Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City

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Tropicana Atlantic City
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View of Tropicana from the beach.
Location Atlantic City, New Jersey
Address 2831 Boardwalk
Opening dateNovember 23, 1981; 39 years ago (November 23, 1981)
ThemeOld Havana, Modernism (Rooms)
No. of rooms2,364[1]
Total gaming space125,935 sq ft (11,699.7 m2)[2]
Permanent showsVarious
Signature attractionsThe Quarter IMAX, Two Arcades, Free Multi-Media Light And Sound Show
Notable restaurants
  • Carmine's
  • The Palm
  • Olon
  • Okatshe
  • Chelsea Gastropub
  • iL Verdi
  • Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
Casino typeLand-based
OwnerGaming and Leisure Properties
Operating license holderCaesars Entertainment[3]
ArchitectVarious
Previous namesTropWorld Resort
Renovated in1988, 1989, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, February 2021 (West Tower Renovation Planned), 2021-2023 (Caesars Entertainment Planned Projects)
CoordinatesCoordinates: 39°21′08″N 74°26′44″W / 39.3523°N 74.4456°W / 39.3523; -74.4456
Websitetropicana.net

Tropicana Atlantic City, also known as The Trop and previously as TropWorld Resort, is a casino hotel located on the beach and Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It is owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties and operated by Caesars Entertainment, and is the third largest hotel in New Jersey, with just under 2,400 guest rooms and the 200,000-square-foot shopping and entertainment complex, The Quarter. It has over 30 restaurants, 25 shops, 20 bars and lounges, 4 pools, the Tropicana Showroom, a spa and an IMAX Theatre. In 2016, Tropicana completed over $200 million in renovations and additions, including a Multimedia Light and Sound Show, the addition of AtlantiCare LifeCenter Fitness, Garces restaurants, renovations to over 900 hotel rooms, and casino floor but Tropicana will continue investing. The Tropicana is the largest Resort and Casino on the Boardwalk with 2,364 rooms, 2,600 Slot Machines, 30 Restaurants, and 30 Shops, along with it is a 2,400 space parking garage. Tropicana Atlantic City participates along with other Caesars Entertainment properties in the "Caesars Rewards" loyalty program for their players, guests, and other customers. Rewards are based on casino play, food/beverage/retail/hotel room/entertainment purchases, and other factors. There are four tiers of membership, increasing in status: Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Seven Star.

History[edit]

The Ambassador Hotel (1919–1977)[edit]

The Ambassador Hotel, designed by Warren & Wetmore[4] was built in 1919, at a cost of $4 million.[5] It contained 400 rooms, and was soon expanded with a second tower adding another 400 rooms in 1921.[5]

On June 18, 1922, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his friend Harry Houdini met at the hotel,[6] for Doyle's spiritualist wife Anna to contact Houdini's late mother in a seance. Although Anna transcribed pages of notes allegedly from her, Houdini later revealed that his mother did not speak English, claimed Doyle's wife was a fraud, and ended his friendship with Conan Doyle.[citation needed]

In 1929, the Ambassador was the site of the infamous Atlantic City Conference, in which a number of organized crime bosses, including Al Capone, Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano, negotiated their territorial rights after a wave of violence.[7]

In 1931, as Philadelphia gangster Mickey Duffy slept in the hotel, he was shot and killed by assailants who were never caught.[8] The incident was dramatized in the series Boardwalk Empire, with a character called Mieczyslaw "Mickey Doyle" Kuzik.

The hotel eventually closed in the 1970s.[5]

The Phoenix (1978–1980)[edit]

In 1978, Ramada purchased the derelict Ambassador Hotel building for $35 million, planning to renovate the property and convert it at a further cost of $70 million into The Phoenix, a 549-room hotel and 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) casino with amenities including a 1,200-seat theater and a 1,000-seat ballroom. They planned an additional newly built 1000-room hotel adjacent, should The Phoenix be successful.[5]

Executives at Ramada were forced to alter their plans when their design was denied by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and Governor Brendan Byrne, as both did not want casino operators doing "patch and paint" jobs, instead they preferred the companies building new properties from the ground up. Ramada was ordered to demolish the former hotel and start from the ground up, but the company threatened to appeal the decision in court as Resorts International, the Claridge Casino and Caesars Boardwalk Regency had all been allowed to open in existing structures. Finally, an agreement was reached to only reuse the steel framework of the old Ambassador building and construction began in October 1979.[5]

Tropicana (1981–88)[edit]

Exterior of the hotel at Tropicana, 2016.

After Ramada bought the Tropicana Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in December 1979 for $70 million, company officials decided to call their new East Coast property Tropicana Atlantic City, as the Tropicana name was already well known in the casino industry.[5] Tropicana Atlantic City officially opened on November 23, 1981, with 521 guest rooms and a large casino. In May 1985 a 1700-seat showroom was added with Wayne Newton serving as the opening act. Other acts have included Patti Labelle, Jay Leno, Dionne Warwick, The Smothers Brothers, Tom Jones and Tony Bennett.

TropWorld Resort (1988–95)[edit]

In 1988 the property underwent an expansion with another tower (South Tower) being added as well as the addition of an indoor amusement center called Tivoli Pier. The resort was renamed TropWorld Casino and Entertainment Resort.[9]

In 1989, Ramada hotels split their gaming properties into the Aztar Corporation, and the new division focused much of its projects on the Atlantic City property, which led to the eventual sale of the Las Vegas Tropicana.

Tropicana (1996–present)[edit]

Aztar constructed a new 604-room hotel tower (West Tower) as well as renovations to the existing rooms and casino space in 1995 and 1996. Tivoli Pier was closed during the casino expansions to make way for a new poker, keno and horse racing simulcast area. With the closing of the amusement area, the resort was renamed Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City.

Tropicana at night

Aztar then followed this expansion with another one in 2003 and 2004 that added a 502-room tower(Havana Tower), a 2,400-space parking garage, 22,000 square feet (2,000 m2) of meeting and convention space, and The Quarter at Tropicana, a shopping mall designed in an old Havana theme. The goal of this project was to turn the Tropicana into an integrated casino resort reminiscent of the megaresorts built in Las Vegas during the 1990s, and also to compete with the Borgata, another Las Vegas megaresort-style casino opened in the city in 2003. Guests can not stay in the old West Tower/Casino parking garage, the old parking garage was then restricted to Seven Star Card Level Holders Only.

In May 2005, the Aztar Corporation was acquired by Columbia Sussex for $2.75 billion. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission granted Columbia Sussex an Interim Authorization to operate the resort on November 3, 2006. The acquisition concluded in January 2007 with the Aztar properties being merged into Columbia Sussex's gaming subsidiary, which was renamed Tropicana Entertainment LLC. In the first four months after the acquisition, Columbia Sussex reduced the number of employees at the Tropicana by 15 percent.[10]

On November 20, 2007, the New Jersey Casino Control Commission initiated hearings for the renewal of the casino license of Tropicana and whether its parent companies, Adamar of New Jersey and Columbia Sussex, were suitable to hold a casino license. On December 12, 2007, the Casino Control Commission denied the application of renewal for Tropicana. The commission cited the management's "abysmal" regulatory compliance as well as a "lack of business ability... financial responsibility... and a lack of good character, honesty, and integrity." The property was immediately placed under the control of a trustee, former New Jersey State Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein, until it could be sold. This was only the second time in twenty-nine years that the commission denied a license renewal.[11] Lawyers were expected to appeal.[11][12][13][14]

In 2008, a West Tower Elevator (Elevator was designated WTP-1) malfunctioned when 21 people got on it and the Elevator went into Overload Status with 21 people onboard and plummeted 14 floors at 750 feet per minute, not coming to a controlled stop at the lobby but then came into contact with the Safety Buffer in the Elevator Pit. People on board got injured, most severe injury was a dislocated knee requiring reconstructive surgery, they eventually filed lawsuit with Tropicana, Motion Control Elevators, Columbia Sussex, and Otis. Otis who was the maintenance company for the elevators at the time took full responsibility and leveled the counterweights and fixed the safety systems in all 4 West Tower elevators.[15] [16]

The bankruptcy sale of the Tropicana Casino and Resort to a group of creditors led by Carl Icahn was approved by a bankruptcy court on June 12, 2009. The acquisition exchanged $200 million of the property's mortgage for equity.[17] On August 26, 2009, the New Jersey Casino Control Commission approved Tropicana Entertainment Inc. as the property's new owner. The Commission stressed that the new owner is not the same company as the former owner, Tropicana Entertainment LLC. The decision enabled the property to operate under the same corporate umbrella as other Tropicana properties in Nevada, Mississippi, Louisiana and Indiana.[18] Tropicana Entertainment Inc. was granted a temporary casino license by the Commission on March 3, 2010.[19] The sale closed on March 8, 2010.[20] T]

By 2010, The Tropicana has fallen into disrepair, Tropicana Entertainment now owned by Icahn Enterprises (Tropicana was later bought by Caesars Entertainment) now worked to get the building back on its feet.

In 2012, the first West Tower Renovations happened, although these renovations weren't that good and guests were disappointed by the lack of effort putted into the upgrades.

In 2014-2015, The North Tower was renovated this year.

In 2015, most of the Tropicana has been renovated this year including a brand new façade, new painting to the North, Havana, and South Tower, and renovations to the casino floor and over 900 hotel rooms, renovations will further continue after this year.

In 2018, Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLP) acquired the real estate of the Tropicana and Eldorado Resorts (later Caesars Entertainment) acquired its operating business, under lease from GLP, as part of the two companies' acquisition of Tropicana Entertainment.[21] The Chelsea became apart of the Tropicana further expanding the Mega-Large Resort and adding a sky-bridge to it. The South Tower in Tropicana was renovated this year. The Tropicana had become the second most successful Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.

In 2020, Trop-Advantage is no longer a thing, Tropicana is now apart of Caesars Rewards.

In February 2021, Tropicana will start renovating their West Tower. SOSH Architects are presumed to be doing these renovations as they have renovated the Casino Floor, Façade, North, Havana, and South Tower since the last 5 years.

Gaming[edit]

Tropicana Atlantic City has over 2,600 slot machines and over 132 table games throughout its 125,935 square feet of gaming space. Guests can participate in the gaming action at one of the slot machines or live table games including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, as well as an array of carnival poker games including Three Card, Caribbean Stud, Let it Ride, and Four Card. Tropicana also hosts daily poker tournaments. Tropicana Atlantic City also has a sportsbook which offers sports betting.[22]



Online gaming[edit]

In 2006, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) passed. The UIGEA drastically limited the ways that online gaming organizations are legally allowed to accept money.[23] This has stunted the growth of legal, tax-paying cyber gambling businesses. Although since 2013, Tropicana Casino & Resort of Atlantic City teamed up with Governor Chris Christie and Virgin Group, backed by Sir Richard Branson, to take on the online gambling laws. Together, the team was able to legalize cyber gambling within the state of New Jersey.[24] The law instates a 15% Internet gambling tax. New Jersey Senator Ray Lesniak said, "For our casinos and racetracks, it may be the difference between life and death. Both are dying industries."[25]

Dining[edit]

Tropicana Atlantic City has over 25 restaurants and eateries.

Fine dining[edit]

Casual dining[edit]

Entertainment[edit]

Tropicana is home to a 2,000-seat showroom which hosts regular headliner acts and revue shows as well as an IMAX Theatre. In Spring of 2015, they added a free Multimedia Light and Sound Show on its boardwalk facade. Boxing matches are held at the casino.[26] Various other shows and events are also held at Tropicana Atlantic City.

Family Friendly Entertainment[edit]

  • Family Fun Station is an Arcade located in the North Tower of Tropicana Atlantic City. The tower’s all-new Family Fun Station offers an arcade filled with fun options like air hockey, basketball, skeeball and other games for all ages to enjoy. The Family Fun station also includes custom built gaming desktops for certain events.
  • Family Sports Station Located on the boardwalk, Tropicana’s new Family Sports Station is an arcade that features tons of sports arcade games and prizes. Arcade games include basketball, punching bag, air hockey, golf, hunting, and pitch and bat baseball and bowling games from the 1950’s. Guests can play these skill-based games and win officially licensed NFL and MLB merchandise.
  • ESCAPE AC - ESCAPE ROOMS Escape AC offers four classic Atlantic City themed rooms to choose from: The Poker Room, The Boardwalk, The Casino Cage, or Backstage. Each game room provides a thrilling, yet challenging experience that requires attention to detail, critical thinking, communication and team work to break out. Each session is a high quality and unique experience that is sure to be one seriously good time.
  • The IMAX Theatre at Tropicana Atlantic City Tropicana’s IMAX Theatre, located on the third floor of The Quarter, seats 290. Crystal-clear images projected up to five-and-a-half stories high and digital surround sound awaken the senses and captivate the imagination. The IMAX Theatre at Tropicana offers both IMAX DMR (digital media remastering) and IMAX 3D, the most advanced 3D film technology in use. The theatre provides viewers with polarized glasses that reveal the stunning 3D images.

Nightclubs[edit]

Tropicana features a variety of nightlife and evening activities including:

  • 10 North Lounge
  • Anthem
  • A Dam Good Sports Bar
  • Bar Olon
  • Boogie Nights: The Ultimate 70s & 80s Dance Club
  • Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
  • Firewaters Saloon
  • Hooters
  • IMAX Theatre
  • Kiss Kiss Go-Go Bar
  • Missile Bar
  • Planet Rose Karaoke Bar
  • RiRa Irish Pub
  • Tango's Lounge
  • Whiskey Five Bar
  • Wet Willie's Atlantic City

Hotel Towers[edit]

There are five hotel towers in Tropicana Atlantic City

  • West Tower is the largest tower in Tropicana with 604 rooms, this tower is 385' tall at the highest point including parking garage and has been built in 1996 by Aztar Corporation, this tower has been heavily criticized over the years due to the bad maintenance of the towers Elevators and the dated rooms, in 2020 Tropicana started plans to renovate the West Tower to match the Havana Tower in 2021.
  • Havana Tower is the newest tower in Tropicana in terms of construction, this tower is a 502 room tower that is 385' tall and a little taller than the west tower at the highest point with the parking garage and was built in 2003 by Aztar Corporation, This tower was updated in 2013 and renovated in 2016.
  • North Tower is the first tower in Tropicana being built in 1981 and is the second largest tower in Tropicana with 521 rooms. This tower was renovated in 2014-2015.
  • South Tower is the second tower built in Tropicana being built in 1989 and was renovated in 2018.
  • Chelsea Tower is the smallest tower in Tropicana with 358 rooms, this tower was originally a hotel called The Chelsea, in 2018 Eldorado Resorts (Now Caesars Entertainment) bought the property for more rooms and built a skybridge to the existing property further expanding the Trop.

The Quarter[edit]

The Quarter

The Quarter at Tropicana is a dining, shopping and entertainment complex. The Quarter features nine restaurants, twenty-one shops, eight nightlife venues, a spa and the city's only movie theater, an IMAX Theater. The Quarter at the Tropicana is a Mini Shopping Mall.

Pools and Spa's[edit]

Tropicana has 4 pools, One Outdoor pool in the North Tower, One Indoor pool in the South Tower, and Two Outdoor Pools in the Chelsea Tower. There are 2 Spa's at the Tropicana,

Controversy[edit]

A major controversy involving expansion of the resort occurred in 1995 when the Tropicana (then known as TropWorld), the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and the city attempted to acquire adjacent land owned by Joseph Milano at 1 South Brighton Avenue for a surface parking lot using eminent domain.[27] A lawsuit was filed by Milano and his family in New Jersey Appeals Court (Milano v. Adamar of New Jersey d/b/a TropWorld Casino and Entertainment Resort, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, City of Atlantic City, et at.) to stop the use of eminent domain. A New Jersey appeals court agreed with the Milano family and issued a restraining order preventing TropWorld and the CRDA from proceeding. As of 2014, Joseph Milano and members of his family still live in the building which was built in 1897 and purchased by his father in 1935.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gurbir S. Grewal (May 22, 2019). "DGE Announces 1st Quarter 2019 Results" (PDF). State of New Jersey.
  2. ^ http://www.nj.gov/oag/ge/docs/Rulings/2013/feb1_feb15_2013/b4_tropicanacoandchab.pdf
  3. ^ New Jersey Casino Control Commission Casino Licensee/Owner Information
  4. ^ "Beyond the Gilded Age".
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Empire Builders". Casino Connection Atlantic City.
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  7. ^ "OnSight: Glamour, Geeks & Gangsters: Some Pre-Casino Atlantic City History".
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  11. ^ a b Commission rejects Tropicana Renewal License, New Jersey Casino Control Commission, retrieved December 12, 2007.
  12. ^ New Jersey Supreme Court, In Re: Adamar of New Jersey Video on YouTube
  13. ^ "Casino agency recommends renewing Tropicana license for only one year". Press of Atlantic City. 2007-12-04. Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
  14. ^ "LICENSE REVOKED: Tropicana denied by N.J. panel". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
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  16. ^ "Tropicana Elevator Malfunction"
  17. ^ "Icahn group buys AC Tropicana casino, 80 pct off". The San Francisco Chronicle.[dead link]
  18. ^ "Icahn-led group approved for Tropicana ownership", The Press of Atlantic City, August 26, 2009.
  19. ^ "Icahn wins approval for ownership of the Tropicana casino", The Press of Atlantic City, March 3, 2009.
  20. ^ "Icahn group takes ownership of Atlantic City's Tropicana casino", The Press of Atlantic City, March 8, 2010.
  21. ^ David Danzis (October 2, 2018). "Tropicana sale to Eldorado Resorts complete". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  22. ^ "Sports Betting". Tropicana Atlantic City. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  23. ^ "Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006" (PDF). Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  24. ^ "An Exploration of Cyber Gambling Law". Archived from the original on 12 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  25. ^ "New Jersey Out of Luck on Sports Bet Push". 1 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  26. ^ "Boxing is making a comeback in Atlantic City". pressofatlanticcity.com. Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  27. ^ They'd Pave Paradise, TropWorld is Threatening To Tear Down A Man's Castle[permanent dead link] (New York Daily News August 20, 1995).

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