It’s For Real: Ocean Resort Casino Officials Confirm June 28 Opening Date

Written By Kim Yuhl on May 7, 2018 - Last Updated on April 8, 2020

The worst-kept secret in Atlantic City is no longer a rumor. On Monday, Ocean Resort Casino confirmed it would open June 28 alongside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

Bruce Deifik, chairman of AC Ocean Walk (the company that owns Ocean Resort Casino) and officials spoke to employees Monday and confirmed the rumored opening date in a press release.

“It was important for us to share this news with you directly, as the team here at Ocean, both as part of our family and as a part of the wonderful community that is Atlantic City that will continue to play an integral role in our future success,” said Deifik.

Ocean Resort Casino’s amenities lead to anticipation

The public first learned of the rumored June 28 grand opening date through several employee contracts obtained by the Press of Atlantic City. The contracts included dates that indicated the property would open at the end of June.

Since that time, speculation about the property and its plans have increased. Deifik answered by sharing more ideas about what guests can expect when visiting Ocean Resort Casino.

There is an emphasis on partnerships that will help deliver a positive customer experience and superior service.

“Our team has been working diligently since we acquired the property in January and have put a great deal of time and effort into creating a truly unique and memorable destination guest experience,” said Deifik. “We think people will love what we have created through our partnerships with well-known brands such as Hyatt, Topgolf, Walhburgers, and others, that offer the best in quality dining, entertainment, and hospitality.”

Ocean Resort will open with 1,399-rooms, each with an unobstructed ocean view. Guests can relax by one of six swimming pools, at one of the poolside cabanas or on the ocean-facing sun deck.

There is a brand-new, 138,000-square-foot casino. It includes hundreds of games, competitive loyalty programs, and private gaming lounges with views of The Boardwalk and ocean.

There will be 16 dining options when the property opens its doors. Choices include Wahlburgers, the Ocean Buffet, a theme-bar, Entourage and Cereal Town, a breakfast for dinner dining option for families.

Additionally, guests can enjoy time at one of 11 Topgolf Swing Suites, shopping in retail space that spans 70,000 square feet, a day at the Hyatt Hotel Exhale Spa, or at the future state-of-the-art sportsbook (pending the Supreme Court’s NJ sports betting decision).

Revel Casino is quickly becoming a faint memory

Revel Casino Hotel closed its doors in 2016. Since then, it has been referred to as a huge failure amid several casino closings.

AC Ocean Walk purchased the property in January for $200 million. It has spent more than $175 million in renovating the property. Its goal as it says on the casino’s newly rebranded website is to turn it into “the ultimate destination for endless action and non-stop fun.”

All in all, the 6.4 million-square-foot Ocean Resort Casino is working hard to provide its guests with an unrivaled experience.

“We look forward to June 28 as the culmination of all of our planning and know that this will be a special day for Atlantic City as it turns the page on a new chapter of revitalization,” said Frank Leone, CEO of Ocean Resort. “Everyone has been so incredibly positive and supportive of the changes that have been discussed relative to the property, and our team is committed to providing a tremendous customer experience for all of our guests. We cannot wait to reveal what we have been working on for them.”

Ocean Resort is intent on learning from Revel’s mistakes and working hard to keep the past in the past. Officials from the company have been busy reviewing comments and complaints from Revel’s customers.

Addressing the loyalty program, customer service policies and even the flow of customer traffic has been a top priority in readying the property for its opening.

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‘Summer lovin’ happened so fast …’

It seemed like just yesterday that The Boardwalk was going through an identity crisis. Casinos were closing, and the city was losing its luster. Oh, how a few months can change everything.

Today, locals and tourists are excitedly planning for a summer the likes of which hasn’t been seen in years.

Two grand opening celebrations (Ocean Resort Casino and Hard Rock Atlantic City) and a 40th-anniversary party (Resorts Casino Hotel) translates to a very active tourist season. Then there is an extensive entertainment lineup and curiosity around the new face of The Boardwalk.

All of that means Atlantic City is the place to be for some serious summer fun.

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Kim Yuhl has been covering the US online gambling market since 2013. Her work is featured on various sites and covers sports betting, online casino gambling, and online poker. Kim is a full-time traveler and vlogger and is currently slow traveling to 60 countries. You can follow her travels at and on YouTube at kimandway.

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