Aug 26 As hopes for a last-minute buyer dim,
Atlantic City's Revel casino has laid out its closure plans,
from disposing of opened bottles of alcohol to cashing
unredeemed poker chips.
The plans detailed in court documents mark the end of a $2.4
billion hotel-casino that was hailed by state leaders including
Governor Chris Christie as a model for reviving the New Jersey
seaside city when it opened in 2012.
The plan will go into effect on Sunday, as the sleek
casino's 14 restaurants and five pool areas close, allowing for
the removal of perishable goods.
Unopened bottles of alcohol will be packaged, recorded for
inventory and stored, until approval is given to sell them,
according to a Monday filing with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in
Camden, New Jersey.
The 47-story hotel, restaurant and casino complex, with a
striking design meant to evoke the rolling surf of the Atlantic
Ocean, never caught on with gamblers. It opened just as
neighboring Pennsylvania and Delaware embraced casinos, and
filed for bankruptcy for the first time in 2013.
Revel filed its current bankruptcy in June, with plans for a
auction with what it hoped would be several bidders to buy the
property. But earlier this month, Revel said no parties had
submitted a qualifying bid, which required a pledge to operate
the casino as a going concern.
From the start, Revel was criticized for serious missteps
such as a non-smoking policy and a layout that put the gaming
floor at the periphery of the complex, which is located at
northern end of the city's boardwalk.
"The debtors remain hopeful that a qualified bid will emerge
from continued negotiations with potential bidders," Revel's
lawyer Michael Viscount of Fox Rothschild in Atlantic City,
wrote in the filing. "At this time, however, the debtors are
unable to set a definitive timeframe for the sale process."
The filing noted that Wells Fargo, which provided Revel's
bankruptcy loan to finance operations during its Chapter 11,
expressed a willingness to extend its loan beyond the current
maturity of Oct. 31.
At 6 a.m. on Sept. 2, the doors will close for good and
Revel AC Inc will surrender its gaming license. Revel is one of
four Atlantic City casinos that have closed or announced plans
to close this year.
After the casino closes, it plans to honor outstanding slot
vouchers and unredeemed poker chips until Sept. 15. Any holders
who do not redeem their winnings by then will become general
unsecured creditors, according to the filing.
Winnings that had been deposited with the casino for
safekeeping that are not claimed by Sept. 15 will be turned over
to the state of New Jersey as unclaimed property, according to
The case is In re: Revel AC Inc, U.S. Bankruptcy Court,
District of New Jersey, No. 14-22654
(Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; Editing by