Atlantic City is now home to many of the most popular casino-resorts in the United States. Recently, Casino Player Magazine held a vote on which casino in this city was the best. Interestingly, Hard Rock Atlantic City took the top spot.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City has been open for a little more than a year. It’s a tremendous accomplishment to earn the city’s top casino award. Let’s look at the results of this recent poll, and what other casino-resorts were close to winning.
Atlantic City Continues to See Revenue Increases
Just a few years ago, Atlantic City was struggling to bring in any money. The recession took a serious toll on this city, forcing many of the casinos here to permanently close their doors. In recent years, however, things have begun to turn around.
An improved economy and New Jersey’s decision to legalize sports betting has breathed new life into Atlantic City. Several major casinos have opened here in recent years. For almost all of 2019, gambling revenue in Atlantic City has increased.
Today, both online casino gambling and sports betting are fully legal and regulated here. All of the city’s land-based casinos operate internet and mobile betting platforms. Recently, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced that Atlantic City’s July revenue increased by 8% compared to the same time period last year.
Things are definitely going well in this city. Competition is extremely high, with each casino-resort working to out-do the others. Just recently, a popular casino magazine held a public vote to see which casino in Atlantic City is the best.
The results of this vote have now been made public.
Hard Rock Atlantic City Wins “Best Resort in Atlantic City” Award
As we mentioned earlier, the Hard Rock Atlantic City has only been open for a little more than a year. Previously, this casino-resort was called the Trump Taj Mahal. In the 90s, this was one of the most popular gambling establishments in the country. It also hosted a number of major combat sporting events, drawing in thousands of visitors from around the world.
In 2016, after significant financial difficulties, this casino announced it was officially closing its doors. Less than a year later, Hard Rock International announced that it was acquiring the casino. It re-opened as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City in 2018 and proved to be extremely successful right away.
For most of 2019, the AC Hard Rock has been one of the biggest revenue earners in Atlantic City. The Borgata, however, has continued to bring in the most revenue for almost all of this year. The Hard Rock may not have made as much money as the Borgata, yet it’s just been voted the best casino-resort in Atlantic City.
Voters officially named Hard Rock Atlantic City the best overall gambling venue in the city. This casino-hotel also took first place for the best suites, spa, players club, and more. It’s a tremendous accomplishment for this casino and Hard Rock International as a brand.
Casino Competition Grows Around New Jersey
There’s no doubt that Atlantic City is the gambling hub of the US east coast. The huge number of nearby casinos and entertainment options has made Atlantic City one of the most popular gambling destinations in the country. Recently, several states near New Jersey have begun to expand their gambling industries.
Lawmakers in New York, who have been largely anti-gambling over the years, are finally beginning to recognize the huge earning potential from the gaming industry. In July of this year, sports betting was made legal here. A recently-approved bill also allows for more casinos to open in the state.
Massachusetts is also experiencing an increase in gambling revenue right now. Not long ago, Wynn Resorts opened the Encore Boston Harbor. It’s now one of the most lucrative casinos on the east coast.
It’s unclear exactly how this increase in nearby competition will affect Atlantic City’s gambling revenue. For now, it doesn’t seem to be having much of an impact. Gambling establishments here continue to bring in major earnings. In time, Atlantic City may compete with Las Vegas as the top gambling city in the US.
Make sure to stay tuned for more gambling news on Atlantic City over the next few months!