May 15, 2015 |
Looking for a reason to believe that, despite popular perception, Atlantic City is not ready to receive last rites? Well, Steve Callender can give you 50 million. That's how many dollars Tropicana Atlantic City, where Callender serves as general manager, has invested in its Downbeach complex over the last year or so for a variety of upgrades and new attractions, all of which will be rolled out by early July. The 34-year-old property's recent to-do list includes: Total refurbishing of all 434 hotel rooms in its North Tower.
October 16, 2014 |
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - Tears rolled down Steven Pratt's face in an empty courtroom Tuesday and guilt spilled from his mouth. Pratt, 45, stood alone without an attorney, his hulking frame hunched over as he sobbed, and he seemed eager to skip the proceedings and head back to the place he's called home for 30 years - prison. Pratt is accused of beating his mother, Gwendolyn Pratt, to death on Sunday, less than two days after she picked him up from Bayside State Prison and threw him a welcome-home party at their house in Atlantic City.
October 15, 2014 |
WHEN Steven L. Pratt walked out of prison Friday morning after 30 years, his mom was there waiting and took him to get pancakes. Gwendolyn Pratt, 64, helped her son get a driver's permit, a cellphone and a bank account after breakfast at IHOP, along with the help of his brother, a relative said, and his first day beyond the bars of Bayside State Prison ended with a welcome-home party back at their house in Atlantic City. Steven Pratt's uncle Darryl Pratt said he was nervous but hopeful that Steven, jailed since he was 15 for shooting a neighbor in the head in 1984, could assemble a new life from nothing, somehow, at age 45. "He was saying all the right things.
September 22, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In retail, it's a numbers game, so whenever Rachel Lewis heard or read that another casino was closing here, she'd get knots in her stomach. The thought racing through her mind: Fewer casinos means fewer hotels, which equates to fewer tourists at her stores. "Every Shore town under and above Atlantic City relies on tourism," said Lewis, 24, district manager at Making Waves, an upscale women's apparel chain only at the Shore, with four shops within a two-hour drive of Atlantic City - in Stone Harbor, Ocean City, Long Beach Island, and one in Cape May that is open year-round.
September 22, 2014 |
Atlantic City has become a place where hedge-fund managers go to lose their shirts. Three of the four Atlantic City casinos that closed this year (or four of five, if Taj Mahal closes in November) were controlled by hedge funds that suffered deep - but difficult to measure - losses. By contrast, operators with deep experience with casinos bought Resorts and the former Trump Marina (now Golden Nugget) in 2010 and 2011. Both casinos are showing signs of turning the corner - although the Atlantic City market overall remains far from settled.
May 2, 2014 |
SO, there you are, a first-time Atlantic City visitor, on the Boardwalk. You're standing in front of The Pier Shops at Caesars and you decide you want to check out the Land Shark Bar & Grill on the Resorts Casino-Hotel beach. But being unfamiliar with the lay of the land, you don't know whether to go right or left to reach your destination. You could always guess, and hope you've made the right decision. Or you could reach out to an easy-to-spot Boardwalk Ambassador and ask for directions.
December 25, 2013 |
When the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel closes next month, under a bankruptcy sale approved Monday, it will be the first victim of a slump that has seen Atlantic City's gambling revenue fall to an expected total of less than $3 billion this year from $5.2 billion in 2006. Will others follow the Atlantic Club out of business, as Atlantic City continues losing gamblers to the spread of casinos throughout the Northeastern United States? "Everybody speculates that," said Frank Fantini, publisher of Fantini's Gaming Report.
December 10, 2013
I'VE OUTDONE myself this year, if I do say so myself, lining up fabulous merchandise and experiences for our annual My Favorite Things holiday gift giveaway. As in years past, I'm taking a cue from Oprah Winfrey, making a list of things I love and giving them away to 10 lucky Daily News readers. That's right. Each winner gets everything on the list - not only premium seats to see a Flyers home game but a free overnight stay in Atlantic City and a $100 gift card to spend while you're there.
November 22, 2013 |
Caesars Entertainment Corp., which owns four casinos in Atlantic City, on Wednesday received permits from New Jersey casino regulators to participate in the "soft" launch of Internet gaming Thursday. The permits cover all four of Caesars' Atlantic City properties, but, to start, the Las Vegas company is only using Bally's Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City, Caesars spokesman Seth Palansky said. "We appreciate the licensing today by the Casino Control Commission and are excited to launch CaesarsCasino.com, HarrahsCasino.com and WSOP.com to those inside New Jersey's borders," Palansky said.
July 3, 2013 |
IT CAN be argued there are but three truly crucial dates in the 35-year history of legal gaming in Atlantic City. The first two are Nov. 2, 1976, the day New Jersey voters approved casinos in the fading seaside resort, and May 26, 1978, the day Resorts International, AC's first casino, opened its doors. It took a quarter-century to reach the third milestone. Just before midnight on July 2, 2003, virtually everything about AC's gaming realm - what it looked like, what it tasted like, what it sounded like and the customers it was marketed to - changed forever as Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa opened.