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The Showboat Atlantic City is a hotel and former casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Showboat opened as a casino hotel in 1987 and closed in 2014; the hotel reopened in 2016. It is owned by developer Bart Blatstein.[3]

Showboat Atlantic City
Showboat and House of Blues.jpg
View of Showboat from the boardwalk
General information
LocationAtlantic City, New Jersey
Address801 Boardwalk[1]
OpeningMarch 30, 1987
(as casino/hotel)
July 8, 2016 (as hotel only)
Renovated2003, 2007, 2016
ClosedAugust 31, 2014
(as casino/hotel)
OwnerBart Blatstein
Other information
Number of rooms1,331[2]
ThemeNew Orleans
Total gaming space127,978 sq ft (11,889.5 m2)[2]
Casino typeLand-based



On March 30, 1987, the Showboat Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center opened with a 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) casino and a 60-lane bowling alley,[4] The complex was built on land leased from Resorts International,[5] just north of the under-construction Resorts Taj Mahal (which became the Trump Taj Mahal upon opening in 1990, now reopening as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City). The grand opening ceremony featured Bob Hope and Al Hirt.[4]

The Showboat opened the city's first racebook in 1993, following the legalization in 1990 of casino simulcast wagering.[6]

Steelman Partners completed a major renovation in 1995, creating a Mardi Gras theme.

In 1998, the property's parent company, Showboat, Inc., was purchased by Harrah's Entertainment, now Caesars Entertainment.

With the popularity of bowling on the decline, the bowling alley was closed in 2001, and the space was used for a new buffet and a coffee shop.[7]

In May 2003, the Showboat added a 544-room, $90 million hotel tower called the Orleans Tower. In 2007, the hotel remodeled its original tower, the Bourbon Tower.

In the past decade, many improvements were made to the establishment, including a new hotel tower and a House of Blues on the boardwalk, along with a complete renovation of the boardwalk facade.

In June 2014, Caesars Entertainment announced the planned closure of the Showboat, even though the property was profitable. The move was made in an effort to stabilize Caesars's other Atlantic City casinos.[8][9] After a buyer could not be found, the Showboat closed on August 31, 2014, at 4:00 PM. It employed 2,100 people, but 470 of them were immediately hired at other Caesars casinos.[10] The shutdown came amid a wave of closures of Atlantic City properties, with four of the city's casinos closing in 2014.

On December 13, 2014, Richard Stockton College (later Stockton University) purchased the Showboat for $18 million, with plans to develop a full-service residential campus awarding undergraduate and graduate degrees and other professional training programs.[11][12] The plan was derailed by legal issues, and Stockton sold the property to Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein for $23 million in January 2016.[3][13][14][15][16][17]

Blatstein announced in June 2016 that the Showboat would reopen the following month as a non-gaming hotel.[18] The "new" Showboat Atlantic City Hotel opened July 8, accepting reservations and welcoming guests. The new hotel features only one restaurant, bar and coffee shop. The former casino space and House of Blues areas are currently closed indefinitely and decorated with images of Atlantic City.

In February 2018, Blatstein took a preliminary step toward applying for a casino license for the property. Blatstein said "There is over a billion dollars worth of investment in that part of the town that should not be ignored," referring to the reopening of two shuttered casinos next to the Showboat, the Ocean Resort Casino and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.[19] Later that year, Blatstein announced plans to convert 264 of the Showboat's hotel rooms into apartments.[20]


Current Restaurants

  • Worship Surf Bar
  • Canal Street Coffee Shop
  • 12 Bar
  • Bricker's Burgers & More [21]
  • Atlantic City Eatery

Former Restaurants


Showboat Gaming Floor

Showboat had a 3,500 sq.ft. spa, a fitness center, a pool and two gift shops. Prior to the addition to the House of Blues, shows were performed in two venues, either the Mardi Gras Showroom or Mississippi Pavilion. Bob Hope was the first headliner at the resort. Other headliners included Phyllis Diller, Charo, The Judds, Ray Charles, The Spinners, Jack Jones, Alan King and Willie Nelson. Smaller Las Vegas-style revue shows were also sporadically booked in the Mardi Gras Showroom. The opening of The House of Blues in 2005 saw the entertainment bookings ranging from Cyndi Lauper Elvis Costello to the White Stripes to Erykah Badu. Boxing matches are held at the casino.[22]

Upon the reopening of the Showboat, the hotel rebranded the former House of Blues as the Bourbon Room[23] which hosts concerts and other events. The hotel also introduced a video arcade called Starcade[24] and a glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course sponsored by Glow Golf[25] However, both the Starcade and Glow Golf establishments have closed.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Property Record for 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
  2. ^ a b Showboat Atlantic City Review by Casino City
  3. ^ a b Jonathan Lai (January 15, 2016). "Stockton completes Showboat sale to Blatstein". Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on January 17, 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  4. ^ a b Donald Janson (March 31, 1987). "12th casino hotel opens, with 60-lane attraction". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  5. ^ George Anastasia (February 11, 1986). "Hearing focuses on Resorts as a redeveloper". Philadelphia Inquirer.
  6. ^ Mike Farrell (May 29, 1993). "Casino welcomes horses". The Record. Bergen County, NJ. Archived from the original on March 29, 2015.  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  7. ^ Joe Bob Briggs (January 9, 2002). "The Vegas Guy: Showboat Atlantic City". UPI. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  8. ^ Caesars closing Showboat Casino 'to stabilize our business in Atlantic City' | Breaking News |
  9. ^ Showboat closes after 27 years in Atlantic City - News -
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Forand, Rebecca (December 12, 2014). "Stockton buys Showboat for $18 million, creating 'Island campus'". South Jersey Times. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
  12. ^ Trump Taj Mahal blocking Stockton University move to Showboat, says school president |
  13. ^ Opinion: Showboat good for Stockton and A.C. - Opinion: Guest Writers -
  14. ^ Stockton President Resigns Over Purchase of Bankrupt Showboat Casino - NJ Spotlight
  15. ^ [2]
  16. ^ New information indicates Stockton University broke N.J. law in purchasing Showboat casino - News -
  17. ^ Costs from Stockton University's casino purchase grow - News -
  18. ^ Wayne Parry (June 3, 2016). "Atlantic City's Showboat is reopening — but without casino". Seattle Times. AP. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  19. ^ Nicholas Huba (February 20, 2018). "Is casino gaming returning to the Showboat?". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  20. ^ David Danzis (October 24, 2018). "Showboat may soon offer market-rate apartments". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
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  22. ^ "Boxing is making a comeback in Atlantic City". Retrieved 2019-03-24.
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