Michelle Gustafson for NPR hide caption. We may lose one two more as the winter progresses," says Roger Gros, publisher Global Gaming Business magazine. He says one draw Atlantic City has that Las Vegas doesn't is the beach. Still, out on the boardwalk, the publisher of Global Gaming Business Magazine worries the new resort casinos could end up just poaching business away from the existing casinos. Today we're down at around 10,
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The grand opening event was held in a concert hall rather than on the casino floor. There were fireworks, smoke machines, acrobats, fire performers and a promise of a bright future. We believe in the state of New Jersey. The company says 50, people applied for nearly 4, open positions. Many of them will be represented by Unite Here Local President Bob McDevitt says the last decade has been tough on local workers.
Today we're down around 10,," says McDevitt, adding that he sees growth for his union in the future. Just up the boardwalk from the Hard Rock resort is the former Revel casino — a story building that closed just two years after it was built.
Now it's called the Ocean Resort Casino. It includes a 7, square foot sports betting area and bar that will be lined with big televisions. Supreme Court decision last month lifted effective bans on sports betting in most states. Caroline Neill, of Stone Harbor, N. The two new mega-casinos promise vast entertainment options for guests, and non-gambling attractions for younger patrons.
A series of casino closings in turned Atlantic City into a virtual ghost town. Entire neighborhoods near the beach and the boardwalk remained undeveloped.
The resort will feature a , sq. The casino will contain 2, new slot machines and new table games. The Hard Rock will feature VIP lounges adorned with crystal glass ceilings and signature memorabilia.
The Ocean Resort Casino plans to offer non-gambling attractions, such as a driving range and a large spa. Atlantic City is trying to remake itself from simply a gambling destination to a place where you can go and see a show, visit a spa, hang out at the beach and get a nice meal. The Trump Taj Mahal went out of business two years ago, but today it reopened with a bang - literally. A few people seemed scared at first, but as the fireworks and smoke machine started, it was clear this was part of the dramatic grand opening show.
It also featured acrobats, fire performers and the chairman of Hard Rock International promising a bright future. We believe in Atlantic City. We believe in the state of New Jersey.
And we truly believe that Atlantic City's best days are in front of it. Hard Rock says 50, people applied for nearly 4, open positions. Just up the boardwalk from the Hard Rock resort is the former Revel Casino, a story-tall resort that closed just two years after it was built.
Now it's called the Ocean Resort Casino. It offers sports betting in the wake of a Supreme Court decision last month that lifted effective bans in most states. But true to that remaking, you could just come here to watch big sporting events. We are going to have big screens all the way on the back wall. So there will be many games and many events - sporting events that April Hoch was hired to show visitors around Ocean.
She was among the thousands laid off in recent years. She's optimistic the new owners can stay in business with this strategy. Bruce Deifik is the owner and chairman and says Atlantic City already attracts a lot of people.