ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) — When two shuttered Atlantic City casinos reopened three years ago, there was some skepticism about whether it was a good idea to add two casinos to a market that had just lost five.
Nevertheless, those two casinos – Hard Rock and Ocean Casino Resort – have succeeded in capturing a share of a competitive market. It has provided visitors with new reasons to visit Atlantic City.
Both casinos opened their doors for the first time on the same day: June 28, 2018.
Their success has shaken the Atlantic City market. This lead to the formation of a new Big 3: market leader Borgata and the two newcomers.
“The transformation of Hard Rock and Ocean over the last year to not only be comparable to Borgata but to overtake Caesars Entertainment properties has been impressive,” said Joe Lupo, Hard Rock’s Atlantic City president.
“Ocean and Hard Rock have the best coexistence without getting in each other’s way,” said Cortney Conklin, a frequent visitor to both locations. “Ocean has a more open, relaxed, artsy vibe, whereas Hard Rock has a high-energy, bright vibe. They both maintain high service and player treatment standards while enhancing their own distinct draws.”