The blackjack tables opened last Wednesday at The Loft, a nightclub and bar located on the second level of the domed, climate-controlled pool area. “The Pool,” as it’s referred to, is a swimming area by day and nightclub by night and it will now also serve as a mini-gaming area.

“For us, it becomes an additional attraction,” said Harrah’s spokeswoman Katie Dougherty of the blackjack tables. “We’ve got dancers and The Pool, so it’s more true to the Vegas-style experience than we’ve ever been before.”

Mixing gambling with entertainment and moving gaming into traditionally non-gaming areas is becoming more common in Atlantic City. During Thanksgiving weekend, Tropicana Casino and Resort added slot machines and electronic table games at its dining and entertainment complex, The Quarter.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has been helpful in adding gaming in such areas, giving Atlantic City casinos an edge on competitors in nearby states.

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