Pennsylvania Casinos Grow As Atlantic City Languishes

Pennsylvania Casinos Grow As Atlantic City LanguishesBack in 2006, the state of Pennsylvania opened its very first casino meaning Pennsylvania natives could then gamble locally without first having to travel onto neighbouring Atlantic City whenever they wanted a flutter.
A few years later, and whereas Atlantic City’s fortunes have continued to wane, Pennsylvania with its 11 modern and attractive casinos has firmly established itself ahead of its nearest rival as the number 2 gambling market in the US behind Las Vegas. As industry expert Bill Ordine explains:
“If someone can play the same game that they play in Atlantic City without the drive and without the tolls, why wouldn’t they just stick around? These people want to play. Now, with an infrastructure right here around them, they can.”
To put things into perspective, 2011 saw Nevada clear $10.7 billion in gambling revenue, followed by  Pennsylvania on $3.5 billion and Atlantic City on $3.318 billion. Driving Pennsylvania’s remarkable success has been Philadelphia, which has the biggest concentration of casinos within the state. These include such businesses as Parx, Harrah’s, Sands and Valley Forge, as well as the Sugarhouse, which actually operates a shuttle service around the city to collects and provide a constant flow of people to the casino floor.
Looking to the future, whereas Atlantic City’s gambling market appears to have reached saturation point, that of Pennsylvania continues to grow. Already new casino development proposals are being considered, including a $700 million project in downtown Philadelphia, and as Gaming Control Board member Richard McGarvie explains: “The demand is there. If a casino operator builds it, (gamblers) will come.”


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