Atlantic City casinos are now considered in league with the fabulous resorts of Las Vegas. Although they are separated by many miles, both look to families as the way to woo in new money. It is not about winning the jackpot anymore though that is always a perk. No, it is about luxury, dining and entertainment found only within the city limits. Skill and chance give way to buffets and swimming pools.
Atlantic City casinos have not been around as long as their Western cousins but have not as tarnished an image. Gambling was not legalized in Atlantic City casinos until 1976 and was not the premier destination resort that one thought of when wanting to do a little black jack gambling or trying a run at the cards. Atlantic City was initially known as a resort town for families. The Boardwalk was a place where the whole family could frolic in the sun and enjoy novelties such as shaved ice and cone's. Everyone wanted a piece of Boardwalk, as evident by Monopoly's fame and high dollar real estate.
With legalized gambling it bought larger interest from the world. Atlantic City casinos were the sister establishments of those found in Las Vegas. Bally's, Caesar's, Harrah's and the Hilton are just some of the names found in both cities. But it was the establishments of such names as Trump's Taj Mahal, Plaza and Marina that set Atlantic City casinos apart. The gambling best in the world began finding their way into tournaments designed to draw attention and tourism to boost the local economy.
Atlantic City casinos do have one distinct edge over Las Vegas casinos. Las Vegas has not always been kid friendly. It was an adult destination and certainly not the type of place that would welcome children with open arms. Atlantic City has the advantage of already being a resort town. By adding legalized gambling, it draws in families as well as the adults looking to get away on vacation.
New Jersey is an ideal location for tourism. With New York and Washington DC a short trip away it means that they can draw on the tourism industry of those cities to bring customers their way. A gambling license can ensure that and many places have been tried to capitalize on the same marketing ideas, such as Reno, but none have had the success that Las Vegas or Atlantic City casinos have been able to pull off.