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    I was in AC yesterday, had a great time! Though it was packed!

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    I just got back from Atlantic City, the place is booming. I read recently that the month during which the State of NJ shut down and the Casinos had to temporarily close for a few days was actually the second highest grossing month for the Atlantic City casinos.

    Business is obviously booming, it has alot of potential but has a LOOONG way to go. It's on the right track.

    Good points:

    Borgata (keep expanding, more shops and restaraunts)
    Tropicana (it's my favorite AC casino, I love Carmines and PF Changs)
    The Pier (it's not fully opened yet, but I liked what I saw. Apple Store, Tiffanys, Burberry etc.. Good job.

    Other good points,
    Convention center and Sheraton Hotel (very nice)
    The Walk Outlets

    What needs to be expanded upon:

    Rail service, more frequent trains to Philadelphia and besides the Casino Express being developed for next Summer a direct rail link between NY Penn/North Jersey and Atlantic City.

    Light Rail, connect the NJ Transit Rail station, Convention Center, Marina Casinos, Boardwalk Casinos, Atlantic City International Airport. NJ has done well with Light Rail in Newark and along the Delaware River in South Jersey and the Hudson River in North Jersey, it's time to apply the lessons learned in those projects to Atlantic City.

    Atlantic City International Airport: Currently has only two airlines, Spirit and Delta Connection. Every major US Airline should have regional Jet service to their major hubs from Atlantic City, UAL, AA, NWA, CO, US, DL etc..
    Also every effort should be made to attracting an airline like Jetblue who can draw alot of attention to Atlantic City.

    Cesars Hotel and Casino, not bad but not as good as Tropicana and Borgata. Keep the investments coming.

    The Bad:
    The shadey boardwalk, clean it up and make it more family freindly like the Pt.Pleasant Boardwalk.
    Trump Casinos, old run down casinos, old apartment buildings and the run down homes within the boardwalk area.

    I would love if one of the Trump Casinos (either the Marina or Trump Plaza) was totaly gutted and rebuilt as a Hard Rock Hotel Casino.

    As for the rest of Atlantic City, there are alot of neighborhoods with good spots that are totaly run down and abandoned. Why not build upon the resources available, South Jersey is experiencing a huge building boom with Retirement Communities. Many are high end Toll Brothers retirement communities, why not have developers like Toll Brothers, Hovanian etc take over some of these rundown abandonded neighborhoods and build gated retirement communities right inside Atlantic City.

    Atlantic City has alot to offer Senior Citizens (the place is full of them), since Senior Citizens do not have kids they don't worry about things like the quality of the local schools. As long as it's safe, very safe, gated and conveinent I think it would be something that can work to bring new life to these dead communities surrounding the Casinos.

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    Atlantic City Outlets http://www.acoutlets.com/

    The Pier at Caesars http://www.thepieratcaesars.com/









    About the Times Square style bilboards:
    http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/st...4206342&EDATE=

    Borgata http://www.theborgata.com/

    Tropicana http://www.tropicana.net/

    Atlantic City Airport http://www2.sjta.com/acairport/

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    That's what I like to see! Atlantic City is booming. What would really make Atlantic City a wonderful place, is a pro sports team. Yeah like basketball. Take that LV.

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    Im not sure about a sports team, but perhaps moving a NBA or NFL training camp to Atlantic City during the Summer Off-season would offer another non gambling attraction.

    However one thing I think that would help put Atlantic City a little more closer to Las Vegas would be to legalize Sports betting, if Atlantic City legalized sports betting it would bring in a tremendous amount of revenue that is either going to Las Vegas or into organzied crime.

    Imagine the crowds in Atlantic City during the Super Bowl Weekend if Sports betting were legal, that weekend every room with miles of Atlantic City would be booked solid.

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    From GlobeSt.com

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    New Resort To Follow Pinnacle’s $250M Casino Buy

    By Eric Peterson

    ATLANTIC CITY-This gaming mecca is about to get yet another sprawling casino/hotel/resort property, but will lose a small, older hotel property in the process. The Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to buy 18 contiguous acres along this city’s boardwalk for $250 million. The primary properties are the existing Sands Casino Hotel and the former Traymore Hotel site.

    The sellers of the properties are affiliates of financier Carl Icahn, the primary affiliate being Atlantic Coast Entertainment Holdings Inc. (ACE Hi). The major stockholder of ACE Hi, AREP Sands Holding LLC, owns approximately 58% of the outstanding stock of ACE Hi. AREP Sands itself is a wholly owned subsidiary of Icahn’s American Real Estate Holdings LP.

    And Pinnacle, which develops upscale mixed-use properties with or without casinos, plans to redevelop the site with an entirely new casino/hotel property. That plan calls for the 26-year-old Sands, one of the city’s smaller hotel/casino properties with 600 guest rooms, to be shuttered and torn down. While the deal isn’t expected to close until year’s end, the agreement calls for the Sands to be closed for good within 70 days, or approximately mid-November.

    “While we regret the necessity of closing the Sands, we look forward to working with gaming regulators, state and local authorities to create more jobs, tax revenues and other benefits,” says Daniel R. Lee, Pinnacle’s chairman/CEO. “In connection with our longstanding interest in Atlantic City, we submitted our initial license application in New Jersey several months ago. The regulatory investigation is ongoing.”

    “After spending many months reviewing various projects for this property, it became patently clear that a shutdown of the Sands was necessary and inevitable to make room for a great new casino,” Icahn says, in a prepared statement. “We also concluded that this was the most propitious time to undertake this shutdown given the robust employment environment in Atlantic City.”

    According to details released by the buyer and seller, the deal is not subject to financing. The agreement also contains non-solicitation, fiduciary and termination fee provisions. ACE Hi can’t solicit other acquisition proposals, but for 45 days has the right to negotiate with anyone submitting an unsolicited proposal. If ACE Hi reneges on the sale agreement in favor of another bidder, the termination fee is $10 million.

    And while Pinnacle develops properties with or without casinos, casinos are apparently part of the long-term game plan for the company. “This major new resort will be a key component in our plan to build a national network of gaming properties,” Lee says. Interestingly, one of those properties is a gaming/entertainment project proposed for 33 acres on the Delaware River waterfront just an hour’s drive to the west in Philadelphia.

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    Atlantic City needs a Hard Rock Hotel/Casino, either a new build or taking an older property like Trump Plaza and totaly gutting the structure and rebuilding it as a huge up scale casino hotel catering to young affluent Northeast customers.

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    There's a couple of rail proposals here, first to build a station where the NJ Transit Philadelphia-Atlantic City Line meets the River Line Light Rail. It would allow travelers to transfer from the Light Rail River Line to NJ Transit's Atlantic City line and Vice versa, the two lines cross near the Delaware river.

    The next proposal is to build a station on the NJ Transit Atlantic City rail line at Atlantic City International Airport. The third proposal is to build a light rail from the Atlantic City Casinos-Atlantic City International Airport.

    NJ Transit may add rail stop on way to Trenton

    September 14, 2006
    ATLANTIC CITY — NJ Transit wants to link its growing Atlantic City rail line with one of its underperforming routes to give customers easier access to Trenton and other destinations in the northern end of the state.
    The proposal would create a new station where the Atlantic City Line crosses the River Line light rail system near Pennsauken in Camden County.

    That would mean, for instance, that Atlantic City Line riders could board the River Line without having to first take a PATCO train from Lindenwold to Camden.

    NJ Transit Senior Director of Statewide Planning Jerry Lutin told more than 100 people attending “Improving the Way,” a forum designed to outline Atlantic County's transportation needs, that the agency is currently studying whether the proposal is feasible.

    Meanwhile, officials with the South Jersey Transportation Authority, or SJTA, said they want another stop on the Atlantic City Line, this one at Atlantic City International Airport. SJTA operates the airport.

    SJTA Chief Engineer Sam Donelson said SJTA believes the stop could be a success, particular if it's built as a sort of park-and-ride lot that could draw users from fast-growing Egg Harbor Township.
    SJTA spokeswoman Sharon Gordon said the stop also could help attract more air carriers who look for different modes of transportation to take customers from an airport to their eventual destination. That destination for Atlantic City International customers would primarily be Atlantic City, she said.

    Wednesday's transportation forum at Atlantic City Convention Center featured officials from SJTA, NJ Transit, the state Department of Transportation, New Jersey Turnpike Authority and Atlantic County discussing the transportation needs of the county.

    County officials say finding ways to improve the transportation system is critical, as a growing population and tourism base is straining existing roadways. They note how the county added 18,000 new residents since the 2000 Census, and more than 33 million tourists visit the region every year.

    One thing that was clear from the forum is that the traffic conditions could get worse, in part because of expected casino projects in Atlantic City.

    John Payne, president of Atlantic City operations for Harrah's Entertainment, who was among those attending the forum — primarily involved with government, business, transportation and planning agencies — said the city could need more than 20,000 new employees if all proposed casino projects are built. The casino projects could increase the number of gaming hall visitors by 60 percent in three to four years, he said.

    “There is gridlock today,” he said. “What's going to happen when we move forward. The decisions you make today are incredibly important.”

    Payne said one possible solution to easing transportation problems could be a light rail line running between the city and Atlantic City International.

    Panel members addressed various projects, ranging from adding additional lanes to the Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway, finding better ways to improve traffic flow and fixing overloaded intersections, streets and bridges.

    NJ Transit officials say the Atlantic City Line is the fastest growing of their rail lines. It carried a record 1.1 million riders in fiscal year 2005.

    The River Line opened millions of dollars over budget and a year-and-a-half behind schedule, and the state attorney general's office even investigated why it was built. The line at one point was losing $20 million per year.

    However, ridership has been growing annually.

    Lutin said NJ Transit has considered building the link between the River Line and Atlantic City Line for some time.

    He said the connection would make it easier for state employees living in places like western Atlantic County to get to Trenton. It also would provide an easier way for people riding the Atlantic City Line to eventually link up with the Northeast Corridor Line, which extends to Newark and New York City, he said.

    Earlier this year, NJ Transit approved a three-year trial of an Atlantic City-New York City train funded by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and three casinos.

    Lutin said the train should be operating in December 2007.


    The River Line light rail system runs 34 miles between Camden and Trenton. It has 20 stops along the Delaware River's Route 130 corridor. The system serves as link with the larger transportation networks of NJ Transit, Amtrak, PATCO and SEPTA.


    The Atlantic City Line runs between the rail terminal in Atlantic City and 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. It has stops in Absecon, Egg Harbor City, Hammonton, Atco, Lindenwold and Cherry Hill.

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    STT:

    "..these rundown abandonded neighborhoods and build gated retirement communities right inside Atlantic City."

    A GATED community right inside AC?

    Wha? That would be the surest way to ruin the city even further.

    AC needs more developments like "The Walk" and townhouses respecting a street grid.

    AC right now is a string of self contained casinos: once you enter there´s no reason to leave and interact with the rest of the city. I came in from Philadelphia to the Borgata by highway...went under tunnels...to underground parking... took an elevator up....had dinner...and left repeating the process. Never setting foot outside. That´s what most folks do. The casinos are designed that way.... the casinos are booming but still: it´s BAD urban design.

    The B´walk has become a hopeless stretch bounded by blank walls and mirrored glass.

    They can build all the "Hard Rock" (isn´t that a brand name that´s horribly passe´ BTW?) Hotels they want....but it won´t but the "City" back into AC.

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    NJ group betting on another new casino in Atlantic City

    9/22/2006, 4:49 p.m. ET
    By GEOFF MULVIHILL
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    (AP) — Even after a round of ambitious casino expansions in the last few years, there's still room for Atlantic City's gambling world to keep growing, industry insiders say.

    That's good news for developers who are working on bringing two new casinos to town and replacing one of the 12 already there.

    News of the latest deal, reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer in Friday's newspapers, has a former casino executive joining the former executive director of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in an agreement to buy an 11-acre site with plans to put a new casino on it.

    One of the partners, Wallace Barr, the former CEO of Caesar's, confirmed the deal to the newspaper. Neither he nor Curtis Bashaw, who had run the development authority, returned calls Friday from The Associated Press seeking details.

    Analyst Adam Steinberg, who follows the casino industry for Morgan Joseph & Co., said he expects the gambling hall will be a high-end development and probably one of the smaller casinos in the resort city.

    Atlantic City, once known to attract low-rolling gamblers on day trips, has been booming since 2003's opening of the Borgata, which features upscale restaurants and a spa. It was the first new casino in the resort in more than a dozen years.

    Since then, several existing casinos have expanded, and followed the Borgata in adding high-end dining and shopping options.

    "There definitely seems to be a realization now that you can get the younger, wealthier crowds that you couldn't get before," Steinberg said.

    In a report he wrote for his company earlier this month on the prospects of more casinos in Atlantic City, Steinberg noted that each new casino in Las Vegas attracts additional visitors while helping the existing ones.

    John Payne, the regional president for Harrah's Entertainment, which owns four Atlantic City casinos, agreed that there's plenty of room to grow.

    There are 134,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas," Payne said. "We only have 15,000. I believe there's a lot of great opportunity left."

    The tract Barr and Bashaw plan to buy is now owned by the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort. It is near that hotel and on the southern edge of the Boardwalk's row of casinos; the price will be $85 million, according to Steinberg's report.

    More details are known about plans for two other new casinos.

    Morgan Stanley in May bought 20 acres for a casino next to the Showboat Casino Hotel.

    Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., agreed earlier this month to buy the Sands Casino. The new owner plans to close the venerable gambling hall in November, tear it down and replace it with a new one.

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    SJTA push may refuel A.C. airport hotel plans

    EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Atlantic City International Airport operators will make another attempt to get what they say is a needed hotel for the facility.

    The South Jersey Transportation Authority, or SJTA, which operates the airport, will ask for proposals next month for some kind of hotel complex on a 13.5-acre site near the airport circle and bordered by Delilah and Tilton roads.

    While the requests will be general, SJTA wants a proposal that includes a mix of hotel, meeting and retail space to meet the potential needs of the growing local aviation business, according to SJTA spokeswoman Laurie Brewer. The SJTA would enter into a lease
    SJTA would enter a lease agreement with the developer picked for the project, she said.

    SJTA officials consider a hotel key to attracting more carriers to Atlantic City International, she said, because carriers are more willing to use an airport with a nearby hotel.

    SJTA officials said other reasons for wanting a hotel include an expected 60 percent jump in airport customers in the next two years, growing activities at the nearby Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, and plans for an aviation research park to be built near the airport circle.
    Brewer said these projections translate into a growing number of travelers who want to stay in a hotel near the airport and an increased need for meeting and conference space.

    “Everybody can see there is considerable growth heading our way,” she said.

    Having a hotel near Atlantic City International makes sense if its operators want to be a larger player in the regional air-traffic market, said Paula B. Hochstetler, president of the Airport Consultants Council, an international association involved with airport development.

    “It’s an amenity that can make all the difference when it comes to companies and organizations choosing to use a particular airport,” she said.

    Hochstetler said an airport can also provide something that airport operators really need — money that’s not linked to aeronautics.

    Traditional non-aeronautical revenue comes from things like parking fees and concessions, she said. Many airport operators are trying to bolster those revenues by adding stores and, in some cases, golf courses, she said. A few are also involved in oil-drilling operations.

    SJTA officials believe Atlantic City International can increase the number of carriers and customers in the next few years.
    They’re confident they can pick up spillover business from overcrowded major airports like Philadelphia International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.
    SJTA also is investing millions of dollars to upgrade Atlantic City International.

    Runways and taxiways have been improved. A new baggage handling and screening facility is being built that will free up space in the airport terminal. New escalators will make it easier for travelers to move through the terminal. Groundbreaking will occur soon on a planned $24.6 million parking garage.

    SJTA also wouldn’t mind getting its own stop for NJ Transit’s Atlantic City Line, which could provide rail service between the airport and Atlantic City.

    There were plans several years ago for a $15 million all-suite hotel to be built at the airport as part of a development project that included a parking garage. The hotel project never made it off the drawing board.

    While there is as yet no timetable regarding the new airport development plans, Brewer said SJTA is anxious to get a hotel for the airport.
    “We really want to be ahead of the curve in terms of the development of this site and providing amenities that are needed,” she said.
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    New transit study will look at what's coming down the road

    ATLANTIC CITY — Nearly 35 million visitors crammed the highways, rail routes and airport terminal last year in volumes that have city officials alternately smiling and grimacing.
    While the record amount of tourism has been a catalyst for economic growth, there are fears that the transportation network may be overwhelmed by so much casino-bound traffic.

    With possibly four new casinos expected to open in the next five to 10 years, two state agencies are undertaking a regional transportation study to make sure the planes, trains and automobiles don't become gridlocked.

    Thomas D. Carver, executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, said planners will have to “think outside the box” to integrate billions of dollars in new investment and thousands of new gaming employees into the city's narrow transportation infrastructure — a “cul-de-sac,” as he called it.

    “If the casinos invest all of this money and we can't get people into this region, we're in serious trouble,” Carver said.

    CRDA board members gave preliminary approval Tuesday for the transportation study, although the cost and the amount of time it will take to complete are not yet known. The casino authority will work with the state Department of Transportation on the project, but regional agencies such as the South Jersey Transportation Authority likely will be part of the effort.
    Carver said the study will analyze all aspects of the region's transportation system, including highways, local streets, bus traffic, rail service and Atlantic City International Airport.

    “The whole gamut of issues that we face in the future have to be looked at,” he said.

    Key projects will include the proposed widening of the Garden State Parkway south of Toms River, rail routes, better traffic flow on the Pacific Avenue casino strip and more commercial airline service.

    Currently, about 80 percent of the visitors drive into Atlantic City, placing a great emphasis on the resort's three main entry highways. To ease some of that strain, the study will consider light rail service and analyze ways to make the Atlantic City airport more accessible to travelers.

    The CRDA is already helping to underwrite the cost of new express train service that will bring casino gamblers from New York beginning late next year. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Harrah's and Caesars have formed a partnership to help the CRDA finance the $23.5 million rail route.

    Atlantic City Mayor Bob Levy, a member of the CRDA's board of directors, said local transportation projects should include street widenings, improvements to Pacific Avenue and the creation of evacuation routes to help residents escape from flooding on the barrier island, particularly in the Chelsea Heights neighborhood.

    Levy said the transportation study would complement the city's new master plan now under way. He characterized the region's older transportation studies as simply too outdated to handle the needs of a rapidly growing city, especially with so much new casino construction at stake.

    “We have to do another study because much of Atlantic City is changing,” Levy said. “Nothing can happen until we address the transportation issues.”
    They need to really push for additional airlines at ACY, they should try to "land" Jetblue. Expanding the Garden State Parkway lanes is a no brainer, building a Atlantic City Light rail to connect the Marina, Convention Center, Board Walk and Airport is the next step. NJ has done well with Light Rail in Hudson County, Newark and along the Delaware River, Atlantic City is the next step. Building a rail station on NJ Transit's Philadelphia-Atlantic City rail line will help attract customers to the airport as a reliever to congested PHL.

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    Steve Wynn is coming back to Atlantic City.

    It's no mirage: Vegas' Wynn again drawn to Atlantic City
    Tuesday, September 26, 2006

    Steve Wynn, the man who was anointed king of the casino industry after he remade Las Vegas in the 1990s, wants to roll the dice on Atlantic City -- again.

    Wynn had a private audience Friday with Gov. Jon Corzine and state Sen. William Gormley at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, and was later spotted walking along Atlantic Avenue with the powerful Republican senator from Atlantic County. The casino mogul was in town to advance his latest plan for a casino.

    Corzine welcomed the idea of Wynn's return to New Jersey, three government officials said, but he did not go into too much detail about the plans. Instead, Corzine told Wynn that Gary Rose, the governor's economic development czar, would lead the discussions.

    A call to Wynn's office was not returned. Gormley, the casino industry's top political ally, said Wynn is "a very nice guy. It was very nice to see him."

    "Obviously, people would like to see people like Steve Wynn in New Jersey," Gormley said. "I would say it was a very positive meeting about New Jersey."

    Wynn's return would further help turn Atlantic City into a tourist destination, attracting more of a younger crowd than quarter-toting seniors. While the opening of Borgata three years ago has brought signature restaurants, retail outlets and shows geared to a younger crowd, a Wynn casino would catapult the seaside resort into a higher level, analysts said.

    "The Borgata has made it so that everyone realizes there is high-end demand there, that it exceeds what Borgata can provide," said CIBC World Markets analyst Mike Liebman. "If he would build a Wynn Atlantic City, it would be phenomenal -- the type of (venue) Atlantic City needs."

    The casinos Wynn builds lure celebrities as well as tourists who want to see and be seen with high rollers. The Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio and Wynn Las Vegas set the standard all of Vegas now follows, with celebrity chefs, upscale shops, trendy nightclubs and big-name entertainment.

    He first remade Las Vegas in the 1990s with an exploding volcano at Mirage and choreographed waterfalls at Bellagio, then came back in the 21st century with Wynn Las Vegas, a $2 billion homage to understated elegance. His most recent venture is a casino in Macau, the top gambling resort in Asia.

    "I don't think Steve Wynn is interested in building a run-of-the-mill Atlantic City casino resort," said Joe Weinert, vice president of Spectrum Gaming Group. "He wants to move the market in a meaningful way and be the marquee property, as he did in Las Vegas and as he is doing in Macau."

    Wynn isn't the only developer who wants in on A.C. Earlier this month, Pinnacle Entertainment announced it would buy the Sands, tear it down and build a $1.5 billion casino on the site. An arm of Morgan Stanley has agreed to buy 20 acres next to the Showboat and is planning to partner with a casino operator to build a gambling hall there. And former Caesars Entertainment Chief Executive Wally Barr and the former head of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Curtis Bashaw, are looking to build a casino next to the Hilton.

    Meanwhile, MGM Mirage still owns dozens of acres in the Marina District next to Borgata. The company has said it plans a major development there once it's finished its $7 billion CityCenter development project in Las Vegas.

    Atlantic City now has 12 casinos.

    Wynn's private session with Corzine was not listed on the governor's schedule. But the governor was already in Atlantic City for a speech to the Utility & Transportation Contractors Association's annual convention, also held at the Trop.

    Wynn made his interest in Atlantic City known to officials earlier this summer, and his agents have in recent months been scoping out Bader Field, a historic airport that sits on 130 acres and is scheduled to shut down Sept. 30. The airport, once one of the busiest and one of the first places ever used by pilots to take off and land, had in recent years been used as a training ground.

    It is also one of the few places large enough to draw the interest of a developer like Wynn, whose plans seem to get grander with each resort.

    But officials familiar with Wynn's conversation with Corzine said the two did not talk about the airport, mainly because the governor has already told key administration officials and lawmakers that he does not want to rush into any redevelopment at Bader.

    Atlantic City spokesman Nick Morici said any talk of Bader Field development plans is premature.

    The son of a bingo parlor operator, Wynn first came to Atlantic City in 1980 with the opening of the Golden Nugget, a slick, trendsetting casino that lured all of the city's high rollers and was the place to be seen. It quickly became one of the city's most profitable casinos.

    Wynn also became a bit of a celebrity there, appearing in commercials with Frank Sinatra. He sold the Nugget in 1987 to Bally Manufacturing, vowing never to return to Atlantic City.

    Less than a decade later, he changed his mind, announcing grand plans to build three casinos in Atlantic City's Marina District. The plan sparked a fury after the state agreed to kick in $220 million towards a $330 million tunnel connecting the area to the Atlantic City Expressway, making it easier for gamblers to get to Wynn's casinos.

    But Wynn's company was bought by MGM Grand -- now MGM Mirage. The site is now home to Borgata, which MGM owns in partnership with Boyd Gaming.
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    New York should just legalize casino gambling and put AC to sleep.

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    Not happening Mike. Mike is a Jersey hater!!

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