Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein has announced his plans to re-open a casino at Atlantic City that was closed in 2014. Blatsetein owns the Showboat which has been functioning for three years as a non-gambling hotel.
When this happens, this will be the 10th casino at Atlantic City. In 2014, the City had 12 casinos. The competition from neighbouring states forced the closure of the four of them. The state Casino Control Commission has given Blatstein preliminary approval to apply for a casino license. He strongly believes in the potential for another casino.
“There are 104 casinos in Las Vegas in the middle of nowhere,” Blatstein said. “We have nine casinos well within a short trip from one-third of the nation’s population. The market is looking for something different.”
Blatstein said he has a casino concept in mind but would not reveal it. A report from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement says Blatstein plans to convert the property’s bus depot into a family entertainment centre and that he intends to offer a full range of slot machines, table games, sports betting, and internet gambling.