Former Trump Taj Mahal to reopen in May 2018

Hard Rock International announced that it will reopen the recently acquired Trump Taj Mahal in May 2018.

US.- Almost a year and a half after being closed due to a dispute between the workers and the operators, the formerly named Trump Taj Mahal will reopen its doors in May 2018, under the name Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

The company also confirmed that the first steps of the construction work will start sometime in July, whilst the venue will be fully remodeled starting August. Hard Rock International estimates that approximately 1000 people will be hired during that period. Earlier this month, the Associated Press obtained a list of possible renovations that Hard Rock submitted to the New Jersey gambling regulator.

The 2018 Memorial Day opening might include restaurant and poolside gambling, fantasy sports betting, skill-based slots and hidden VIP gambling rooms. During a conference earlier this year, Chairman of Hard Rock International Jim Allen said that the proposal is set to create 3000 permanent jobs. The opening would also include approximately 2400 slots and 130 gaming tables. According to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Hard Rock International paid US$50 million for the Trump Taj Mahal. Billionaire Carl Icahn got for the Atlantic City-based casino just 4 cents on the dollar in comparison to the US$1.2 billion it had cost to Donald Trump in 1990.

Earlier this year, the potential New Jersey governors Jack Ciattarelli and Steve Rogers agreed that expanding gambling in New Jersey outside of Atlantic City could be a good idea. Last year, a state-wide ballot, formally known as the New Jersey Allowance For Casinos In Two Additional Counties Amendment, got defeated after New Jersey voters rejected the proposal to expand casino gambling facilities to the northern side of the state, outside Atlantic City. Ciattarelli, who opposed the ballot last year, said that his vote wasn’t positive because he considered that there was too much ambiguity. Rogers, who is competing against Ciattarelli, but is also a Republican, said that the problem with the ballot question was that it wasn’t marketed the right way. “All we heard was how casinos will draw crime and tax our highways and infrastructure. I support the idea of a world-class casino right here in the Meadowlands. This is the place that would draw not millions, but billions of dollars in revenue.”

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