The national gentleman's club chain is slated to open its first Atlantic City location in 2012,
In September 2010, it was reported that national strip club Scores was possibly coming to the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
More than a year later, it looks like the high-end gentleman's club, with locations across the country, will be dancing on Atlantic City's lap after all.
According to The Associated Press, New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement ruled Friday, Dec. 23, that the Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City could legally have a strip club inside its property.
While several gentleman's clubs dot Atlantic City's landscape, including the recently opened Diving Horse Cabaret, in the city's 33 years of legalized casinos, it would be the first strip club to be located inside a casino.
Robert Griffin, CEO of Trump Entertainment Resorts, said on Friday: "We have reached an agreement to bring Scores to the Trump Taj Mahal in 2012. This multi-faceted project will give us additional entertainment, food, beverage, and retail amenities that will be great additions to the property."
Earlier this year, Trump Entertainment Resorts sold its long-held Steel Pier, a family amusement park located across the Boardwalk from the Taj Mahal, to its long-time operators.
Now, a $3 million Scores club will be a new major attraction at the casino, provided the company can apply for and get a liquor license, according to the AP.
Because of strict regulations with regard to strips clubs in Atlantic City, the Division of Gaming Enforcement said "dancers could strip down only to a G-string and pasties. Lap dances would be prohibited, as would any simulation of sexual activity," according to the AP.
Private dance rooms, however, would be available according to Friday's ruling, which also would permit "table-side" dances to seated patrons.
Tips could be tucked inside a dancer's leg garter.
"This regulation does not prohibit the wearing of pasties and thongs by dancers/entertainers within the casino-hotel complex, and clearly contemplates that some entertainment offerings in a casino hotel complex will be suggestive," acting director David Rebuck read from the ruling.
The division says the state of New Jersey had anticipated the "Las Vegas-style revue" would one day become a part of Atlantic City's casino model, but with certain restrictions.
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“I do a lot of business in Seattle, New York and other parts of the country, and whenever I’d host clients in A.C. I kept hearing ‘where is there a gentleman’s club?’ There are strip clubs, but no gentleman’s clubs and I wanted to open an upscale place where businessmen can enjoy themselves in a clean, safe environment without the strip-club mentality.”
A spokesperson for the Trump Taj Mahal tells Atlantic City Weekly that the casino is in negotiations with Scores to bring the club to Atlantic City.
Griffin has held senior management positions at the company's Trump Marina Hotel Casino between 1992 and 1998.