’14 starts ominously for NJ casinos as gov watches

December 30, 2013 • Business

Evan Wajda, left, laughs as Melissa Punska, right, signs for their drinks at a jacuzzi at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City on Oct. 16, 2012. Both are from Rye, N.H. Tourism officials say Atlantic City needs to continue to grow revenue from non-gambling amenities such as pools, nightclubs, restaurants and shows in 2014. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The new year is a crucial one for Atlantic City’s future, and 2014 won’t start auspiciously.

This is the fourth year of a five-year grace period New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has given the seaside gambling resort to turn around its struggling fortunes before considering expanding casinos to other parts of the state — something casino executives fear will decimate the already wobbly market.

And it will begin with the closing of one of the city’s 12 casinos, the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, which is shutting its doors on Jan. 13, the victim of a takedown in bankruptcy court. Two national gambling companies with casinos in Atlantic City, Tropicana Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment, are paying a combined $23.4 million for the business, and the right to strip it for parts and close it down.

Tropicana is taking the slot machines, table games and customer lists, while Caesars is getting the Login to read more

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