Monticello, N.Y.-based Resorts World Catskills plans to open the doors of its luxury casino resort to the public for the first time on Feb. 8. The opening comes several weeks ahead of the March 1 opening date under the terms of the casino license, issued by the New York State Gaming Commission. Resorts World Catskills will officially open at 8 a.m., when the public will have the first opportunity to experience this region’s most anticipated Las Vegas-style gaming with more than 150 live table games and 2,150 state-of-the-art slot machines, as well as a myriad of hospitality and nightlife options to satisfy all palates, according to press materials. With gaming officially underway, the executive leadership team will join state and local dignitaries at a private ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. to officially unveil the casino, followed by a ceremonial first roll of the dice, commemorating the occasion. “Our staff has worked tirelessly to ensure that when we open our doors for the first time, we will be ready to provide our guests an unparalleled experience,” said Ryan Eller, president and CEO of Resorts World Catskills. “This opening, and making it happen ahead of schedule, is a reflection of our commitment, not only to our patrons and guests, but to becoming a positive contributor to the fabric of the Catskills region as a whole.” Resorts World Catskills will feature extensive casino gaming options, first-class amenities and luxury accommodations, all within a short 90-mile drive from Manhattan. It is the cornerstone of a $1.2 billion project that will include the casino resort, a planned entertainment village, an indoor waterpark lodge and an 18-hole Rees Jones designed golf course.