Revel Atlantic City Could Become ‘Fire Risk’ Refugee Camp

Glenn Straub wants to take in up to 3,000 Syrian refugees at Revel but the city still considers the home become a dangerous fire risk.

Glenn Straub, the eccentric Florida real-estate developer whom bought the stricken Revel Casino in Atlantic City early in the day this present year, is providing to make it into a refugee center that is temporary.

Straub paid $82 million for the $2.4 billion property following the winner that is initial of bankruptcy auction, Brookfield Asset Management, pulled away from the offer.

However, the casino remains shuttered as Straub is mired in appropriate wrangles with Revel’s adjacent power supplier.

Straub told KYW Newsradio that even though the property had been empty he desired to fill it with up to 3,000 refugees that are syrian would be welcome to stay for 18 months.

The resort has 1,399 hotel rooms, but these would not be available to refugees; alternatively, they would be housed in Revel’s seminar rooms, which could be’ converted into areas.’

Straub did not mention if they would be able to utilize Revel’s two deserted nightclubs or swimming that is multiple.

$36 Million Energy Bill

‘They really and truly just need someplace to place protection, which we have,’ Straub explained. ‘ I don’t discover how plenty of cameras and security areas, magnetic hair and everything that a casino has that we can [use to] keep people that we wouldn’t wish to have wandering around within the communities.’

Straub said that he had reached out to ‘presidential candidates’ to this effect.

The US state Department told the radio place it was unaware of Straub’s proposal but it would be ‘pleased to place their offer or some other concerned American in touch with their local resettlement agency, which provides possibilities to help refugees who’re resettled in their communities.’

Nevertheless, the little issue remains that Revel was recently branded a huge fire danger by the Atlantic City Fire Department.

Straub is refusing to cover the home’s astronomical power bills, which stay at a mind-boggling and apparently non-negotiable $36 million a year.

In contrast, the Borgata’s energy bill is about $12 million per year, despite having very nearly twice as many resort rooms and a more substantial gaming floor.

Dangerous Fire Hazard

Revel’s energy plant was built specifically for purpose aided by the casino as the sole consumer. Revel AC Inc began building the plant when work started on the casino resort in 2008, however when it ran out of money, the plant ended up being taken over by ACR LLC.

In return for bailing Revel away, the new owners demanded a 15 per cent return on their equity in the first 5 years and 18 percent after that.

Straub is refusing to honor the contract therefore Revel’s energy has been cut. The fire department warned that, with no water flowing through the building’s pipes, and no electricity to allow firefighters access to the floors that are upper a fire outbreak could be potentially catastrophic.

Straub is currently powering the property by using portable generators, which city inspectors have actually said is dangerous by itself. The town is fining the home tycoon thousands of dollars for each that Revel remains shut off from the power plant day.

Straub has said that he would like to reopen Revel, variously, as an elite university, a casino devoted to life-extension science, and now an ‘extreme sports center.’

Maryland Casino Revenues Increase 9.2 Percent in October

The Horseshoe Baltimore Casino located south of the city center has rebounded following spring that is last protests, gambling as a whole jumping for many five Maryland casino locations. (Image: Al Drago/Baltimore Sun)

The Maryland casino industry is flourishing, the state’s Lottery and Gaming Control Commission releasing monetary data for last month that proves citizens and nearby residents are enjoying the conveniences of experiencing gambling venues based in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Casino revenue statewide totaled $94,760,583 for the month of October, a 9.2 increase year-to-year. The growth represents an additional $7.9 million in returns for the five venues.

Gaming Atlantic President and Chief Analyst Dr. James Karmel told the Baltimore Sun that the numbers verify the ‘continuing strength’ of Maryland’s gambling industry. ‘Maryland is still well positioned to attract new players,’ Karmel reported.

Five of a form

Probably the most revelation that is promising the data is that it’s not 1 or 2 casinos thriving but all five.

Casino October Revenue Percent Increase

Ocean Downs$4.7 million13.0

Rocky Gap$4.2 million10.8

Horseshoe Baltimore$24.7 million9.8

Maryland Live!$55 million9.3

Hollywood Perryville$6.2 million1.6

The strong financials are highlighted by a positive return for the Horseshoe Baltimore, the Caesars-owned home based in the town’s south side rebounding from final April and May’s protests that captivated the country and discouraged outsiders from visiting the downtown metropolis.

The Horseshoe opened in of 2014 to rave reviews and the revenues quickly followed august.

In March, the casino brought in $25.7 million. The following two months it just generated $22.9 million and $21.9 million as tensions caused less site visitors to travel into the Inner Harbor and surrounding areas.

Its resurgence is a good sign perhaps not just for the gambling community but the general community of Baltimore also tourism is reportedly returning to Charm City.

Atlantic City Impact

September had been a month that is exceptional gambling in Atlantic City, the inclusion regarding the entire Labor Day holiday leading to an 11 percent enhance for the eight remaining casinos.

However, year-to-date the industry remains down 8.4 % since the gambling that is former of the east coast continues to struggle.

Casinos operators have very long blamed gambling legalization on behalf of neighboring states as the cause that is leading of city’s demise. No longer do residents in Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Delaware need certainly to travel to Atlantic City.

And if neighboring residents do indeed travel to Atlantic City, they’re rather unlikely to go back as the once-glistening resort town is just a shell of its past self.

‘It’s december so sad to see what’s happened,’ GOP 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump told The Daily Beast last. ‘I left years back. I acquired extremely happy. My timing was extremely good, through talent or luck, I’m perhaps not sure.’

An excursion to Atlantic City is like traveling down memory lane, several of the Boardwalk’s crown jewels sitting unoccupied and silent today.

New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement typically releases its gaming data in the centre of the month.

Just then will Atlantic City identify if the strong reports from Maryland represent an increase in gambling countrywide, or if it merely represents Maryland natives staying home for their gambling entertainment.

Pro-RAWA Kindt Calls for US Ban on Slot Machines

Professor John Kindt, who testified for RAWA at the recent hearing that is congressional thinks that gambling harms the economy. (Image:

John Kindt, Professor of Business and Legal Policy during the University of Illinois and vocal campaigner that is anti-gambling has called on the federal government to ‘re-criminalize’ electronic gambling machines (EGMs).

Writing an op-ed for the Southern Illinoisan, Kindt, who recently took the stand to testify for RAWA at the recent hearing that is congressional claims that the economic benefits of casinos are far outweighed by the social expenses.

‘Gambling’s lobbyists allege brand new tax revenues, but academic studies indicate that the expense of the gambling-caused crime, bankruptcies, and other new social costs towards the taxpayers have reached least $3 for every $1 in brand new tax revenue,’ he writes.

‘In many states, the tax revenues are slowly siphoned away from education and teachers and back in to gambling’s insiders, such as the recent New York Lottery scandal where $1.7 billion ended up being allegedly misdirected.’

Ancient Learn

Unusually, for the educational, Kindt makes reference that is vague ‘studies,’ without citing sources, as in the estimate above, and right here: ‘Studies confirm that pupil populations are especially susceptible to EGM gambling addiction and will get hooked at twice the adult addiction prices.’

While we’re very happy to take the great professor’s term we should point out that at the RAWA hearing he was fond of quoting from a study that concluded that ‘internet gambling cannot be regulated. for this,’ This is an ancient study from 1999 and the days of dial-up internet, whose authors were maybe not well placed to know the bigger picture.

In his op-ed Kindt claims that the United States National Gambling Impact Study, additionally published in 1999, labelled slots, or more specifically EGMs, once the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.

However, this is disingenuous; the study makes no claim that is such merely quoting a viewpoint of psychologist Dr Robert Hunter, who referred to it as such in 1992.

Dubious Statement

Kindt additionally states that the United States National Gambling Impact Study ‘concluded that any continuing states with EGMs convenient to the public needed to re-criminalize those machines.’

Except it made no recommendation that is such. It merely encouraged that Congress should instigate ‘analysis of this growth of gambling difficulties related to electronic gambling devices (EGD’s) therefore the risk factors that accompany this evolution for customers most likely attracted to this form of gambling.’

‘EGMs shrink the customer economy, denigrate quality of life, enhance taxes, and stigmatize governments,’ concludes Kindt. ‘Governments must change their image, re-criminalize EGMs, and ‘grow the economy’ to attract consumer that is new, Otherwise, EGMs and associated gambling proponents will continue to deteriorate regional and state economies.’

Kindt’s primary assertion, that gambling does not contribute to the economy, stays a hotly debated point.