Morning Headlines: Atlantic Club Shut Its Doors, Now Eleven Casinos Remain

Shot of Atlantic City casinos from 2009 by Brian G. Wilson

Shot of Atlantic City casinos from 2009 by Brian G. Wilson

Well, it’s official. Atlantic City now has eleven casinos remaining. We knew it was coming since last December, but the closing of the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel earlier this morning (just a minute past midnight) has undoubtedly left a sad mark on former employees and visitors.

Wayne Parry of the Associated Press describes one of the Atlantic Club’s final scenes:

The few die-hards that stayed on the casino floor until the end counted down its final five seconds as dealers who were suddenly unemployed burst into tears and hugged each other. Within moments, casino staff began stacking and counting chips and preparing to remove cash boxes from the casino floor.

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