Resorts World Catskills opened its doors Thursday, weeks ahead of schedule.

Gamers from across the state swarmed the Sullivan County hotel, casino and entertainment complex at 8 a.m. Slot machines and tables filled up quickly as cars packed the parking lot.

'Resorts World Catskills' is a $1.2 billion project that state officials hope will provide an economic boost to the area. They call the casino a "huge win" for the county and the region -- and officials say the excitement and large crowds on opening day means much to them.