Donald Trump sells his casino for a song
The Donald's departure, the new ownership at Trump Plaza and the return of Miss America could end the slumping gaming mecca's losing streak.
Trump Plaza, the casino Trump opened in 1984 by spending to $210 million to hitch a tower to an abandoned Holiday Inn on the boardwalk and deck out the whole thing, was sold to the Meruelo Group for a scant $20 million. It's the lowest price ever paid for a casino in Atlantic City and will only put a slight dent in the $270 million debt of parent company Trump Entertainment Resorts, which Donald Trump only has a 10% stake in.
Coupled with the announcement that the Miss America pageant will come back to Atlantic City after six years in Las Vegas, it was a double dose of good news for a town badly in need of some.
Hurricane Sandy ripped into the boardwalk and shuttered casinos for nearly a week. Gambling revenue has declined from its peak of $5 billion in 2006 to just $3.1 billion last year as casinos in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut took larger pieces of the action. In 2012, Pennsylvania's $3.2 billion in gaming revenue eclipsed New Jersey's for the first time and moved the Keystone State into second place behind Nevada's more than $10 billion, according to The Press Of Atlantic City.
So how is the bargain-basement sale of a casino good news for the town? Just ask the Trump Plaza's workers, who like the look of what the Meruelo Group's Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nev.
"Because of Trump Entertainment's problems, they really weren't able to run (Trump Plaza) the way it needed to be run," Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union representing most of the casino's 900 workers, told The Associated Press. "It's been in hibernation."
Trump himself doesn't seem too fazed by the sale, despite the fact that the casino went for the cost of a story of any of the tower properties in his portfolio. The price is also only about twice what he paid for his sprawling Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach in 1985 and may not be far from what he spent to gild his Trump Tower penthouse in Manhattan that was featured in Refinery 29 a year ago.
"There was a period of time when Atlantic City was the hottest place in the world," Trump told AP. "I got out years ago, and my timing was very good. But the world turns. They're getting a very good location."
Even Robert Griffin, the CEO of Trump Entertainment Resorts who sold off Atlantic City's Trump Marina in 2011 for $38 million and is listening to offers for his company's last Atlantic City property -- the Trump Taj Mahal -- sees the Plaza's sale as a positive development “for the city, the state and The Plaza” that shows “considerable interest in this market.”
It would be tough for it to get any worse for the Plaza, which was one of the smallest casinos in Atlantic City at 906 rooms and whose $102 million in revenue in 2012 is what Atlantic City's top casino makes in its two strongest months. Winnings were down 25% last year and profits cratered by 34%. The place could use some good luck, and some new faces paying the bills may be just what the Plaza needs to stop its losing streak.
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Obama has turned a 9 trillion dollar deficit into a 16 trillion dollar one in a little over 4 years--------by the end
of his second term it will be probably 22 trillion or so-------------- I think I might take Trump and let Odumbo
run his other properties///////////////////////////
Isn't this looser that same Republican second guesser who pitched himself as a business man who has the answer to our countries financial problems. This loud mouth wacko with several bankruptcies under his belt sure knows how to make a buck. It isn't just anyone who can buy for 270 million then turn around and re-sell for 20 million. This guy really knows his stuff, if you don't believe it just ask him.
"There was a period of time when Atlantic City was the hottest place in the world"
No there was not--ever---not since they created monopoly
And --the Race card ?
What's that ?
Can't challenge this step n fetch it, because that would be the R word!
“[Y]esterday was the official birthday of President Lincoln, February 12th, and although it was a tragic time in our history, I can assure you that it showed the greatest promise of America when people could come together and do something great. I stand here as a freed slave because this congress came together. Are we going to be able to do it today to free America?”
Believe it or not, she was talking in the context of spending cuts, because reducing the size of government is tantamount to enslaving America again. The more the government spends, the more “free” America is.
Obama read from his teleprompter during the SOTU address and said that the upcoming sequestration cuts were “sudden, harsh and arbitrary.” He stated that the cuts would devastate important government functions and destroy hundreds of thousands of .
If the sequestration cuts do occur, they would total about $44 billion, which is 1.2% of 2013 spending, according to a . That’s less than pocket change to a government that spends on the order of $9.7 billion per day. That $44 billion would be eaten up in less than 1 business week. Four and a half days to be exact.
In short, these sequestration cuts are nothing. Nothing compared to what needs to happen and what will eventually happen if the government continues to spend willy-nilly. They have pretty much all the revenue they’re going to get from taxes, and they still manage to have a trillion-dollar deficit. Spending cuts have to happen.
If we had a white, Republican president who was opposed to spending cuts, Sheila Jackson Lee would be on the House floor saying that we need to go through with these sequestration cuts in order to “free America.” It’s like when Obama was a U.S. senator during the Bush administration. He was critical of Bush’s debt accrual and deficit and was opposed to raising the , calling those things “unpatriotic” and “irresponsible.” But, now that he’s president, he’s put aside such childish ways and can run up deficits, add trillions of dollars to the , raise the debt ceiling, and it’s OK.
And Sheila Jackson Lee is right there by his side saying that anyone who opposes wasteful government spending must want slavery again, and that the only way to “free” Americans is to make government bigger and more powerful. Thanks to people like Jackson Lee, we have a nation of government slaves, but in her world, slavery is freedom.
Trump is a fossil with fake hair, fake tan and basically just phony personality. He needs a whole life make-over. Please disappear and save us for once and for all.
looks like he got pick-pocketed himself.
this joke of a man, along with his silver spooned kids, needs to just go away!
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