ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Here's a rare instance of Atlantic City's rash of casino closures actually bringing some good news to the industry.

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Atlantic City's casinos increased their gross operating profits by 44 percent last year, as weaker competitors fell by the wayside and shut down.

Four casinos closed last year: The Atlantic Club, Showboat, Revel and Trump Plaza. With the partial year performances of those four included, the city as a whole posted a $341 million operating profit.

The eight surviving casinos saw their operating profit increase by more than 12 percent.

Two casinos that reported losses of $10 million or more in 2013-- Resorts and the Golden Nugget -- posted profits in 2014.

The Golden Nugget had the biggest jump, of nearly 144 percent, to a $4.5 million profit.

 

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