Atlantic City’s First Casino – A Resorts AC History Resorts Casino was the first casino hotel inside of Atlantic City, and the first legal casino outside of Nevada. Before becoming Resorts International in 1968, the site was originally occupied by two three-story wooden Quaker rooming houses, The Chalfonte House and The Haddon House.
Despite Atlantic City’s reputation as the Las Vegas of the Atlantic, it took a long time for Nevada’s casino monopoly to break. The state did open the Freehold Raceway, allow gambling at the racetrack in 1939, and non-profits were able to run raffles and bingo in 1953. Amusement games would then be legalized in 1959.
Atlantic City is a resort town near the southern tip of New Jersey. They legalized casino gambling in the 1970s. Casino gambling in Atlantic City is a $3 billion industry, second only to Las Vegas as an American gambling destination. Unlike Vegas, Atlantic City is a small town. The population at the last census was just under 40,000.
1910 Atlantic City. Atlantic City hotel / casino timeline & pivotal dates in the city’s past. As seen in the soon-to-be published Boardwalk Playground. 1854: Atlantic City founded; Chalkey Leeds elected first mayor; 1854: United States Hotel opens; 1860: Dennis Cottage opens; 1869: Shelburne opens; 1870: First Boardwalk built; 1876: Brighton ...
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On May 26, 1978, at 10 a.m., Resorts International welcomed the first gamblers in Atlantic City history (more were lined up on the Boardwalk). The original casino floor was 33,735 square feet, with 84 table games and 893 slot machines. A long line of eager guests wait to enter Resorts Casino on its opening day in 1978.
Trump’s first Atlantic City casino, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, also closed after 30 years of operation. In August 2014, Trump reportedly filed a lawsuit to take his name off the property, since he was no longer involved or invested, but a search for new ownership turned up empty and Trump Plaza shut down in September, rendering the suit moot.