State Senate has approved the development of  two small scale casinos on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

 

Originally, full-fledged casinos had to have at least 500 hotel rooms.  These 'microcasinos' can have 200 hotel rooms, and the Chelsea hotel is already starting the process of redeveloping into a 'microcasino'.

 

According to the Press of Atlantic City, 'Curtis Bashaw, owner of The Chelsea hotel, reiterated his desire to create an upscale, intimate casino in his Boardwalk property. Bashaw would like to sprinkle in some table games and a few slot machines on the fifth floor to complement The Chelsea’s dining and nightclub attractions.'

 

With the closing of four major casinos in Atlantic City, 'mini-casinos' might just be one more thing to further help the city's economy.  All of this of course would still need to be approved by the state assembly and Governor Chris Christie.  If approved, it might take up to a year for Chelsea to transform part of their hotel into a casino.