Ocean surges in Atlantic City; Wall Street yawns at MGM sale

Atlantic City gambling revenue was off 3% last month and we’ll be generous, chalking it up to one less weekend day than last year. The Boardwalk grossed $224.5 million, led by Borgata with $57.5 million (a 5% slippage). Table win was down 1.5% on 3.5% less wagering, while slot win decline 6.5% on 12% less coin-in. The Caesars Entertainment trio fell 9.5% led by a 17% plummet at the tables (10% less betting) and a 6% slide at the slots, where coin-in dropped 9%. Eldorado Resorts, however, ought to look at putting its own house—the Tropicana Atlantic City—in order, as gaming revenue plunged 15% to $25.5 million, receding into fourth place. Hard Rock Atlantic City was second with $29.5 million (+14%), followed by Harrah’s Resort($26.5 million, -2%).

Ocean Casino Resort posted an unbelievably strong performance, just shy of $21 million, surging 38.5% (!). All other casinos were revenue-negative. Bally’s fell 12.55 to $14.5 million, Caesars Atlantic City tumbled 16% to $19 million and Resorts Atlantic City made $14.5 million and change, leaving Bally’s in last place, despite a 7% slippage. The Golden Nugget grossed $16 million, an 11.5% falloff.

In Atlantic City, Ocean Ups the Ante

Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino Resort (l.) has revamped its player’s club in a marketing drive that’s already won the casino awards—and is turning the profit picture around. Ocean operates inside the soaring oceanfront tower once inhabited by the Revel, which operated just two years before closing.

5 ways to spice up your weekend with pumpkin

If you’re over this still warm, not-quite-fall weather and are ready to get your pumpkin on, you’re in luck. This Saturday marks the inaugural North Beach Pumpkin Patch at the Absecon Lighthouse, a three-hour, fun-filled day full of all-things autumn. Here’s what you can expect.

50+ Bites returns with brand new bites and an all new price

Beginning Oct. 10, A.C. Weekly’s annual culinary adventure known as 50+ Bites will officially return. Here’s how it works — you buy a pass which entitles you to one Bite from each participating restaurant in Atlantic County throughout the next 50 days (Thanksgiving excluded). Once again this year there will be more than 50 Bites (60 in total) and each will offer you a delicious culinary experience.

Year after 2 new casinos, Atlantic City revenue up nearly 8%

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A year after two new casinos opened in Atlantic City, the seaside resort’s gambling and sports betting revenue is up nearly 8%, and its top casino had its best month ever.

Figures released Wednesday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement show the casinos took in $323 million, an increase of 7.8% from July 2018.

That’s when the city’s two newest casinos, Hard Rock and Ocean, were in their first full month of operation. July’s figures were the first true apples-to-apples comparison in a year of how the Atlantic City casino market had been

Atlantic City casino revenue up in July, year to date

ATLANTIC CITY — The double-digit percentage increases for monthly casino gaming revenue stopped in July, but the market was still up compared to the prior year.

Total gaming revenue for Atlantic City’s nine casino properties was $323.3 million in July, an increase of 7.8% over last summer, according to figures released Wednesday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. Year-to-date gaming revenue for Atlantic City casinos is $1.85 billion, an increase of 18.4% over the first seven months of 2018.

15 party places to watch the A.C. Airshow

It’s not every day you get to see fighter planes take to the skies of Atlantic City, so when you do, you’d better believe it’s a cause for celebration. Head to the 17th Annual Atlantic City Airshow, “A Tribute to Those That Serve,” Wednesday, Aug. 21, to see the amazing feats of U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Royal Air Force Red Arrows and more. Here are 15 places to catch the show.


With preseason games kicking off in full this weekend, the start of the NFL season is so close, we can almost taste it.

There are, in fact, 11 preseason games on Thursday, and it’s a sure bet that all of the New Jersey sports betting sites — retail and online — will be taking action on them. But where are you going to watch the game? Perhaps at a nearby sports book, but which one? There are 10 of them after all.

Eight of those 10 are in Atlantic City. And the AC sports books are prepping for their first full season of gridiron action.

I will be reviewing each of the books layouts, features, and amenities. Today’s focus is the William Hill Sports Book at Ocean Casino Resort.

Ocean Casino’s hedge-fund owners approved by state gaming regulators

ATLANTIC CITY — State gaming regulators advanced a New York-based hedge fund’s controlling interest of Ocean Casino Resort and approved a veteran of the resort’s industry as trustee.

Luxor Capital Group was granted interim casino authorization Wednesday by the state Casino Control Commission following a lengthy public hearing. The authorization was granted with several financial conditions, as recommended by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, to ensure the casino hotel’s stability.

Review: Stray Cats return to Atlantic City for a rip-roaring rockabilly party at Ocean Casino Resort

Rockabilly revivalists Stray Cats strutted into Atlantic City for the first time in 12 years Saturday night and raised the roof of Ocean Casino Resort’s Ovation Hall.

Celebrating four decades as the world’s most-popular exponent of the 1950s genre that blended R&B and country (then considered “hillbilly music” in some precincts) that is one of the DNA building blocks of rock ’n’ roll, the trio came out firing on all cylinders and pretty much stayed in fifth gear throughout the 22-song rave-up.

5 things to know about Christmas in July at Ocean Casino Resort

Christmas may be five months out, but that’s no reason we can’t get the party started early. Head to Ocean Casino Resort on Thursday, July 25 (exactly five months from Christmas Day) for a Christmas in July celebration — complete with all the magic of the holidays — smack in the middle of summer.

GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: Mike Donovan, Vice President of Marketing, Ocean Casino Resort

The saga of the Revel/Ocean property in Atlantic City took a major upturn earlier this year when Mike Donovan, a former marketing executive at the Tropicana, was hired by the new owners, Luxor Capital, to lead the Ocean marketing team. Donovan has wide experience in Atlantic City and other jurisdictions and has delivered some dependable formulas to turn around the fortunes of that struggling casino. And it seems to be working, with the property posting the highest gross gaming revenue ever in June. Donovan explains what the property has to offer his customers and how he positions it, He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at Ocean in July.

36 Hours in Atlantic City

Atlantic City’s boom-and-bust cycle has been in motion for decades now, with new casinos and restaurants sowing high hopes for revitalization, followed by mass closings, and then the whole thing happening on repeat. The key to enjoying this seaside New Jersey city, where the beach is often a secondary consideration, is to revisit old favorites interspersed with whichever new places have opened their doors, whether that’s the newly legal sports books in the casinos or hip beer gardens. The longtime pleasures of Atlantic City — the gambling, the funnel cake and the amusements — never change and should be enjoyed to the fullest. And, if you can squeeze in a whiskey from an innovative local distillery, an oyster happy hour and a stimulating museum on African-American history at the same time, consider it a bonus.

Ocean Casino Resort Turning It Around After One Year In Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY — Ocean Casino Resort is the go-to overnight destination in the city for Greg and Joanne Murphy.

The couple from Gloucester Township, Camden County, said they love the casino hotel, which celebrated its one-year anniversary Thursday with ribbon cuttings, a guided tour of new amenities, a Mummers parade and a champagne toast.

‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’: Where can you see the cast members in Jersey?

You’ve seen them on “Jersey Shore” and “Jersey Shore Family Vacation,” now see them in person — in Jersey.

Cast members have several public appearances scheduled in the state in July. Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Vinny Guadagnino and Angelina Pivarnick are scheduled to appear together Sunday, July 7 in what’s billed as the “The Biggest Jersey Shore Beachclub Party” at the HQ2 Beach Club at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City.

Chris Tucker comes to Ocean Casino Resort

Known for his high-pitched voice and fast talking delivery, comedian Chris Tucker first started to get noticed in the early 1990s after an appearance on “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy All-Star Jam.” Roles in “House Party 3,” “Friday” and “The Fifth Element” were soon to follow. Tucker is perhaps best known for his role in the 1998 action/comedy “Rush Hour” with Jackie Chan and the sequel that followed in 2001. The comic whose childhood classmates would sometimes refer to as “Little Eddie Murphy,” has developed his own style and persona and will have the audience at the Ocean Casino Resort in hysterics on Saturday.

GALLERY: Ocean Casino Resort celebrates its year anniversary

Ocean Casino Resort, Atlantic City celebrating its one-year anniversary in Atlantic City Thursday June 27, 2019. Ocean executives tour the new amenities on the property, including a new wine store, new elevators, 1927 Speakeasy Lounge, etc.

Much has changed in one year at Hard Rock, Ocean casinos

ATLANTIC CITY — From ownership changes and restaurant closings to added gaming amenities and capital improvements, neither Hard Rock Hotel & Casino nor Ocean Casino Resort is the same today as when they opened June 27, 2018.

GALLERY: Mark Wahlberg joins F45 fitness class at Ocean’s anniversary celebration

ATLANTIC CITY — Mark Wahlberg joined in a 300-person workout at Ocean Casino Resort’s HQ2 Beachclub Saturday, June 22 as part of the casino’s one-year anniversary celebration. Ocean opened at the former Revel casino property on the northern end of the Atlantic City Boardwalk in June 2018. The track workout was led by F45 Athletic Director Cory George, who serves as the face of the growing fitness franchise that began in 2012 in Australia.

Charlie Wilson makes an appearance at Ocean Casino Resort

WHAT TO EXPECT: Charlie Wilson, former lead singer of the legendary R&B group The Gap Band will make an appearance at the Ocean Casino Resort on Saturday night. The Gap Band scored number one R&B hits with “Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me),” “Early in the Morning,” “Outstanding” and “Addicted to Your Love” while Wilson’s solo album “Uncle Charlie” was a smash, debuting at Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 200. He’ll be performing both solo songs as well as Gap Band favorites.

George Lopez heads to Ocean Casino

WHAT TO EXPECT: Comedy legend George Lopez has done it all during his career. His extensive television work includes the sitcom “George Lopez,” host of the talk show “Lopez Tonight” and several HBO comedy specials. He’s also proven to be a great voiceover actor on numerous animated films. Despite all of this success, it is on stage in front of a live audience telling jokes where Lopez got his start and where he still continues to perform at the top of his game. His comedy revolves around his life growing up as a Mexican American, his family, race relations, politics and modern society.

2 Reopened Atlantic City Casinos Reshape Market in 1st Year

“While some rumors still remain about the financial stability of Ocean, the noise has understandably died down lately,” the company said in a statement. “Obviously we are not investing millions of dollars into these capital improvements to close the property. We’re investing because we believe in Ocean. We believe it has the potential to be the premier guest experience in Atlantic City and for us, a highly profitable investment.”

Boxing comes to Ocean Casino

WHAT TO EXPECT: What better way to kick off the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame weekend than with a 10-round middleweight fight? On Thursday night D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard (20-0, 13 KOs) will take on Elias “Latin Kid” Espadas (18-4, 13 KOs) in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing at the Ocean Casino Resort. The co-main event is a 10-round welterweight bout between Eddie “Eboy” Gomez (22-3, 12 KOs) and Saul “Navajo” Corral (29-13, 19 KOs). Also on the card is Atlantic City’s own Rishard Muhammad who will make his professional debut in a four-round featherweight fight.

Mark Wahlberg to meet with fans at grand opening of A.C. Wahlburgers

Mark Wahlberg will make an appearance at Ocean Casino Resort for the official grand opening ceremony of Wahlburgers Atlantic City. From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 21, guests will have a chance to meet co-owner Mark Wahlberg as he celebrates the official grand opening of the popular casual dining burger destination.

Atlantic City Casinos Join Forces to Promote North Beach

While the competition in Atlantic City is increasing by the day, the city’s casinos have recently found a common cause to work towards. This week, Hard Rock, Ocean Casino Resort, and Resorts, which are arguably three of the top gambling establishments in the city and the state as a whole, launched a coordinated effort in conjunction with local businesses and this is meant to attract more visitors to the northern end of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk. The goal is to ensure that the region is seen as a diverse entertainment hub and this will be done through a new marketing and entertainment push to the area that is being referred to as North Beach.

Contemporary Hotels

Ocean Casino Resort is unlike any other casino hotel, in part due to its spectacular views and modernization…

Under New Management, Ocean Casino Resort is poised for comeback!

With another new owner – the $5 billion hedge fund Luxor Capital – plus a rebuilt management team and plans to invest $70 million on additions and modifications, the Ocean Casino Resort is determined to succeed in the competitive Atlantic City gaming market consisting mostly of well-established gaming brands.