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Atlantic City casino reopens for first time in 5 days

Published On: Nov 02 2012 11:59:56 AM CDT
Atlantic City
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -

The first Atlantic City casino has reopened after being closed nearly five days due to Superstorm Sandy.

The state's Division of Gaming Enforcement says the Golden Nugget Atlantic City opened at 11:30 a.m. Friday and that Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is scheduled to open at 4 p.m.

It's not clear when the city's 10 other casinos will reopen.

Gov. Chris Christie announced Friday that the casinos could start reopening. Each facility needs to get regulators to sign off before they can welcome gamblers.

The roads into Atlantic City also opened Friday morning.

The casinos were closed Sunday as Sandy bore down on New Jersey’s coast. It was only the fourth time in New Jersey’s 34-year history of legal casino gambling that the industry was shut down.

The storm made landfall with hurricane force winds just a few miles from Atlantic City on Monday.

Atlantic City was flooded and an old section of its famous boardwalk – the nation’s first – was wrecked in the storm, though other parts of New Jersey’s coast were hit even harder.

Last year, casinos were closed when Tropical Storm Irene hit the coast. That three-day shutdown, which came on a busy summer weekend, cost the city $45 million in lost business.

The only other closures were for Hurricane Gloria in 1985 and a state government shutdown in 2006.

The casinos have been on a losing streak over the last several years during a sour economy and because of increased competition from neighboring states.