An aggressive slot refund promotion helped Atlantic City’s newest casino to a banner month in July, but most of the rest of the casinos got off to a cool start as summer heated up.
Total gambling revenue at the state’s 11 casinos was flat for the fiscal year that just ended, but gross revenue from table games grew 7.4 percent on the strength of continued strong growth at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem and the first full year of play at Valley Forge Casino Resort, according to annual figures released by state regulators Tuesday.
Authorities in New Jersey have indicted 23 people on charges they allegedly posed as business account holders to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars, withdrawing most of the money from casinos in Atlantic City.
Casinos in New Jersey and Nevada are among those forbidding gamblers from wearing Google Glass, the tiny eyeglasses-mounted device capable of shooting photos, filming video and surfing the Internet.
Gambling regulators say gross revenue from table games at Pennsylvania’s 11 casinos was up 8.9 percent last month when compared to April 2012.
The bill sponsored by Rep. Dennis Williams of Wilmington calls for two new casinos, one in New Castle County and one in Sussex County.
Nevada became the first state in America to get internet gambling up and running while Delaware and New Jersey work on their own plans.
The president of Atlantic City’s largest casino workers’ union is calling on Gov. Chris Christie to sign New Jersey’s Internet gambling bill.
State gambling regulators say gross revenue from slot machines was up 2.7 percent last year.
The future of several casinos in Atlantic City has been shaky for quite awhile, given the economy and regional competition.
Atlantic City’s casinos are dealing with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy by laying off workers, cutting back the hours of others, and making still others take unpaid leaves.
Superstorm Sandy battered the Atlantic City casinos’ revenue last month, causing the biggest monthly decline ever.
The state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement says the Golden Nugget Atlantic City opened at 11:30 a.m. Friday and that Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is scheduled to open at 4 p.m.
Atlantic City’s 12 waterfront casinos came through the superstorm largely unharmed.
It will mark the fourth time in the 34-year history of legalized gambling in Atlantic City that the casinos have been shuttered. Last year, the approach of Hurricane Irene shut the casinos down for three days in August.