Representatives of the nation’s #1 and #2 gambling hubs, Las Vegas and Atlantic City, squared off in a war of words last week. As this article’s title and accompanying picture indicate, the gambling heavyweights went toe-to-toe. We’ll leave it to you, the reader, to determine who emerged the winner.
In a completely unprovoked attack on Sin City, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, of whom this poker blogger is not a fan, declared anyone who visited Las Vegas in the summer to be “stupid”. Christie said this in a speech meant to welcome the new executive director of his state’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, which is dedicated to making Atlantic City a more sought-after destination for casino-goers. Christie wondered aloud why gamblers would head to the middle of the desert during the hot, dry summer months instead of “come to Atlantic City, where there’s a beautiful beach.”
The timing of Christie’s remarks is questionable to say the least, after the recent Atlantic City shutdown for Hurricane Irene. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman echoed those sentiments, saying that “a little heat with our state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, climate-controlled resorts, is certainly much more inviting than having to deal with some of the weather they have had to endure in New Jersey recently.”
While it’s only natural for politicians like Gov. Christie and Mayor Goodman to point out the advantages of their respective locales in order to encourage additional gambling tourism, some casino operators themselves probably couldn’t care less where players choose to gamble, as they have properties in both places. Case in point: Caesars Entertainment Corporation, which operates 4 casinos on the Atlantic City boardwalk and no less than 10 on the Las Vegas Strip.