Due to the impending weather condition, The State of New Jersey declared a state of emergency and issued a mandatory evacuation of Atlantic City. Resorts Atlantic City was the first of the state’s 11 casinos to close. The hotel ceased all its operations around 8 a.m to begin preventive works to keep water out the building in case of flooding.
Trump Entertainment Resorts also informed this morning that its two AC casinos, the Taj Mahal Casino Resort and Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, will shut down at 8:00 pm tonight. Other properties, including the Tropicana Casino and Resort, remain open this Friday to serve the last customers and guest as they prepare to close before the hurricane arrives the Atlantic City coast. A Caesars Entertainment Corp. spokesperson said that all four AC casinos (Bally’s Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City, Showboat Casino-Hotel and Harrah’s AC Resort) will close at 4:00 p.m. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is the only casino that has not released any official announcements of when it will shut down.
Casino executives said that all casinos are expected to be closed during the weekend, but added they are unsure when the casinos will reopen. Executives and representatives from the gaming and hospitality industry will meet with state and county officials today at 2 p.m. to receive updates
This is only the second time the second largest gaming market in the country is forced to close due a Hurricane and the third time AC casinos cease all its operations. The first shutdown was registered in 1985 when Hurricane Gloria threatened the AC coast, and in 2006, a state government shutdown forced the closure of the casinos for three days because state inspectors could not legally be paid.