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Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City demolished

25 May 2007. Gambling has been legal in Atlantic City one of the few such cities in the United States since the first casino opened in 1978. AFP Trump Plaza in Atlantic City Will Be Imploded Later This Week
Cecil Davis | 17 February, 2021, 22:26

A former casino that has been shuttered for over half a decade will soon undergo a Las Vegas-style implosion despite the future of the oceanside property remaining somewhat uncertain.

Ahead of Wednesday's demolition, Atlantic City Fire Chief Scott Evans said the complex once owned and operated by Trump "will crumble like a deck of cards".

Atlantic City imploded a vacant building that once housed a casino owned by former President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

Issues at the casino mostly related to its debt forced the building to close in 2014 after Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for its fifth bankruptcy. Ichan Enterprises took ownership of the property in 2016. The 39-story tower has since had its windows, exterior, and other elements removed and a formal implosion schedule was set last summer. The hotel had been closed for several years before its ultimate demise.

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Billed during its peak as "Atlantic City's centerpiece", the casino attracted movie stars, athletes and rock stars to must-see events like a Mike Tyson boxing bout or a Rolling Stones concert held next door in Boardwalk Hall.

The Trump Plaza first opened in 1984 and was for a time the most successful casino in Atlantic City.

"This is the fitting end of Trump's era", Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small said of the planned demolition, later condemning him for making "a mockery" of the Jersey community "when he said, 'I made a lot of money in Atlantic City and I got out'".