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nio says. "He truly cares about the property and when he
was younger he worked here on the boardwalk. He wants to
see the region do well and so we've been on this journey to
turn the property around."

A BIGGER MENU
In 2012, Resorts Casino Hotel did two major things that
began its course to profitability and set a trend of future
improvements. First, it brought in a new management
team, Mohegan Sun, which also is a 10 percent owner of
the property. Mohegan Sun will run the daily operations at
Resorts Casino Hotel's two towers.
The beachfront complex includes two major restaurants, Margaritaville and Landshark Bar and Grill, and the
5 o'Clock Somewhere Bar that sits directly on the casino
floor. Margaritaville was followed by the Quick Bites food
court that includes Famiglia Pizza, Ruby's Diner, Soup Man,
Häagen-Dazs and Dunkin' Donuts. "For many years, Resorts
went without having enough food offerings so people
would leave and go to other places," Giannantonio says.
"But now we have more places for them to eat and drink
and really round out our core restaurants."

To help ensure its ongoing profitability, Resorts Casino Hotel has added more food and beverage
options, including the 5 o'Clock Somewhere Bar, which sits directly on the casino floor.

into the future," he says. "We're investing in our properties
and employees to ensure that when a customer takes a trip
from New York and comes to Atlantic City and stays at our
resort that it will be a memorable experience for them."

LET'S MEET
Resorts Casino Hotel is expanding is its conference center
area by adding 12,000 square feet of space and 11 additional conference rooms. When the renovation is complete,
Resorts, along with Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, will have
more than 64,000 square feet of meeting and event space
consisting of 27 conference and event rooms accommodating from 40 to 1,350 guests.
"Right now we're maximized with the number of conventions we can do because we don't have enough meeting
rooms," Giannantonio says. "Once this opens in August, we
will really build that core business of meetings and conventions, which is essential to be a casino in Atlantic City and
really do well going into the future."
Giannantonio says Resorts Casino Hotel has continued
renovating guest suites and bathrooms at both of its hotel
towers - the 480-room Ocean Tower and the 459-room
Rendezvous Tower.
Resorts Casino Hotel also has teamed up with SNG to
develop an easy-to-use online casino gaming platform that
will launch by March. It is working with Poker Stars, the
largest online gaming poker provider in the world. Giannantonio says the partnerships will help Resorts Casino Hotel
stay competitive in the long-term.
"Atlantic City has certainly contracted from loss in gaming
revenues, but those that survived will do really well now and
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