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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 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, and online poker platform under Borgata’s license.
In late 2017, playMGM online casino launched under Borgata’s license, bringing the NJ online gambling site count to 10 for Borgata.
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 and 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 in 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.
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 its online casino products have become the top revenue generator 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, recently celebrating its 40th anniversary. 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.
A Mohegan Sun online casino also operates under the Resorts license.
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 turned its fortunes around under his leadership. Then, in April 2018, Tropicana Atlantic City was once again sold as part of a deal with Eldorado Resorts Inc.
On the online gaming front, Tropicana partners with Gamesys, and the tandem operates one of the top online casinos in the market. Virgin online casino also operates under the Tropicana license and the two share a very similar design.
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 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. The renovation includes a redesigned interior, 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 on June 28, 2018.
Hard Rock Atlantic City was quick to put its name in the online casino hat. In early 2018, the company announced it had partnered with Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) to launch an NJ online casino. You can expect to see the online casino launch close to or after opening day.
Ocean Resort Casino (former Revel/TEN)
The casino formerly known as Revel has a lengthy history despite being the newest casino on the Boardwalk. Completed in 2012, Revel was plagued by bankruptcy issues from the start.
After only two years in operation, the casino shut its doors in 2014 and was later bought, sold, and re-branded as TEN by Florida billionaire Glenn Straub. Unfortunately, Straub had issues getting the necessary licensing and permits and TEN failed to meet its scheduled opening date several times.
In early 2018, AC Ocean Walk bought the property and rebranded it as Ocean Resort Casino. Since then, things are moving swiftly for a property that requires little renovation. Ocean Resort plans to include not only a state-of-the-art sportsbook with partner William Hill, but also a Topgolf Swing Suite, six pools, a luxury spa, and several dining options.