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Hard Rock filing indicates interest in AC casino

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Seminole Indian tribe of Florida, through its Hard Rock franchise, has indicated a renewed interest in the Atlantic City casino market.

Hard Rock, the global casino and entertainment company, asked New Jersey gambling regulators for a ruling on whether the tribe would need to qualify for a casino license should the company acquire or build one here.

Hard Rock has been rumored for months to be interested in the struggling Revel Casino Hotel, whose owners are considering selling it.

In a ruling issued last month, the state’s Gaming Enforcement Division said the tribe itself does not need to qualify for a license, but listed several Hard Rock executives who would need to.

Hard Rock, which dropped a 2012 plan to build a casino here, and Revel wouldn’t comment.