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A history of casino revenue, jobs in Atlantic City

Here is a look at how gambling revenue and employment have changed since casinos launched in Atlantic City in 1978:

May 26, 1978: Resorts Atlantic City opens.

Casino revenue: $134 million

Casino employment: 3,300

June 26, 1979: Caesars Atlantic City opens.

Dec. 29, 1979: Bally’s Atlantic City opens.

Casino revenue: $325 million

Casino employment: 11,300

Aug. 13, 1980: Sands Casino Hotel opens.

Nov. 23, 1980: Harrah’s Atlantic City opens.

Dec. 9, 1980: Atlantic City Hilton opens. (It closed January 2014 as the Atlantic Club.)

Casino revenue: $642 million

Casino employment: 23,500

Nov. 23, 1981: Tropicana Casino and Resort opens.

Casino revenue: $1 billion

Casino employment: 28,300

May 14, 1984: Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino opens.

Casino revenue: $1.9 billion

Casino employment: 35,968

June 17, 1985: Trump Marina Hotel Casino (now the Golden Nugget) opens.

Casino revenue: $2.1 billion

Casino employment: 37,004

March 30, 1987: Showboat Casino Hotel opens.

Casino revenue: $2.4 billion

Casino employment: 39,351

April 2, 1990: Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort opens.

Casino revenue: $2.9 billion

Casino employment: 45,241

July 2, 2003: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa opens.

Casino revenue: $4.4 billion

Casino employment: 42,378

Nov. 11, 2006: Sands Casino Hotel closes.

Casino revenue: $5.2 billion

Casino employment: 45,101

April 2, 2012: Revel Casino Hotel opens.

Casino revenue: $3 billion

Casino employment: 35,777

Jan. 13, 2014: Atlantic Club closes.

Casino revenue: $2.8 billion

Casino employment: 30,676

July 2014: Showboat, Trump Plaza announce impending closures; Revel warns it also could close.

Casino revenue: $1.3 billion (January-June 2014)

Casino employment: 31,960

A dealer watches as gamblers place bets on a roulette table at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. in 2012. Revel is one of three Atlantic City casinos that could close by September. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Sources: New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, Casino Control Commission, AP research.

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