TEN Atlantic City’s Perpetual Postponement Is A Never-ending Story

There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and delays at TEN Atlantic City.

With the resort’s June 15 opening date fast approaching, we’re all wondering if infamous developer Glenn Straub will reverse his curmudgeonry and cooperate with local state authorities to get the former Revel open.

Others have likened Straub’s multitude of grand-opening promises to the boy who cried wolf: heavy on the hollering, light on the follow-through.

The recent developments: Straub calls his shot

In April, Straub boldly claimed that TEN would open, sans casino, on June 15, exactly one year after one of TEN’s other promised opening dates.

The main difference between this year’s June 15 and lats year’s June 15 is that, as far as we know, Straub has secured the building permits he needs to open the property. This doesn’t include a landscaping permit and traffic study he’s required to submit to the Casino Development Reinvestment Authority before opening.

The similarity between the two dates? TEN won’t have an operational casino.

Casino permit? Straub doesn’t think he needs it

Perhaps the biggest TEN story this year is Straub’s ongoing battle with the Casino Control Commission and other state organizations who believe that the developer is responsible for obtaining a casino permit in his name.

Straub doesn’t agree. He claims he is merely a landlord and that the firm he hired to run his casino operations should be the party responsible for the permit.

TEN already opened a casino … online

Among recent TEN headlines was the resort launching a social (not-for-money) online casino: Play.tenacnj.com.

Gamblers can earn 5,000 free virtual credits to play a combination of 41 different slots games and six table games: poker, blackjack, roulette, Jacks or Better, Deuces Wild, and Hi-Lo Solitaire.

Again, the site is purely social: no money is required because no money can be played. The site no doubt leaves players with an unfulfilled feeling, not unlike the one they’ve had waiting for TEN to open its doors.

TEN has become symbol of Atlantic City

The saga of TEN is a kind of parallel history to Atlantic City’s own.

The casino-resort was one of four to close its doors in the infamous casino contraction of 2014. It had opened its doors just two years before, following more than $2 billion in construction costs.

Straub came along in 2015 and bought it out of bankruptcy, paying pennies on the dollar for the empty property. During the past two years, Straub has become known as a cantankerous owner who doesn’t play well with Atlantic City or New Jersey politicians and lawmakers.

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