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Atlantic City Casinos Reopen July (2-3) UPDATES: What You Need To Know

Barbara Nathan June 30, 2020
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The July 4th holiday weekend is almost here. But this year, it will take on a special meaning. Even though the pandemic that kept all nine Atlantic City casinos closed since March 16 is far from over–which means special safety precautions still apply—the casinos have been given the go-ahead to reopen. This is the exciting news we have been waiting for, but for anyone planning to make the trip, I can’t emphasize too strongly that […]

Atlantic City Casinos Reopening on July 2 At 25% Capacity

Barbara Nathan June 23, 2020
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The news everyone in and around Atlantic City has been hoping to hear for months has finally come. On Thursday, July 2–just in time for the big July 4th holiday weekend–the Atlantic City casinos can reopen! Although initially, the casinos can only operate at 25 percent capacity, receiving the go-ahead to reopen is the big boost the economy desperately needs. Indoor dining, also at only 25 percent capacity, can resume the same day. However, in […]

Caesars Atlantic City Regional CEO Ronald Baumann Is Granted A License

Barbara Nathan June 16, 2020
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After Kevin Ortzman, former regional president of the three Caesars Atlantic City casino properties, was removed from that post last year, the vacant position needed to be filled. How Ronald Baumann became the new regional president and CEO Caesars chose Ronald Baumann, a casino industry veteran and former general manager of Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack as Ortzman’s replacement. Baumann had also held several senior leadership positions with Caesars Entertainment in Atlantic City. On October […]

Las Vegas Casinos Reopen On June 4 With Many Changes: What About AC?

Barbara Nathan June 10, 2020
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On March 17, 2020, the Governor of Nevada, Steve Sisolak ordered all “nonessential” Nevada businesses, including all 440 licensed Nevada casinos to temporarily shut down by midnight. For more than two months, until the Nevada Gaming Control Board finally gave official permission for them to reopen on June 4, all Las Vegas casinos and other casinos in the state remained dark. The unprecedented extended casino closings were deemed necessary to halt the continued spread of […]

When Can Atlantic City Casinos Reopen? Two Opposing Views

Barbara Nathan May 26, 2020
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More than two months have elapsed since Gov. Murphy ordered the temporary closure of all Atlantic City NJ casinos on March 16 for health and safety reasons. As of this writing, all nine Atlantic City casinos remain closed with still no clear timetable as to when they can reopen. It is by far the longest stretch of time in Atlantic City history that keeping the casinos closed has remained necessary. The prolonged closures of these […]

Evander Holyfield Challenging Mike Tyson to Third Bout

Marco Cerino May 13, 2020
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Apparently the coronavirus pandemic is giving former boxing legends the impetus to consider coming out of retirement. Following Mike Tyson’s workout footage appearing on social media, one of his biggest rivals is challenging him to a fight. Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, now 57, defeated Tyson twice, once ending in a disqualification after Tyson bit the then-champ’s ear. Over two decades later, the “Real Deal” wants to finalize the trilogy. In his footage, Holyfield shows […]

The Future of Atlantic City – There May Be Hope Yet

Barbara Nathan April 30, 2020
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When Gov Murphy ordered all nine Atlantic City casinos to close along with many other businesses on March 16, it was anyone’s guess how long the mandatory shutdown would last. The ensuing effect on the economy has been devastating. But halting the alarming spread of the pandemic became the top priority. It entailed putting the state on lockdown for as long as necessary. But for the first time in weeks, the future of Atlantic City […]

Bally’s Atlantic City Is Being Sold To VICI Properties

Barbara Nathan April 28, 2020
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According to an article posted on on 4/24/20, Caesars Entertainment and VICI Properties (a subsidiary of Twin Rivers Worldwide Holdings) have reached an agreement. Caesars will sell Bally’s Atlantic City to VICI Properties. VICI will become the new owner of Bally’s Atlantic City, but Caesars will keep Bally’s Wild Wild West and the sportsbook The two parties jointly announced that VICI will pay Caesars $25 million for the sale. However, VICI will receive $6 […]

Prolonged Atlantic City Casino Shutdown Will Cost NJ Millions

Barbara Nathan April 2, 2020
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On March 16, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered all nine Atlantic City casinos to close for as long as the COVID-19 health crisis necessitates. The mandatory Atlantic City casino shutdown is in effect with no end in sight. Atlantic City casinos not only provide a livelihood for thousands of employees and their families but are the bread and butter for New Jersey’s economy. The devastating impact of the mandatory AC casino shutdown is already apparent and […]

Atlantic City Casino Revenue Is Up For The 21st Straight Month

Barbara Nathan March 19, 2020
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On Feb. 26, in my article for NJ Online Casino, “Atlantic City 2020 Casino Revenue Is Off To A Great Start,” I summarized the data on the revenue for January. Total gaming revenue for the nine Atlantic City casinos combined exceeded $270.5 million. That was nearly $50 million (22.6%) more than in January 2019. Atlantic City casino revenue climbed even higher in February Gambling industry executives have been anxiously awaiting for the February results. Would […]

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