Atlantic City

Atlantic CityThe American gambling industry has Las Vegas to the west and Atlantic City to the east. Situated on the New Jersey coast, Atlantic City is the natural second choice for the millions of players who visit the city and its superb casinos every year. So even though it has hit hard times recently, Atlantic City still holds a special place in the American and global gaming industries.

The founding and development of Atlantic City

Atlantic City was founded in 1854 between the marshes and the Atlantic Ocean and has always benefited from its geographical location which has made it popular with property developers and those who appreciate life by the sea. For a while the city was considered a leading spa destination. Atlantic City also benefited from its proximity to Philadelphia and its potential markets. However, early on, sand hindered the development of businesses by the Atlantic coast. To counteract this a wooden promenade was constructed on part of the beach in 1870 and “Boardman’s Walk” as it was known was extended many times. Now, the Boardwalk is the longest coastal promenade of its type. The city developed around it and the port.

The rise of Atlantic City’s casinos

Similar to Las Vegas, Atlantic city’s casino industry was mostly developed by Mafia leaders. At the start of the 20th century, Enoch L. Johnson, a leading Mafia godfather, arrived in Atlantic city with the intention of making it a tolerant, liberal and entertaining city. Even though prohibition and the ban on games of chance had been in place since 1910, contraband and gambling dens flourished in Atlantic City. So until the second part of the 70s, gambling developed underground. At the same time, Las Vegas, where gambling had been legal since 1931, was way ahead of Atlantic City where it was 1976 before legislation legalising gambling in New Jersey was passed. Two years later, in May 1978, Resorts International, the first ever legal casino in the eastern United States, opened.

In the following years the construction of casinos with their neon lights greatly altered the urban landscape of Atlantic City especially along the Boardwalk and around the Marina. Tourism exploded with visitor numbers increasing from 700 000 in 1978 to more than 33 million annually in 1988. The 1980s also saw the involvement of casino tycoons in Atlantic City’s gambling industry. Donald Trump invested large amounts in organising boxing galas to attract more visitors and at the end of the 1980s Steve Wynn, owner of the Mirage and the Bellagio followed in his footsteps.

Atlantic City’s Casinos

Atlantic City had a dozen casinos but many casinos closed in 2014. The following are the main ones:

  • Hilton Atlantic City Casino. This was the first real hotel-casino in Atlantic City. It was built as the “Golden Nugget Atlantic City” by Steve Wynn in 1980. It was sold to “Bally’s Entertainment Corporation” and got its current name when Bally’s was taken over by the Hilton group. The complex includes an 800 room hotel and a 7000 square metre casino.
  • Bally’s Atlantic City Casino. Opened on the Boardwalk in 1979, this hotel-casino is among the largest in Atlantic City. The complex includes almost 2000 hotel rooms, 21 restaurants and 2 casinos covering 20 000 square metres: Bally’s Casino and the Wild Wild West Casino. Together they offer more than 5000 slot machines and numerous gaming tables.
  • Caesar’s Atlantic City : Themed on Ancient Rome like the Las Vegas Caesar’s Palace, this was Atlantic City’s second hotel-casino to be built. In its 13 500 square metre casino, over 3500 slot machines and 135 gaming tables are open to the public all year round.
  • Borgata Casino : Opened in July 2003, the Borgata Hotel is owned by the Marina district Development group. The complex has about 2000 rooms and a 12 000 square metre casino
  • Harrah’s Resort & Casino Atlantic City : Owned by Caesar’s entertainment Group, Harrah’s Resort & Casino Atlantic City offers almost 4000 slot machines and 150 gaming tables in a luxurious 16 000 square metre casino.

News about Atlantic City Casinos

  • Ezugi and Microgaming Forge Live Casino Partnership in Italy

Ezugi and Microgaming Forge Live Casino Partnership in Italy

August 28th, 2021|0 Comments

Live gaming provider Ezugi has struck a new deal with Microgaming to strengthen its presence in Italy. This deal will offer Italian players who use Microgaming casinos to access the full suite of Ezugi live casino games. Ezugi offers live dealer blackjack, roulette, baccarat, poker, and other table games. Ezugi

  • New Hollywood York Casino Opens in Pennsylvania

New Hollywood York Casino Opens Its Doors in Pennsylvania

August 17th, 2021|0 Comments

We last reported on Pennsylvania when the Keystone State opened an Evolution live casino studio for its thriving iGaming sector. Today, we’re reporting on a new land casino in Pennsylvania. The Hollywood York Casino is 80,000 square feet and is operated by Penn National. It’s the operator’s third land casino in

  • Evolution Opens a New Live Casino Studio in Michigan

Evolution Announces Launch of New Live Casino Studio in Michigan

August 7th, 2021|0 Comments

Evolution just keeps on growing. This week, the leading live gaming company announced the launch of a new live casino studio in Detroit, Michigan. This is its third live gaming studio in the USA, and it makes Evolution the first live dealer gaming company to launch in the state.

  • Michigan Gaming Control Board Reports Over $108 Million for Detroit Casinos in June

Michigan Reports Over $108 Million for Detroit Casinos in June

July 28th, 2021|0 Comments

We’ve written lots of stories on Michigan’s recent legalization of iGaming. From Evolution’s plans to open a studio there to the casinos that have partnered with them, we’ve been on the beat covering these exciting developments in Michigan for over a year now. However, we haven’t forgotten Michigan’s thriving land-based

  • The Social media Snapchat Enables Gambling Ads Opt Out in UK

Snapchat Enables Gambling Ads Opt Out in UK

July 27th, 2021|0 Comments

There’s been much talk in the UK recently about how appropriate gambling ads are. Not long ago, we reported that a survey showed the majority of the British public supports either greater restrictions on ads or outright bans. Social media and messaging app Snapchat has heard the call loud and