December 3, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - When Internet gaming launched last week in New Jersey, the Atlantic City Alliance - the resort's chief marketing arm - was noticeably silent. There were no new alliance ads touting online gaming's arrival, though New Jersey became only the third state to offer it, after Nevada and Delaware. The reason: Online gaming and the alliance may be at cross purposes. The two-year-old alliance is spending $30 million a year to encourage visitors to come and spend money in the city's casinos, restaurants, and hotels.
November 28, 2013 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. Like the sport of gambling itself, I was so close, yet apparently still so far, from being able to log onto a computer and play Atlantic City casino slots and table games on Tuesday, the first day New Jersey allowed online gaming. Four hours' worth of attempts - from the comfort of my home a few miles away - had proved fruitless in getting the pretty icons of the computer slot machine reels to spin for me. So I came here, to a Starbucks, and Tropicanacasinos.com finally registered me and took my $20. But still, I couldn't play.
November 27, 2013 |
Online gambling will be available to the public in New Jersey just after midnight, earlier than the anticipated state time of 9 a.m. Tuesday, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement director David Rebuck said Monday. The gaming regulator issued orders allowing six of Atlantic City's casinos with Internet gaming permits to start marketing their gambling websites, lifting the limit of 500 players at a time that has been in effect since Thursday. "We found no significant widespread regulatory problems or any technical barriers to going live," Rebuck said on a conference call with reporters.
November 25, 2013 |
Nevada and Delaware may have beaten it to the launch of Internet gambling this year, but all eyes in the industry are on New Jersey as it opens the gates to online poker and other casino games. So-called soft play - open to casino personnel and invited guests - started Thursday to test the websites. If all goes well, the sites will open to the public Tuesday. With online gambling requiring, because of federal restrictions, the gambler's presence in the state that allows it, a large population is key. New Jersey's 8.9 million people have online-gambling firms salivating.
November 22, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - They met on hallowed ground, the White House Sub Shop, squeezed into an orange booth beneath photographs of two of the city's esteemed elder statesmen: Jerry Lewis and Johnny Mathis. But this was no mere lunch date between friends at the iconic meeting place at Arctic and Mississippi. This was the literal thawing of the icy relationship between the State of New Jersey and the City of Atlantic City under outgoing Mayor Lorenzo Langford. Bringing State Senate President Stephen Sweeney together with Mayor-elect Don Guardian - Wednesday's lunch was their third meeting since Guardian's surprise victory - was a booking bigger than the stuffed Italian sub special Sweeney ordered.
November 21, 2013 |
This is a big week for Internet gaming in New Jersey. A trial period begins Thursday, when invited players will be able to test poker, slots, and other games under the watchful eyes of regulators. After five days of "soft play," with no more than 500 players at a time for each gambling operator, online sites will open to the public Tuesday - if they prove themselves to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. The agency will use the trial period to make sure "all systems perform as required under the stress of live gaming and that operational and revenue reporting controls are effective," according to agency director David L. Rebuck.
November 14, 2013 |
Atlantic City casinos won $216.9 million from gamblers in October, a 3.6 percent gain over the same period a year ago, when casinos were ordered shut for a day because of Hurricane Sandy. During the first ten months of this year, the city's casinos won $2.4 billion, down 8.4 percent from the same period of 2012. Only three of the 12 casinos in Atlantic City have recorded year-to-date gains. Those are Borgata, Atlantic Club, and Revel, which began test operations on March 28, 2012.
November 8, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Talk about shuffling the deck. In an unexpected outcome, voters replaced two-term incumbent and Gov. Christie foe Mayor Lorenzo Langford with an openly gay Republican who rides a bicycle to work and whose current job is with the state board that oversees the governor's Tourism District. "Atlantic City is amazing at how it reinvents itself," Mayor-elect Don Guardian said Wednesday in a bit of understatement to supporters and media at his Atlantic Avenue headquarters.
November 2, 2013 |
On his new album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, John Fogerty revisits 10 of his Creedence Clearwater Revival classics and a few solo selections with a passel of guests. While Bob Seger, Allen Toussaint, and maybe Alan Jackson qualify as fellow elder statesmen, most of the artists, from Brad Paisley to Kid Rock to Miranda Lambert, are at least a generation younger. The choices had nothing to do with trying to broaden his audience, Fogerty says from a tour stop in Atlanta. "They just happen to be people I really like," said the 68-year-old singer-guitarist, who, as a young man himself in Northern California, created his own swamp-rock universe and one of the great canons in rock.
October 30, 2013 |
THE FIRST gig comedian Artie Lange did after his very public meltdown - it included quitting his gig on the Howard Stern Show on air and surviving a suicide attempt due to his heroin addiction - was at the Borgata in Atlantic City. Lange has always done well in the area. "You better be good at what you do, because [Philadelphians] don't tolerate it if you're not," Lange told me from his apartment in Hoboken, N.J. "It's a good place to test my stuff, because you won't tolerate bull----.