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Located in the Marina District, Borgata opened its doors in 2003 and quickly ascended to the top of the Atlantic City casino market. Borgata’s dominance is so pronounced that in Atlantic City there is Borgata and then everyone else.
Launched in November of 2013, Borgata offers NJ online gambling sites with both casino and online poker games in conjunction with its partner, bwin.party. Pala Interactive, a second, independent operator, also offers an online casino and online bingo platform under Borgata’s license.
Caesars Atlantic City
Caesars Atlantic City is one of three casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment in the Atlantic City market. The namesake casino first opened in 1979, has been one of the most recognizable brands in the city ever since.
Bally’s Atlantic City
Sitting on the famous address of Park Place and Boardwalk, Bally’s is an Atlantic City mainstay. It first opened in 1979, and Bally’s is one of the largest casinos in the city.
Bally’s is only peripherally involved in online gaming in the Garden State. The casino doesn’t have a branded online gaming site. However, several of Caesars’ online gaming websites operate under Bally’s license, including the Harrah’s branded site.
Harrah’s Atlantic City
Harrah’s is the top revenue generator of the three Caesars’ casinos in Atlantic City. Located in the Marina District, Harrah’s opened for business 1980. It was the only casino located off the famed Boardwalk for the first five years of its existence.
Harrah’s operates an online casino site in New Jersey. NYX Gaming powers HarrahsCasino.com.
Tropicana Atlantic City
Tropicana first opened in 1981, but the property has changed hands and names several times over the years. Most recently, Carl Icahn purchased the Tropicana when the casino landed in bankruptcy court. The Tropicana has turned its fortunes around under his leadership.
On the online gaming front, Tropicana partners with Gamesys, and the tandem operates one of the top online casinos in the market.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City
The current Golden Nugget Atlantic City is in the Marina District. It was originally Trump’s Castle. It held this name for 12 years before the property became known as Trump Marina in 1997. In 2011, Landry’s bought the property, which changed the name once again, this time to Golden Nugget.
Following some early technical difficulties, Golden Nugget NJ was fashionably late to the New Jersey online gaming market, but their online casino products have become one of the top revenue generators in the state. Golden Nugget originally partnered with Bally Technologies but later switched to NYX. Betfair’s New Jersey online casino also operates under Golden Nugget’s license.
First opened in 1976, Resorts is the oldest casino in Atlantic City. After falling on hard times, Resorts has turned its fortunes around since the Mohegan Sun took over the property’s day-to-day operations in 2012.
Despite being a late arrival, Resorts is now at the forefront of New Jersey’s online gaming industry. This is due to the casino’s dedication to the new vertical, and its partnerships. Resorts partners with NYX Gaming on the online casino front and PokerStars for online poker.
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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (former Trump Taj Mahal)
Once the crown jewel of the Atlantic City casino market, Trump Taj Mahal was yet another AC casino that fell on hard times. The casino nearly closed its doors following a bankruptcy filing in 2014. However, it emerged from bankruptcy while under the control of Carl Icahn and his company, Tropicana Entertainment.
The casino finally did shut its doors on Oct. 10, 2016, after a protracted battle between Icahn and the UNITE HERE labor union over employment practices at the property. Icahn decided he preferred to shutter the casino than to deal with the union.
In March 2017, the Taj Mahal was sold to Hard Rock International, and a month later, Hard Rock unveiled plans for a $375 million renovation, including a redesigned interior that matches Hard Rock’s uniquely themed design and branding, 2,400 slots and 130 table games, and plans for a gas station and convenience store. The Trump Taj Mahal will officially become The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City when the property reopens sometime in the summer of 2018.
Other online casino operations have gone on to be great success stories for Atlantic City casinos. So it’s a good bet Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City will be looking to get in on the online side of the NJ casino industry as well.