Atlantic City Welcomes Opening Of Two Former Casino Landmarks
The revival of Atlantic City has started with the overall upturn in online gaming revenues in the state of New Jersey over the last year. As we have reported over the last 12 months online gaming revenues have sored year-on-year and are set to continue with the legalization of sports betting in the Garden State. Atlantic City was in a deep slum due to many of its state casinos going belly up.
One of the major reasons for the upturn is the openings of two new casinos which are open for “soft-play” on Monday. The Ocean Resort Casino and the Hard Rock were tested in order to evaluate how their technologies and casino equipment are working before the official grand opening scheduled for Thursday.
The soft-play period is open to relatives of casino employees and invited friends and is expected to run from Monday till Wednesday. While it is still early, the signs are positive according to director of State Division of Gaming Enforcement David Rebuck who late Monday reported no serious issues had arisen.
Many will remember the Hard Rock as the former trump Taj Mahal Casino which was revamped form the core. In October 2016 the Taj Mahal was closed due to a strike between the casino owner and the casino worker’s union. Ocean Resort is the former Revel Casino which was only open for two years before it also was shutdown in September 2014.