, 49, of Margate, lost his
$362,000-a-year job as president of Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino
and was banned from the business here for five years in 2001.
, who once referred to himself as "the David Copperfield of deception," unsuccessfully sought early reapplication for a casino license last year and is now trying again.
Despite character references from compulsive gambling experts, rival casino operators and others, however, the state Division of Gaming Enforcement
contends DiBartolomeo's failure to come clean about his
lies makes him unsuitable to hold a casino license.
DiBartolomeo "remains arrogant, manipulative and unrepentant, and continues to demonstrate contempt both for the casino regulators and the casino regulatory process," said Deputy Attorney General Gary Ehrlich, representing the Division of Gaming.
DiBartolomeo, who rose from craps dealer to casino president, made his name as a player development executive who wooed high rollers while working at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort and Caesars.
got hooked on gambling in the process and became a high roller himself, betting thousands of dollars per hand in Las Vegas casinos and elsewhere.
New Jersey regulators found out about his
betting and ordered him to quit gambling as a condition of his
license renewal in 1995.
violated the restriction and lied to state investigators to cover it up, prompting them to impose the five-year ban.
That was in 2001.
sought permission to reapply early last year and was rejected.
In letters submitted on his
behalf, Caesars Entertainment Inc.
CEO Wallace Barr, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts President Mark Brown, compulsive gambling counselor Harvey Fogel and a Little League official -- DiBartolomeo is a coach -- all vouched for him.
But Ehrlich, in a letter to Commission Chairwoman Linda Kassekert, said DiBartolomeo has never accepted the responsibility for his missteps, instead blaming them on compulsive gambling.
That shouldn't be held against DiBartolomeo
since the Division of Gaming and the state Casino Control Commission both knew of the application beforehand, according to Levenson.