Trump Taj Mahal Moves A Step Closer To Closure And Announces Shutdown Schedule

Posted on October 5, 2016

[toc]The Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City will close its doors early on Monday, Oct. 10. It will leave the seaside gambling town with just seven brick-and-mortar casinos.

Gamblers who currently have casino chips from the property can redeem them there for two hours after the gambling ceases, the casino said on its Facebook page.

The Trump Taj Mahal’s cage will be open until 8 a.m. on Oct 10.

Closing timeline for Trump Taj Majal

Though Trump Taj Mahal casino chips won’t become worthless after Oct. 10, here’s a brief look at the schedule for this upcoming weekend for poker players looking to prepare:

  • All register hotel guests must check out by noon on Sunday, Oct. 9.
  • Comp dollars can be redeemed until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 9.
  • Gaming vouchers and casino chips can be redeemed at the casino until 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct 10. After that point, you can redeem them at Tropicana Atlantic City.
  • The property will close and cease casino and hotel operations on Oct. 10 at 5:59 a.m.
  • Self-parking will end at 5:59 a.m. on Oct. 10, and cars can be retrieved until 5 p.m. on Oct. 10.
  • The valet entrance closes at 5:59 a.m. on Oct. 10, and cars can be retrieved until 1 p.m. on Oct. 10.
  • All promotional offers with valid dates after 5:59 a.m. on Oct. 10 are canceled and invalid.

Why is the casino shutting down?

Despite gaming win falling significantly, the casino’s owner, billionaire Carl Icahn, said that the casino can’t be profitable without cutting its labor costs. The labor union fought back and with no resolution, Icahn moved to close the facility.

Icahn acquired the casino through Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February 2016 for roughly $300 million. At the time, he said he was “confident” he could turn around the casino’s business.

Trump Taj Mahal gaming win in 2016

According to figures from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, the casino won $116.5 million from gamblers through the first eight months of this year. That was a 7.9 percent decline compared to the same period a year prior.

The casino was the worst performing in Atlantic City. It wasn’t involved with regulated NJ online gambling.

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The poker room

The casino closed its storied poker room in February 2015. It reopened with 24 tables (down from 48 in the past) in May 2016 and raked $112,000 for the month.

In January 2015, the last full month the poker room was open prior to reopening this year, rake was $178,000. Trump Taj Mahal poker revenue fell to $80,000 in August.

The casino originally planned to reopen the room just months after it closed, but it took over a year for it to do so.

Golden Nugget NJ had poker revenue of $75,000 in August (the least among the city’s poker rooms), but it had just 10 tables.

Citywide, poker revenue (both live and online) was $4.52 million in August. About $2.35 million came from live poker, while $2.17 million came from internet poker.

The Trump Taj Mahal’s poker room was once a decent draw for the property. It raked $3.57 million in 2014, the last full year it was in business. That put it in fourth behind Borgata ($19.87 million), Bally’s ($4.4 million) and Harrah’s ($3.8 million).

At this point, its second closing will have a negligible effect on the Garden State poker market.

Image credit: Paul Dempsey / Shutterstock.com

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