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Gamblers count their money before starting to make bets at the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City, N.J., on July 2, 2020, the day it reopened after being closed for just over three months due to the coronavirus outbreak. New Jersey's casinos and horse tracks won $2.88 billion in 2020, a decrease of nearly 17% from 2019, according to figures released Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

A record year for NJ sports betting; casinos, not so much

Jan. 13, 2021 4:40 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey took nearly $1 billion worth of sports bets in December, an encouraging finish to a year in which coronavirus closures and restrictions sent overall gambling revenue down nearly 17%. Over $6 billion worth of bets were placed last year in New Jersey, which won a U.S....

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019, file photo, Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr., leaves the North Wildwood Municipal Court in North Wildwood, N.J. Federal prosecutors are seeking a 15-21-month prison term for the former mayor of Atlantic City who pleaded guilty to stealing money from a youth basketball program he had founded. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, that prosecutors have filed documents with U.S. District Court in Camden seeking prison time for Gilliam, who was supposed to have been sentenced over a year ago but has remained free after numerous postponements.  (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)

US seeks 15-21 months in prison for ex-Atlantic City mayor

Jan. 13, 2021 12:42 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking a 15-21-month prison term for the former mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, who pleaded guilty to stealing money from a youth basketball program he founded. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports prosecutors have filed documents with U.S. District...

Gary Royster of Atlantic City holds up cash he used to gamble at the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City on July 2, 2020, the day the casino reopened after being shut down for months amid the coronavirus outbreak. How quickly Atlantic City bounces back in 2021 will depend in large part on how quickly the coronavirus pandemic is brought under control in the new year. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Virus is the wild card in how Atlantic City fares in 2021

Dec. 31, 2020 9:51 AM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The new year may be more of a crap shoot than usual for Atlantic City. When and how thoroughly it bounces back is likely to depend on how quickly and effectively the coronavirus pandemic is brought under control in 2021. The usual challenges facing the seaside gambling resort...

Vaccinations at veterans' care homes begin in New Jersey

Dec. 29, 2020 3:47 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey officials have started coronavirus vaccinations at three veterans' care homes, and a state agency has approved the use of the Atlantic City Convention Center as a vaccination site. Residents and staff of the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home began receiving vaccinations...

This June 8, 2016 photo shows the exterior of the former Showboat casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein, the owner of the Showboat hotel said, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, that he is planning a $100 million year-round indoor water park next door to it, and will break ground on the project in August. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

20-year tax break approved for water park in Atlantic City

Dec. 29, 2020 10:54 AM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey agency approved a 20-year tax break Tuesday for a $100 million year-round indoor water park to be built next to the former Showboat casino in Atlantic City. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approved designation of the project as an entertainment retail...

This Oct. 1, 2020, photo shows the exterior of Bally's casino in Atlantic City, N.J. On Nov. 4, 2020, officials with Twin River Worldwide Holdings, a Rhode Island firm that's buying Bally's for $25 million, said they can make it

With FanDuel, all 9 Atlantic City casinos have sports books

Dec. 22, 2020 4:09 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — FanDuel, whose northern New Jersey outlet has about half of New Jersey's rapidly growing sports betting market, has opened its first retail betting space in Atlantic City. The company, which started as a daily fantasy sports provider but has quickly found success as a real-money...

This July 24, 2014 photo shows the former Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City, N.J. On Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small announced the city will auction off the right to push the button to dynamite the former casino, which is now closed, to raise money for a local youth charity. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) Sent from Mail for Windows 10

Implosion of former Trump casino pushed back a few weeks

Dec. 17, 2020 2:12 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The implosion of one of President Donald Trump's former Atlantic City casinos is being delayed by a few weeks. Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small said Thursday that the demolition company handling the job told the city the former Trump Plaza casino cannot be brought down as...

This July 24, 2014 photo shows the former Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City, N.J. On Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small announced the city will auction off the right to push the button to dynamite the former casino, which is now closed, to raise money for a local youth charity. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) Sent from Mail for Windows 10

City to auction spot to push demolish button on Trump casino

Dec. 16, 2020 3:42 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — One of President Donald Trump’s former Atlantic City casinos will be blown up next month, and for the right amount of money, you could be the one to press the button that brings it down. The demolition of the former Trump Plaza casino will become a fundraiser to benefit...

Coast Guard rescues 2 stranded duck hunters in New Jersey

Dec. 16, 2020 6:00 AM EST

BRIGANTINE, N.J. (AP) — The Coast Gard used a helicopter to rescue two duck hunters who became stranded in southern New Jersey. The hunters got off their boat to hunt on an island near Little Egg Inlet in Brigantine on Tuesday, the Coast Guard said. But the hunters were unable to recover their boat and...

This June 8, 2016 photo shows the exterior of the former Showboat casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein, the owner of the Showboat hotel said, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, that he is planning a $100 million year-round indoor water park next door to it, and will break ground on the project in August. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

$100M water park at Showboat hotel OK'd, tax break pending

Dec. 15, 2020 3:37 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A development agency in Atlantic City approved construction Tuesday of a $100 million water park at the former Showboat casino in a move designed to make the gambling resort more appealing to families and off-season tourists. But the key to making the project work — 20...