Yet another Atlantic City Casino to Close

Atlantic City, New Jersey has long been a popular spot for gamblers to visit. Next to Las Vegas, Atlantic City is a top destination for gamblers as there are poker gaming and casino gaming options spread out amongst several casinos. Despite the popularity of the city, several casinos are now closing and hurting the New Jersey casino market.

The Atlantic Club Casino closed at the first of 2014 and the Showboat Casino is set to close later this summer. The Revel Casino may be subject to closing if a buyer cannot be found. Now, the city has another casino set to close this fall, the Trump Plaza Casino. When the casino closes, the employees, more than 1000 people, will have to find a new position somewhere else. With the closure, the city will now be down 1/3 of their casino gaming.

The owner of the Trump Plaza is Trump Entertainment Resorts and the company states the decision to sell is not final but is pending a review. Sources say that the casino is currently looking for an active buyer. The casino first opened in 1984 and had a start-up cost of $210 million. In 2013, the company tried to sell the casino for $20 million to a company in California, but was unsuccessful, according to a Card Player report.

As the brick and mortar gambling industry continues to struggle in the state, New Jersey has been passed by Pennsylvania as the second largest market for casino gaming in the US. The city has become involved in online gaming but have been unable to earn the revenues that were expected with the launch of online poker and casino gaming.

It will be interesting to see if the casino will eventually close or if Trump will be able to find a buyer before September rolls around.

WSOP Branded Poker Room to be launched by Bally’s Atlantic City

Visitors to the Bally’s Atlantic City in Atlantic City will see changes very soon as the casino are planning on launching a complete redo of certain areas of the casino. A brand new poker room will be created based on the World Series of Poker and will be located in a completely new area of the casino.

Bally’s has a poker room that will soon be updated to accommodate the WSOP brand. The new poker room will be moved to the Old West themed portion of the casino and will now have forty two live gaming tables. There have also been an addition of tournament tables and now the entire poker area offers double the poker gaming options.

The new poker room will not offer great gaming potential but will also push the online website for WSOP. The area will offer free WiFi, charging systems for mobile devices and more than twenty HD TVs. Players will also be able to enjoy dining and beverages available at Wild About Wings.

Kevin Ortzman, the General Manager and Senior Vice President of Bally’s, commented that the Wild West Area is a unique gaming experience with entertainment, gaming and excitement. With the new additions, Ortzman believes that the property will be able to lay claim to a top-notch poker room. The casino has also added a new party pit which offers players live entertainment during the last portion of the week.

Ortzman continued by stating that the new developments will help to evolve the ‘face of poker’ in Atlantic City and expand the options for guests to have only the highest quality of live entertainment as well as gaming options. The casino will also be reopening an entrance located on Pacific Avenue so that players will have more direct access to the new poker room.