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AC resort casinos slated for Thursday openings

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Both the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino will hold their grand openings Thursday.
Both the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino will hold their grand openings Thursday. - ()

Hotel owners are taking another gamble on Atlantic City with the imminent opening of two high-profile resort casinos on the city's iconic boardwalk.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino will kick off their grand openings Thursday with a lineup of high-profile guests expected to attend, including New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

Hard Rock Hotel President Matt Harkness said the resort will highlight its more than 20 food and beverage offerings as part of the event.

“We’re excited to bring a diverse range of culinary experiences to our guests and to the Atlantic City Boardwalk, a place that’s been home to our Hard Rock Café for more than 20 years,” Harkness said.

Set on 17 acres, the Hard Rock features 2,000 hotel rooms, 2,100 slots and 120 table games.

Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, purchased the hotel last year from real estate magnate Carl Icahn. The hotel, a partnership between HRI and the Jack Morris and Joe Jingoli families, received $500 million in renovations.

Hard Rock serves as curator of one of the largest and most valuable music memorabilia collections, with the property boasting a rock-chic interior paying homage to musical greats throughout.

The property is the former home of the Trump Taj Mahal, which was purchased by Icahn Enterprises in 2014 but ultimately shuttered in 2016 after its casino workers went on strike.

Ocean Resort occupies the former space of the Revel Casino Hotel, which closed its doors in 2014 following a string of bankruptcies.

Bruce Deifik, founder of Denver-based Integrated Properties Inc., bought the 20-acre resort for $200 million in January.

The hotel features 1,399 rooms, a 138,000-square-foot-casino, six swimming pools and a luxury golf franchise. Murphy reportedly will place the first bet at the resort’s new sports-betting lounge as part of the event.

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Elana Knopp

Elana Knopp


Elana Knopp covers all things real estate for NJBIZ. You can contact her at eknopp@njbiz.com.

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