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Revel megaresort opens in Atlantic City

Atlantic City, the nation’s second largest gambling market, has a new casino resort.

The highly-anticipated Revel opened with much fanfare at 7 a.m. Monday. State and local dignitaries, including New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, were on hand to kick off an eight-week preview of the resort.

The smoke-free beachfront property features more than 1,800 rooms with ocean views. It has indoor and outdoor pools, gardens, lounges, and a 32,000-square-foot spa called Bask. For dining, guests can choose from 14 restaurants, including Jose Garces’ Distrito Cantina and Robert Wiedmaier’s Mussel Bar. For entertainment, there are live acts, nightclubs, an oceanfront day club, a 130,000 square-foot casino, and a collection of boutiques.

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See pictures of the new Revel in Atlantic City

The recession hit Atlantic City hard, and city officials are hoping Revel can breathe new life into a lackluster hotel and casino market. Gambling revenue has fallen from $5.2 billion in 2006 to $3.3 billion last year, according to the Associated Press. The city is trying to look more like Las Vegas, which has managed to become more than just a gambling destination with new high-end hotels, gourmet restaurants, spas, and entertainment venues.

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A Memorial Day premiere to inaugurate Revel will feature concerts headlined by Beyoncé. Popular acts Maroon 5 and The Black Keys also are scheduled to perform.

Ocean rooms start at $239 and ocean suites at $359. Other suites beginning with view suites start at $479.

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