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Hard Rock’s Atlantic City Casino to Feature Popular Trump Taj Mahal-Era Facilities

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Hard Rock’s Atlantic City Casino to Feature Popular Trump Taj Mahal-Era Facilities

While what was formerly known as Trump Taj Mahal is now bearing a new marquee, some of the property’s most popular facilities will be restored to life when it reopens as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on June 28.

Hard Rock revealed on Friday that the Scores strip club and Robert’s Steakhouse, both of which were shuttered when Trump Taj Mahal closed doors in the fall of 2016, will reopen at the renovated property later this month. Both facilities are owned by businessman Bob Gans. Mr. Gans said Friday that he and his entire team were glad to be back and serve both old and new friends of their venues.

Scores originally opened doors in 2013 to become Atlantic City’s first-ever strip club within a casino. Robert’s Steakhouse launched later that year. Both facilities closed along with the main property in 2016.

The closure was announced shortly after and was blamed on a prolonged workers’ strike at the property. Trump Taj Mahal’s former owner, New York businessman Carl Icahn, sold the property to Hard Rock International last spring. The Florida-based gaming and hospitality company then embarked on a $500-million renovation of what had originally been owned by US President Donald Trump.

Renovation work at the casino resort is now entering its final stages and preparations for the June 28 grand opening are in full swing. Hard Rock Atlantic City will be one of two Boardwalk casino and entertainment complexes slated for a late June launch, with Ocean Resort Casino, formerly Revel, being the other.

Hard Rock Atlantic City and Sports Betting

Following the annulment of the long-standing federal ban on sports betting by the US Supreme Court, Ocean Resort Casino quickly announced its partnership with British bookmaker William Hill for the joint operation of a sports book at the resort’s gaming floor. Property officials have also recently said that the sports betting facility will be ready for operation on the very first day of the introduction of a sports betting law in New Jersey.

Other Atlantic City and New Jersey gambling and racing facilities have, too, stated that they would certainly participate in the state’s betting industry. However, Hard Rock has remained relatively quiet on the matter. That silence was actually not surpising, according to sports law attorney Irwin Kishner, who recently spoke with news outlet The Press of Atlantic City.

Hard Rock signed in 2016 a stadium naming rights deal with the National Football League and the Miami Dolphins, and although details about the deal were not disclosed, it is believed that the contract might contain a sports betting language.

The Press of Atlantic City further reported that Hard Rock’s CEO Jim Allen commented on the matter during the company’s May 9 casino license hearing with the New Jersey Casino Control Commission by saying that they have certain restrictions in relation to sports betting. Yet, the official pointed out that Hard Rock might still participate in New Jersey’s sports betting industry within the confines of their naming rights contract.

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