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Archive: March, 2013

POSTED: Friday, March 22, 2013, 11:12 AM
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The LandShark Bar & Grille appears on the right-hand side of this artist's rendering. It sits across the Boardwalk from the Margaritaville-themed complex inside Resorts Casino Hotel. Both are expected to open this spring. Photo:

THE WEATHER outside continues to be frightful, but the summer is nonetheless on its way. And some of Atlantic City’s casinos are poised to take full advantage of their locations on the Atlantic Ocean.

Currently, four beach bars are scheduled to open in time for the Memorial Day weekend—twice as many as operated last year.

POSTED: Friday, March 15, 2013, 9:11 AM
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The 700-seat performance venue known as The Social will play a larger role in Revel's marketing strategy. Photo:

When Revel opened a little less than a year ago, the management team then in place made it a point to emphasize how important The Social, the mega-resort’s 700-seat showroom located adjacent to the casino floor, was going to be to the property’s marketing strategy.

For reasons that need not be rehashed here (check the monthly gaming revenue numbers if you need clarification) that never really happened; the room has been utilized mostly as a weekend “cover” band venue. But that’s about to change with the unveiling of a new strategy for The Social.

“One of my thoughts was, we have the room, we should start programming [Sunday through Thursday],” said Darlene Monzo, Revel’s recently hired senior vice president of marketing. “It has top notch sound and lights and great acoustics.”

POSTED: Friday, March 1, 2013, 8:56 AM
Atlantic Club chief financial officer, Michael Frawley, head of the smallest gambling hall at the seaside resort stands in the hotel lobby of his resort. They seem like strange bedfellows, but with Gov. Christie weighing on whether to sign off on legalizing Internet gaming in the Garden State, it all makes sense. Rational Group US Holdings, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, is asking New Jersey casino regulators for permission to buy the tiny Atlantic Club . Atlantic Club chief financial officer, Michael Frawley, head of the smallest gambling hall at the seaside resort - and its workforce of 1,700. ATLANTIC01 01/30/2013 ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )

Atlantic City’s long-ailing gaming industry is celebrating this week’s signing of a bill by Gov. Chris Christie that legalizes intrastate online gambling.

For the most part, a celebration is in order as casino biz analysts put the potential windfall from digital gaming in nine figures annually. But upon further review, the question is begged: At what price will AyCee benefit from cyber-wagering?

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Philly native Chuck Darrow has literally covered Atlantic City’s casino scene since Day One: He was there on assignment the night in November 1976 when voters approved legalized casinos.

Since then, Chuck has covered the town and its gaming industry for several area newspapers -- which is why, in some circles, he’s known as “Boardwalk Charlie.”

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