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Hard Rock replaces Atlantic City president after 3 months

October 2, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hard Rock International is replacing the president of its half-billion-dollar Atlantic City casino after just three months of operation.

The Florida-based company says it is replacing Matt Harkness with Joe Lupo, a former Borgata executive who joined Hard Rock a few years ago.

No reason was given for the change.

Harkness oversaw the planning, construction and opening of Hard Rock, which is the former Trump Taj Mahal casino.

It debuted in third place among Atlantic City’s nine casinos in terms of gambling revenue in July, slipping slightly to fourth place in August.

Lupo, who runs Hard Rock’s Tampa casino, was a vice president at the MGM-owned Borgata.

He will take over Nov. 1.

Hard Rock says Harkness will assume “new responsibilities,” but did not say what they will be.

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