Ocean Resort Casino Gets June 20 Gaming License Hearing

Ocean Resort Casino will have its gaming license hearing on June 20, or just eight days before its grand opening ceremony, the New Jersey Casino Control Commission announced Wednesday.

The new owners of what had formerly operated as Revel will have to obtain a casino license from the state regulator in order to be able to operate casino gambling at the renovated property. Ocean will be one of two Atlantic City Boardwalk casino resorts to open doors on June 28, with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, formerly Trump Taj Mahal, being the other. The properties are located just two doors away from each other.

While Hard Rock was granted the necessary gaming license last month, Ocean owners are yet to be heard by New Jersey gaming regulators. The Casino Control Commission said in a statement that they need to meet with Ocean’s management team and to make sure it is aware of the burden of operating a gambling venue.

The hearing is set to begin at 1 pm local time on June 20. The gambling regulator said that there could be one more haring the following morning if commissioners find that necessary. If Ocean obtains the gaming license, a building inspection and operations test will still need to be completed before the property’s official launch on June 28.

License On Track

Ocean welcomed media representatives earlier this week to provide the public with a glimpse of the renovated property. Officials for the resort said during the press tour that they believe they will be granted the gaming license before the scheduled opening and that they will launch on June 28 with a casino operation.

Ocean Resort Casino will operate a 138,000-square-foot casino with 2,000 slot machines and a number of table games, more than 20 dining facilities, 16 of which will be operational since day one, a spa, six pools, nightclubs, and different other entertainment facilities, a number of which will be family-friendly.

It was also announced that Ocean would operate a sports book on its gaming floor, taking advantage of the recent annulment of the long-standing federal sports betting ban. The casino has partnered with British bookmaker William Hill for the operation of the betting facility. Ocean representatives have told media that instead of putting their betting facility in a corner where it would be barely visible, it will actually be in the heart of the casino.

To avoid the fate of its predecessor, Revel, the renovated resort will put itself in the mind of its guests so as to make sure that they are offered the best experience possible anywhere at the property, representatives noted during the press tour. Revel closed doors in the summer of 2014 after just two years of operation. The property cost $2.4 billion to be built but was then sold to former owner Glenn Straub for just $84 million.

The resort’s current owner, Colorado-based businessman Bruce Deifik bought it early in 2018 for $200 million and invested another $200 million to renovate and prepare it for a summer reopening.

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