November 28, 2013 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. Like the sport of gambling itself, I was so close, yet apparently still so far, from being able to log onto a computer and play Atlantic City casino slots and table games on Tuesday, the first day New Jersey allowed online gaming. Four hours' worth of attempts - from the comfort of my home a few miles away - had proved fruitless in getting the pretty icons of the computer slot machine reels to spin for me. So I came here, to a Starbucks, and Tropicanacasinos.com finally registered me and took my $20. But still, I couldn't play.
November 25, 2013 |
Nevada and Delaware may have beaten it to the launch of Internet gambling this year, but all eyes in the industry are on New Jersey as it opens the gates to online poker and other casino games. So-called soft play - open to casino personnel and invited guests - started Thursday to test the websites. If all goes well, the sites will open to the public Tuesday. With online gambling requiring, because of federal restrictions, the gambler's presence in the state that allows it, a large population is key. New Jersey's 8.9 million people have online-gambling firms salivating.
November 29, 2013 |
A Moody's bond analyst estimated this week that New Jersey gamblers' online losses could result in as much as $100 million in total operating profit for the seven Atlantic City casinos that have Internet gaming permits. Online gambling won't save Atlantic City, but it "is a much-needed boost for a market that has suffered protracted declines in gaming revenues amid increased competition from neighboring states and weak consumer gaming demand," said Peggy Holloway, a Moody's Investors Service vice president and senior credit officer.
February 22, 2008 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Jeffrey Barton moved to the Shore from Redondo Beach, Calif., a year ago to cash in on an unprecedented building boom here. "I'm here for one thing," said Barton, 44, who makes $31.97 an hour as a tile finisher. "The work. " There are plans over the next four years for $20 billion worth of casino, hotel, restaurant and retail construction and renovation projects, many of which began in 2003. And in a slowing national economy, all that development is attracting construction workers from around the country.
February 19, 2013 |
Gene Allen knows that his Atlantic City basketball team will shoot poorly in some games. He knows that his players will commit too many turnovers, miss too many free throws, and fail to executive their offensive sets. But the coach of last season's Group 4 state champion and this season's No. 1 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings can count on one thing, game in and game out: defense. "It's nice to have that in your back pocket," Allen said after Atlantic City beat Paulsboro, 58-48, in a highly anticipated clash of the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the rankings in front of a capacity-plus crowd Sunday at Cherry Hill East.
November 27, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Late-fall afternoon sun streamed through the large windows of the airy space of the new Noyes Arts Garage of Richard Stockton College on Monday and illuminated the details of Ron Ross Cohen's storied pieces brilliantly. "This is an amazing space," Cohen, a sixty-something sculptor and designer who lives in Galloway Township, said as he explained the intricacies of Celestial Quest , a piece made of found objects and leather that tells the story of a lowly fisherman who falls in love with a princess far from his reach.
September 14, 1987 |
The women have arrived in Atlantic City for the Miss America Pageant, and they're hard at work. Miss Nevada, Stacie James, works out on a Nautilus machine; Miss Texas, Jo Thompson, gives an interview. They're all hoping to be named Miss America 1988 on Saturday night.
September 14, 1987 |
Miss American Pageant contestants Showing off in swimsuits in Atlantic City are (jumping) Susan Campbell, Miss North Dakota, and (from left) Katherine Ann Killen, Miss Minnesota; Nancy Humphries, Miss South Carolina; Cindy Hodgkins, Miss Illinois; and Patricia Brant, Miss Louisiana.
August 15, 1986
A national television audience, including viewers in localities where casino-gambling proposals are under consideration, got a grim look at the realities in Bill Moyers' CBS special Wednesday night: Big Gamble in Atlantic City. The tragic neglect of poor neighborhoods and inhabitants - hardly more than a dice-throw from the glitter of gaming halls - was accurate and perhaps even understated. There were some flaws in the show and it might have been better balanced, as Inquirer staff writer Lee Winfrey noted in a preview.
February 12, 1988 |
It's been 11 years now since mild-mannered former New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne, looking forward to the opening of Atlantic City's first casino 12 months later, put out his most virulent warning: "Organized crime, get your hands out of Atlantic City. Keep the hell out of our state. " By the time the Resorts International Hotel-Casino opened in 1978, many in New Jersey thought Atlantic City itself was Hell on Earth. The hotels were vacant, stores were being abandoned and the only thing moving more quickly than the pickpockets' fingers were the residents moving to the mainland.