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Hard Rock may enter Atlantic City

Florida’s Seminole Indians are renewing their torturous debate about entering Atlantic City’s gambling market. The tribe, which owns the Hard Rock brand, has long played the role of Hamlet, wrestling for years with the question of whether to be (or not to be) in the city. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission will hold a special meeting Thursday to consider preliminary approval for the company to own a casino in Atlantic City. It applied nearly a year ago for a “statement of compliance,” which is a preliminary step in becoming licensed to own a casino in New Jersey. Hard Rock said it “remains interested in the Atlantic City casino industry and may, if found qualified, engage in a business or activity that would require the issuance of a casino license. Atlantic City saw four of its 12 casinos close last year; three of the remaining gambling halls are in bankruptcy.