The Economic Impact of Casino Closings

Atlantic City's Newest Casino to Close Labor Day

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    How will the closing of the Revel Casino impact the Atlantic City community? NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn investigates. (Published Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014)

    Revel Casino Hotel will close its doors more than a week earlier than the company previously announced.

    Atlantic City's newest casino will end its short run just as the the summer season comes to a close. The hotel will shut its doors 11 a.m. Sept. 1, which is Labor Day, while the casino will close Sept. 2 at 5 a.m.

    The company previously said it will close its doors on Sept. 10. The move comes two years after the $2.4 billion casino opened. It has never turned a profit.

    Revel opened in April 2012 as the first new casino in Atlantic City since the Borgata opened nine years earlier, and carried great hopes for many that it would be the catalyst to jolt what had been the nation's second-largest gambling market back to life. Atlantic City has since slipped to third place behind Nevada and Pennsylvania, whose casinos touched off the New Jersey resort town's revenue and employment plunge in 2007.

    Community Reacts to Revel Casino Closure

    [PHI] Community Reacts to Revel Casino Closure
    The closing of the Revel Casino sparked strong reactions throughout the Atlantic City community. (Published Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014)

    Since 2006, when the first Pennsylvania casino opened, Atlantic City's casino revenue has fallen from $5.2 billion to $2.86 billion last year.

    Revel has ranked near the bottom of Atlantic City's casinos in terms of the amount of money won from gamblers since the day it opened.

    Its original owners envisioned it as a luxury resort that just happened to have a casino, and eschewed many staples of casino culture, including a buffet and bus trips for day-trippers. But that strategy -- as well as the only overall smoking ban in Atlantic City -- turned off customers, and Revel filed for bankruptcy in 2013, a little over a year after opening.

    That led to new ownership and a “Gamblers Wanted” promotional campaign to emphasize the company's new emphasis on its casino.

    Revel Casino Closing

    [PHI] Revel Casino Closing
    Renee and Denise interview Ed Ellers, Gaming Law Professor at Temple University, about the closing of Revel Casino. (Published Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014)

    But despite some improvement, Revel's finances never recovered enough, and it filed for bankruptcy a second time in June, warning that it would close if a suitable buyer could not be found.

    Revel's most recent Chapter 11 filing listed assets of $486.9 million and liabilities of $476.1 million.

    It will be the second of four Atlantic City casinos to shut down this year as the Atlantic City gambling market continues to crumble.

    The city started this year with 12 casinos. The Showboat will close on Aug. 31, and Trump Plaza is closing Sept. 16.

    Struggling Revel to Close

    [PHI] Struggling Revel to Close
    Revel Casino in Atlantic City announced Tuesday its plans to close next month after failing to find a buyer in bankruptcy court. NBC10's Ted Greenberg reports from the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk with more. (Published Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014)