Back-from-the-dead Resorts to get new license

    It nearly had to close last December, but new owners bought Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino Hotel, slashed the payroll and began promoting the place like crazy.

    Now the nation’s first casino to open outside Nevada is about to get a new license from New Jersey regulators, the AP reports.

    The Casino Control Commission is expected to grant a permanent license to new owners Dennis Gomes and Morris Bailey on Wednesday morning. The license will be reviewed every five years by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, but won’t need to be renewed unless there are serious problems.

    Resorts opened in May 1978 as the first casino in New Jersey. There are now 11.

    The gambling hall has adopted a Roaring `20s theme to capitalize on the popularity of the “Boardwalk Empire” show, a gamble that hasn’t been without consequences.

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