- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Atlantic City’s casinos saw their revenue increase by 4.6 percent in November, the latest evidence that the struggling resort’s gambling industry is recovering.

The city’s seven casinos won $206.4 million from gamblers last month, compared with $197.2 million a year ago.

The figures released Wednesday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement are the first in a year that don’t take into account the former Trump Taj Mahal casino, which closed in October 2016 and is due to reopen next summer as a Hard Rock casino resort.

Internet gambling revenue was up 20 percent to $20.6 million.

Bally’s (down 4.7 percent to $15.5 million) and Harrah’s (down 7.6 percent to $28.4 million) were the only two casinos to report monthly revenue decreases.

The biggest percentage gain came at Resorts, which was up 18.6 percent to $14.9 million.

The Golden Nugget was up 15.2 percent to $23.6 million; Caesars was up 7.7 percent to $22.9 million; the Borgata was up 5.7 percent to $64.2 million; and the Tropicana was up 4.9 percent to $29.6 million.

For the first 11 months of the year, Atlantic City’s casinos have won $2.45 billion, an increase of 2.4 percent over the same period last year.

The numbers offer further proof that Atlantic City’s casinos have stabilized following a dreadful three-year period in which five casinos shut down, costing 11,000 jobs.

The Golden Nugget continues to lead Atlantic City’s internet gambling market, winning nearly $6.2 million online in November, an increase of nearly 63 percent over last year. It is followed by the Borgata at $4.2 million (up 12 percent). Resorts Digital, Caesars Interactive-NJ, and Tropicana all were closely clustered within the $3.5 million to $3.2 million range.


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