Trump Taj Mahal

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Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort
Trump Taj Mahal and Chairman Tower.JPG
View of Main Tower and Chairman Tower from the Boardwalk
Address 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Opening date April 2, 1990
Theme Taj Mahal, India
No. of rooms 2,248[1]
Total gaming space 167,321 sq ft (15,544.6 m2)[1]
Signature attractions Hard Rock Cafe
Steel Pier
Spice Road Shops
Casino type Land
Owner Trump Entertainment Resorts
Operating license holder Trump Taj Mahal Associates
Previous names Resorts Taj Mahal (pre-opening)
Years renovated 2008

The Trump Taj Mahal (known as the The Taj or Trump Taj by locals) is a casino located at 1000 Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States, in the casino area along the shore. The casino is one of two owned by Trump Entertainment Resorts. With approximately 50 regular tables and 25 tournament tables, the Taj Mahal has one of the largest poker rooms in Atlantic City, second in size only to The Borgata.

The casino was officially inaugurated in 1990, with Michael Jackson performing at the ceremonies, and was built at a total cost of nearly one billion dollars. Restaurants at the Taj include Dynasty, Il Mulino New York, Moon at Dynasty, Robert's Steakhouse, and Hard Rock Cafe.


Trump's third property in Atlantic City, was wrapped in controversy prior to opening as it was part of the fight between Donald Trump and Merv Griffin along with Resorts Casino Hotel in 1988 over Resorts International. Resorts was developing and constructing the Resorts Taj Mahal Casino north of Resorts Casino Hotel on the boardwalk, but had run out of money and construction was stopped. Trump was attempting to buy the unfinished resort, along with Resorts, but Merv Griffin would not sell. Eventually, a deal was created between Trump and Griffin giving Griffin Resorts in Atlantic City and the Resorts Paradise Island with the unfinished Taj Mahal project going to Trump. The casino opened in 1990 as the Trump Taj Mahal and remained the largest and highest grossing casino in the city until the opening of The Borgata in 2003. The Chairman Tower opened in 2008, bringing the complex to over 2,000 rooms.

The casino is also the scene for a notorious baccarat session in May 1990, in which the Japanese high roller Akio Kashiwagi lost $10 million.[2] The incident was later fictionalised in Martin Scorsese's film Casino. In 2013, the Taj Mahal opened the nation's first casino strip club, featuring scantily clad dancers.[3][4]

Shooting incidents[edit]

On May 27, 2009, Ray Kot, a casino shift manager was shot and killed by 57 year old Mark Magee of Norristown, Pennsylvania. Magee claims that he killed Kot because casino executives at the Trump Taj Mahal had conspired to cheat players by manipulating the outcome of the table games.[5][6] On August 11, 2010, Magee was convicted of murder and is currently serving a minimum 30 year sentence at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton.[7] He is tentantively scheduled to be released on May 28, 2039 at the age of 87. On October 16, 2010, a small park on the Trump Taj Mahal property was created and dedicated to the memory of Ray Kot.

On September 18, 2011, a man was shot to death and a woman was wounded during an apparent carjacking inside the parking garage of the casino. The man, 28 year-old Sunil Rattu, and the woman, 24-year-old Radha Ghetia, were held up as they left the casino, and then forced to drive to a nearby alley where Rattu was shot dead, while Ghetia was shot to the upper part of her body. Ghetia was treated for her injuries and has since recovered.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

Trump Taj Mahal has also been featured in a number of movies, including Rounders (film) which was released in 1998. They filmed a number of scenes in the poker room [9] and on the casino floor.

A portion of the Indian movie Aa Ab Laut Chalen was shot here.

New building[edit]

The Trump Taj Mahal added a new building called the Chairman Tower. It is a large blue building and prices usually go from up to $10.00 more than the original TAJ Tower.


See also[edit]


Coordinates: 39°21′31″N 74°25′11″W / 39.358653°N 74.419777°W / 39.358653; -74.419777

Preceded by
Bally's Atlantic City
Tallest Building in Atlantic City
429 ft
Succeeded by
The Borgata
Preceded by
The Water Club
Tallest Building in Atlantic City
470 ft
Succeeded by
Harrah's Waterfront Tower