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Rational Group to Purchase Atlantic Club Casino

Rational Group to Purchase Atlantic Club Casino

Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, has agreed to purchase the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel and hopefully revive one of Atlantic City’s weakest casinos.

Rational Group to Purchase Atlantic Club Casino

PokerStars parent company is hoping to become the new operator of the struggling Atlantic City casino.

The company has filed papers with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement and is waiting to receive regulatory approval to buy the casino from Resorts International Holdings.

Until the purchase is complete the casino will continue to operate under its current management which is expected to be retained after the deal is complete.

The casino’s COO, Michael Frawley, said that “The acquisition of the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel will secure up to 2,000 jobs and maintain the economic benefits the casino brings to New Jersey.”

Rational Group said that it intends “to improve the financial viability of the property, and therefore, the offerings available in Atlantic City.”

Last year the Atlantic Club lost $13.6 million in the first nine months of the year. In total its gambling revenue fell by 11% to $127.2 million and it was 10th among Atlantic City’s 12 casino hotels in total annual revenue from slots and table games.

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Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.