A history of casino revenue, jobs in Atlantic City

Casino Closings-Revenue

Here is a look at how gambling revenue and employment have changed since casinos launched in Atlantic City in 1978:


May 26, 1978: Resorts Atlantic City opens.

Casino revenue: $134 million

Casino employment: 3,300


June 26, 1979: Caesars Atlantic City opens.

Dec. 29, 1979: Bally’s Atlantic City opens.

Casino revenue: $325 million

Casino employment: 11,300


Aug. 13, 1980: Sands Casino Hotel opens.

Nov. 23, 1980: Harrah’s Atlantic City opens.

Dec. 9, 1980: Atlantic City Hilton opens. (It closed January 2014 as the Atlantic Club.)

Casino revenue: $642 million

Casino employment: 23,500


Nov. 23, 1981: Tropicana Casino and Resort opens.

Casino revenue: $1 billion

Casino employment: 28,300


May 14, 1984: Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino opens.

Casino revenue: $1.9 billion

Casino employment: 35,968


June 17, 1985: Trump Marina Hotel Casino (now the Golden Nugget) opens.

Casino revenue: $2.1 billion

Casino employment: 37,004


March 30, 1987: Showboat Casino Hotel opens.

Casino revenue: $2.4 billion

Casino employment: 39,351


April 2, 1990: Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort opens.

Casino revenue: $2.9 billion

Casino employment: 45,241


July 2, 2003: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa opens.

Casino revenue: $4.4 billion

Casino employment: 42,378


Nov. 11, 2006: Sands Casino Hotel closes.

Casino revenue: $5.2 billion

Casino employment: 45,101


April 2, 2012: Revel Casino Hotel opens.

Casino revenue: $3 billion

Casino employment: 35,777


Jan. 13, 2014: Atlantic Club closes.

Casino revenue: $2.8 billion

Casino employment: 30,676


July-August 2014: Showboat, Trump Plaza, Revel announce impending closures.

Casino revenue: $1.3 billion (January-June 2014)

Casino employment: 31,960


Aug. 31, 2014: Showboat closes

Sept. 1-2, 2014: Revel closes

Casino revenue: $1.5 billion (January-July 2014)

Casino employment: 31,777


Sept. 16, 2016: Trump Plaza scheduled to close

Sources: New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, Casino Control Commission, AP research.

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