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Firm: Atlantic City losing 3 casinos, not business

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 29, 2014 at 2:28 pm •  Published: August 29, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Wall Street firm predicted Friday that much of the revenue generated by three Atlantic City casinos that are closing will remain in the city after they're gone.

Fitch Ratings predicted in a report that the city's casino revenues will decline to $2.5 billion in 2015 from last year's $2.86 billion. It also said it does not see any more casinos closing in Atlantic City for at least the next two years.

The firm also predicted that a good chunk of the money being won by the Showboat, Revel and Trump Plaza will go to the surviving Atlantic City casinos. Showboat and Revel are closing this weekend; Trump Plaza shuts down Sept. 16. After that, Atlantic City will have eight casinos after starting the year with 12.

Fitch predicted at least 50 percent of Revel's revenue will go to the remaining casinos, judging by increases that the Tropicana Casino and Resort and the Golden Nugget Atlantic City have seen since the Atlantic Club closed down in January.

A day before the report was issued, Joe Lupo, senior vice president of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City's top casino, said the market is already responding positively to reduced capacity.

"After the Atlantic Club closed, places like the Tropicana and the Golden Nugget are doing very well, and we had a great summer," he said. "While Revel has had a very difficult time, you have properties in Atlantic City that will become more profitable."

Fitch also predicted 60 percent of Trump Plaza's revenue and 75 percent of Showboat's revenue will stay in Atlantic City, particularly with Showboat's parent company, Caesars Entertainment, also owning three other casinos that will continue to operate in Atlantic City.

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