Smoking Ban In Atlantic City Could Help Pennsylvania Casinos

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Atlantic City used to be the casino gambling capital of the world. That was back in the eighties, but now the city has continually done things to drive away gamblers.

The latest of these steps was to ban smoking in their casinos. They were already having a tough time trying to get people to travel to the city, but the smoking ban puts them in a bind.

The state of Pennsylvania could be the beneficiary of the smoking laws in New Jersey. They too have a smoking ban law that is going into effect in less then two weeks. They have excluded certain areas of a casino floor from the ban, however.

With many states passing expanded casino gambling laws, people are less likely to travel out of state. Gas prices have also taken a big toll on people’s travel plans, which is further hurting Atlantic City casinos.

Pennsylvania casinos could see a large jump in business in October. That is when the smoking laws go into effect in Atlantic City. Currently, Pennsylvania casinos are preparing for the possibility of the increased business.

Mohegan Sun Has Successful First Weekend With New Poker Room

Casino expansion is not high on the list of developers these days. With the economy hurting the casino industry for the first time in a long time, casino expansion has been slowed around the United States.

Several projects that had been in the works by big time casino developers have now gone on hold. Others have pulled bids to build casinos in areas that have recently changed laws allowing casinos in their states.

The Mohegan Sun Casino, however, will not be one of the ones that is lumped in with that former group. They have expanded and their new casino is drawing rave reviews. Casino of the Wind opened on Friday night amidst great anticipation.

The early reviews are that Mohegan Sun has created a winner of a casino. The poker room, which holds forty two tables, is spacious and has a comforting feel to it.

“As people are making hard choices about where to spend their discretionary income and where to recreate, it’s great that we have something new for them to see,” said Mohegan Sun CEO Mitchell Etess to the Hardford Courant newspaper.

The casino has a month long celebration planned to welcome the new casino. In addition to the gaming options, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville restaurant is also one of the new attractions.

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