Revel owner balks at getting casino license

(AP) -- The new owner of the former Revel casino in Atlantic City says he won't begin reopening the property while New Jersey gambling regulators insist that he get a casino license.

Glenn Straub tells The Associated Press he should not have to go through the same costly, time-consuming licensing that other casino owners do because he is acting simply as a landlord to an outside company that would run the casino.

David Rebuck, director of the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, says the state will consider allowing Straub to obtain a lower-level license, but emphasized that he needs some level of license before the casino can reopen.

Straub says he plans to appeal the matter to the state Casino Control Commission.

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