Donald Trump Flees His Atlantic City Empire
Donald Trump still controls 28 percent of the stock. He offered to buy the rest of the company but was turned down by bondholders. Trump Entertainment's three casinos have already been through bankruptcy twice and Trump is reportedly not too happy about having his name attached to a company that could be going down the tubes. The company which was once worth $842 million is now worth just $7.3 million, a mere pittance in Trump terms.
Also at issue is the continued implosion of the Atlantic City resort economy. Gambling fell by 7.6 percent in 2008 as some gamblers stayed away and others went to casinos in other states. Major casinos in the area have either stalled out mid-construction or had to make deep layoffs. The Borgata cut 400 jobs in November and the $2.5 billion Revel casino project may be delayed for at least a year. Even without massive debt, Trump's three Atlantic City casinos would be facing a tough time. Given the economic climate and the amount of money owed it seems they may be doomed.
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