Shuttered A.C. Casino to Reopen as Indoor Water Park

An aerial view of the beach and casinos in Atlantic City.

Aerial View of Atlantic City. Photo | Wikimedia Commons.

Building on a chain of recent deals in Atlantic City, Ventnor-based R&R Development Group announced on Monday that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the shuttered Atlantic Club, which they won’t reopen as a casino. Instead, the group has plans to open “Dolphin Village at Atlantic Club,” a non-gambling family resort complete with an indoor water park.

Atlantic Club has been non-operational since 2014, and the plans want to breathe life into the space. The remodeled space will include a hotel — they hope to have 300 rooms open by the fall, according to the Press of Atlantic City — restaurants and a large arcade. The casino floor will also be turned into a go-cart track.  Read more »

Hard Rock to Buy Trump Taj, Plans Casino Opening in 2018

The Trump Taj Mahal entrance

Photo | Dan McQuade

There will be a new casino on the Atlantic City boardwalk next year.

Yesterday the Hard Rock struck a deal with Carl Icahn to buy the shuttered Trump Taj Mahal. The planned $300 million purchase and casino renovation will bring a new casino to Atlantic City in 2018.

“All the pieces are coming back together, one by one,” Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said. “Now is the time to invest in our great city. The price is right.” Read more »

You Could Now Get a $500 Fine for Releasing a Balloon in Atlantic City

Atlantic City doesn’t mess around.

You might already know not to feed seagulls in the Jersey Shore town – unless you want to end up in jail. As of last summer, beachgoers who feed seagulls in Atlantic City could face a $500 fine and up to 90 days in prison.

This week, the city passed a law that cracks down on people who release balloons into the sky, according to the Press of Atlantic CityRead more »

Jose Garces is Opening Three Restaurants at the Tropicana in Atlantic City

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Atlantic City is apparently collecting Iron Chefs. With Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck and Geoffrey Zakarian already there and Michael Symon opening Angeline at the Borgata sometime in the next few months, the city is well on its way to a full house (see what I did there?).

But now, with opening dates set for the three completely new operations from the Garces Group that we told you about last year, they’re flush with ’em. And Jose Garces is even going to sneak in ahead of Symon because he’s got opening dates set for all three locations (all of which are going into re-done spaces at the Tropicana) in the first week of March.

So, yeah. Really soon. Here’s what we know.

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President Trump’s Name Removed From Taj Mahal Casino

Donald Trump ascends the stairs with his fist raised after the opening of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. on April 5, 1990.

Donald Trump ascends the stairs with his fist raised after the opening of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. on April 5, 1990.

President Donald Trump’s presence in Atlantic City legacy grows ever fainter with the removal of the Trump name from all sides of the Taj Mahal casino. But this isn’t a Trump boycott — in fact, it was Trump Entertainment’s choice.

On Wednesday morning, the Press of Atlantic City reported that the “Trump” has been removed from the boardwalk entrance to the casino resort, but his name is still featured at the front entrance of the casino and on the hotel tower. But, according to the Inquirer, those will be gone soon, too. Workers at the casino on Wednesday determined they’d get rid of 17 by next week, including the ones at the very top of the tower. Read more »

Icahn Says He’ll Sell Trump Taj Mahal

Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City

Photo | Dan McQuade

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn wants to wash his hands of the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City.

On Monday, he announced plans to sell the shuttered casino resort. In a statement on his website, the special adviser to President Trump — the casino’s former owner — says he won’t invest the $100 to $200 million the casino needs to reboot.

Why this decision? Icahn is pointing the finger at a New Jersey bill and its sponsor — state Senate president Steve Sweeney. The bill, which has now been vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie, would have penalized Icahn by divesting him of his casino license for five years. Read more »

Revel’s Got a New Reopening Date

Revel casino

Photo | Dan McQuade

Last fall we learned that Revel’s got a new nameTEN—and now it’s got an updated reopening date—February 20th. That’s President’s Day and just three weeks from now.

The ill-fated casino was initially scheduled to reopen last summer, but it’s remained shuttered for longer than expected. Some squabbling between owner Glenn Straub, who bought the once $2.4 billion Revel out of bankruptcy for just $82 million in 2015, and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority may be the cause.

The delay is also due in part to licensing complications. Straub’s had to attend hearings as recent as Tuesday to determine whether he needs a casino license despite leasing gaming operations at the site to a third party. The control board ruled that Straub is required to be licensed to reopen Revel as a casino. Even so, Straub says he will reopen on the target date and fight the board’s ruling in court.

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Meet the Temple Guy Giving Donald Trump–Themed Tours in Atlantic City

Levi Fox leads a Donald Trump-themed tour in Atlantic City.

Levi Fox leads a Donald Trump-themed tour in Atlantic City.

Levi Fox knows a thing or two about the Jersey Shore. A lifelong Somers Point resident, the 36-year-old Temple PhD student and lecturer has worked as a tour guide at both Lucy the Elephant (“My best summer job ever!”) and the James Candy Factory, as well as along the Atlantic City Boardwalk, where he used to give Nucky Johnson–themed tours back when Boardwalk Empire was all the rage. And now, Fox is taking tourists on a Donald Trump–focused tour. Read more »

The Revel Casino Finally Has a New Name

Revel Casino Hotel, now called TEN

Revel on its last day of operations in 2014. | Photo: Dan McQuade

The summer season has come and gone in Atlantic City, and despite an initial mid-June opening date, the former Revel casino remains shuttered — and owner Glenn Straub, who bought it out of bankruptcy, earlier this month threatened to leave town after clashing with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

But there is a significant movement in the beautiful property that’s been closed for longer than it’s been open: a new name. Revel is now called TEN. Read more »

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