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Old 01-07-2010, 06:31 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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Is this the end for Atlantic City? Or just a long slow decline? Any chance the town can recover from this death blow? Don't forget Philadelphia is closer to NY then AC is and easier to reach.

Posted on Thu, Jan. 7, 2010

Pa. gov could sign table games law Thursday


The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Table games like poker and blackjack will soon be legal in Pennsylvania.
Pa. gov could sign table games law Thursday | AP | 01/07/2010 (http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/state/pennsylvania/80893802.html - broken link)

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Old 01-07-2010, 07:09 PM
 
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Interesting. The new Sands Casino in Bethlehem is only an hour from Morris County.

Edit to add: I see the Mount Airy Casino in the Poconos are adding table games too. Both Sands and Mount Airy have written that they can be up and running with table games in 3-6 months after approval.

No more long drives to AC for me. Yippee

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Old 01-07-2010, 07:29 PM
 
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I was wondering the same thing. I hope not, I really like AC, although I don't gamble (I go for the restaurants, clubs and shopping). I heard they are bringing back $2.00 table games in order to remain competitive. I stopped playing table games when they all went to $10-$15 a hand, so maybe that will help. They are focusing a lot on what's outside the casinos now; the entire boardwalk is being refaced, it is going to look like old time AC. I think all that will help them compete at least as a destination resort, to help reduce the loss of day-trippers.
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Northern NJ
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Interesting. The new Sands Casino in Bethlehem is only an hour from Morris County.
It is more competition for AC so it is time that AC fought back and got more competitive. Better room rates, lower rakes, and more giveaways for starters. Especially lower rakes. Gamblers are VERY sensitive to the rake.

Also time to expand the non-gambling attractions like Vegas did. It can still beat out the dreary casinos of Pennsylvania, but it will take a lot of effort.

I prefer gambling trips of 4-7 days rather than just disappearing for an evening. So I will continue to support AC as long as they cut me a nice deal.

The daily gamblers are mainly seniors however and they will abandon AC in favor of a shorter drive and less time between rest rooms.

Competition is always a good thing. It will make everyone better. I look forward to the wars!
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:55 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I remember when Foxwoods casino in CT first opened up, they ran advertisements saying "Closer to NY than Atlantic City". I wonder what effect Foxwoods/Mohegan Sun have had on AC over the past decade.
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:30 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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I doubt this will steal AC's thunder , remember those places are all nice , but do they have a Beach & Boardwalk.
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Old 01-08-2010, 06:11 AM
 
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I doubt this will steal AC's thunder , remember those places are all nice , but do they have a Beach & Boardwalk.
Wow have you seen ugly the beach and boardwalk are lately??
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Old 01-08-2010, 06:20 AM
 
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I doubt this will steal AC's thunder , remember those places are all nice , but do they have a Beach & Boardwalk.
I guess that is nice for those who want a vacation. But for people who actually want to go to play table games (you know the people who actually make the casino money) it's got to hurt AC. When I go to a casino I want to sit at the table and play. I don't want to get up to take a stroll on the boardwalk or see a show. A lot of AC casinos are already struggling, this will not help.
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Old 01-08-2010, 06:45 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Hell no , i stay away form Atlantic City , its a blackhole to New Jerseyites , but to outsiders it seems normal.
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:10 AM
 
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I was wondering the same thing. I hope not, I really like AC, although I don't gamble (I go for the restaurants, clubs and shopping). I heard they are bringing back $2.00 table games in order to remain competitive. I stopped playing table games when they all went to $10-$15 a hand, so maybe that will help. They are focusing a lot on what's outside the casinos now; the entire boardwalk is being refaced, it is going to look like old time AC. I think all that will help them compete at least as a destination resort, to help reduce the loss of day-trippers.
I had not heard that about $2.00 table games. I'd be happy with $5.00 tables. Last time I was there, two weeks ago, the Let-It-Ride tables at Bally's were all $15. It wasn't a weekend, either.
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