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 »

South Philly Casino: Dealers Expected to Make $70,000

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A rendering of the Live! Hotel & Casino in South Philadelphia.

The leadership team behind the forthcoming $450 million casino in South Philadelphia’s stadium district has released a comprehensive plan outlining its hiring practices. Stadium Casino LLC — a partnership between the Cordish Companies and Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Inc., owners of Parx Casino — is promising the following: Read more »

Court Upholds Weight Restrictions for “Borgata Babes”

(Jeff Fusco)

(Jeff Fusco)

Casinos can legally regulate the weight of their waitresses, a New Jersey court has ruled.

On Thursday, a New Jersey appeals court upheld a lower court decision finding that the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is legally allowed to have weight restrictions for its waitstaff, according to a report from the Associated Press. Called Borgata Babes, the waitresses wear scantily clad outfits (corsets, high heels and stockings) and violate the company policy if they gain or lose seven percent of their body weight. Two were laid off for violating the policy. Read more »

DO THIS: ActionAIDS Fundraiser “Glamsino Royale” Comes to Hotel Palomar

Via Shutterstock.

Via Shutterstock.

Full disclosure: last year when I attended Glamsino Royale, the casino benefit thrown by ActionAIDS, I had a little too much fun. Evidence is provided below …

Glamsino Buttler

But in all seriousness, the fundraising evening, which transforms the Hotel Palomar into a high-rolling very gay casino for one night, is one of the best events in the city. This party for a purpose benefits the great work that ActionAIDS does throughout the Philadelphia region: the organization is “committed to creating an AIDS-free generation through a combination of proven strategies,” including “case management, HIV testing, prevention education, supportive housing, HIV treatment as prevention and volunteer services.”

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Blatstein, SugarHouse Appeal Casino Decision

Rendering of Live! Hotel and Casino via PlanPhilly

Rendering of Live! Hotel and Casino via PlanPhilly

The Inquirer reports this morning that last month’s decision to permit a second Philly casino in South Philadelphia is being appealed by the losing bidders and by the city’s first (and still only existing) casino.

The plaintiffs include developer Bart Blatstein, the SugarHouse Casino, and the two other losing bidders. They note that the winning bidder, Live!, has the same ownership as Parx Casino in Bensalem.
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Senator: Lack of Diversity in Philly Casino License

Here’s a statement from Sen. Vincent Hughes that’s come across the transom in the wake of the announcement that the PA Gaming Control Board has awarded the second casino license to Stadium Casino LLC, aka Live! Hotel and Casino:

“I am extremely disappointed to learn that qualified minority-owned companies will not be given the opportunity to participate in Pennsylvania’s gaming industry. The Gaming Control Board had an opportunity to ensure that the second casino license in Philadelphia was awarded to an investor group that reflected the demographics of our city. That did not happen. This is another missed opportunity to promote minority-owned businesses in a statewide industry that has been very successful thus far with the exception of diversity.

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