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Just as Atlantic City Stems Bleeding, Competition Closes In

  • New Jersey budget counts on highest tax revenue in eight years
  • Revel flopped after Beyonce; Hard Rock has DougT the hypnotist
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Four nights of Beyonce failed to ignite lasting buzz for Revel, the $2.4 billion Atlantic City casino that flopped after little more than two years. Now the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is heading to New Jersey’s battered gambling resort with a mix for the masses: country greats, headline comics, 1980s pop stars, even a hypnotist.

The oceanside city is showing signs of a rebound, after a decade-long decline led to the closing of five of 12 casinos, With two new venues set to open in 2018, Governor Phil Murphy is projecting the highest casino-tax revenue in eight years -- just as more competition has arrived or is coming in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.