New Jersey Casinos - Gaming Resort
Facts - Atlantic City
New Jersey Casino Gaming Facts
Atlantic City Casinos - Listed below in order of Opening /
Total Slot Machines
Total Table Games
$3,464,470,777 - 2009 Slot Machine Winnings
$1,456,316,193 – 2009 Table Games Winnings
based on 2009 Statistics.
Newest New Jersey Casinos being built now.
Location – Connecticut Ave and Boardwalk next to the
Showboat House of Blues Casino.
1,900 rooms, 13 restaurants, will be the most amazing
casino in Atlantic City.
July 4, 2012
Pinnacle Entertainment - Entire Project
Location – Indiana Ave and Pacific Ave - The former
Sands Casino site plus additional surrounding land
purchased separately. 18 Acres of boardwalk front land.
Scheduled Completion –
(never) Land is
now for sale, entire project aborted.
Hard Rock Casino - Design Stages
Location – Between the
Casino formerly the Hilton and the Tropicana on the
Boardwalk. The first Boutique style casino will be
modeled after existing Hard Rock casinos in Florida and
Scheduled Completion – November 2014
Atlantic City New
Jersey Casinos listed from newest to oldest.
The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa
-1 Borgata Way – Renaissance Point / Marina District.
July 2, 2003
Boyd Gaming Corp and MGM Mirage Inc. from Las Vegas, NV.
Atlantic City’s first Las Vegas Style Mega Casino Resort
is a Joint Venture between the two companies listed
of Rooms: 2,802 including Water Tower.
Borgata opened a $200 Million expansion project June
2006. The expansion included 520 new slot machines,
large 85 table poker room that is the largest in
Atlantic City along with 3 gourmet restaurants operated
by Wolgang Puck, Bobby Flay and Michael Mina. American
Grille, Bobby Flay Steak + SeaBlue.
Hotel Tower called the Water Tower is scheduled to be
completed July of 2008. $400 Million development cost
with 800 guest rooms and suites.
The Borgata was Atlantic City’s newest casino in 13
years since the opening of the Trump Taj Mahal. Its
posh surroundings and cutting edge nightlife appeal
to a younger, higher level market.
March 2010 MGM Grand
announced that it is selling its stake of The Borgata
Hotel Casino and Spa. Settlement Agreement has been
Approved in New Jersey for the MGM MIRAGE to Sell
Interest in the Borgata Hotel & Casino.
Taj Mahal Casino – Virginia
Avenue and the Boardwalk
April 2, 1990
of Rooms: 2,050 with new Taj
Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. Atlantic City, a
publicly traded company sharing Donald Trumps Name.
Mahal has recently completed a makeover in all public
areas restoring the glitzy ambiance with an upscale
comfortable feel in 2008. An 800 room hotel tower is
under construction next to the existing 42 story tower.
The $255 million project is scheduled to open in stages
beginning Labor Day weekend, May 2008. The first phase
is the centerpiece of Trump Entertainments recovery plan
since emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2005.
sprawling Indian themed Taj Mahal casino is the staple
of three Atlantic City casinos owned by Trump
Entertainment. The property includes the Steel Pier
Amusement site. Donald Trump personally owned the
casino before folding it into his public company in
1996. He took control of the property from Resorts
International at the very beginning of construction and
made it his primary AC Casino.
Showboat and House of Blues Casino
– Delaware Avenue and the boardwalk.
Connected to the Taj Mahal via skywalk.
Entertainment Inc. Las Vegas. Showboat is part of the
impending buyout of Harrah’s Entertainment by Apollo
Management and TPG. Harrah’s also owns Bally’s Caesars
and Harrah’s casinos in Atlantic City.
The Showboat has come along since it originally opened
as a casino and Bowling Center. The 60 lane bowling
center was closed in 2000 to make way for two new
restaurants. The Showboat updated its image in 2005
when it opened the $65 Million expansion project now
known as the House of Blues Tower that added a 2,380
House of Blues music and concert venue, the Foundation
room private dining club and gave the Boardwalk entrance
a makeover. New Jersey Gaming Resorts.
Entertainment purchased parent company Showboat Inc on
June 1, 1998. Under the new ownership the Showboat
added an 80 room Expansion in 1994 and a $90 Million,
544 hotel room tower in 2003.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City
– Huron Avenue and the Frank Farley State Marina.
Opened as Golden Nugget - October 15, 2011
June 17, 1985 as the Trump Marina
of Rooms: 727
Trump Entertainment Resorts inc. Donald Trumps publicly
traded Atlantic City Casino Company. Donald Trump is
the companies chairman and largest single shareholder.
While the Marina District neighbors the Borgata Casino
and Spa along with Harrah’s Casino whom both have
expanded, the Trump Marina is basically the exact same
hotel casino it was when it opened 23 years ago.
Originally named the Trump Castle Casino.
Hilton Hotels Corp built the casino in the 1980’s but
was denied a gaming license, so Donald Trump again
swooped in and bought it. He owned it privately until
he sold it for $485 million to Trump Hotels and Casinos
the predecessor to Trump Entertainment Resorts in the
fall of 1996.
Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino
– Mississippi Avenue and the Boardwalk next to Atlantic
City Convention Hall.
May 14, 1984
of Rooms: 902
Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. Atlantic City, which
is the same publicly traded company that owns the Taj
Mahal and the Trump Marina.
The casino floor and hotel rooms were remodeled in
2006. Trump Ent. Paid $2.1 million for a small
restaurant next to the Plaza, part of land that Trump
plans to use for Trump Plaza’s future expansion.
The 500 Hotel Room Trump Worlds Fair Casino was
integrated into the Trump Plaza in 1996 but, was
closed October 4, 1999, and then demolished a few
years later. The World’s Fair was the latest
incarnation of the troubled Playboy Casino, which
opened in 1981. The Playboy was later run as the
Atlantis Casino. This former Worlds Fair site
remains vacant, awaiting redevelopment into
beachfront condominiums by owners BET Investments of
Huntington Valley, PA.
Tropicana Casino and Resort
– Brighton Avenue and the
Opened: November 23, 1981
of Rooms: 2,125 including
Tropicana currently is without an owner. The New Jersey
Casino Control Commissions stripped Tropicana of its
gaming license on December 12 following a tumultuous
year of mass job cuts, lagging customer service and
unsanitary conditions under former owner Columbia Sussex
Corp. This triggered the forced sale of Tropicana while
it remains under the control of a state-appointed
conservator, former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice
Gary S. Stein. Under state gaming law, Tropicana must
be sold within 120 days of the date its license was
denied, although the commission could extend the
deadline if needed.
Tropicana opened a $280 million hotel, retail and
entertainment complex called The Quarter and Havana
Tower in November 2004. Construction of the
Cuban-themed shopping plaza was marred by the collapse
of a new parking garage that was part of the project.
Four workers were killed in the October 30, 2003
accident, which was blamed on faulty design and
Tropicana, once known as TropWorld before changing its
name back to Tropicana in summer 1996, is on the site of
the old Ambassador Hotel. Ramada Inc. was the original
owner. It sold its hotel chain business in December
1989 and created a new company called Aztar Corp. to run
its gaming properties. A $75 million, 604-room tower
hotel was added in May 1996.
Hilton Casino Resort
– Boston Avenue and The Boardwalk
December 9, 1980
Colony Capital LLC, Los Angeles. Colony Capital, the
private investment firm that owns Resorts Atlantic City,
took over ownership of the Hilton from Caesars
Entertainment Inc. in April 2005.
The Hilton is now the smallest casino in town, following
the Nov 11, 2006, closing of the Sands Casino Hotel.
Hilton officials have announced tentative plans for a $1
billion to $1.2 billion expansion to transform the
property into a mega resort.
The Hilton opened in 1980 as the Golden Nugget, by
casino mogul Steve Wynn’s luxury resort. Since then
it has been owned by Bally Manufacturing Corp.,
Hilton Hotels Corp., Park Place Entertainment and
Caesars Entertainment. The casino opened a $50
million, 300 room tower in August 1997.
– 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Marina District
November 23, 1980
of Rooms: 2,585 including new
Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., Las Vegas. Harrah’s
Entertainment has agreed to a $17.1 billion buyout by
private equity firms Apollo Management and TPG. The
deal is scheduled to close Jan 28, 2007.
Harrah’s is building a $550 million expansion in two
phases. The first phase, which opened in 2007, includes
172,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment
attractions. The centerpiece is a $28 million pool and
spa complex underneath a soaring, 90-foot-high glass
dome called "The Pool at Harrah's". Harrah’s
is building a 960-room hotel
tower. At 525 feet high, the 44-story tower will be
Atlantic City’s tallest building, can you imagine
the view of the city? It will open in
phases beginning President’s Day Weekend 2008.
Harrah’s parted from the Boardwalk crowd by opening
the first Marina District casino in 1980. It added
a new 452-room hotel tower in May 2002 as part of a
$200 million expansion project. Harrah’s facelift
began with an $81 million, 416-room hotel tower
completed in the summer of 1997.
Bally’s Atlantic City – Park
Place and the Boardwalk
Opened: December 29, 1979
of Rooms: 1,752
Owner: Harrah’s Entertainment
Inc., Las Vegas. Harrah’s Entertainment acquired
Bally’s Atlantic City on June 13, 2005, when it took
over Caesar’s Entertainment Inc. in a $9 billion
merger. Bally’s is included in the impending sale of
Harrah’s Entertainment to Apollo Management and TPG.
Developments: Harrah’s Entertainment had been
studying a major expansion and refurbishment of Bally’s
before the new ownership deal was announced.
History: The sprawling Bally’s complex includes the
western-themed Wild Wild West casino, the former
Claridge Casino Hotel and the Victorian-era Dennis
Hotel. The Wild Wild West addition, which looks and
acts like a separate casino, opened July 1, 1977. The
Claridge once operated as a separate casino hotel but
was folded into Bally’s on December 30, 2002, in a
change of ownership.
Caesars Atlantic City
– Arkansas Avenue and the Boardwalk
June 26, 1979
of Rooms: 1,144
Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., Las Vegas. Harrah’s
Entertainment took over ownership of Caesars Atlantic
City on June 13, 2005, in the merger with Caesars
Entertainment. Caesars is included in the impending
sale of Harrah’s Entertainment to Apollo Management and
The Pier at Caesars project was completed in 2006 and is
an incredible display of shopping, dining and
entertainment. Harrah’s Entertainment had studied plans
to expand and renovate Caesars, including the
construction of a hotel tower atop one of the parking
garages. The buyout has killed the project.
Caesars opened as the Boardwalk Regency in an old Howard
Johnson hotel. It was owned by Caesars World Inc.,
which in 1996 was bought by ITT Corp. In June 1998,
Caesars opened what was then the largest casino
expansion in Atlantic City: a $280 million addition and
renovation that included 620 hotel rooms, 40,000 square
feet of casino space and elaborate theming. Starwood
Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. acquired Caesars when it
bought ITT in February 1998. Park Place Entertainment
bought Caesars World on December 30, 1999. PPE became
Caesars Entertainment Inc. in 2004 New Jersey Casinos
and Gaming Resorts.
Resorts Atlantic City – North
Carolina Avenue and the Boardwalk
Atlantic City's first Original Casino, opened in 1978!
May 26, 1978
of Rooms: 1,144 including
Colony Capital LLC, Los Angeles, which also owns the
Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort. It controls Resorts
through an affiliate called Resorts International Hotel
and Casino Inc.
The grand dame of the casinos was updated with a new
$125 million, 400-room hotel tower in July 2004.
Although the tower opened in 2004, three floors were
left unfinished to save money.
Resorts is where it all started – the first casino in
Atlantic City. The casino was first owned by Resorts
International Inc., headed by James Crosby. He died in
1986, and the company went into turmoil. Donald Trump
agreed to buy a controlling interest in Resorts in
1987. Entertainer Merv Griffin mounted a hostile
takeover attempt. In 1988 they agreed to split the
company, with Trump getting the Taj Mahal and Griffin
getting Resorts. Resorts’ parent company filed for
bankruptcy in 1989 and 1994. Sun bought Resorts on
December 16, 1996. Sun spent $50 million to remodel the
casino, restaurants and hotel rooms. Sun sold Resorts
to Colony Capital on April 26, 2001 for $140 million.
information provided by the Press of Atlantic City 2008
- New Jersey Casino and Gaming Facts / Atlantic City