Can the Revel Become a Destination for Chinese Gamblers?

Photo | Dan McQuade

Photo | Dan McQuade

The latest New Yorker, out today, has a story by reporter Nick Paumgarten about “The Death and Life of Atlantic City,” taking a sprawling look at the city’s recent decline — and focusing fairly closely on the role Florida developer Glenn Straub, who now owns the bankrupt Revel Casino, and his possible plans for its future.

Five highlights from the story: Read more »

The Truth About the Rise and Fall of Donald Trump’s Atlantic City Empire

Trump Plaza, September 2014

Trump Plaza in its last month of operation. (Photo | Dan McQuade)

It’s an April Sunday in Atlantic City in 1989. Though it’s early spring, the boardwalk is packed outside Trump Plaza and the convention hall next door. The setting: WrestleMania V, the fifth in a series of professional wrestling super-shows. After a year of buildup, Hulk Hogan will attempt to win back the World Wrestling Federation championship from his former friend and tag-team partner, “Macho Man” Randy Savage.

But that’ll be in a few hours. Right now Ted DiBiase, aka “The Million Dollar Man,” is about to wrestle Brutus Beefcake in an early undercard matchup. DiBiase is an ostentatious character who flouts his wealth. He shoves $100 bills down the throats of defeated opponents and just over a year ago he actually bought the WWF championship after cheating Hogan out of the belt; when that was nullified, he created his own “Million Dollar Belt” with diamond-encrusted dollar signs on the front. Read more »

Man Admits Flushing Fake Poker Chips Down Atlantic City Casino Toilet

Borgata - Toilet - Harrah's

From left: The Borgata, a toilet, Harrah’s Atlantic City

A North Carolina man will be sentenced to five years in prison for using counterfeit chips in an Atlantic City poker tournament. Christian Lusardi, who had already been sentenced earlier this year to five years for pirating DVDs, pleaded guilty and accepted the sentence as part of a deal.

Lusardi admitted to cheating in the 2014 Borgata Winter Open Big Stack no-limit hold ’em event. He won $6,814 in the tournament, but suspected he’d been caught with the counterfeit chips. So he did the only logical thing: He flushed the counterfeit chips down the toilet at his room at nearby Harrah’s. Read more »

Trump Brags About Atlantic City “Success” in Debate

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) URN:23754236

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) URN:23754236

Depending on who you ask, Donald Trump either lost (the GOP establishment), won (Trump himself) or at the very least dominated the conversation (the Daily News).

There was a bit of a South Jersey in last night’s debate. Trump was asked about his eponymous Atlantic City casinos, which have suffered through several bankruptcies. Trump responded by saying he did good in AC:

The difference is, when somebody else uses those laws, nobody writes about it. When I use it, they say, ‘Trump, Trump, Trump.’ The fact is, I built a net worth of more than $10 billion. I have a great, great company. I employ thousands of people. And I’m very proud of the job I did. […]

And I had the good sense to leave Atlantic City, which by the way, Caesars just went bankrupt. Every company, Chris can tell you, every company virtually in Atlantic City went bankrupt. Every company.

And let me just tell you. I had the good sense, and I’ve gotten a lot of credit in the financial pages, seven years ago I left Atlantic City before it totally cratered, and I made a lot of money in Atlantic City, and I’m very proud of it. I want to tell you that. Very, very proud of it.

This is not the first time Trump has talked up his business acumen regarding Atlantic City. Just after Revel closed last year, Trump complained he wasn’t getting enough credit for getting out of Atlantic City when he did. Read more »

5 Questions for Reading-Raised Magician Wayne Hoffman


Name your biggest magical influence.
Growing up, the only guy on the scene really was David Copperfield. I saw him on TV, and he gave me a glimmer of hope that one day I could travel the world and freak people out.

Will you make the Statue of Liberty disappear at the Taj?
Most of the show is geared toward mentalism and psychological stunts. You’re not going to see cliché illusions like women floating or being sawn in half.

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Former Owl City Musician Daniel Jorgensen Indicted in Atlantic City for Criminal Sexual Contact with Minor

Daniel Jorgenson via Jivewired

Daniel Jorgensen via Jivewired

Back in August 2013, popular Minnesota-based electronica act Owl City performed at the since-closed House of Blues in Atlantic City. And while the band was visiting the Jersey Shore town, then-touring member Dan Jorgensen allegedly had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and attempted to lure her to his hotel room, according to an indictment filed on Tuesday by Atlantic County prosecutor Jim McClain. Read more »

Get Social With Cider In New Jersey


Sometimes you’ve just had enough beer, right? You’ve drunk all the good stuff, the weird stuff, the low-rent stuff. Whiskey and gin just don’t seem right for the moment and you’re certainly not going to switch to wine. So what do you turn to in your hour of alcoholic need?


Ever true to his pioneering spirit, the producer of the massive Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival is bringing the first cider fest to Jersey. On August 8, Jon Henderson of Good Time Tricycle will host two sessions of the inaugural Atlantic City Cider Social.

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WATCH: Documentary Examines Lives of Unemployed AC Casino Workers

2014 was a brutal year in Atlantic City : 8,000  jobs were lost in 2014 after the closure of four of the city’s 12 struggling casinos.

Now the  Media Mobilizing Project has released a documentary , Building a Sandcastle: A Broken Promise to Atlantic City, that tracks the lives of unemployed casino workers from the many high-profile closures that occurred in 2014.

“The casinos industry in this area, and our union, is like the lifeblood of the communities around here,” said Alfred Kare sadly, a server at the Trump Taj Mahal. Read more »

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