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Owners of Trump Plaza casino expect it will close

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey--Atlantic City's crumbling casino market disintegrated even further Saturday as the owners of the Trump Plaza casino said they expect to shut it down in mid-September.

Trump Entertainment Resorts told The Associated Press that no final decision has been made on the Boardwalk casino. But the company said it expects the casino to close its doors Sept. 16.

Notices warning employees of the expected closing will go out to the casino's 1,000-plus employees Monday.

If Trump Plaza closes, Atlantic City could lose a third of its casinos and a quarter of its casino workforce in less than nine months. The Atlantic Club closed in January, the Showboat is closing next month and Revel might do likewise if a buyer can't be found in bankruptcy court.

The head of Atlantic City's main casino workers' union demanded state lawmakers help head off what he called a “pending catastrophe” that will affect the state's tourism industry and tax collections.

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This Dec. 9, 2011 file photo shows the exterior of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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