Tony Batt - Journalist



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Atlantic City Remains Bloody But Unbowed 15 Sep, 2014

On Tuesday, Trump Plaza will become the fourth casino to close this year in Atlantic City but reports of the death of New Jersey’s gaming industry appear to be greatly exaggerated.

New Jersey Regulators Welcome MGM Back To Atlantic City 11 Sep, 2014

The New Jersey Casino Control Commission on Wednesday agreed in a 3-0 vote to allow MGM Resorts to resume operations in Atlantic City, ending the company’s four-year exile from the Garden State.

MGM Seeks Return To Beleaguered Atlantic City 10 Sep, 2014

As Atlantic City struggles to endure the loss of four casinos and about 8,000 jobs so far this year, MGM Resorts International will ask the New Jersey Casino Control Commission today to restore the gaming license it surrendered in 2010.

Christie Opens The Door For Sports Betting In New Jersey 09 Sep, 2014

Exactly one month after vetoing a sports-betting bill, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Monday abruptly announced the state’s casinos and tracks can immediately accept wagers on games.

Daily Fantasy Sports Surging As NFL Season Begins 04 Sep, 2014

As the National Football League (NFL) season kicks off tonight in Seattle, there is no end in sight to the growth of the multi-billion dollar fantasy sports industry.

Gambling Foes Pounce On Atlantic City’s Woes 29 Aug, 2014

Atlantic City is becoming a punching bag for gambling critics who point to the city’s loss of four casinos this year as evidence that gambling is not a good option for economic development.

Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino Draws Huge Crowd On Opening Night 27 Aug, 2014

As midnight approached, the lines of people still waiting to enter the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore for its grand opening on Tuesday stretched around the two-story building.

As Atlantic City Declines, Maryland Marches On 25 Aug, 2014

About 10,000 people are expected to attend Tuesday night’s gala opening of the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore as gaming in Maryland continues its inexorable march toward becoming a $1bn industry. 

In New Jersey, Momentum Building For Gaming Beyond Atlantic City 21 Aug, 2014

Atlantic City has succeeded in blocking all gambling expansion efforts in New Jersey until this year when the collapse of four casinos built almost unstoppable momentum for new gaming operations in other parts of the Garden State.

Illinois-Northstar Marriage Ends In Early Divorce 20 Aug, 2014

The first ever management agreement between a U.S. state lottery and a private company is to end in divorce less than four years into a ten-year contract, raising doubts over the viability of the new operating model.