Casino plans sprout in US as states seek revenue

FILE - In this April 1, 2009 file photo, a player puts a dollar coin in one of Resorts Atlantic City's dollar-coin slot machines in Atlantic City, N.J. The amount of time gamblers in the nation's second-largest casino market are spending in Atlantic City casinos is falling, and they're holding on more tightly to their wallets while they're there. A new statistical study shows the amount of time gamblers spent inside the gambling halls is down more than 22 percent, and the amount of money they spend there is down almost 30 percent over the last four years. (AP Photo/Curt Hudson, File)

January 14, 2012 11:54:34 AM PST
A Malaysian company's plan to build a $4 billion convention center and big-time casino on the outskirts of New York City could be the biggest shot fired yet in a tourism arms race that has seen a growing number of Eastern states embrace gambling as a way to lure visitors and drum up revenue.