Atlantic City is a resort city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, known for its casinos, boardwalk and beach. In 2010, it had a population of 39,558. Atlantic City was the inspiration for the original version of the board game Monopoly. It is on Absecon Island, on the Atlantic coast.
Tourism and Entertainment in Atlantic City
Tourism and entertainment are the central factors to Atlantic City’s commerce and trade. The city has a designated tourism district which comprises several key areas in the city; the Marina District, Ducktown, Chelsea, South Inlet, Bader Field, and Gardner’s Basin. Also included are 10 roadways that lead into the district, including several in the city’s northern end, or North Beach.
Atlantic City is considered the “Gambling Capital of the East Coast,” and currently has eight large casinos and several smaller ones. They are regulated by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
A Long History in the Gaming Business
In 1976, a referendum of New Jersey voters approved casinos in Atlantic City, where the first legalized casino opened in 1978. At that time, Las Vegas was the only mega-casino resort. Several casinos lie along the Atlantic City Boardwalk, the first and longest boardwalk in the world On February 26, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed online gambling into law.
However, Atlantic City experienced a dramatic contraction in its stature as a gambling destination after 2010, including the closure of multiple casinos in 2014. This situation was spurred by competition from the advent of legalized gambling in other north-eastern states in the US.
The New Jersey gaming industry includes casino gaming that’s focused in Atlantic City casino resorts, the New Jersey Lottery, horse racing, off-track betting, charity gambling, amusement games, and social gambling. New Jersey’s gambling legislation is among the least restraining in the entire United States.
More than Just Gaming Centers
Nevertheless, the Atlantic City casino and gaming hubs aren’t the only attractions in town. The seaside plaza offers something for everyone, whatever their taste and budget may be. The attractions and things to do here include action-packed sports events, unique social clubs, 24-hour night clubs and bars, concerts, and other public shows featuring almost anything from antiques and collectibles to boats and ships, and even classic automobiles.