The Casino Control Commission might not have the last word after all regarding the need for Glenn Straub, owner of the casino-hotel property now known as Ten, to have a casino license. As mentioned in my post of February 5, 2017, 61% of Press of Atlantic City readers feel that the Commission is being excessively picky in holding him to this requirement. In their opinion, Straub should not be required to apply for a license inasmuch as he is leasing control of the casino to a third party. I disagree completely and have not changed my mind. However, the many people who are siding with Straub on this issue now have an influential government official rallying to the cause, State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Ray Lesniak.
According to Lesniak, it “makes no sense to have a landlord go through the same lengthy review as a casino operator and stand in the way of its opening and creating business activity and employment.”
In fact, Lesniak has now introduced a bill to waive the requirement for a casino license for hotel owners who lease their gaming operations to a third party. A hearing date has not been set as yet.
As the debate continues, there is still one thing I don’t understand. Why is Straub so adamant about not applying for a license? If getting a license is what it takes to open Ten to the public, he should just do it and stop procrastinating and coming up with excuses.
What are your thoughts on this matter? Should Straub be exempt from having to get a casino license?