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The Gaming Hall of Fame

2005 Inductee

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

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Donald Trump (b. 1946) is one of the world's best known developers.

During the 1970s Trump made his name as a Manhattan developer, and in the next decade he turned his attention to the casino industry, specifically Atlantic City. In 1984, Harrah's at Trump Plaza opened on the Boardwalk. It was a joint venture between Trump and Holiday Inns, which was then the parent company of Harrah's. Harrah's sold its interest in the project to Trump two years later, and it became known as Trump Plaza.

In 1985, Trump purchased Hilton Hotels' completed Atlantic City marina project after that company was denied a license by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. Named Trump's Castle and then, in 1998, rechristened Trump Marina, the property extended Trump's casino empire.

Trump then acquired the unfinished Taj Mahal casino project from Resorts International, which Merv Griffin purchased, as well as the closed Atlantis (formerly Playboy) casino, which he operated as the Trump Regency, a hotel without gaming. He re-opened the Regency as the Trump's World's Fair casino in 1996, but the casino closed in 1999 and was demolished. The Taj opened in spring 1990 and has had considerably more success; for many years, it was the market's leading property.

A foray into the Indiana riverboat market ended in 2005, and Trump refocused in his Atlantic City operations. Around this time, the success of the reality television show "The Apprentice" re-introduced Trump, and his position as a pop culture icon was re-solidified.

Since then, Trump's casinos have closed or been sold, and he has been elected the 45th President of the United States of America.

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