- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

Here is a look at how gambling revenue and employment have changed since casinos launched in Atlantic City in 1978:

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May 26, 1978: Resorts Atlantic City opens.

Casino revenue: $134 million

Casino employment: 3,300

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June 26, 1979: Caesars Atlantic City opens.

Dec. 29, 1979: Bally’s Atlantic City opens.

Casino revenue: $325 million

Casino employment: 11,300

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Aug. 13, 1980: Sands Casino Hotel opens.

Nov. 23, 1980: Harrah’s Atlantic City opens.

Dec. 9, 1980: Atlantic City Hilton opens. (It closed January 2014 as the Atlantic Club.)

Casino revenue: $642 million

Casino employment: 23,500

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Nov. 23, 1981: Tropicana Casino and Resort opens.

Casino revenue: $1 billion

Casino employment: 28,300

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May 14, 1984: Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino opens.

Casino revenue: $1.9 billion

Casino employment: 35,968

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June 17, 1985: Trump Marina Hotel Casino (now the Golden Nugget) opens.

Casino revenue: $2.1 billion

Casino employment: 37,004

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March 30, 1987: Showboat Casino Hotel opens.

Casino revenue: $2.4 billion

Casino employment: 39,351

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April 2, 1990: Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort opens.

Casino revenue: $2.9 billion

Casino employment: 45,241

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July 2, 2003: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa opens.

Casino revenue: $4.4 billion

Casino employment: 42,378

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Nov. 11, 2006: Sands Casino Hotel closes.

Casino revenue: $5.2 billion

Casino employment: 45,101

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April 2, 2012: Revel Casino Hotel opens.

Casino revenue: $3 billion

Casino employment: 35,777

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Jan. 13, 2014: Atlantic Club closes.

Casino revenue: $2.8 billion

Casino employment: 30,676

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July 2014: Showboat, Trump Plaza announce impending closures; Revel warns it also could close.

Casino revenue: $1.3 billion (January-June 2014)

Casino employment: 31,960

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Sources: New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, Casino Control Commission, AP research.

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