The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel was originally known as Golden Nugget which opened on the 12th of December 1980. After a variety of name changes the establishment eventually became known as The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in February 2012 but on the 13th of January 2014 the casino and hotel’s doors closed.

What Atlantic Club Had to Offer

The establishment was themed around a beach resort and featured 22 floors with 800 hotel rooms, a 75 000 sq. ft. casino gaming floor, a variety of restaurants and bars with the signature attraction having been The Beach Bar. The casino was home to a variety of and table games and exclusively offered five craps tables. Both fine dining and casual restaurants were on the premises and included Patsy’s Trattoria; Simon AC; Ono Chinese Bistro; Cappuccino’s; BB’s; The Coffee Shop and Cornucopia Buffet. Apart from The Beach Bar, there was also The Dizzy Dolphin to provide drinks and entertainment.

The Atlantic Cub Casino Hotel featured a health spa; health club; a hot tub and an indoor pool which overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. Salon Maria Katelyn was also located on the premises and provided hair, make up and nail services.

The History of Atlantic Club

The original establishment, golden nugget, was the sixth casino in Atlantic City after gambling was legalized in 1976. There were 506 hotel rooms which made it the second smallest establishment in the city but by 1983 it was the highest earning casino in Atlantic City and the 500 seater Opera House features acts like Frank Sinatra; Dean Martin; Dolly Parton and Sammy Davis Jr.

In 1987 Bally’s Entertainment took over ownership and renamed it Bally’s Grand Hotel and Casino. Hilton Hotels took over Bally’s entertainment which led to the name being changed to Atlantic City Hilton. Hilton hotels then partnered with Colony Capital in 2000 but by 2011 the partnership ended and Hilton was dropped from the name.

The place became temporarily known as ACH Casino Resort until 2012 when the establishment was rebranded with its final name, The Atlantic City Casino Hotel.

Closing of Atlantic Club Casino Hotel

The number of guests and players to visit Atlantic City dwindled and the growing competition in other establishments and even other states saw the demise of finances for The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel. In 2012 there were talks that the parent company of Pokerstars, the online poker site, were interested in purchasing the establishment but failure to obtain a temporary gaming license resulted in the termination of the purchase agreement.

Resorts International Holdings which was owned by Colony Capital filed for bankruptcy on the 6th of November 2013. A bankruptcy sale was approved and the establishment was then sold off to both Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Tropicana Entertainment at a combined cost of $23.4 million. Caesars Entertainment acquired the property and all of the non-gaming assets while Tropicana Entertainment acquired all of the archived data of the players and all of the gaming equipment.

There are now plans to re-develop the property of The Atlantic City Casino Hotel into becoming a non-gaming establishment.

Jonas Ulseth