Atlantic City casinos closed on Monday without any indication of how long the closure might last.
In fact, most casinos across the country are now closed. Even the Las Vegas Strip turned out its lights this week.
Not even 24 hours after casinos closed down, people began asking when will AC casinos open.
The question is equivalent to the constant “are we there yet?” from a child on the never-ending road trip with the family.
Needless to say, there is no answer.
In a press conference announcing the closing of all the casinos on the Boardwalk, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy made it clear that there was no end date in sight.
AC casinos will remain closed “until such time as it is deemed safe for their reopening.”
Since gambling began on the Boardwalk in 1978, the longest closure of AC casinos came in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and it lasted five days.
Well, we know this closure will be longer than five days. Dare, do we say much longer?
It is impossible to predict an opening date because there are so many unknowns.
Over the coming days, there will be a lot of theories around how long the closure of casinos in the US will last.
Don’t believe everything you read. Make sure you are getting your news from reputable sources.
Online casinos in NJ are still open for business
Atlantic City casinos may be closed for the foreseeable future, but NJ online casinos are open for business.
Casino players will find many of the same retail casino games online that they enjoy playing at their favorite casino on the Boardwalk. Games include:
- Video poker
For those of you who like a particular slot machine, you may be surprised to find your favorite slot game at one of the 23 online casinos in NJ.
Here is a partial list:
- Double Diamond (Golden Nugget)
- Cleopatra (Hard Rock Atlantic City)
- Quick Hit Platinum (Tropicana)
- Monopoly Slots (Caesars)
- Anchorman (Borgata)
- Lucky Larry’s Lobstermania 2 (Virgin Casino)
- Wheel of Fortune (Betfair – now FanDuel)
The longer the country stays closed for business, the more there is a need for a variety of entertainment options that people can enjoy safely.
If you are going to gamble online, please do so responsibly and ensure you are playing at a legal New Jersey online casino.
Do your part to help AC casinos reopen
The only way the coronavirus will stop spreading is if everyone does their part. Make no mistake about it; AC casinos will only reopen when the coronavirus stops spreading.
Follow social distancing and self-isolation guidelines. When faced with a choice of staying home or going out, stay at home.
Be prepared to stay home (mostly) for several weeks, but do not give in to the panic-buying that is sweeping the nation.
Mostly, make sure you give yourself a break from the news. Take some time to escape the headlines.
Watch a movie, read a book or play an online slot machine. A little enjoyment will go a long way toward making an impossible situation more bearable.