Startup costs associated with Internet gambling, and the closure of one casino in January, lowered Atlantic City's casino earnings by 8.4 percent in the first quarter of this year.

Atlantic City skyline (Jerry Driendl, Getty Images)

Figures released Thursday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement showed the casinos had a gross operating profit of $38.7 million.

But the numbers get better when the Atlantic Club, which closed on Jan. 13, and Caesars Interactive, the online entity that does not own a bricks-and-mortar casino, are excluded.

Without the Atlantic Club or Caesars Interactive, the Atlantic City casinos saw an increase in gross operating profit of 4.6 percent for the quarter.

Gross operating profit reflects earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and other charges, and is a widely accepted indicator of profitability in the casino industry.

 

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