Atlantic City Casinos to Resume Food and Beverage Operations on September 4

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Good news for Atlantic City casinos and gambling patrons.

On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 183 which states that food and beverage operations in the state’s casinos may resume operations but at a 25% capacity. The order, which takes effect on Friday, September 4th at 6 am, is expected to boost casino operations during the coming Labor Day weekend.

The move came after New Jersey continues to improve its COVID-19 figures. The state has seen a total of 3,989 COVID-19 positive cases with 245 deaths and 2,697 recoveries as of last Tuesday. However, according to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health, there were no COVID-19 related deaths for a six-day period ending last Tuesday.

Said Gov. Murphy:

“Given the progress we continue to see statewide, and with the proper precautions and limitations in place, I am proud that we can take this step today to allow our restaurants to once again welcome patrons back for indoor dining services.”

A Big Relief

The news came as a big relief to the Atlantic City casino industry which as been reeling since the coronavirus pandemic forced them to shut down for four months beginning March this year. They were allowed to reopen last July but at a limited capacity and without food, drinks, and smoke.

Atlantic City casinos are coming off a three-month period where they suffered an aggregate loss of $112M with the Golden Nugget as the only gambling operator to have a positive result. The negative figure was an 85% decline from their performance for the same quarter in 2019.

Booze and Smoke Now Allowed

Under the Executive Order, casinos will be allowed to serve drinks to its customers on their gaming floors. However, booze must be ordered through a server and guests are prohibited from leaving their seats while consuming their beverages. E.O. 183 also permits gamblers to resume smoking on the gaming floors although casinos are given the option to maintain their smoking bans.

Casinos have been smoke-free since their reopening and while smokers find this decision as a relief, those who advocate smoke-free gambling will most certainly be disappointed, especially since many of them thought that the temporary ban would eventually become permanent.

The legislation also allows the operation of “indoor performance-based entertainment centers” but subject to the 25% capacity limit, a cap of 150 non-staff guests in any single venue, plus health and safety protocols. However, it remains to be seen if the casinos will open their entertainment venues since the income from limited operations may not compensate the cost to produce the shows.

Borgata Casino Files Lawsuit Against Ocean Casino

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Atlantic City’s top casino has filed a lawsuit against one of its competitors, claiming that the rival hired half-a-dozen of its former Marketing Executives in an effort to steal trade secrets.

The case was filed on Thursday by MGM Resort International’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa against Ocean Casino after the latter allegedly poached former Borgata executives in an attempt “to cripple” it by using details of its most profitable customers. According to Borgata, Ocean Casino violated unfair competition laws and agreements that prohibit at least two of the highest ranking executives from working for a competitor for a year after leaving.

High-Roller Customer Data

At the center of the complaint is former Borgata exec William Callahan who now works for Ocean Casino. It is alleged that Callahan has retained his Borgata-issued phone which contains valuable information about Borgata costumers. The lawsuit states that Callahan has refused to return the phone as recently as Monday this week.

Callahan was in charge of Borgata’s high-roller customers. These were patrons who spent $1.5M to $4M per visit and who would be flown in and out of the casino’s events using Borgata’s private jet. According to Borgata, these individuals were worth at least $25M per year to the company.

Aside from Callahan, Borgata also mentioned the name of former executive Kelly Ashman Burke in the document. The plaintiff also said that four other ex-marketing personnel have been hired by Ocean Casino in an attempt to “cripple” Borgata’s casino operations in Atlantic City.

Direct and Primary Competitor

The Borgata leads the nine-casino market in the area but in the lawsuit, it asserts that Ocean City is a direct and primary competitor for high-level customers in Atlantic City. Interestingly, Ocean Casino ranks just sixth among the nine Atlantic City casinos in terms of total revenues, making just one-thirds of what Borgata has raked in over the period.

The Ocean City Casino is the former Revel Casino which was shut down in 2014. The Revel operated for over two years and never came close to making a profit. But the casino reopened in 2018 under a new name and ownership and it has improved its ranking in the market.

Last month , Ocean Casino ranked second in Atlantic City casino win with its revenue of $23.6M a 23.1% increase against its July 2019 figures. Ocean saw nine straight months of slot pay growth before the coronavirus pandemic hit last March. Borgata was closed for the most part of July but in terms of income, it still makes three times more than any of its competitor.

Hard Rock Atlantic City Postpones Live Performances Until April

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Guitar SIgnIn a continued trend, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City pulls the plug on their live shows at Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena, Sound Waves and Howie Mandel’s Comedy Club due to the coronavirus outbreak.

But don’t worry, the live shows will go on. They’re scheduled to return after April 15.

DAER Nightclub will also suspend their operations until further notice.

According to Joe Lupo, Hard Rock’s president, the cancellations echo “national concern over the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus.”

Scheduled performers affected by the postponement include Adam Sandler, Pitbull and Christopher Cross, Neha Kakkar and more.

The official announcement asked ticket holders to hang onto their tickets while they determine future show dates. For shows that end up being canceled indefinitely, the company assured that refunds will be “issued at point of initial purchase for shows canceled or for those unable to attend a future postponed show.

Affected Events in Atlantic City Area

Governor Phil Murphy recommended on Thursday that events held in New Jersey, such as concerts, parades, and sporting events, that expect to have 250 or more people be canceled in an effort to “flatten the curve” of coronavirus cases.

Here is a list of larger events in the Atlantic City area that have been canceled or postponed on account of COVID-19:

  • Atlantic City St.Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for March 14 at 1 pm, canceled
  • Project Prom at Kensington Furniture in Northfield, scheduled to run Saturday, Sunday and Monday, canceled
  • ‘Guys and Dolls’ at Holy Spirit High School dress rehearsal, scheduled for Sunday, canceled
  • 98 Degrees show, scheduled for April 18 at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, postponed to July 11
  • The Atlantic City Boardwalk Committee Meeting, scheduled for March 18, canceled
  • The Wildwoods Spring Bridal Expo, scheduled for March 15, postponed to an unknown future date
  • Previously announced public events at Stockton University that have since been canceled:
    • March 14: Pinelands Short Course at Galloway campus
    • March 14: Aunt Mary Pat at Dante Hall in Atlantic City
    • March 15: Lines on the Pines at the Galloway campus
    • March 22: Bay Atlantic Symphony at the Performing Arts Center
    • March 24: Cape Atlantic Regional College Fair
    • March 27: The Byrne Brothers at the Performing Arts Center
    • March 28: Pirates of Penzance at the Performing Arts Center
    • April 2: Stockton Chamber Players at the Performing Arts Center
    • April 3: Think Pink Floyd at the Performing Arts Center
    • All Spring Break athletic field trips

Casino Companies Gear Up for Atlantic City’s 2020 Gaming Conference

Atlantic City is home to some of the most popular gambling venues in the country. For years, companies have discussed ways to improve their industry at the annual gaming conference here. Atlantic City’s 2020 gaming conference is shaping up to be a great one, with several major executives already scheduled to attend.Gaming Convention Event

This is one of the biggest annual gambling conferences in the country. This year’s event should be one of the best in recent memory. Now is the perfect time to look ahead at what the East Coast Gaming Conference will have to offer in 2020.

Gambling Revenue Continues to Increase in Atlantic City

We’ve reported on the revenue growth in Atlantic City for more than a year. About a decade ago, this city was on the brink of collapse. The recession took a major toll on the businesses here, causing many casinos to permanently shut their doors.

Things have completely turned around. Now, Atlantic City is one of the most profitable gambling markets in the country. Part of the reason for this is the legalization of sports betting.

New Jersey was one of the first states to approve sports betting legislation after PASPA was removed in May of 2018. This resulted in a huge increase in tourism to Atlantic City. Many bettors would even cross into New Jersey just to make a sports wager online.

Gambling revenue here increased for almost every single month last year. Both casino gambling and sports betting continue to bring in money. There are no signs of this slowing down anytime soon.

Every year, Atlantic City hosts a major conference called the East Coast Gaming Conference. It draws in some of the country’s top industry leaders. This year’s event should be one of the best to date.

Atlantic City’s 2020 Gaming Conference is Coming Together

Many gambling companies claim that the East Coast Gaming Conference in Atlantic City is the best in the country. It brings together a huge number of leaders in sports betting and casino gambling to discuss the future of their industries. The networking options alone bring in hundreds of individuals every single year.

Some of the most powerful casino executives in the world are now scheduled to appear at Atlantic City’s 2020 gaming conference. Guests will get to hear some of the new developments directly from these company officials. Here are some of the names scheduled to appear this year.

  • Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International and CEO of Seminole Gaming.
  • Thomas Reeg, CEO of Eldorado Resorts.
  • Mario Kontomerkos, CEO of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.
  • David Cordish, CEO of The Cordish Companies.
  • Greg Carlin, CEO of Rush Street Gaming.
  • Jay Dorris, president and CEO of Wind Creek Casino and Hotel.
  • Holly Gagnon, CEO of Seneca Gaming.
  • George Papanier, president and CEO of Twin River Worldwide Holdings.

Phil Murphy, governor of New Jersey, is also scheduled to attend this event for the third straight year. The 24th event is expected to be one of the biggest ever.

The US gambling industry is changing at a rapid pace. Those wishing to learn more about the future of the industry should check this event out. Feel free to check out some of the amazing Atlantic City casinos while you’re there!