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Well, at least Borgata will open in July

Jun 3, 2003 12:47 AM

The Borgata, Atlantic City’s newest casino hotel, will begin taking reservations this week. The question is for when.

The Newark Star Ledger reports that the casino is scheduled to open July 11 at the latest. It could open as early as July 1.

"We’ll open when we’re ready," said Larry Mullin, Borgata’s executive vice president of marketing. "We’re very confident that our property is preparing to be open for the dates we’re taking reservations for. That does not mean that (July 11) is our opening date."

Groundbreaking on the $1.1 billion resort took place nearly three years ago. When Borgata does officially open, it will become the first new casino at Atlantic City in 13 years.

More than 200 groups have been booked.

Chicago set to gamble

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said he wants to pitch his city as "world class" and blot out an old image of being a "crime-infested gangster haunt." So, he brings in gambling?

The Boston Globe reported last week that the mayor has plans underway for a casino large enough for 4,000 gamblers.

"Mayor Daley has been talking about Chicago being a city of neighborhoods, a city for families," said Jacqueline Leavy, executive director of the Neighborhood Capital Budget Group.

"And now he’s trying to turn it into a seedy Atlantic City. I ask, ”˜Do we really want to grow up to be a Midwestern Vegas?’ "Others embrace the idea as a way to keep city services fully funded without raising taxes.

"I think it’s a great idea," said state Representative Robert Molaro, a Chicago Democrat. "Right now state law prohibits a casino in Chicago. But we would be willing to change the law from them to have one."

21 or off casino floor

The Connecticut state legislature passed a bill last week that will give casino personnel greater control over who can be near slots and games of chance.

The Norwich Bulletin reports that state law forbids gambling by people under age 21 but, until the new bill, there were no provisions regarding casino floors.

A violation of the new law would be a misdemeanor. First offenders could be fined up to $100.

Repeat violators could face up to $500 in fines and 30 days in jail.