3 In other local news, we're following -- what could be a business boost in the Regency area. Many hope the New York based investment company that recently bought Regency Square Mall, will help turn the struggling shopping center around. Almost two years ago, many argued the new Best Bet poker room would have a negative impact on Regency. But as Channel 4's Chris Parenteau shows us, Best Bet Poker is becoming a Good deal for the area. 3 0-515-2021-26 When planning and construction of the Best Bet poker room were ongoing, many people spoke out against the facility, arguing that it would bring in the wrong crowd and wouldn't fit in the area. Two years later it is making a big impact in the Regency community. SOT Michael Munz - Best Bet Jacksonville Spokesman 30:05 We are actually very bullish in the Regency area.We think that when we came in, we helped start to see some revitalization occur.THere have been some other positives that have happened in the area. Some other renovations in the area, and other stores have opened. VO With stores closing around it, business at Best Bet Jacksonville hasn't slowed since they opened. Across the street, the recently sold Regency Square Mall hasn't been so successful. Many, including Best Bet, hope that sale will boost the struggling shopping center, because they say when the mall thrives, the entire area does. SOT 30:24 We are actually really happy with the sale of the mall. I think that will bring an infusion of new ideas and increase capitol in the area. I think that from a long term standpoint, we are very positive of this area. SOT The things that were built around the mall, were built because of the mall.With the mall suffering, they do too. VO Best Bet spokesman Michael Munz says that even though the mall sale doesn't directly impact them, the long term benefit of a successful mall is a big one. SOT 30:54 It's obvious that if the mall does have a resurgence, that it helps everybody.31:12 I think the mall's revitalization could have a greater impact on the community, so that is what we are looking forward to. VO One of the concerns many had when Best Bet opened was that it would bring more crime to an area that didn't need it. But Munz says they have done a lot of work to make sure that doesn't happen. SOT 29:46 We invested a lot here infrastructure wise.You can see the changes externally that we have made in the parking lot.Inside, people have responded really well to that. LKL TAG Even though the new mall owners haven't announced their plans for renovations or redevelopment of the mall, the folks at the Poker Room have shown that businesses can thrive in this area, giving many living in the area hope that the mall can do the same.CP CH 4, TLS.