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On March 1, 2017 Carl C. Icahn announced a deal to sell the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort to a group of New Jersey investors led by Hard Rock International. It will become the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Hard Rock International said its group would invest more than $300 million to buy, renovate, and reopen the 17 acre resort.
As of October 10, 2016 the Trump Taj Mahal casino has closed.
Harrah;s is getting a $30 million makeover. Harrah's is redoing 450 rooms and suites in the casino's Bayview Tower. The work will begin in mid-November and should be finished by Memorial Day weekend in 2017.
The makeover includes improvements to the Pool After Dark, its fitness center and the food court,
Atlantic City's former Revel casino resort plans to reopen next year under the name Ten. Straub plans to open Ten in the first quarter of 2017.
The Showboat reopened, as a hotel only, on July, 8 2016. It has 872 rooms, including 83 ocean front suites, but offers no casino games.
Bader Field is again up for sale. Atlantic City put the 143-acre site up for sale in 2008. Then it was asking $1.5 billion. Penn National offered $800 million in 2008, but the city turned it down. In 2016 Bader Field is again for sale. Mayor Don Guardian said Atlantic City will set a minimum bid of $150 million, a 90% discount.
Stockton University Campus
There, at the intersection of Atlantic, Albany, and Pacific Avenues, Stockton plans to finally create its long-discussed Atlantic City campus by putting up three buildings: a housing and student center on the Boardwalk for 500 or so students, a parking garage with 850 spaces topped by new offices for South Jersey Gas, and an academic building for up to 1,800 students.
Residents in the Chelsea neighborhood largely welcomed the campus, saying they hoped the influx of students, faculty, and staff could fuel a rise in small businesses nearby.
Th2 $207 million campus is set to open in the fall of 2018.
As of January 2016, the sale of the Showboat Casino, for $23 million, to Bart Blatstein was completed. However the new owner has not decided whether to reopen it as a casino.
The Atalantic City Boardwalk is going to be extended all along the Absecon Inlet to Gardners Basin. A seawall will be built along the boardwalk to protect it from damage from the sea.
Follow this link to see about the Seawall.
Tucked back in the Northwest corner of Atlantic City, along the Absecon Inlet, lies Garner's Basin, a quaint little fishing village that has boats, shops, restaurants and even an Aquarium.
Plans are being made to expand, and transform Gardner's basin into a major attraction, to widen Atlantic City's appeal to more than casinos.
The plans include extending the boardwalk further north, and back along the inlet, all the way to Gardner's Basin. Also to add a Retail Village, more restaurants, more boat docks, a new amphitheather, a fisherman's park and to expand the Aquarium.
Follow this link to see Gardner's Basin at the present time.
Follow this link to see the Gardner's Basin Concept Plan.
Follow this link to see the Inlet in the Early Days.
Harrah's just opened a $125 million Harrah's Resort Waterfront Conference Center.
This conference center has 100,000 square feet of meeting space over two 50,000 square-feet ballrooms each of which can be divided into 27 smaller meeting rooms - and hundreds of combinations of big and small spaces. Harrah's claims it is the largest conference center hotel in the Northeast.
As of September 2014 the following Atlantic City Casinos have closed: The Showboat, The Revel and the Trump Plaza.
Follow this link to see the Showboat Casino as it looked in August 2014, before it closed.
Follow this link to see the Revel Casino as it looked in August 2014, before it closed.
Follow this link to see the Trump Plaza Casino as it looked in August 2014, before it closed.
Note: The Atlantic Club Casino closed as of January 2014.
Follow this link to see the Atlantic Club Casino as it looked in December 2013, before it closed.
Starting on April 1, 2014 United Airlines will begin flights to/from Atlantic City Airport. United will provide two arrivals and two departures daily between Atlantic City and Chicago and two arrivals and departures from Atlantic City and Houston each day.
The Atlantic Club was sold at auction on Decmber 20th 2013, to Tropicana and Caesars. Tropicana bought the Atlantic Club's customer data and gambling equipment, including table games and slot machines for $8.57 million. Caesars acquired the real estate, including the hotel and it's fittings, for $15 million.
The Atlantic Club closed as of Jan. 13, 2014. It is possible that the property will be reopened as a noncasino hotel sometime in the future.
The Miss America Pageant is returning to Atlantic City. The Miss America Pageant,is coming home. The pageant will be back in Atlantic City, where it started 93 years ago and where it was held until 2006, when organizers moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 2013, the Pageant will be held at Boardwalk Hall, from September 10th to 15th.
Bass Pro Shops, America's most popular outdoor store, has reached agreement to be a part of The Cordish Companies Phase IV development of The Walk in Atlantic City. The new Bass Pro Shops 70,000 square-foot super store will be located on the block between Mississippi and Missouri avenues and from Atlantic and Artic avenues, just behind the Trump Plaza casino.
Present plans call for beginning construction of the Atlantic City Bass Pro Shop Store in October of 2013.
Resorts added a Margaritaville theme to its Atlantic City casino.
Resorts Casino Hotel built a Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Landshark Bar and Grill in the footprint of the former Steeplechase Pier.
Revel is Atlantic City's new luxury $2.4 billion beachfront Casino|Hotel.
It is located at the foot of New Jersey Avenue right on the Boardwalk. This location provides easy access to Atlantic City's famous boardwalk, and outstanding views, and access, to the beach and Atlantic Ocean.
The 47 story Revel provides 1898 luxury rooms and suites with ocean and bay views.
It has a state of the art casino, two entertainment and performance venues, fourteen restaurants, two nightclubs, a dayclub, 10 pools, a huge spa and
numerous retail shops.
The Atlantic City Hilton, which for the last few months has been called ACH, is now named the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel. They intend to target more local gamblers around South Jersey. They will feature lower priced games like penny slots, and table games with $5 and $10 dollar minimum bets.
The Pier at Caesars was sold at auction on October 29th, 2011. The Pier Shops went on the auction block after Taubman Centers Inc., which owned The Pier Shops, defaulted on their $150 million mortgage. The Pier Shops cost $200 million to develop.
A group of lenders, which includes U.S. Bank N.A. was the winning bidder, with a bid of $25 million. The lenders group will continue to operate The Pier Shops until a new buyer is found.
The Pier Shops were not owned or managed by Caesars Entertainment, however the Pier Shops are connected to the Caesars Casino by a walkway that spans the boardwalk.
Atlantic City has the top boardwalk in the nation. This according to National Geographic, which has just released its list of the top 10.
In order to keep pace with the new modern Revel Casino, which is due to open in 2012, The Borgata is investing $50 Million to upgrade their rooms and interior.
Revel - Early 2011
Revel Entertainment has obtained the required financing to complete construction.
To see more about the Revel Casino follow this link: Revel
Atlantic City Golden Nugget
Landry's restaurant chain is buying the Trump Marina Hotel Casino for $38 million. Landry's owns and operates the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas. They plan to convert the Trump Marina into the Golden Nugget of Atlantic City. Landry's intends to spend $150 million to convert the Trump Marina into a luxury resort.
To see more about the Golden Nugget Casino follow this link: Golden Nugget
Maloney's Uptown Bar & Grill, which is on the beach block of Tennessee Avenue , is in the process of being bought, with the intention of it being turned into a gay bar, with the name of "Hookups."
As of August 2010, Resorts Atlantic City is being purchased by Dennis Gomes.
In early March 2010, Carl Icahn completed a $200 million deal, with a Delaware bankruptcy court, to buy the Atlantic City Tropicana Casino and Resort. The new parent company is called Tropicana Entertainment Inc. and will be run by its new president, Mark Giannantonio.
Resorts now has Blackjack with $2 minimum bets. They call it "Retro Blackjack," returning to the way it was in 1978.
The Hilton has introduced "Double Deck Pitch Blackjack," played with just two decks instead of the usual eight. Card counters, hurry over!
Trump Taj Mahal
Chiarman Tower at the right.
The new 782 room "Chairman Tower" opened in late August, 2008. It includes a new impressive casino floor and a High Limit Gaming Salon. New shopping options are provided and an Italian restaurant "II Mulino" from New York City.
The Water Club
The new 800-room "Water Club" tower opened in June of 2008, at the Borgata. The Borgata Water Club has 5 pools and a "Spa in the Sky".
The Water Club features signature in-room dining by Manhattan Chef, Geoffrey Zakarian, and shopping at six exclusive boutiques.
The Borgata now has "Izakaya", a new Japanese tapas restaurant and nightclub run by celebrity chef, Michael Schulson.
Harrah's New Waterfront Tower
In May of 2008 Harrah's opened it's new Waterfront Tower. Harrah's now has the the tallest building in Atlantic City at 525 feet, and the most hotel rooms at 2,950, with spectacular views.
This new tower includes a tropical-themed pool underneath a 90-foot-high glass dome.
Harrah's also has a new "McCormick & Schmick's" seafood resturant.
Coastal Marina, LLC, a New York-based gaming venture, planned to acquire the Trump Marina Hotel Casino from Trump Entertainment resorts, Inc. The resort was to be re-branded as a "Margaritaville™” Marina Resort & Casino.
Because of the poor economy this project has been canceled.
Link to more about Margaritaville
The new, "non-gaming" hotel, the Chelsea, is located adjacent to the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. It was built on the grounds of the Holiday Inn and Howard Johnson motels that had been at that location. The new Chelsea has 330 rooms and 12 suites, with both ocean and bay views.
The hotel has a 15,000 square-foot rooftop swimming pool area with private cabanas, and a 6,500 square-foot luxury spa, that includes the Terrace Lounge - with a bar and game room. The hotel features two restaurants operated by Stephen Starr.
Address:111 South Chelsea Ave.,
Marriott Courtyard Hotel
The new, recently opened (Summer 2008), Marriott Courtyard Hotel is one block from the ocean and the historic Atlantic City Boardwalk. The hotel has 206 spacious, comfortable rooms and suites. Parking is free.
All rooms have a flat panel high definition TV, and provide high speed internet access.
Address: 1212 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City
Atlantic City Airport
In June of 2008, a new indoor parking garage opened at the Atlantic City International Airport.
The parking garage is six stories high, and provides 1,370 parking spaces.
Bally's has a new metropolitan cafe' called "6ix, a Bistro." It also now has "The Red Pearl", a new Asian restaurant. Bally's former steakhouse, "Prime Place" has been replaced by a new gourmet steakhouse named "The Reserve."
Caesars recently opened the new state-of-the-art Qua Baths & Spa. Qua is the same name and brand of the Spa that opened in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 2006 and has been named one of the top 10 Spas in America.
"Patsy's", the New York Italian restaurant that was a favorite hang out for Frank Sinatra, now has its first location ouside of New York city, at the Atlantic City Hilton.
The Tropicana has a new Casino Bar, clalled the Rumba Lounge, which is located right on the casino floor.