Ocean Resort owner talks of future plans as he seeks casino license

All signs suggest the Ocean Resort will be granted a gaming license as soon as Thursday.

David Madden
June 20, 2018 - 5:46 pm
Ocean Resort

David Madden / KYW Newsradio


ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- One week before opening to the public, the owner operator of the Ocean Resort testified before the Casino Control Commission in his effort to obtain a license to operate.
Sixty-three-year-old Bruce Deifik is a lifelong businessman with experience owning a couple small casinos in Vegas. He and his family plan to be hands on at the Ocean, and he's ready to work with competitors.

"Our customers can go watch a show at Hard Rock, go watch a show at Borgata, go watch a show at Tropicana and eat at our place, play Top Golf at our place, be at our sports book at our place and put their head on their pillow at our place," Deifik said.  
That's not to say they won't offer entertainment. Jamie Foxx will be the headliner on opening weekend and they've brought on a private firm to handle hiring other acts.
He has lived in Atlantic City for the last 13 months, and had to address a number of issues just to acquire the property in January from Florida developer Glenn Straub. Once that was completed, there were concerns with government and lease holders at various businesses at the old Revel, all of which have now been addressed.
Deifik says he's ready to open on June 28, the same day as the Hard Rock and says he plans to make the experience for visitors and guests alike unique and memorable.
"We could make this hotel casino property into one of the great properties in the world," he added. "Not just Atlantic City, but the world."
He hopes to add some 500 rooms to the 1,400 already available and have some 3,000 full-time staffers on site within a year.
All signs suggest the commission will grant Ocean Resort a gaming license as soon as Thursday.