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June 5, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Atlantic City's shuttered Showboat casino-hotel will reopen next month as a hotel only, Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein announced Friday. With 852 rooms, it will be the largest non-casino hotel in New Jersey, Blatstein's Tower Investments said in a news release. "There's a lot more coming," Blatstein said Friday. "This is the start of a much greater plan. " Showboat, along with the Atlantic City Hilton, Revel, and Trump Plaza, closed in 2014 amid fierce gambling competition on the East Coast, which squeezed Atlantic City's only real industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2016 | Chuck Darrow, Contributor
Given Atlantic City's ongoing fiscal crisis and other negatives making news, some might think the town's casinos have given up on innovation and improvement. Investments in new attractions have decreased, but six of the town's eight gambling dens have added amenities as we head into the summer of 2016. Nowhere is that more evident than in the realm of dance clubs. By the middle of June, there will be two new state-of-the-art danceterias under casino roofs, Premier Nightclub at Borgata and Kiss Kiss A Go-Go at Tropicana, as well as Wav at Philly developer Bart Blatstein's ocean-straddling entertainment complex, the Playground.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania's 12 casinos are protesting a proposed 33 percent hike in the assessment on their gambling revenues that pays that state's cost for regulating the industry. The casinos estimated in a letter Thursday to Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue Eileen McNulty that the increase would cause their regulatory costs to jump to $75 million from $56 million. McNulty explained in a March 31 letter to casino operators that "the increase is necessary due to cost increases such as benefit, pension, and contractual salary increases.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined SugarHouse Casino $48,000 for allowing individuals on exclusion lists to gamble in the Fishtown property. Three individuals on the state's self-exclusion list for problem gamblers were allowed to gamble - one for nearly five hours at table games - before they were caught and removed. Those incidents resulted in a $33,000 fine. Separately, two individuals banned from casinos by state regulators for being professional offenders or cheats were allowed to play poker at SugarHouse for two and a half hours.
NEWS
April 23, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Something is actually happening at the former Revel Casino Hotel. Owner Glenn Straub, whose stated plans for the massive property have veered erratically from mud slides to academic think tanks or refugee camps, has settled on at least one activity: a family-friendly adventure ropes course. Thursday, there was actual construction equipment stationed in the porte-cochère of Revel, where Straub said he would install a massive ropes course, similar to the ones at Jordan's Furniture Store in New Haven, Conn.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2016
Casinos Borgata Hotel & Casino 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; 609-317-1000. www.theborgata.com . Puscifer. $49.50-$65. 4/15. 8 pm. Frank Caliendo. $55-$59.50. 4/15. 9 pm. Jewel. $55-$65. 4/16. 9 pm. Caesars Atlantic City Casino Hotel 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City; 609-348-4411. www.caesarsac.com . Little Anthony & The Imperials. $39 plus Ticketmaster fees. 4/20. 3:30 pm. Tropicana Casino & Resort S. Brighton Ave., Atlantic City; 609-340-4000. www.tropicana.net . Three Dog Night.
NEWS
April 15, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, who has encouraged the expansion of casino gaming into his North Jersey city, took a long look Wednesday at Atlantic City and said he might have to reconsider. "This has been really helpful," Fulop said after meeting with City Council members and community leaders at Kelsey's, the landmark Pacific Avenue restaurant and jazz club, before a personal jitney tour with Council President Marty Small. "This has been eye-opening. " Fulop heard from residents about broken promises, and saw two of four closed casinos up close.
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