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Trump Taj Mahal reopens poker room, Icahn waits on $100 million investment

New slot machine part of new owner's $15M infusion

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Casino patrons at the Trump Taj Mahal were able to sit down at a poker table for the first time in over a year.

The casino and hotel reopened its poker room on Friday for the first time since shutting down in February 2015.

The reopening is part of $15 million worth of renovations from new owner Carl Icahn, who is sitting on an additional $100 million until a decision is made on North Jersey casinos.

“We’re all in a wait and see game with North Jersey and we’ll wait and see. But in the meantime the property needs some things done so we’ll bring it up to speed and hopefully turn it around,” said Eric Fiocco, chief marketing officer at Tropicana Entertainment.

Along with the 24-table poker room, the casino has added 250 new slot machines to its property. Fiocoo expects all the new machines to be installed by the middle of July.

Fiocco said the renovations were necessary to keep the Taj competitive with other casinos in Atlantic City.

“At one time this was the biggest and best poker room in town but things have changed. And we want to bring it back because it was one of the things that made the Taj successful and relevant,” Fiocco said.

According to the Associated Press, the Taj Mahal took $180 million from gamblers last year, ranking it seventh out of Atlantic City's eight casinos.

Fiocco also said that part of Icahn’s $15 million infusion will include renovations to 300 of the 2,000-room hotel.

“We’re in firm belief that if you want to be a full service casino and hotel then you have to offer every amenity,” Fiocco said.

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