Atlantic City, NJ, casinos to reopen Monday

AP News
Posted: Aug 28, 2011 3:54 PM
Atlantic City, NJ, casinos to reopen Monday

Atlantic City's casinos report little damage from Hurricane Irene, and the 11 gambling halls will reopen Monday at noon after being shuttered for the weekend.

They'll first have to go through a long checklist of approvals from New Jersey casino regulators, all designed to ensure the integrity of the games.

Bob Griffin, president of the Casino Association of New Jersey, says money has to be brought back into the cash cages under state supervision. Surveillance and computer systems also need to be checked and tested.

He can't estimate how much the three-day shutdown will cost the industry, but says it will be significant. Before Irene, this weekend was shaping up to be one of the best of the year.

It was only the third time all 11 casinos were closed.