along with a 7,500 sq ft spa.

Food and beverage options include 7 restaurants and 4 bars.

Other non-gaming amenities will include an indoor water park lodge complete with hotel, and “entertainment village” with dining, performances, and retail outlets, and a Rees Jones 18-hole Monster golf course.

Those interested in following the casino’s development in real-time can view Montriegn’s Oxblue construction cam any time of day or night.