2009 off to slow start for AC casinos

January 27, 2009 8:01:53 AM PST
The new year is off to a lousy start in the nation's second-largest gambling market. One Atlantic City casino has been without an owner for more than a year, and its proposed sale looks shaky. Another may soon be foreclosed on by a bank that hasn't been paid since October.

Three others may have to file for bankruptcy if they can't get some breathing room from investors on more than a billion dollars worth of debt. And even the stronger casinos aren't doing that great.

The combined effects of the nationwide recession, a credit freeze, and cutthroat competition from out-of-state slots parlors are putting a beating on Atlantic City.

Las Vegas is feeling it, too: visitors and revenue are both way down from a year ago.

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