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OP/ED: Atlantic City: A Word of Caution

Atlantic City is seemingly experiencing a resurgence. Gaming revenue has grown year over year for the last two years after ten years of declines. In 2018, total gaming revenue was up 8.7 percent and for December, a whopping 25 percent.

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9/20/2020

article Showboat Atlantic City owner wants to build beach bar to complement indoor water park concept
(Atlantic City) -- In addition to aspirations of a world-class indoor water park, Philadelphia-based developer Bart Blatstein wants to construct a beach bar in front of...

9/18/2020

press release Trop boss makes 4 of 9 Atlantic City casinos run by women
(Atlantic City) -- Four of Atlantic City's nine casinos will be run by women, following Wednesday's appointment of a veteran female executive to run the...
article Why A PointsBet Retail Sportsbook At Bally's Makes A Lot Of Sense
(Atlantic City) -- The Wild Wild West is one step closer to separating from Bally’s Atlantic City. During this week’s Casino Reinvestment Development...

9/17/2020

article Assembly committee moves one Atlantic City casino relief bill, pulls another
(New Jersey) -- Two pieces of legislation aimed at providing some measure of financial relief for a struggling Atlantic City casino industry hit hard by the coronavirus...

9/16/2020

article Trop boss makes 4 of 9 Atlantic City casinos run by women
(Atlantic City) -- Four of Atlantic City’s nine casinos will be run by women, following Wednesday’s appointment of a veteran female executive to run...
article State lawmakers will hear Atlantic City casino relief bills Thursday
(New Jersey) -- The state Assembly Appropriations Committee will consider two pieces of legislation Thursday designed to provide relief to Atlantic City's casino...

9/15/2020

article Ex-Borgata Executive Surrenders Phone in Legal Squabble Involving New Employer Ocean Casino
(New Jersey) -- Late last month, Borgata casino in Atlantic City filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that key rival Ocean Casino Resort poached a half-dozen top...
article Bally's sale closer to completion after CRDA grants land-use split for Wild Wild West
(Atlantic City) -- The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approved a request Tuesday to divide the land lots containing the Wild Wild West Casino and parking...

9/14/2020

article Atlantic City Casinos And NFL Action: Back To Normal, Almost
(Atlantic City) -- Were Atlantic City casino visitors “ready for some football” on the first Sunday of the NFL season? No doubt about it. Boardwalk...

9/11/2020

article Defected casino exec must return phone with high-roller info
(Atlantic City) -- An executive who left Atlantic City’s top casino to work for a competitor must return a cellphone laden with valuable information on his...
article Inside Atlantic City’s indoor restaurants, customers say they’re lucky to feel normal again
(Atlantic City) -- As the Labor day weekend unofficially closes the door to one of the strangest summers anyone can remember another door opens. The door to your...

9/9/2020

article Our view: Casinos should do what’s relatively easy to reduce COVID risk
(Atlantic City) -- Evidence is mounting that lockdowns weren’t a very helpful reaction to COVID-19 by governments and health experts with too little information on...

9/3/2020

press release AC Profits Fell 170 Percent in 2Q
(Atlantic City) -- Second-quarter results for eight of Atlantic City’s nine casinos showed a steep decline in gross operating profits. Buoyed by its strong iGaming...

9/2/2020

article What were the biggest jackpots scored at Atlantic City casinos in July?
(Atlantic City) -- This is a monthly list of jackpots scored of $50,000 or more in Atlantic City.

9/1/2020

article Beverage service and smoking on casino floors to resume Friday
(Atlantic City) -- Beverage service on casino floors will resume Friday, state officials said. Drinks must be ordered from a server and consumed in your seat, according...
article Thousands returning to work in Atlantic City casinos with indoor dining back on tap
(Atlantic City) -- It’s been a long six months out of work during the coronavirus pandemic, but at least a few thousand casino workers will be back on the job in...
article NJ Regulators Unreasonable In Keeping Two Former Boardwalk Casino Sites Closed?
(New Jersey) -- Last month’s approval of a massive Caesars-Eldorado merger by New Jersey regulators, the last of more than a dozen steps by various states to seal...

8/31/2020

article Borgata Atlantic City to lay off over 2K employees as COVID tanks casino industry
(Atlantic City) -- MGM Resorts International, which owns Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, plans to lay off 2,295 staff at the South Jersey resort, as the COVID-19...
article Borgata Lawsuit Accuses Rival Ocean Casino Of Poaching Key Executives
(Atlantic City) -- It took eight years, but a settlement in the epic $10 million Phil Ivey vs. Borgata mini-baccarat “edge sorting” saga appears to have been...
article Claridge, Atlantic Club appeal casino regulator's failure to lift deed restrictions
(Atlantic City) -- The owners of the Claridge Hotel and the former Atlantic Club are appealing the Casino Control Commission's decision to not remove deed...

8/30/2020

article Casino industry's lackluster summer will dent Atlantic City's budget in 2021
(Atlantic City) -- The ongoing struggles of the casino industry as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and subsequent state-imposed restrictions, will mean millions of...

8/28/2020

article Murphy signs bill making permanent Atlantic City open-container rules
(Atlantic City) -- Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Friday that permanently allows for the public consumption of alcohol within the Atlantic City Tourism District....
article Borgata: Ocean Casino is poaching our execs, trade secrets
(Atlantic City) -- The city’s top casino is accusing a rival of poaching a half-dozen of its top marketing executives in an attempt to “cripple” it by...

8/26/2020

article Twin River all in on returning Bally's to prominence in Atlantic City
(Atlantic City) -- Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. may not be a familiar name to some casino players, but the Rhode Island-based company has strong ties to the market...
article MORON ALERT: Casino in A.C. has 'mask Nazis' to totally ruin your experience
(Atlantic City) -- I love Atlantic City too much to disparage a casino by name. I want people to continue going to Atlantic City and enjoying all that the beautiful...

8/25/2020

article Atlantic City Casinos Post $112M Operating Loss in Second Quarter
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City casinos were closed for the duration of the second quarter, and their balance sheets reflect the extraordinary situation caused by COVID...
article Atlantic City’s casinos see 170 percent decrease in operating profits in Q2
(Atlantic City) -- According to data released Monday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, Atlantic City’s casinos reported a 170.4% year-over-year...
article Coronavirus closures send Atlantic City casinos to $112M Q2 loss
(Atlantic City) -- The coronavirus outbreak sent Atlantic City’s casinos plunging to a $112 million second-quarter gross operating loss as the gambling houses remained...

8/24/2020

article Atlantic City casinos report operating loss of $112 million in second quarter of 2020
(Atlantic City) -- The second quarter of 2020 is the only three-month period without in-person legalized gambling in the seaside resort since it was first introduced in...

8/23/2020

article Fewer people heading to Atlantic City: Will hotels survive?
(Atlantic City) -- As the COVID-19 health emergency continues, there is growing concern about New Jersey’s casino industry. Some casinos are doing better than...

8/22/2020

article Atlantic City casino employment down 15% in July, restaurant workers remain in limbo
(Atlantic City) -- Deb McGinnis has been a cocktail server at Bally’s Atlantic City for nearly 30 years. The 55-year-old from Egg Harbor Township is among those...

8/19/2020

article Atlantic City casino employment down 15% in July, restaurant workers remain in limbo
(Atlantic City) -- Employment across the city's nine casinos was down more than 15% last month, representing yet another reminder of the novel coronavirus'...
article Employment at Atlantic City casinos drops by 15 percent in July
(Atlantic City) -- According to data released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), employment across the city's nine casinos fell by more than 15...

8/17/2020

article Complimentary Caesars shuttle now includes Tropicana: Mr. A.C. Casino
(Atlantic City) -- Leave the driving to Caesars. The complimentary Caesars Rewards Shuttle now includes Tropicana Atlantic City on its route.
article High tide erodes beaches outside Resorts, Hard Rock bars
(Atlantic City) -- Two casino beach bars sustained minor damage from high tides sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning. The retaining walls near LandShark Bar...

8/15/2020

article Atlantic City casinos return, make half what they did a year ago
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City casinos saw gaming profits drop last month by almost half compared to last year, according to the monthly report from the state Division...

8/14/2020

article 5 takeaways from July's Atlantic City casino revenue report
(Atlantic City) -- The impact of the novel coronavirus on the city's nine casinos was evident in the industry's July report released Wednesday as total gaming...
article Atlantic City casinos to embrace local workers
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City casinos are set to open more job opportunities to local workers, with local government leaders pushing to phase but J-1 Visa workers....

8/13/2020

article COVID-19: Melonie Johnson On Running Borgata Amid Pandemic
(Atlantic City) -- This summer, Melonie Johnson took the helm as the new president and COO of the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa, making her the first Black woman to run...

8/12/2020

article Atlantic City casino revenue down 23% in July
(Atlantic City) -- The impact of the state's restrictions on the city's casinos was evident in July's industry report as total gaming revenue was down more...

8/11/2020

article Gov. Murphy silent on casino union demand for guests' temperature taking
(Atlantic City) -- Gov. Phil Murphy is not tipping his hand when it comes to meeting the demand of the largest casino workers' union, whose members called for...

8/9/2020

article COVID-19 resulting in younger crowd at Atlantic City casinos
(Atlantic City) -- There's a younger crowd hitting the tables and slots in Atlantic City, at least since their reopening in early July. And as a local university...

8/8/2020

article LISTEN: How have Atlantic City's casinos done since reopening?
(Atlantic City) -- Nicholas Huba and David Danzis talk about how the casinos have done since reopening.

8/7/2020

article Borgata’s New President Had A ‘Challenging’ Start, But Things Are Looking Up
(Atlantic City) -- Melonie Johnson is finally getting the chance to meet Borgata employees and customers. Yes, the new president and chief operating officer of Atlantic...
article Atlantic City casinos seek to provide more jobs to local residents
(Atlantic City) -- In an attempt to provide more jobs to locals, casino industry, labor, and government leaders have embraced a proposal to phase out some J-1 visa...

8/6/2020

article Caesars doing little to protect workers from COVID, casino union says
(Atlantic City) -- Leadership at the state’s primary casino worker union, Unite Here Local 54, charged that Caesars Entertainment ignored health and safety...
article Workers Want Mandated Temp Checks for Casino Patrons
(Atlantic City) -- Five Atlantic City casinos are not physically checking the temperatures of guests entering the property, workers said as they pushed New Jersey's...
article Atlantic City casinos look to replace J-1 visa workers with city, local residents
(Atlantic City) -- Casino industry, labor and government leaders have embraced a proposal to scale back the number of J-1 visa workers at the city’s gambling halls...

8/5/2020

article Investment plans by new Caesars could boost Atlantic City's appeal
(Atlantic City) -- Caesars Entertainment Inc.’s commitment to spend hundreds of millions on capital investments over the next several years will revitalize one of...
article Atlantic City casino bets big on safety during pandemic
(Atlantic City) -- "Melonie Johnson, the first Black woman casino president in Atlantic City, on how the Borgata Casino, Hotel & Spa is taking safety...

8/4/2020

article The First Black Woman to Run an AC Casino on Starting Her New Job Amid COVID
(Atlantic City) -- This summer, Melonie Johnson became the new president of the Borgata Hotel & Casino. That makes her the first Black woman to run a casino in...

8/3/2020

article Relief bills for Atlantic City casinos stalled
(New Jersey) -- Two emergency casino relief bills introduced by state lawmakers during the peak of the novel coronavirus outbreak have not moved in weeks as South Jersey...

7/31/2020

article Atlantic City casinos seeing younger crowd during coronavirus pandemic as older gamblers retreat
(Atlantic City) -- Sacoya Mills was staying at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City for a couple nights to celebrate her son Joey’s 7th birthday. Along with her...

7/30/2020

article Senate passes Atlantic City public drinking law, awaits Murphy's OK
(New Jersey) -- The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would permanently allow for the public consumption of alcohol on Atlantic City’s...

7/29/2020

article Four men held in ‘potentially deadly’ Atlantic City casino fight
(Atlantic City) -- Four men accused in a “melee” on an Atlantic City casino floor that led to three people being stabbed have been ordered held pending trial.

7/26/2020

article New Borgata casino president Melonie Johnson on leading during a pandemic
(Atlantic City) -- Melonie Johnson had her work cut out for her. She only started her job as president and chief operating officer of the Borgata in Atlantic City on May...
article Al fresco dining at Atlantic City casinos could become 'new normal' post-COVID
(Atlantic City) -- Casinos were designed to keep guests inside by offering visitors a plethora of dining, entertainment and nightlife options. But COVID-19 changed that...
article Bogata In Atlantic City Reopens To Public With ‘New Normal’ Safety Procedures In Place
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa reopened its doors to the general public Sunday afternoon. It’s the last casino to get...
article Borgata becomes last A.C. casino to reopen
(Atlantic City) -- Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa reopened to the public Sunday, signaling the complete resumption of in-person gaming in Atlantic City. The resort’s...

7/25/2020

article Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa holds soft reopening, will open to public with restrictions on Sunday
(Atlantic City) -- The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. opened its doors to a small group of invite-only guests on Thursday. With masks on, and seats...
article State Police describe 'melee' on Tropicana casino floor that ended with 3 stabbings, robbery
(Atlantic City) -- State Police described “a melee” on the casino floor of Tropicana Atlantic City early Monday that ended with three stabbings as well as $...

7/24/2020

article All Atlantic City now operating again as Borgata holds soft reopening
(Atlantic City) -- As the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City opened its doors to invite-only guests on Thursday, all nine of the city’s casinos are now...
article Stockton eyes 400 rooms in Atlantic City hotel for students
(Atlantic City) -- Stockton University is renting 400 hotel rooms in a former Atlantic City casino to help spread out students this fall amid the coronavirus outbreak.

7/23/2020

article Borgata is back, last Atlantic City casino to reopen
(Atlantic City) -- All nine of the city’s casinos have reopened following a nearly four-month shutdown because of the coronavirus. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa...

7/22/2020

article Re-opened A.C. Casinos Not Attractive to Millennials
(Atlantic City) -- For casinos to survive, they have to find a way to appeal to younger folks. Millennials, for example. Born between 1982 and 2004, they include those...
article Resorts President And CEO Believes Atlantic City’s Recovery ‘Will All Work Out’
(Atlantic City) -- Resorts Casino in Atlantic City has experienced its share of ups and downs during the past 40 years. But nothing from its past, including Hurricane...

7/21/2020

article 3 stabbed on Tropicana casino floor early Monday, four arrested
(Atlantic City) -- Four men were arrested early Monday after three were stabbed on the casino floor of Tropicana Atlantic City. Terri Lutz, assistant vice president of...
article 4 Arrested After Three Men Stabbed On Casino Floor At Tropicana In Atlantic City
(Atlantic City) -- Four people were arrested after three men were stabbed on the casino floor of the Tropicana in Atlantic City during the overnight hours Monday. New...

7/16/2020

article At Long Last, Borgata Atlantic City Set To Reopen On July 26
(Atlantic City) -- The weekend before July Fourth was a big one in Atlantic City. That’s when Atlantic City’s casinos started to reopen. But not all of them...

7/15/2020

article Gov. Murphy, state leaders convene group to find ways to improve Atlantic City
(Atlantic City) -- In a meeting held on Zoom Tuesday, state officials and private sector leaders kicked off a new effort to find ways to improve the future of one of the...

7/14/2020

article Online gaming helps shuttered casino industry stay afloat in June
(Atlantic City) -- Online gaming revenue continued to grow in the final month of the casino shutdown, increasing more than 123% in June. Internet casino revenue was $84....
article Borgata set to reopen July 26
(Atlantic City) -- Almost three weeks after eight of the resort's casinos reopened to the public, the market leader is ready to join the welcome back party. Borgata...
article Borgata to reopen July 26, last of Atlantic City’s 9 casinos
(Atlantic City) -- The Borgata casino will reopen on July 26, the last of Atlantic City's nine gambling resorts to resume operating amid the coronavirus outbreak....

7/13/2020

article BLOG: What – exactly – is a casino host?
(Atlantic City) -- It’s no secret that casinos employ “player development executives” – better known as hosts – to build relationships with...

7/10/2020

article If coronavirus kills some casinos, Atlantic City's grief will soar
(Atlantic City) -- Shut down for months by the coronavirus pandemic, some Atlantic City casinos may fail, which would worsen the city's shaky financial condition....
article Ready to Return, 4,000 Atlantic City Casino Workers Told No
(Atlantic City) -- After 3 1/2 months of being out of work amid the coronavirus outbreak, thousands of Atlantic City casino workers got the call they had been waiting...
article If coronavirus kills some casinos, Atlantic City's grief will soar
(Atlantic City) -- Shut down for months by the coronavirus pandemic, some Atlantic City casinos may fail, which would worsen the city's shaky financial condition....

7/9/2020

article Ready to return, 4,000 Atlantic City casino workers told no
(Atlantic City) -- After 3 1/2 months of being out of work amid the coronavirus outbreak, thousands of Atlantic City casino workers got the call they had been waiting...

7/7/2020

article Is New Jersey Online Gambling The Lifeline For Atlantic City And Its Future?
(Atlantic City) -- ) -- Time to step into the time machine. The day is May 26, 1978, and gamblers are lined up on the Boardwalk waiting to step inside Resorts Atlantic...

7/6/2020

article 8 of Atlantic City's famous casinos just reopened for the first time since March. These photos show just how different the casino experience is going to be after the pandemic.
(Atlantic City) -- Most casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, reopened last weekend after closing for three-and-a-half months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus....

7/5/2020

article Caesars Atlantic City Back in Business
(Atlantic City) -- Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City welcomed guests back to its hotels, casinos, restaurants, marina and beach on Friday as its properties at Caesars...

7/4/2020

article No smoking, drinking, eating in Atlantic City's casinos
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City casinos welcomed gamblers for the first time in almost four months on Thursday, but the seaside city famous for not enforcing...

7/3/2020

article As Atlantic City returns, gamblers chase away COVID dread: 'I lose myself here.'
(Atlantic City) -- Sparkling Roses is really quite a cheap slot machine. At 40 cents per play, it offers no fake crank handle, like the more expensive games have....
article Bettors Gamble With Their Money, and the Virus, as Atlantic City Reopens
(Atlantic City) -- Terril Tate left his house an hour before dawn on Thursday to be one of the first players at a craps table when the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino...
article No smoking, drinking or eating as Atlantic City casinos open
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City tried Prohibition once before. It worked so well that Nucky Johnson, the legendary politician and racketeer, built a Boardwalk empire...
article Virus concerns grow — as do crowds flocking to Jersey Shore
(Atlantic City) -- As coronavirus-related restrictions are eased and temperatures climb, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore. And with the July Fourth holiday...

7/2/2020

article Atlantic City Casinos Reopen, But Steer Clear Of Vegas’s Mistakes
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City casinos welcomed customers Thursday for the first time in three-and-a-half months, but the New Jersey betting grounds won’t be...
article Game On: Atlantic City casinos reopen
(Atlantic City) -- The gaming floor at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was abuzz bright and early Thursday morning, signaling the end of a near four month COVID-19 lockdown...
article WATCH NOW: Atlantic City casinos reopen to excited, cautious crowds
(Atlantic City) -- Leslie Hauck sat at an empty row of slot machines near the back of the gaming floor at Golden Nugget Atlantic City on Thursday morning. The 73-year-...
article GALLERY: Atlantic City casinos reopen after COVID-19 shutdown
(Atlantic City) -- After almost four months, several of Atlantic City’s shuttered casinos, closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, are reopening Thursday...

7/1/2020

article Atlantic City casinos reopen in a changed pandemic world
(Atlantic City) -- For the first time in 108 days, slot machines will beep, dice will tumble and cards will be dealt at Atlantic City's casinos Thursday as they...
press release Eight Atlantic City casinos to reopen this week without indoor dining, drinking, smoking
(Atlantic City) -- After a nearly four-month shutdown, eight of the city’s nine casinos vowed Tuesday to continue with plans to reopen by week’s end, despite...
article At Resorts Casino Hotel, The Elevator Buttons Are Self-Cleaning
(Atlantic City) -- This is the new “world” in which we live. We better all get used to it. Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City is pulling out all of the...

6/30/2020

article The House Gets Lucky: Atlantic City Casinos Reopen As Coronavirus Wanes
(Atlantic City) -- No smoking. No drinking. No indoor dining. Well, at least there is gambling. After closing in mid-March due to the coronavirus, Atlantic City's...
article Atlantic City Casinos Adjusting Reopening Plans After New Restrictions Put In Place
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City’s casinos are also scrambling to adjust their reopening plans based on the latest restrictions in the Garden State. Gov. Phil...
article Atlantic City casinos prepare to reopen sans indoor dining, alcohol, smoking
(Atlantic City) -- After a nearly four-month shutdown, eight of the city’s nine casinos vowed Tuesday to continue with plans to reopen by week’s end, despite...
article Harrington retires from Casino Control Commission, no replacement yet from governor
(Atlantic City) -- Casino Control Commission Vice Chair Sharon Anne Harrington will officially retire Wednesday, leaving a vacancy on the three-member board as a...

6/29/2020

article Gambling during a pandemic
(Atlantic City) -- In anticipation of the Atlantic City casinos reopening, I was curious what it would be like to visit a casino during the COVID-19 pandemic. Harrah...
article No Borgata, no alcohol, no indoor dining when Atlantic City casinos resume business
(Atlantic City) -- Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will not reopen when gaming is allowed to resume Thursday as a result of Gov. Phil Murphy's surprise announcement...
article A.C. casinos to open in time for the holiday
(Atlantic City) -- You’ve waited ... and waited some more. You’ve wondered silently if Atlantic City’s casinos would ever be able to come back in any...

6/28/2020

article When And How Atlantic City Casinos Will Reopen
(Atlantic City) -- New Jersey casinos can reopen Thursday, and that will have seismic effects on Atlantic City in terms of life and its economy. Atlantic City casinos...
article Atlantic City residents, casino workers receive food boxes
(Atlantic City) -- The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), together with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the City of Atlantic City, AFL-CIO, Local...

6/27/2020

article Casinos, pop-up yoga, free-flowing booze: Can Atlantic City find its groove again?
(Atlantic City) -- Without its casinos, especially as it began to feel like summer, you could make a case that Atlantic City itself found a bit of an unexpected groove....

6/26/2020

article Bally's, Caesars, Harrah's to reopen July 3
(Atlantic City) -- Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s three Atlantic City properties will open at 10 a.m. July 3, the company announced Friday. Bally’s Atlantic...
article How many people will be allowed on casino gaming floors when they reopen?
(Atlantic City) -- Gov. Phil Murphy said casinos could reopen at 25% capacity starting July 2. Face masks must be worn by everyone on property. Further details about...
article COVID-19: Thermal Screening For AC Casino Employees
(Atlantic City) -- Behind all the glitz and glamour of welcoming customers back to Atlantic City casinos on July 2—casino employees have a new way of entering the...

6/25/2020

article Food drive at Bader Field feeds thousands affected by casino closings
(Atlantic City) -- Though the city’s casinos are set to reopen next week, the 25% capacity limit will keep many of the industry’s workforce in need of the...
article Atlantic City Casinos Get Gubernatorial Green Light For July 2 Reopening
(Atlantic City) -- It’s official: Atlantic City casinos will be back in business on July 2. That Thursday will mark the end of what will have been 106 days with no...

6/24/2020

article WATCH NOW: Ocean Casino Resort is ready to welcome guests back to Atlantic City
(Atlantic City) -- The expansive gaming floor at Ocean Casino Resort was once considered a liability for the property formerly known as Revel. But, as most Atlantic City...
article Hand sanitizer, social distancing signs will greet those returning to Ocean Casino Resort when it reopens
(Atlantic City) -- Staff writer David Danzis will be touring Ocean Resort Casino later this morning in advance of its reopening. Atlantic City’s nine casinos could...

6/23/2020

article Borgata will reopen to public July 6
(Atlantic City) -- The market’s largest and highest-performing casino will only be welcoming back invited guests for the Independence Day weekend. Borgata Hotel...
article N.J. casinos readying to reopen
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City's top casino won't be opening its doors to the general public until July 6, four days after most of its competition. The Borgata...
article Some Atlantic City casinos begin to unveil reopening plans
(Atlantic City) -- After Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday that all casinos across New Jersey can get back to business at 25% capacity starting July 2, several...

6/22/2020

article Atlantic City casinos can reopen in July but with limited capacity, Murphy says
(New Jersey) -- More than three months after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Atlantic City casinos will be allowed to reopen for the all-important July 4th weekend...
article Casinos, indoor dining can resume on July 2, Murphy says
(New Jersey) -- After spending more than three months closed during the global pandemic, casinos and indoor dining will finally be able to reopen on July 2 at reduced...
article N.J. reopening Atlantic City casinos in time for July 4th weekend after 3-month coronavirus shutdown
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey will allow Atlantic City’s casinos to reopen to gamblers on July 2 with 25% capacity limits after being closed for months to help reduce...

6/21/2020

article When will Atlantic City’s casinos be reopening?
(Atlantic City) -- All nine casinos in Atlantic City remain closed since Gov. Phil Murphy first ordered all non-essential businesses in New Jersey to shut down March 16...
article When will Borgata in Atlantic City be reopening?
(Atlantic City) -- Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City remains closed, as do the other eight casinos in this popular resort town. Gov. Phil Murphy has said...
article Casino employees out of work demand extended benefits
(Atlantic City) -- Casino employees are protesting after losing their jobs due to coronavirus and receiving a limited amount of healthcare benefits. They put together a...

6/20/2020

article Hundreds of casino employees demand health insurance amid COVID-19
(New Jersey) -- Friday, around 500 Atlantic City casino workers got in their cars and drove around the Borgata and Harrah's as part of a car caravan. Demanding that...
article When will casinos in New Jersey be reopening?
(New Jersey) -- All nine casinos in New Jersey remain closed since Gov. Phil Murphy first ordered all non-essential businesses in the state to shut down March 16 in...

6/19/2020

article Shore casinos wait for their chance to reopen as New Jersey slowly loosens restrictions
(New Jersey) -- Atlantic City casinos are anxiously awaiting word from the Murphy administration that they can resume operations, and several are getting ready by making...
article When will Borgata in Atlantic City be reopening?
(Atlantic City) -- Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City remains closed, as do the other eight casinos in this popular resort town. Gov. Phil Murphy has said...
article Out-of-work union employees demand health insurance coverage from Atlantic City casinos
(Atlantic City) -- With a reopening date for casinos still unknown, thousands of union workers are in danger of losing their health benefits at the end of the month.
article Unemployed Atlantic City casino workers plan to protest as healthcare coverage dries up
(Atlantic City) -- All Mineli Polanco wants is to return to her day job, waiting on customers at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City as a costumed...

6/18/2020

article With no reopening date set, Atlantic City casinos begin to release reopening plans
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City’s casinos are still closed, as the boardwalk shops and restaurants begin to reopen. But many of the casinos have started to...
article Outdoor Dining Before Betting at Some Atlantic City Casinos
(Atlantic City) -- Itching to welcome customers back after three months of being closed during the coronavirus outbreak, some Atlantic City casinos are offering outdoor...

6/17/2020

article Casino chefs out of work due to coronavirus are using their skills to feed those in need
(Atlantic City) -- More than an hour away from his normal confines at Gordon Ramsay Steak inside Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, Executive Chef Larry Smith...

6/16/2020

article CRDA prepares to market Atlantic City post-coronavirus
(Atlantic City) -- The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approved a $750,000 contract with a local advertising agency Tuesday to aggressively market the city as...
article Our view: Preventing repeat of recession-shut casinos benefits everyone
(Atlantic City) -- The U.S. is in another recession. The official declaration last week put its start in February. This is especially chilling to South Jersey, which...

6/15/2020

article N.J. Senate OKs tax breaks for casinos hit by coronavirus
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey lawmakers voted for a scaled back set of tax breaks for Atlantic City casinos on Monday after social services providers for the elderly and...
article Senate passes emergency relief bill for Atlantic City casinos
(New Jersey) -- The state Senate Monday approved a series of temporary and permanent tax breaks for a dormant Atlantic City casino industry that has been shut down since...

6/14/2020

article New Jersey Sen. President Sweeney Calls on Gov. Murphy to Reopen Atlantic City Casinos
(Atlantic City) -- New Jersey’s two most powerful lawmakers are at odds over when it’s appropriate to allow Atlantic City’s nine land-based casinos to...

6/13/2020

article Casino tax relief bill could stabilize industry at expense of Atlantic City, state programs
(Atlantic City) -- A bill working its way through the state Legislature would provide millions of dollars in temporary and permanent tax cuts for Atlantic City’s...

6/12/2020

article Atlantic City’s May casino revenue down 65% in virus closure
(Atlantic City) -- May was almost as bad a month for Atlantic City’s casinos as April was. With Atlantic City’s casinos shuttered and silent due to the...
article Atlantic City OKs booze on the Boardwalk to boost crowds
(Atlantic City) -- Many folks could use a drink right about now, and starting Friday they’ll be able to do it while strolling the Atlantic City Boardwalk....
article Casino chefs preparing meals for less fortunate: Everyone has a Story
(Atlantic City) -- Three chefs from Gordon Ramsay Steak in Harrah’s Atlantic City are finding some rewarding ways to use their downtime while the casinos are...

6/10/2020

article Mr. A.C. Casino: Are cashless casinos in our future?
(Atlantic City) -- Could the coronavirus be one more step in moving casinos to cashless transactions? According to many experts, the answer is yes. Paper currency could...

6/8/2020

article Open containers will be permitted on Atlantic City Boardwalk following executive order
(Atlantic City) -- Mayor Marty Small Sr. issued an executive order Monday temporarily permitting open containers on the Boardwalk and Gardner's Basin. ity officials...

6/7/2020

article Resorts Casino Hotel releases plans for safe opening amid COVID-19
(Atlantic City) -- The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey has increased by 864, bringing the total to 163,336, Murphy said Friday. There have been 79...
article What might Atlantic City casinos look like when they reopen?
(Atlantic City) -- As casinos across the country start to reopen after months of being shuttered because of the novel coronavirus, Atlantic City’s gaming industry...

6/5/2020

article Resorts Casino Hotel releases plans for safe opening amid COVID-19
(Atlantic City) -- The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey has increased by 864, bringing the total to 163,336, Murphy said Friday. There have been 79...

6/4/2020

article Get ready, Atlantic City: Casino gambling during the coronavirus is a surreal experience
(Connecticut) -- The pit boss arrived at the craps table with a bottle of industrial-strength disinfectant. Then, with pain-staking precision, he sprayed each row of the...

6/3/2020

article Atlantic City casino relief bills clear one committee, held up in another
(New Jersey) -- With the region’s primary economic engine approaching a third month of idleness, two bills introduced last month to alleviate financial pressure on...
article What Is Resorts Atlantic City Doing To Prepare For Reopening Post-Pandemic?
(Atlantic City) -- Resorts Atlantic City is a Mohegan Sun property. But unlike its sister location that reopened Monday in Connecticut, Atlantic City’s oldest...

6/2/2020

article ‘There Is Nothing’: When the Slots Go Dark in a Casino Mecca
(Atlantic City) -- Now is usually when Atlantic City stirs back to life as winter’s sleepy tourist trade gives way to beachgoers and gamblers eager to spend time...

6/1/2020

article Atlantic City looting is latest blow to this casino town: How it unfolded, what set it off
(Atlantic City) -- For hours, the protesters played all their peaceful cards in the familiar streets of this casino town. They lay down in front of the police station...
article New Jersey Gov. eyeing July 4 for Atlantic City casinos reopening
(Atlantic City) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Sunday he hopes Atlantic City casinos can be reopened around July 4, but said that strict social distancing and...
article Atlantic City Casinos Prepare To Reopen For July Fourth Weekend, We Think
(Atlantic City) -- Reopening Atlantic City casinos before the Fourth of July weekend is crucial. Here is one good reason why: Last July alone, the nine gambling halls...
article NJ Governor Finally Hints At An Atlantic City Casino Reopening Date
(Atlantic City) -- After several leading fellow Democrat elected officials have expressed frustration in recent days over a lack of specifics from Gov. Phil Murphy about...

5/31/2020

article Atlantic City casinos may reopen around July 4 from COVID-19 shutdown, Murphy says
(Atlantic City) -- Gov. Phil Murphy said Sunday he hopes Atlantic City casinos can be reopened around July 4, but stressed that strict social distancing and occupancy...
article Report: Atlantic City casinos could reopen by July 4
(Atlantic City) -- New Jersey may allow casinos in Atlantic City to reopen with some restrictions by July 4, according to a report in NJ.com, SILive.com’s sister...
article Atlantic City enacts 7 p.m. curfew through June 8 after looting, vandalism follow peaceful protest
(Atlantic City) -- Close to 300 people showed up Sunday afternoon in front of the Atlantic City Public Safety Building to protest the killing of George Floyd...

5/29/2020

article Atlantic City hotels welcome guests back as restrictions on short-term rentals loosen
(Atlantic City) -- The Claridge’s lobby was sparkling clean Friday afternoon, with bottles of hand sanitizer at the front desk and all employees masked to keep...

5/28/2020

article WATCH NOW: Casino workers keep heads up but still worried after two months sans jobs
(Atlantic City) -- Mayra Gonzalez stood near a line of cars at Bader Field directing traffic to move forward through the winding line. The 40-year-old Pleasantville...
article Greenwald: Atlantic City is Running Out of Time
(Atlantic City) -- While the coronavirus has been a brutal test to our resilience, the silver lining is that we are not alone in this fight. By the time New Jersey...

5/27/2020

article Atlantic Democrats want casinos open by July 4
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman is asking Gov. Phil Murphy to come up with a plan to safely reopen Atlantic City casinos by the...
article Showboat owner planning $100M water park in Atlantic City
(Atlantic City) -- The owner of Atlantic City's Showboat hotel plans to build a $100 million year-round indoor water park next to it and will break ground in August...

5/26/2020

article Decline In Atlantic City Casino Profits In First Quarter Bodes Poorly
(Atlantic City) -- The epic disaster that will be the Atlantic City casino industry’s 2020 second-quarter profits compared to the same period in 2019 already was a...

5/22/2020

article Virus Closures Sent Atlantic City Casino Profits Down 65%
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City’s casinos saw their gross operating profits fall by more than 65% in the first quarter of this year, according to figures released...

5/21/2020

article How do Murphy, Sweeney view reopening Atlantic City casinos?
(Atlantic City) -- As pressure to reopen smaller businesses across New Jersey continues to grow, the state’s top two elected officials appear to be moving at...
article Casino visitors need to change expectations: Mr. AC Casino
(Atlantic City) -- When they reopened earlier this month, lines to get into the casinos in Deadwood, South Dakota, and the Thunderbird Casino in Norman, Oklahoma,...

5/20/2020

article Atlantic City Casinos Start Taking Hotel Reservations
(Atlantic City) -- Casinos remain closed because of the coronavirus, but several Atlantic City casinos began accepting hotel reservations. Tropicana Caesars and Resorts...
article Senate President Sweeney talks about the reopening of Atlantic City casinos
(Atlantic City) -- State Senate President Steve Sweeney talks about how and when casinos in Atlantic City will reopen. Sweeney met with The Press of Atlantic City...

5/19/2020

article Hard Rock, Tropicana and other Atlantic City casinos are taking hotel reservations
(Atlantic City) -- Their casino gambling floors remain closed until further notice, but some Atlantic City establishments are still taking reservations for hotel rooms...

5/18/2020

article An Open Letter to Gov. Phil Murphy Regarding Opening Atlantic City’s Casinos
(Atlantic City) -- An open letter to Gov. Phil Murphy from an unemployed casino worker who asks for careful consideration when deciding the time frame to open Atlantic...
article Casino workers struggle as Atlantic City sees last year’s gains fade away
(Atlantic City) -- On Thursday morning, hundreds of cars began lining up outside of Atlantic City’s Bader Field for an emergency food distribution, organized by...

5/17/2020

article Casino Workers Struggle as Atlantic City Sees Last Year’s Gains Fade Away
(Atlantic City) -- On Thursday morning, hundreds of cars began lining up outside of Atlantic City’s Bader Field for an emergency food distribution, organized by...
article OP/ED: Bally’s sale a good bargain for A.C. and buyer Twin River
(Atlantic City) -- The casino industry in Atlantic City managed a significant win recently, even though all of its resorts in the city were closed by order of Gov. Phil...

5/16/2020

article Philly developer Bart Blatstein now controls 3 full blocks of Atlantic City
(Atlantic City) -- Developer Bart Blatstein has acquired the final parcel in an assemblage of Atlantic City properties stretching three blocks inland from his Showboat...
article Hundreds of Atlantic City casino workers receive food donations
(Atlantic City) -- A first-of-its-kind partnership among state and local governments, the casino industry, organized labor and charitable organizations resulted in a...

5/14/2020

article Atlantic City casinos crash to worst month ever during coronavirus shutdown. No reopening planned yet.
(Atlantic City) -- April was the cruelest month — ever — for Atlantic City casinos, as state earnings figures released Wednesday shattered a record in...
article Hundreds of Atlantic City casino workers receive food donations
(Atlantic City) -- A first-of-its-kind partnership among state and local governments, the casino industry, organized labor and charitable organizations resulted in a...

5/13/2020

article Atlantic City casinos shatter revenue-drop record (again)
(Atlantic City) -- April was the cruelest month — ever — for Atlantic City casinos, as state earnings figures released Wednesday shattered a record in...

5/12/2020

article Atlantic City casinos will look very different once they reopen. Here’s their new plan.
(Atlantic City) -- No eating on the casino floor. Contactless check-ins for hotel rooms. And wear a mask unless you’re drinking while gambling. MGM Resorts, owner...
article Does Atlantic City Need a Mayor? Voters Weigh in by Mail
(Atlantic City) -- The legacy of political corruption and ineptitude in this seaside resort is so long and colorful that HBO based a long-running hit series on it. But...

5/11/2020

article Coronavirus closes Atlantic City casinos, dealing the industry another losing hand
(Atlantic City) -- After years of ups and downs, Atlantic City’s casinos are facing another setback. All nine of them remain closed because of the coronavirus and...
article CRDA, casinos give more than $400K to Community Food Bank
(Atlantic City) -- The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approved a $300,000 grant to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey to provide emergency distribution...

5/8/2020

article Hard Rock And Ocean Casino Closed Out 2019 Strong, New Numbers Show
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City casino operators enjoyed “one more for the road” in terms of gross profits in the fourth quarter, according to figures...
article Atlantic City casino revenue, profit rose in pre-pandemic quarter
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City casinos finished 2019 with gains in both revenue and operating profits, but it’s all a distant memory in this new pandemic reality...

5/7/2020

article Atlantic City Casinos Now Accepting Hotel Reservations for June 1st and Beyond
(Atlantic City) -- Could Atlantic City casinos reopen as early as June 1st? That’s what most of the casino properties in the Jersey Shore town seem to be betting...
article Atlantic City Casinos to Miss Majority of Busy Summer Months, as New Jersey Extends Emergency Order
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City casinos will remain closed through at least June 6 after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) extended his public health emergency. The...

5/6/2020

article Can Atlantic City Casinos Keep Customers And Employees Safe From The Coronavirus?
(Atlantic City) -- New Jersey remains under stay-at-home restrictions until further notice. Of course, Atlantic City casinos are still closed and it appears like they...
article Lawmakers aim to aid struggling casinos with tax credits, zero-interest loans
(Atlantic City) -- Lawmakers introduced legislation this week creating tax breaks and zero-interest loans to help prop up the state’s nine casinos as they see revenue...

5/5/2020

article Atlantic City councilman predicts bleak future for the city
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City (AC) can’t seem to catch a break. Years of mismanagement that culminated in former mayor Frank Gilliam being busted for wire fraud...
article COVID-19: Gambling & Casinos Hurt By Ongoing Pandemic
(Atlantic City) -- Amid the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Atlantic City, a longtime tourist destination and gambling mecca, is a ghost town. But this seaside...
article Atlantic legislators have concerns about casino relief bills
(Atlantic City) -- Aseemblymen Vince Mazzeo and John Armato, D-Atlantic, have major concerns about casino relief legislation introduced Monday by leading Democrats,...

5/4/2020

article Atlantic City Might Never Recover From Coronavirus Destruction, Councilman Predicts ‘Armageddon’
(Atlantic City) -- “The house always wins” might not ring true for Atlantic City casinos. After all, the house has to be open to win, and with no definitive...
article New president for A.C.’s Borgata, casino confirms
(Atlantic City) -- MGM Resorts International has made changes in the leadership at its Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, a spokesperson for the casino...
article Will Coronavirus Kill Atlantic City? Gambling, Casinos Hurt By Ongoing Pandemic
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City, New Jersey, a late-century gambling mecca and long a tourist destination, was on the brink of financial disaster – and that was...

5/3/2020

article MGM Resorts shakeup brings new president and CFO to Borgata
(Atlantic City) -- While the longterm effects of COVD-19 remain uncertain, the short-term effects are obviously devastating, including a major shakeup at MGM Resorts...

5/2/2020

article LISTEN: What do Atlantic City's casinos look like when they reopen?
(Atlantic City) -- What are you seeing out there amid the COVID-19 pandemic? Let us know. Call our new hotline at 609-272-7259. You don’t have to leave your name,...

4/30/2020

article Las Vegas casinos may be ‘blueprint’ for Atlantic City
(Atlantic City) -- Las Vegas casinos may give some clues on what customers and employees can expect in Atlantic City once plans are formulated to reopen the resort...

4/29/2020

article AtlantiCare, Atlantic City casinos partner for safe reopening strategy
(Atlantic City) -- The Casino Association of New Jersey and AtlantiCare announced a partnership Wednesday to develop a reopening plan once the indefinite shutdown of the...
article OP/ED: Las Vegas casinos may be ‘blueprint’ for Atlantic City
(Atlantic City) -- Las Vegas casinos may give some clues on what customers and employees can expect in Atlantic City once plans are formulated to reopen the resort...

4/28/2020

article OP/ED: Customer confidence is ‘X-factor’ in Atlantic City reboot
(Atlantic City) -- Your call: Is an Atlantic City casino hotel sale at a lowball price a sign that the industry’s recovery from COVID-19 shutdowns will be a slow...
article Stockton professor named interim coordinator for Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism
(Atlantic City) -- An associate professor of hospitality at Stockton University has been named the institute coordinator for the university’s Levenson Institute...

4/26/2020

article Interest in reopening Atlantic City casinos will be widely shared
(Atlantic City) -- U.S. casino gambling, like all other parts of the hospitality industry, has been devastated by the social distancing and lockdowns required to slow...
article A Borgata dealer went to Singapore, then Las Vegas before returning to work. Ten days later, she was sick with the coronavirus.
(Atlantic City) -- It was 10 days after returning from Las Vegas, where she and her husband rented a car and drove out to Red Rock Canyon and then to Death Valley, that...

4/25/2020

article Atlantic City's finances 'uncertain' as coronavirus cripples economy
(Atlantic City) -- The novel coronavirus has wreaked havoc on government budgets at all levels, but the resort’s heavy reliance on state aid and fluctuating annual...

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