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Celtics NBA title odds suffer with likely loss of Hayward for season


The Boston Celtics appeared to be a legitimate threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers this season with the addition of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward in the offseason.

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However, Hayward was able to play about five minutes in Tuesday’s regular-season opener between the teams before suffering a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia that will likely keep him out the entire year.

Celtics NBA title odds suffer with likely loss of Hayward for seasonBoston is now a smaller threat to win its 18th NBA championship at +1200 odds, up from +800 earlier.

The Celtics still hung tough with the Cavaliers before falling 102-99 after Hayward left the game, but they then proceeded to lose 108-100 to the Milwaukee Bucks in their home opener on Wednesday. They are expected to get an $8.4 million injury exception to use on a replacement for Hayward, although there are no players currently available who can fill in for the All-Star who was just entering his prime as a big-time scorer.

Cleveland remains the +450 second choice to win its second NBA title in three seasons behind the defending champion Golden State Warriors, who are strong favorites to repeat at -150.

The Cavaliers have some injury concerns of their own with point guard Isaiah Thomas (hip) sidelined until at least December. Thomas was acquired for Irving along with Jae Crowder back on August 22. Until he returns to the court, the oft-injured Derrick Rose is filling in for him at the point.

The Western Conference is a lot more loaded than the East, and some of the top contenders there probably wish they were competing with Cleveland and Boston instead.

The Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets are also +1200 to win the NBA championship this year like the Celtics. Oklahoma City has made the biggest moves since last year, bringing over two stars from the East this offseason in an effort to help reigning league MVP Russell Westbrook make a title run.

The Thunder picked up Paul George from the Indiana Pacers and Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks in separate trades and hope their new Big Three will jell enough to dethrone the Warriors.

The Spurs still have the NBA’s best coach in Gregg Popovich and will need to keep MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard healthy first and foremost. In addition, the Rockets traded for point guard Chris Paul to form an All-Star backcourt with James Harden, who may be better off moving back to shooting guard.

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Sands Bethlehem sets table revenue record as private equity group kicks casino’s tires


sands-bethlehem-table-game-revenue-recordA New York-based private equity group says it’s preparing to make an offer to buy the Sands Bethlehem casino in Pennsylvania.

On Friday, Allentown-based independent television channel WFMZ-TV reported that New York City private investment group Keating & Associates was preparing an offer for Sands Bethlehem, the Las Vegas Sands property that is the state’s perennial top table game earner and its number-two slots performer.

Keating’s chief strategist Alex Fredericks told the station that “we suspect in the next 30 days we’ll tender a very serious offer.” Fredericks said the portfolio of his “relatively new” group did not currently contain any casino properties.

Regardless, Keating appears smitten with the US casino industry, and Fredericks claimed that Keating was trying to establish an east coast casino beachhead before expanding to Las Vegas and Miami (where casinos currently aren’t legal, but what the hey-hey).

Sands Bethlehem has been on the block for a while now, with a $1.3b bid by rival MGM Resorts falling through this spring. It’s unclear whether Keating has this kind of financing at its disposal, and not everyone is convinced Keating’s Bethlehem bid is serious. Sands Bethlehem reps have yet to comment on the report.

Keating’s name recently surfaced in media reports claiming that the group had made a $225m bid to acquire the mothballed Revel/TEN casino in Atlantic City. That report has been denied by Revel/TEN’s owner, Florida developer Glenn Straub, who also denied similar reports about a Colorado-based firm reaching a deal for the casino.

Fredericks told WFMZ that Keating was preparing to finalize its Revel offer, and insisted that Keating’s co-chairman Jeff Keating had indeed met with Straub, whose denials were explained away as a “business ploy.”

SANDS SETS TABLE REVENUE RECORD IN SEPTEMBER
Meanwhile, Sands Bethlehem continues to dominate the monthly table game revenue charts. Figures released Monday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board showed Sands well out in front with nearly $22.7m in table revenue in September, a year-on-year improvement of nearly 17% and a new personal best for the property, eclipsing the $21.9m the venue reported in April.

Parx Casino in Philadelphia retained its traditional table bridesmaid role, generating just over $15m (+6.8%), while SugarHouse ranked third with $9.4m (+7.4%). All told, only two of the state’s 12 casinos were in negative table territory for the month, and the statewide total gained 9.9% to $75.6m.

Parx is traditionally the state’s combined slots and table revenue king, but Sands Bethlehem’s record table run allowed it to eclipse Parx in September, albeit by the narrowest of margins. Sands Bethlehem earned a combined $47.5m in September, $59k higher than Parx.

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Buyer reportedly found for mothballed Atlantic Club casino


atlantic-club-casino-hotel-soldAtlantic City’s rebirth continues with word that someone has expressed interest in acquiring the mothballed Atlantic Club Casino Hotel.

On Monday, the Press of Atlantic City reported that the Atlantic Club’s current owner, Florida-based TJM Properties, claimed to be preparing to announce the sale of the venue to an undisclosed buyer. TJM director of acquisitions Dale Schooley said a contract has been signed and that TJM was just waiting for the “hard money” to roll in later this week before announcing the buyer’s identity.

TJM acquired the Atlantic Club in June 2014, five months after the property was closed by its previous owner, the then-financially struggling casino operator Caesars Entertainment. The closure marked the first of five Atlantic City casinos to shut their doors that year in what marked the seaside gaming market’s nadir.

Various tire-kickers have mulled acquiring the Atlantic Club over the years, including rumors this March that the casino had been sold to R&R Development Group, who planned to convert the venue into a water park. However, those plans, like all the others, came to naught.

On Friday, AC Mayor Don Guardian told the paper that he’d spoken with two developers interested in the Atlantic Club property, although like Schooley, Guardian played coy as to their identities.

Meanwhile, the Atlantic Club has continued to erode, as amply demonstrated by the partial collapse late last month of the property’s covered entrance. No humans were hurt by the falling ceiling tiles, although the families of a number of rats have requested that mourners make a donation to the local cheesecake factory in lieu of flowers.

News of the Atlantic Club’s imminent sale came just one week after reports that another mothballed AC casino, Revel aka TEN, had found new ownership, although these reports have been denied by Revel/Ten’s owner, Florida developer Glenn Straub.

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GAW Miners founder hit with over $9M verdict in Bitcoin fraud case


The founder of the now-defunct cloud mining startups GAW Miners LLC and ZenMiner LLC has been ordered to fork over close to $10 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

GAW Miners founder hit with over $9M verdict in Bitcoin fraud caseOn Oct. 3, a federal judge in Connecticut told Homero Joshua Garza to pay $9.18 million, plus $742,774 in interest, in connection with a fraud case filed against him almost two years ago. The SEC filed a civil complaint in 2015 accusing Garza of operating a Ponzi scheme by selling $20 million worth of shares in a digital mining contract to more than 10,000 investors between August and December 2014.

The contracts, or “hashlets,” supposedly entitle an investor to a share of Gaw Miners or ZenMiner’s profits from mining virtual currencies using the startups’ computers. The hashlets were touted to be “always profitable and never obsolete,” but the SEC said most of the investors “never recovered the full amount of their investments, and a few made a profit.”

SEC Boston Regional Office Director Paul G. Levenson said at the time that “Garza and his companies cloaked their scheme in a technological sophistication and jargon, but the fraud was simple at its core: they sold what they did not own, misrepresented what they were selling, and robbed one investor to pay another.”

Garza was initially facing three counts of securities fraud, with each carrying up to 25 years jail time, but his lawyers were able to bring it down to a single charge of wire fraud with a maximum penalty of 20 years. In July, Garza pleaded guilty to one charge of wire fraud in connection with activities relating to Gaw, Gaw Miners, ZenMiner, Zencoin and Paycoin.

The court ordered Garza to pay the prepayment interest of $742,774 to the SEC within six months. The commission, in turn, was tasked to propose a distribution plan, which may include remitting the funds to the U.S. Attorney’s Office “for payment to the victims identified in the order of restitution that will be entered against the defendant.”

“Defendant’s payment of disgorgement is deemed satisfied by the order of restitution that will be entered against him when he is sentenced in the related criminal case,” the court stated.

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Ninja Casino unveils major marketing push in Scandinavia


High-octane TV and radio campaign marks biggest advertisement investment

Wednesday 4 October, 2017 (Malmo, Sweden) – Global Gaming has rolled out a brand new multi-media advertising campaign for its award-winning flagship Ninja Casino brand, marking the largest marketing investment in the operator’s history.

The campaign forms a vital element in Global Gaming’s growth strategy, with the company readying its IPO as it plans to list on Nasdaq First North to help fund its global expansion plans.

The initial 30-second TV spot features the iconic Ninja character, who performs action hero-like moves to jump over buildings and cars to provide lightning-quick winnings to a lucky winner. The character is sent out by Daimyo, the Japanese ninja leader, who is based at the operator’s Dispatch Central office.

Over the next 10 months, the series of advertisements will be shown across major TV channels in Sweden and Finland, including TV3 and Kanal5, Discovery and Eurosport, as well as Spotify and Bauer and MTG radio networks. Display adverts will also appear in Swedish newspapers, such as Expressen and Aftonbladet, in addition to online video campaigns with matching material.

The concept was created by Global Gaming creative consultant Macs Moser, and produced in collaboration with film production agency Chilibow. It is designed to highlight Ninja Casino’s unique gaming experience, which requires no registration and processes cash payouts within 15 minutes.

“The Ninja Dispatch Center campaign is about portraying Ninja Casino unveils major marketing push in ScandinaviaNinja Casino as a modern, well-oiled and efficient casino. Given our USPs, the overall messaging and visuals stays clear of the typical, worn-down industry clichés and instead throws you into an action-packed film starring a strong female ninja overcoming any and all obstacles on her mission to deliver that win swiftly,” said Moser.

Morten Madsen, CMO at Global Gaming, said: “We’re looking to build on the success we’ve enjoyed so far in Sweden and Finland with our most ambitious and creative marketing campaign yet. 

“We are confident this substantial investment will lead to a significant increase in visitors and turnover. The high production values and entertaining stunts are sure to capture the imagination of our target audience and lead to interest in our offering.”

Global Gaming offers B2C and B2B products to the gambling industry, with its bespoke payment solution revolutionising the customer sign-up and depositing processes.

Its flagship B2C brand Ninja Casino was named Innovative Start-up of the Year at the 2017 EGR Operator Marketing and Innovation Awards, and claimed In-house Innovation of the Year for Global Gaming at the 2017 EGR Nordics Awards.

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 About Global Gaming

Global Gaming offers B2C and B2B gaming products and services to partners and consumers in regulated and emerging markets around the world.

Its flagship product Ninja Casino has revolutionised the online casino customer sign-up process by removing traditional registration requirements. It features a bespoke payment solution that simply requires a deposit via a player’s bank and ensures most winnings are paid within 15 minutes.

The site offers 100+ slots from the likes of NetEnt and Play’n GO, including Starburst, Gonzo’s Quest, and progressive jackpots Hall of Gods and Mega Fortune, as well as a full range of table and live dealer games.

Ninja Casino was named Innovative Start-up of the Year at the 2017 EGR Operator Marketing and Innovation Awards, and claimed In-house Innovation of the Year for Global Gaming at the 2017 EGR Nordics Awards.

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US offered Antigua pennies on the dollar to resolve WTO dispute


antigua-america-wto-dispute-ronald-sandersOn Friday, Sir Ronald Sanders, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States and the Organization of American States for Antigua and Barbuda, appeared before the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body, to update his government’s position on its 14-year online gambling trade fight with the United States.

The dispute, which has been covered at length on this site, involved US efforts to block Antigua-licensed gambling sites from doing business with US customers. The WTO found the US to be in violation of its international trade obligations, and dismissed US efforts to overturn this ruling.

To pressure the US into abiding by its obligations, the WTO authorized Antigua to collect $21m in annual penalties from the US. To date, the US has neither altered its protectionist stance on the online gambling issue, nor has it paid Antigua a single penny of the $270m in outstanding penalties that have piled up since the WTO first ruled in Antigua’s favor.

Earlier this month, Sanders (pictured) urged the US to honor its debt to Antigua to help fund the rebuilding efforts in Barbuda, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma’s Category 5 fury.

On Friday, Sanders repeated his call for timely justice, and also revealed that the US had offered Antigua a mere $2m to resolve the matter last year — a sum that represents less than 1% of America’s outstanding obligation. Sanders noted that $2m would not even cover the legal fees that Antigua has spent pursuing justice at the WTO, and that the US has failed to respond to Antigua’s communications since making this pitifully small offer.

Sanders also noted that Antigua has yet to undertake its ‘nuclear option’, i.e. offering royalty-free digital downloads of US intellectual property, despite the WTO having granted Antigua full authority to take this step. Sanders said it would be “very regrettable” if Antigua was forced to take this route, as Antigua would prefer not to inflict harm on individual copyright holders, and because Antigua has and continues to view America as a friend. Sanders’ full speech is reprinted at the bottom of this article.

In its response, the US Trade Representative reportedly expressed sympathy for Barbuda’s plight and said it was working with Antigua to aid Barbuda’s recovery, while repeating its claims that it remains committed to resolving the online gambling dispute through future engagement with Antigua.

Lip service aside, it’s clear the US had bigger fish to fry at the WTO on Friday, including injecting more molasses into the process by which international trade disputes are resolved. The DSB had permitted certain judges to continue to work on files after their four-year terms had expired, essentially allowing judges with experience in certain cases to finish their work, rather than turn the process over to new members who may not be as up to speed on the details.

The US rejects the validity of reports filed by these former judges, and claims that disputes should now be decided by unanimous content of the judges present. Critics say this creates the possibility that lone judges could nullify appeal rulings, and believe that such tactics reflect US President Donald Trump’s disdain for all international bodies that could interfere with US hegemony.

Tellingly, Friday saw the US approve a ruling involving some of these former judges, but only because it involved a dispute between Indonesia and the European Union, i.e. the US had no skin in this game, and thus could afford to look committed to the idea of ‘and justice for all.’

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WT/DS285: United States – Measures Affecting the Cross-Border Supply of Gambling and Betting Services

Antigua and Barbuda’s DSB Statement
By Ambassador Sir Ronald Sanders
on
Friday, 29 September 2017

Mr Chairman

It continues to be most unfortunate that, despite 14 long years of deprivation, Antigua and Barbuda has to appear before this body, year after year, to report that the United States has not seen it possible to offer fair and equitable terms to my small country for the significant losses in trade revenues that it has suffered as a result of U.S. violation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).

At the last meeting of this body on 23rd November 2016, at which this matter was discussed, the delegation of the United States indicated that it had offered “a broad range of useful suggestions to settle this dispute in November 2013, only to have Antigua ignore the U.S. offer for a long period of time before finally indicating that it was not acceptable”.

For the record, Chair, my delegation is compelled to advise that, in accordance with the award made to my country by the Arbitration Panel established by this Body, the trade losses to Antigua and Barbuda now stands at more than US$200 million.

The U.S. offer that my Government found “not acceptable” did not amount to $2 million.

It should be no surprise, therefore, that my Government could not accept the offer.

It cost my small country much more than $2 million simply to bring the trade dispute to the attention of this Body and to seek redress in conformity with established and binding rules.

The U.S. delegation also told this body last November that “pursuant to Article XXI of the GATS”, the U.S. offered “a generous package of services concessions as compensation for removing internet gambling from the U.S. schedule”, adding that “Antigua is the only Member to block the United States from completing this process”.

My delegation is further obliged to point out that my Government has not “blocked” the United States from removing its commitment from its schedule.

We have acted to safeguard our rights.

And at such time as the U.S. makes a fair, equitable and just offer to Antigua and Barbuda for the extreme harm done to our economy, we stand ready to act in an appropriate manner consistent with the rules of this Organization that the U.S. helped to fashion.

Chair, other countries – not named by the U.S. delegation last year – have released the U.S. from its GATS obligations in this particular matter because, although these countries did not pay the cost of bringing it before this Body, the U.S. has settled their losses in ways that remain undisclosed to this Body and to my government.

It can hardly be fair or just that the U.S. has reached settlements with other countries and not with my small country which was the principal victim of losses in trade revenues and employment.

The delegation of the United States also told this Body last year that “the regulation of cross-border gambling is a matter of public morality”.

Consequently, my delegation is obliged to point out that in April 2005, the Appellate Body of this organization found that the U.S. could not invoke a “morals defense” to its violation of the GATS.

What is more, while the U.S. has banned internet gaming from foreign providers, domestic gambling service providers continue to operate and thrive.

Last November, the U.S. delegation advised this body that the government was reviewing “the most recent communication” from my government and that it “will continue to work expeditiously toward finding a realistic settlement”.

It is with profound regret that my delegation has to advise that 10 months later, my Government has not received a response from the U.S. despite many overtures, including our most recent letter of 5th June 2017 to the US Trade Representative which has gone unanswered.

Chair, my delegation points out that the size of Antigua and Barbuda’s economy is a mere US$1.4 billion; the size of the US economy is US$18 trillion.

Further, over the 14 years in which my small country has suffered trade revenue losses in this particular matter, exceeding US$200 million, we have in no way taken any hostile or retaliatory action against the U.S.

Indeed, the contrary is the truth.

For, over that same period, the U.S. enjoyed a trade surplus with Antigua and Barbuda of U$2 billion, as we continue to purchase almost 70 per cent of goods and services from the U.S.
We have not diverted our purchases away from the U.S. market.

Therefore, while the trade revenues losses to my small country is almost 20 per cent of our Gross Domestic product, settling with us would represent only .0011% of one year of the GDP of the United States.

Chair, my country has just suffered enormously from the ravages of Hurricane Irma.

Three weeks ago, the island of Barbuda, our second most populous island, was completely decimated by the Category 5 hurricane’s battering which left all the inhabitants homeless and with no potable water, no electricity, no hospital and no school.

My government was forced to declare the island a disaster and to evacuate all the residents to Antigua where they are now being maintained in difficult and cramped circumstances despite our best efforts with limited resources.

For the first time in 300 years, there is not a single permanent resident on Barbuda, and Antigua is faced with an unexpected and unscheduled increase of 3 percent of its population and all the demands that such a sudden influx of people entails.

Additionally, we are confronted with an estimated cost of more than US$250 million to rebuild Barbuda and to resettle its inhabitants in their homeland.

There would be no better time than now, for the United States to settle this long-running issue which mars an otherwise friendly relationship between our two countries that has existed for generations.

Of course, Chairman, Antigua and Barbuda has the option of implementing suspension of U.S. intellectual property rights which is the award given by the Arbitral Bodies of this Organization.

Over these many years, we have not done so, not because we can’t, or because we haven’t had offers to help us implement the award in a transparent way and consistent with the DSB’s authorization.

We have not done so because we have too high a regard for the U.S. owners of intellectual property who have contributed much to the enjoyment and advancement of the world.

We had hoped that the U.S. government would respond to our restraint in ways that would settle this issue without causing any loss of income to U.S. copyright holders.

Chair, we are aware that in 2010, Brazil was awarded the right to suspend payment of U.S. intellectual property rights in compensation for trade losses.

The US settled with Brazil by cash payments of over US$440 million and other ways in 2010 and 2014.

It would be very regrettable, Chair, if tiny Antigua and Barbuda were compelled to be the first country to have to suspend payment of U.S. intellectual property rights despite its best efforts to reach a settlement with the U.S., its largest and richest neighbour to whom it has always been – and remains – a friend.

Thank you, Chair.

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Uruguay to block online gambling domains, payments, marketing


uruguay-bans-online-casino-pokerUruguay has made good on its threats to impose strict prohibition of online casino and poker sites while introducing new taxes on state-approved forms of gambling.

Last week, the Uruguayan Senate voted 30-6 in favor of the country’s new Accountability Law, which includes the new gaming provisions. The bill was previously approved by the country’s lower house, and was signed into law on Monday by Uruguyan President Tabaré Vázquez.

Among Law 19.535’s gambling-related changes is a new 0.75% tax on gambling turnover made through officially approved casinos, gaming halls, racetracks, sports betting shops and the operations of the state-owned National Directorate of Lotteries and Quinielas.

The national lottery operator is also the only operator approved to operate online gambling, and only for sports betting. Law 19.535’s Article 244 states that “casino games such as poker, roulette, slots” and similar products are “absolutely prohibited” via any remote channels.

To ensure this restriction is observed by internationally licensed online gambling operators currently serving Uruguayan punters, Article 245 empowers the state to “adopt various preventive and sanctioning measures to prevent the proliferation” of online gambling, including “blocking of access to websites, financial frauds, as well as the prohibition of commercial communications, sponsorship and advertising of unauthorized games.”

Uruguay’s Ministry of Economy and Finance had signaled its intention to take the prohibitionist road in July, while National Party deputy Jorge Gandini had publicly railed against the fact that GVC Holdings’ Sportingbet brand was able to market its wares in the country via its sponsorship of local sports icons Club Nacional de Football.

Uruguay’s regressive stance stands in stark contrast to the new regime in Colombia, which became the first South American jurisdiction to formally approve online gambling legislation last year. Colombia has since issued two online gambling licenses, with four more reportedly coming in the coming weeks, although Colombia too has found it necessary to impose domain- and payment-blocking measures to wall off its regulated market.

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Schleswig-Holstein vote dooms Germany’s new gambling treaty


germany-gambling-treaty-schleswig-holsteinGermany’s latest gambling treaty appears dead in the water after two state parliaments decided not to sign on.

In March, the leaders of Germany’s 16 länder approved the country’s new State Treaty on Gambling, which was to take effect on January 1, 2018. But the treaty required the unanimous approval of each state’s legislature, and legislators in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein voted on Friday to opt out of the treaty.

Schleswig-Holstein’s vote wasn’t unexpected, as the state’s newly elected government announced in June that it planned to revive the state’s previous gambling legislation, which, unlike the federal treaty, was cool with operators offering online casino and poker in addition to sports betting. Friday’s vote wasn’t even close, with only the Social Democratic Party members voting in favor of the federal treaty.

Schleswig-Holstein had also announced in June that it would team with the state governments in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse on a new regulatory scheme based on the original Schleswig-Holstein licensing regime that it hoped the rest of the states would eventually join.

Earlier this month, legislators in North Rhine-Westphalia announced that they too would not be ratifying the new law, and therefore the state didn’t intend to take over responsibility from the state of Hesse for implementing the new federal treaty.

The net result is that the status quo will likely prevail in Germany for the foreseeable future, meaning German-facing sports betting operators holding licenses in other European Union jurisdictions can continue to serve their German punters provided they pay attention to anti-money laundering responsibilities and don’t violate advertising restrictions.

The new treaty the states agreed to in March was intended to address the failings of the 2012 treaty, which capped the number of available sports betting licenses at 20. That cap, along with the unnecessarily opaque licensing process that followed, was routinely rubbished by both local courts and EU legal bodies.

But the new treaty was similarly condemned by the European Commission just days after its release, and a temporary workaround proposed by Hessian regulators met its Waterloo in a local court a couple months later.

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Strip club derails Trump Taj Mahal property revival


A strip club that once operated inside the now-shuttered Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City is standing up for its right to offer adult entertainment at the facility when it reopens under new owners.

Philadelphia Magazine reported that Boardwalk 1000, LLC has brought SCORES Atlantic City to court after the strip club owners pressed the right to reopen their business should the shuttered hotel come back to life as the Hard Rock Atlantic City.

The Taj Mahal officially closed last October, putting nearly 3,000 of its staff out of work. Donald Trump’s buddy Carl Icahn and the union of casino workers failed to agree on a new contract that would cover health insurance and pension benefits.

Strip club derails Trump Taj Mahal property revivalIn March, Hard Rock International struck a deal to acquire the Taj and promptly announced plans to spend $375 million remodeling the joint as the new music-themed Hard Rock Atlantic City, which is set to re-open in summer 2018.

But Boardwalk 1000 claimed that SCORES has been “impeding and compromising” the property owners’ plan to revive the beleaguered property due to the strip club’s insistence that the venue can’t open without them.

SCORES has been a fixture in the controversial property since it leased nearly 300,000 square feet for the pleasure of affluent visitors looking for worldly fun while drinking $25,000-a-bottle champagne.

In its petition filed on Monday, Boardwalk insisted that SCORES has no legal say on how they will run the casino since SCORES’ lease expired in June 2016.

Boardwalk’s counsels maintains that SCORES would jeopardize the Hard Rock’s ability to open on time in summer 2018. To allow SCORES back onto their property would also definitely disparage the Hard Rock brand, according to the lawyers.

They pleaded for the court to rule that SCORES “has no further right to occupy or utilize the space formerly leased by it.” They also appealed to SCORES to give up on their ambition to reopen the strip club in the property.

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