Revel Bidder Wants to Put a University “for Geniuses” Next to the Casino

Photo | Dan McQuade

Photo | Dan McQuade

We told you last week about Florida builder Glenn Straub’s $90 million bid for Revel and his comment about blowing it up if it doesn’t work.

Now comes more word on his vision for the shuttered, $2.4 billion casino in Atlantic City. Straub plans to build a second, 30-25 story tower next to Revel that would host “some of the smartest people in the world.”

“The university’s going to go in,” Straub told the Press of Atlantic City. “It’s going to be for geniuses.” Straub says his university will work on solving pressing global issues like nuclear waste disposal. He also told the Press of high-speed ferry and rail plans and an “underground passageway” for Atlantic City in the winter.

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull in Atlantic City

EIP_640x640-gen-IGWe’ve got two pairs of tickets to giveaway to Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull’s co-headlining show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Friday, September 26th.

The frequent collaborators just kicked off their fall co-headlining tour in support of their latest works, Sex and Love (Iglesias) and Globalization (Pitbull, release TBD). The tour started off with 15 dates, but later expanded to 24, including the one in Atlantic City. It will conclude on October 28th in Orlando, Florida.

To win tickets, sign up for our weekly e-newsletter in the box below between now and Tuesday, September 23rd at 5 p.m. At that point we will draw two names randomly.

The Atlantic City show takes place on Friday, September 26th, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found here.

Trump Plaza Has Officially Closed

The end came for Trump Plaza this morning.

As expected, the Atlantic City casino shut down its gambling operations shortly before 6 a.m. — reducing the total number of casinos in town to eight; Atlantic City started 2014 with 12 casinos.
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Bidder for Revel: If My Plan Doesn’t Work, We’ll Blow Up the Building


Photo | Dan McQuade

Yesterday, we told you about the Florida bidder offering $90 million for Revel. Now, we have more information on Glenn E. Straub’s plans for the gorgeous, shuttered, $2.4 billion casino.

Straub has purchased “distressed” properties for the last 20 years, and the Revel is his latest project. Atlantic City’s mayor said he expected the property to go for $25 to $50 million eventually — so this $90 million is quite the premium. Then again, a $90 million purchase is about 96 percent off the original price.

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Donald Trump May Rescue the Trump Casinos in Atlantic City


It has been years since Donald Trump was actively involved with the Atlantic City casinos that bear his name. He resigned as chairman of the casinos in 2009 and recently sued to get “Trump” off of their decrepit, dying shells. But now, with Trump Plaza closing in a week and the Trump Taj Mahal not far behind, it looks like the controversial tycoon may be ready to dust them off and make another go of it. Read more »

Men Are (Still) Pigs


Oh, that’s right: Men are pigs.

Forgive a little bit of gender-based self-loathing. (And please, denizens of the Men’s Rights Twittersphere, please spare me your inevitable cries of “misandry!” Your whining undermines your claims to machismo.) But the news has been replete with examples lately of why feminism exists — and is needed — and why we men still need a few lessons in how to treat all people with a little more respect.

Just to pluck two examples from our local headlines:

• Monday, of course, brought us the TMZ video of Ray Rice knocking his fiancée unconscious last winter at the Revel Casino.

• And last week we heard about the good ol’ boys in then-Attorney General Tom Corbett’s office trading dirty emails and creating enough of a frat house atmosphere that the office had to pay out a $15,000 settlement to a female agent who felt discriminated against because she wouldn’t play along. Corbett has said he found out about the emails only after he became governor.

But jeepers, what is this, 1960?

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10 Most Unrecommended Concerts this Season, Ranked

Erasure performs at the Borgata on September 26th.

Erasure performs at the Borgata on September 26th.

10 “Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions”
Mann Center, 9/19
Literally, the music of Pokémon.

9 The Eagles
PPL Center, 9/12
In case you haven’t already heard “Hotel California” 1,000 too many times.

Borgata, 9/26
We loved Erasure …  in 1985.

7 Disco Biscuits’ City Bisco
Multiple locations, 9/25-27
Calling all trustafarians and faux-hippie ravers.

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