Two new Atlantic City casinos started their operations and opened their doors to the public on Wednesday afternoon. It is a day ahead of their slated grand openings.
At the Ocean Resort Casino, the casino which is being opened in place of the failed $2.5 billion Revel Resort, Rodney and Ingrid Peterson of Clifton Park, New York played the slots as they got a drink from a cocktail waitress, and were surprised to hear the idea that the casino had ever closed in the first place.
A sports bar nearby also prepared to take bets.
“This building is grand and it is unbelievable,” Rodney said. “To leave it and letting it go for getting wasted is crazy.”
After two new openings, the number of casinos in Atlantic City has now grown to nine.
Michael Preston, a spokesperson for Ocean, asserted that the casino opened ahead of the schedule.
“It is true, the property is open,” he said.
Spokesman at Hard Rock, Tim Louie said that the property was still in the middle of its opening and it is only open for friends and family for now.
But the doors were open on Wednesday and public were enjoying gambling in the city.
The Associated Press reported that both the properties had received an official approval from the Division of Gaming Enforcement Wednesday.