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The Latest: Developer selling casino, blames regulations

January 8, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the sale of Atlantic City’s former Revel casino to Colorado developer Bruce Deifik. (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

The Florida developer who is selling a closed Atlantic City casino says he grew frustrated at what he called an anti-business climate in New Jersey that he says imposes burdensome regulations.

In a transaction announced Monday, Glenn Straub sold the former Revel casino to Colorado developer Bruce Deifik (DYE’-fick) for $200 million.

Deifik plans to reopen the property this summer under the new name Ocean Resort Casino.

Straub says he bought the casino from bankruptcy intending to keep it.

He sold the property for $118 million more than he paid for it, but he incurred large expenses while keeping it closed. Most of the regulations of which Straub complained are requirements that Atlantic City’s other casino owners comply with in order to operate.

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10:55 a.m.

A Colorado developer has purchased Atlantic City’s former Revel casino hotel, and plans to reopen it this summer.

Bruce Deifik (DYE’-fick) tells The Associated Press he paid $200 million to Florida developer Glenn Straub for Revel, which has been shuttered since September 2014.

Revel was Atlantic City’s most spectacular casino flop. It cost $2.4 billion to build, and closed after just over two years, It never came close to turning a profit.

Straub bought it for $82 million from bankruptcy court, but fought with state officials over whether he needed a casino license.

Deifik says it will be renamed the Ocean Resort Casino. He says it should open around the same time that the former Trump Taj Mahal casino resort will reopen under the Hard Rock brand.

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