“We have investigators on site going through the reopening procedure, and as soon as they have approved the casino for reopening, that property will be allowed to reopen. We hope to have all of them reopened by noon, at the latest.” commented Lisa Spengler, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
While casinos reported only minor cosmetic damage from the hurricane, executives are estimating millions of dollars in lost revenue. Officials did not immediately have an estimate of how much revenue the casinos lost during the three day shutdown. This is only the second time New Jersey Casinos are forced to cease all operations due a weather emergency. In 19885, AC casinos shut down when Hurricane Gloria approached New Jersey coast.
By early Monday morning, several local sources confirmed that all Caesars Entertainment properties (Showboat Casino-Hotel, Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Casino Hotel, Bally’s Atlantic City and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa) would be re-opening by noon. Resorts Atlantic City, the Tropicana Casino & Hotel and ACH Casino Resort also issued statements informing they would be re-opening on Monday.
But before casinos resume operations, all gaming facilities will have to undergo a series of mandatory checks before they reopen, including complying a series of safety procedures, returning money to cash cages and testing their computer systems.
Authorities also warned players that while they will be allowed to enter the gaming facilities by noon, many New Jersey highways, including a portion of the Garden State Parkway, remain closed or blocked by flooding, debris or fallen trees.