Revel to Shut Down on September 10th

Atlantic City’s glitzy Revel Casino Hotel announced today it will shut its doors on September 10th. Approximately 3,100 employees will lose their jobs.

Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on June 5, 2013. The Revel opened on April 1, 2012 at a cost of 2.4 Billion dollars. Photo |

Revel Casino Hotel, the glittering Vegas-like casino that was supposed to revitalize Atlantic City’s casino industry, announced today it has failed to find a buyer and will shut down on Sept. 10.

Next month’s closing means 3,100 workers will lose their jobs.

While gorgeous, the hotel — the tallest building in Atlantic City and second-tallest in New Jersey — did not get good reviews. While he was impressed by the hotel room views, our own Victor Fiorillo gave it a scathing review when he attended a Maroon 5 show there in May 2012. And after booking Maroon 5 and Beyoncé when Ovation Hall opened, the concert hall then went dark for months.

The casino — which opened on April 1, 2012, and cost $2.4 billion — was plagued by problems even before it opened. It needed a massive tax reimbursement to finish the project and filed for bankruptcy 10 months after opening. It emerged from that, but filed for bankruptcy again earlier this year.

Though Atlantic City’s mayor said a “half-dozen” buyers were interested in the property, the casino failed to receive a qualified offer.

The failed casino will go down in pop culture history, though. Ovation Hall is the location where Kanye West revealed that Kim Kardashian was pregnant!

“We regret the impact this decision has on our Revel employees who have worked so hard to maximize the potential of the property,” Revel said in a statement Tuesday morning. “We thank them for their professionalism and dedication; however we are faced with several unavoidable circumstances.”

Related: Revel Is Done, And Jose Garces Is Down Four Restaurants


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  • Axel Foley

    Good riddance to this poorly planned, mismanaged, and inefficient eyesore.
    Atlantic City rapidly descending into “Detroit-by-the-sea”

  • Jim worthington

    Strange comment Axel . Why would you want to see any business fail let alone the impact it will have on the employees as well as the City itself and the State .

    • Axel Foley

      I did not mention “wanting to see any business fail”

  • Larry Fine

    How much have the taxpayer’s of NJ lost on this white elephant, backed by the Great White Elephant?

  • PhillyBoy17

    Atlantic City should do a few things:

    1. Casinos should embrace the Boardwalk and Beach, not close itself off.

    2. Emphasis on Clubs and non gaming activites. Make it a year round destination. Retractable roof pools would be a start. Global warming could be a nice assistant in keeping outdoor pools open longer. AC can actually beat Vegas here considering there’s an ocean!

    3. Market to eastern Canada and have flights fromAAtlantic City Intl to Toronto and Montreal. They LOVE Vegas.

    Catering to old people from NE and South Philly for bus trips doesn’t work anymore when you have Parx and Harrah’s Chester nearby. Also, the City itself needs to be less ghetto.