Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for Atlantic City’s newest ailing gambling palace, someone throws a lawsuit. One New York couple is suing the casino, saying that their slots promotion from this past summer was a misleading scam:
Nicholas and Margaret Peragine of Lake Grove, on Long Island, sued in federal court in Newark Thursday.
The lawsuit claims the promotion was misleading when it promised gamblers who lost more than $100 playing slots at Revel during July would get their money back.
As the degenerate gamblers among us will remember, Revel said that they’d refund gambling losses at slot machine, only to then refund a maximum of 5 percent of those losses. That percentage, additionally, only came back for a period of one week, forcing gamblers to return that week or lose their refund. Chalk that up to “virtually unreadable” fine print.
The lawsuit, though? Just a couple of sore losers. [Newsworks]
For those of you already looking in the direction of the Shore, we’ve got a few new things happening in and around Atlantic City.
First, Jose Garces opened Yuboka, a dim sum and noodle shop, inside Revel at the end of May. It’s 36 seats, right next to his A.C. version of Amada, and situated right off the casino floor–custom-made for a quick-hit flight of small plates or bowl of noodles without taking you too far away from the slots. Also, he’ll be rolling out the semi-newly-christened Distrito Cantina Food Truck (formerly Guapos Tacos) on the boardwalk on Saturday and Sunday from noon ’til 6pm. That’ll be the schedule from now until Labor Day.
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Two trainwrecks, united at last: Consistently “erratic” erstwhile tween star Amanda Bynes and bankrupt casino Revel.
Continuing her bizarre streak over the weekend, the former Nickelodeon child star chased Bobby Cohen around the lobby of the casino on Friday, demanding he hand over his iPhone.
There was then yelling and screaming from Bynes, and general confusion expressed by Cohen and his son. (56-year-old Cohen, there for Father’s Day of all things, tried and failed to take a picture of Bynes.) When she wasn’t trying to grab phones, she was “playing the slot machines accompanied by a white dog and wearing a dress with the security tags still attached.” While wearing a platinum wig and black sunglasses. Revel in it, baby! [NY Post]
Gawker picks up the story of 24-year-old Leyla Ghobadi, who claims Kanye West seduced her at the Revel—even though his girlfriend Kim Kardashian had showed up at his show there—and then tried again after it became apparent Kardashian was pregnant with West’s child.
Ghobadi insists she refused Kanye’s initial advances, but he persisted, asking her to come back the following night for his second show.
Kanye once again invited Ghobadi backstage. This time, however, she went all the way.
“He told me . . . he wanted to ‘hook up,’ but I was concerned that he was seeing Kim Kardashian,” Ghobadi told Star. “He told me that [the relationship] was for publicity and nothing serious.”
Next thing Ghobadi knew, “we were both naked and having sex.”
West denies Ghobadi’s allegations.
Just when you thought Revel couldn’t be any more of a disaster:
Fifty people trapped in two stuck elevators at Revel early Sunday morning were rescued by Atlantic City firefighters who guided casino patrons up ladders and through dark elevator shafts to safety.
The first call came around 1:30 a.m., after which 22 Revelers had to be strapped to safety harnesses and guided up a 35-foot-ladder through a pitch-black elevator shaft. Said Atlantic City’s fire chief:
I’m sure a lot of the people weren’t crazy about climbing up a dark ladder in an elevator, and not in a nice environment with all those cables and grease. They were probably scared if the elevator moves. They were probably a nervous wreck.
But the party never stops at Revel, so here’s what happened next:
Shortly after the first rescue, authorities were called to another elevator near the HQ Nightclub for 28 people stuck between the second and fourth floors, he said.
The rescue missions, during which no one was hurt, lasted a couple hours in total. By Carnival cruise standards, that’s actually not bad. [Press of Atlantic City]
Dear Atlantic City:
You know we love you. We come to you for gambling, for bachelor and bachelorette parties, for rides on your charming jitneys, for strolls on your boardwalk, for indulgence in the nostalgia for your bygone days, for air shows, for golf tournaments, for conventions and gymnastics competitions, for prize fights, for shopping at outlets, for rides that make children vomit.
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This can’t be good for the troubled Atlantic City resort: NBC 10 reports two people—a 56-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman—were found dead over the weekend in a seventh-floor hotel room at the Revel Resort. Both are New Jersey residents; officials say it’s too early to determine if the deaths are suspicious. The Revel, of course, filed for bankruptcy last month, less than a year after it opened.
More trouble for the Atlantic City’s Revel casino, which declared bankruptcy this week: A new lawsuit says one of the casino escalators grabbed an Englishman, and dragged him more than 40 feet through the air until he was rescued by the resort’s other guests. The Englishman, Christopher Eades, said he wasn’t even standing too closely to the escalator when it snatched him bodily and began his short-but-horrifying flight of fancy. The incident took place last August.24:
“At the above time, place, and location, a portion of plaintiff’s clothing was snared, gathered, collected, pulled, caught into the escalator apparatus.
“At that time and place, plaintiff was suddenly and precipitously pulled over the railing of the area in which he was then and there standing, hanging upside down on the outside of the said escalator where he was suspended an estimated forty (40) feet above the ground level of the lobby in Revel Resort/
“After some time hanging upside down, being dragged along the outside of the escalator mechanism, plaintiff was pulled to safety by other patrons of Revel Resort.”
Eades reports he fractured his left knee and ankle in the incident, which made him seem less like Mary Poppins floating gently through the air and something more like Vernon Dursley soaring uncomfortably and painfully and not-at-all hilariously. Ouch.
The beginning of the end (or the beginning of a new beginning?) starts Monday, when A.C.’s most troubled casino is expected to file for bankruptcy.
Revel will maintain normal business operations during the bankruptcy. But the financial restructuring appears to clear the way for a series of practical changes, including addition of a smoking area, a beach bar, and more reasonably priced restaurants, among other things, by Memorial Day weekend, in time for the resort’s peak season.
If Revel can’t save itself, potential buyers include the Penn National gaming group, which is competing for Philly’s second casino license, and Neil Bluhm, the Chicago man who owns Sugarhouse. [Inquirer]