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Ocean Resort Casino celebrates grand opening

28 June 2018

Mark Wahlberg in attendance at the ceremonial ribbon cutting

Mark Wahlberg in attendance at the ceremonial ribbon cutting (photo by Gary Trask)

(PRESS RELEASE) -- After months of anticipation, executives from AC Ocean Walk, LLC, Ocean Resort Casino and Hyatt joined Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam, New Jersey Senator Chris Brown, Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Dave Rebuck, and actor Mark Wahlberg for a ceremonial ribbon cutting today to celebrate the official opening of the 1,399-room Ocean Resort Casino, located directly on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

“This ribbon cutting is a truly spectacular moment for our company, our team members, and the community, as it represents the months of planning and work it took to make the vision we had for Ocean Resort Casino a reality,” said Bruce Deifik, the Chairman of AC Ocean Walk, LLC, which owns and manages Ocean Resort Casino. “It has been an incredible privilege for my family and I to be a part of this journey and the collaborative efforts that breathed new life into this property, not to mention the opportunity to work with some of the best-in-class people, partners and brands across many industries. We are truly excited about welcoming our guests with open arms and the future of Atlantic City.”

Ocean Resort Casino was acquired by AC Ocean Walk, LLC in January of 2018, and has undergone an overall property refresh that goes hand-in-hand with a philosophical reinvention of the property’s guest experience, aimed toward creating a welcoming, exciting and engaging destination resort casino. The evolution began with developing better accessibility, enhancing guest experiences, adding amenities appealing to a broad audience and building relationships with recognized and respected brand partners. With its opening, Ocean Resort Casino joins The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand.

“The transformation of Ocean Resort Casino has been such a rewarding experience – both from a development and operational standpoint – due to the renewed energy and enthusiasm from the residents and visitors of Atlantic City to see a revitalization of the gaming industry,” said Ocean Resort Casino CEO Frank Leone. “As our vision for this resort casino started taking shape, we began to realize how remarkably special this opportunity was for this time and this place, and I can speak for our team members when I say that we are thrilled opening day has arrived, and we can finally showcase Ocean Resort Casino to the public.

Here is what guests can expect from the new Ocean Resort Casino:

Visitors to Ocean Resort Casino will enjoy the emphasis placed on an enhanced guest experience immediately upon arrival, with free self-parking through 4 September 2018, and improved access to the property from a number of entry points, with one of the most recognizable changes being greater accessibility directly from Atlantic City’s iconic boardwalk.

Additionally, Ocean Resort Casino’s industry-leading “Resort Ambassador Program” consists of dedicated and trained team members who are available on-site to create a welcoming environment, provide information and guidance and make the guest experience as enjoyable as possible.

As guests enter the 138,000 square-foot casino floor, one of the first things they will notice is the newly reimagined, easy-to-navigate layout which includes more than 100 popular table games and nearly 2,000 of the latest and most innovative slot machines. The casino floor centerpiece is the new, state-of-the-art 7,500 square-foot sports book and bar operated in partnership with William Hill. It features multiple large screens for viewing a diverse range of sporting events, real-time betting and private suites for hosting special events or private parties.

Ocean Resort Casino is also proud to introduce a new and robust loyalty program, Ocean Premier, where moving up matters. Ocean Premier membership rewards play and matches the rewards offered at all tier levels found across other Atlantic City properties, 2x comps every day, 3x tier credits through 30 September 2018, plus valuable incentives including preferred access, ascension gifts at every level, remarkable comps, suite upgrades and much more. Players will also earn tier credits and comps when they play both in the casino and online, and the program offers rewards to enjoy at every level.

A unique property feature is the one-of-a-kind high-limit gaming room that boasts breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and provides guests with an experience and amenities unlike any other within the area.

Above the casino, Ocean Resort Casino offers games of a different sort at The Den bar, featuring a number of amenities that provides gamers with a more casual space, including video games and eSports.

Registered hotel guests of Ocean Resort Casino have a variety of options of room types and size within the city’s tallest hotel tower, and all 1,399 guestrooms feature sweeping vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. Guestrooms range from standard rooms with queen beds to one bedroom suites, with king beds and a separate sitting room. As part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, the hotel offers guests the opportunity to earn World of Hyatt points that can be redeemed for free-night awards and other benefits at Ocean Resort Casino and Hyatt locations worldwide. The hotel is also pet-friendly, allowing guests to visit with their dogs.

For organizations seeking to hold group meetings, special events and conventions in a memorable location, Ocean Resort Casino features 160,000 square feet of meeting and convention space available to accommodate a variety of needs. In addition, the hotel offers 90,000 square feet of flexible outdoor special event space for truly unique receptions and celebrations.

Featuring a 40,000 square-foot onsite Exhale spa, Hyatt’s newly acquired fitness and spa brand, Ocean Resort Casino is a perfect spot for hotel guests or visitors to feel relaxed, revitalized and pampered. With 31 treatment rooms, a 3,000 square-foot bath house, a mind body studio and retail boutique, guests can turn their stay into a commitment to well-being.

“As we developed Ocean Resort Casino, we wanted to incorporate a number of different activities and venues that would draw people in from all over as well as serve the local visitors, giving them reasons to come back regularly,” said Leone.

For those looking to enjoy the ocean breeze and outside activities, there are six different swimming pools at the resort. On weekends, the energy level is turned up poolside, with one of the pools playing host to the popular HQ2’s Beachclub, a dayclub featuring live entertainment including DJs Kaskade, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano featured for opening weekend. Guests looking for a more exclusive feel may enjoy the private VIP area, Poseidon Pool & Cabana Club, featuring 13 cabanas overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City

Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City (photo by Gary Trask)

With the largest indoor Topgolf Swing Suite, both golfers and non-golfers can enjoy the social and entertaining experience offered by the 11 bays with various multi-sport interactive games, accommodating up eight people per bay. The venue will also feature a virtual putting green, large HDTV’s, lounge seating, expansive ocean views and superior hospitality amenities including food & beverage offerings.

As the sun sets, things heat up at Ocean Resort Casino with two nightclubs. The hugely popular HQ2 makes its return on 29 June 2018, with a line-up of globally recognized DJs and celebrity A-list appearances, starting with headliners Diplo and Jermaine Dupri scheduled for opening weekend. In addition, visionary nightlife entrepreneur Ivan Kane to bring back his immensely popular Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub, a mix of DJs, dancing and burlesque extravaganzas with live jazz and rock-and-roll bands backing the original lead vocals, a kind of reverse karaoke.

Ocean Resort Casino will also offer a number of live entertainment and concert performances in its 4,200 seat Ovation Hall event venue.

Ocean Resort Casino proudly debuts a number of dining experiences that range from quick, casual 24-hour restaurants and celebrity chef-driven fine dining restaurants, to dining outlets that offer great late-night dining. With more than 15 restaurants, the resort offers its guests a wide range of differing cuisines from restaurants including: chef partner Marc Forgione and LDV Hospitality’s American Cut, which captures the nostalgic essence of the traditional steakhouse with a modern sensibility; Dolce Mare, a variation of LDV Hospitality’s “Dolce Italian,” a Miami Beach staple; Amada, featuring a rich tradition of Spanish cuisine; Café 500, with long-standing menu favorites for all hours; Harper’s, a traditional bistro; Villain and Saint, a rock n’ roll music hall eatery; Zhen Bang Noodle & Sushi, an open-kitchen concept restaurant with a variety of Asian cuisines; and Distrito, a specialty concept restaurant with a focus on tacos. Coming soon will be Wahlburgers, known for its signature fresh burgers and housemade condiments.

“Whether our guests are celebrating a milestone, enjoying a family dinner or trying something different from what they have ever eaten before, we want them to have those experiences at Ocean Resort Casino and create their memories with us. We wanted to be able to offer enough variety that our restaurants have broad appeal, and I believe we have accomplished that goal,” said Leone.

The guest focus extends to Ocean Resort Casino’s retail offerings, designed to offer a variety of different shops and services onsite. These offerings include retail boutiques featuring apparel ranging from celebrity-branded fashion and accessories, to casual and beach apparel, fine jewelry and watches, gourmet and specialty food and beverage items and a full-service hair and nail salon.

Ocean Resort Casino is now accepting reservations. For more information and to reserve, please visit online, or call 866-50-OCEAN or (609) 783-8000.

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

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