Atlantic City Casino Guide
Although Atlantic City has had a turbulent past, it draws over 37 million visitors to its city limits each year, and is now rivalling top American tourist destinations like Disney World and Las Vegas.
Initially lauded as one of the finest beach resorts on the Atlantic coast, and boasting the longest seaside boardwalk in the world, the city lost popularity and soon fell into disrepair, with despairing citizens battling to make ends meet.
In an effort to revitalise the once teeming city, the city fathers decided to allow casino gambling to be legalised and in 1978 the first casino, Resorts Atlantic City, opened its doors for gaming. It wasn’t long before the boardwalk was home to a number of hotel casinos, but nothing in the scale of Las Vegas.
The casino moguls who had enjoyed such unprecedented success in Nevada soon turned their attention to the beach vacation resort and Caesars, Bally’s, Harrah’s, the Tropicana, Showboat and Donald Trumps Taj Mahal are some of the ritzy icons which dominate the Atlantic City skyline today.
Of the eleven or so Atlantic City Casinos open in the city today, only a few have the fantastic theme-based architecture built on the enormous scale so familiar to visitors and fans of Las Vegas. The casino district is far more genteel, with conventional high rise buildings reaching into the sky.
History has been a tad cruel to Atlantic City, and it took far longer to put the city back on the map. Oddly enough the impact of organised crime in Las Vegas in the 1970’s and ‘80’s had a positive spin for Atlantic City Casinos – more punters were attracted to the casinos in New Jersey as they no longer had faith in the integrity of Nevada gaming houses.
The infant gambling city has not escaped unscathed from organised crime however. During the depression and prohibition in the early 1900’s Atlantic City was once the favoured stamping-ground of the Mafia, and even now there are allegations of mafia involvement in Atlantic City – in November 2007 several South Jersey mobsters, together with staff of the Borgata Hotel and Spa, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to promote gambling.
There are plans afoot for a number of new Atlantic City casinos to be built and there are even whispers of the introduction of mega resorts to Atlantic City. For all intents and purposes, Atlantic City is finally enjoying the boom which was predicted several decades ago.
Apart from the gambling and entertainment, there are a number of other attractions to enjoy whilst visiting Atlantic City, and the weather is an added advantage – it is humid, almost subtropical, so winter snowfalls are infrequent and the City is great to visit all year round.