Atlantic City's newest casino readies for opening

January 4, 2012 2:32:40 PM PST
The Revel Casino in Atlantic City is getting ready its big opening later this year.

On Wednesday, the city's newest casino took delivery of the first of its 2,300 slot machines. The arrival is a big deal as the $2.5 billion mega-resort steams toward its spring opening.

"I think customers are going to see a lot of different themes and titles and technology they haven't seen before," said George Mancuso, VP of slot operations.

In November, for the first time, Pennsylvania's ten gaming halls made more than Atlantic City's 11 casinos, but the head of Revel slots says new gains in technology will help Atlantic City recover some of its losses.

"By bringing those players back, that they're going to want to visit and see these new products," said Mancuso. "We'll be pleased to be a part of that process, of Atlantic City's rebound."

Meantime, Revel is in the process of hiring 5,500 employees to staff the sprawling resort.

"We are in full ramp-up mode in hiring," said Moreen Siman, the executive director for Revel's public relations. She said there will be group interviews for all types of positions including managers, supervisors and front line employees.

"You always want to get in on the ground floor because you have a role in how it all turns out," said job applicant Harold Robinson.

Almost 2,000 construction workers have been employed to build the gleaming 47-story beach front hotel and entertainment center.

Action News caught up with some tourists from Boston who took a stroll on the boardwalk to check out Revel. They're excited about the arrival of the brand new slot machines, but miss the old 'one armed bandits.'

"It took you a bit longer to lose your money," said Mary Hurley. "It's so easy to lose it now just pressing a button!"

Revel officials say construction and finishing work is ahead of schedule and they expect to be more than ready for the May 15th opening.