Atlantic City sees interest in ’boutique’ casinos

At the application deadline, several companies submitted paperwork to build small “boutique” casinos in Atlantic City.

The boutique casinos are required to have only 200 rooms instead of the 500 currently required to be licensed in Atlantic City. Linda Kassekert, the head of the Casino Control Commission, says three companies have expressed interest in building the small casinos.

“There are available areas that might not hold a mega-casino like we have with Revel going up but would have the ability to develop and attract new kinds of attractions and amenities with a small-room requirement,” said Kassekert. She said it could “encourage people who might like that sort of ’boutiquey’ type of stay in Atlantic City.”

Atlantic City has been losing market share to casinos in Pennsylvania and Delaware. One of the groups is talking about partnering with the Hard Rock Casino company for a joint venture. Part two of the process requires more paperwork be filed by mid-August.

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