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After 26 Years, Sands Atlantic City Closes

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 13th November 2006 3:02am
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Just over 26 years after its opening, the Atlantic City Sands has closed for good. The building will be imploded early next year to make way for a brand new resort from new owners Pinnacle Entertainment.

"It was like New Year’s Eve. We couldn’t find a place to sit down,” Iosca said while playing a slot machine.

“It’s like losing a member of the family. It’s a very sad moment for us,” said Julian Paskewicz, who was a blackjack and roulette dealer and table-games supervisor during his 15 years at the Sands. Surprisingly, despite all of the advance publicity about the casino going out of business, some gamblers and hotel guests were unaware of the closing. Francisco Galutira, of New York City, tried to enter the casino at 6 a.m., clueless of what had just happened. “I thought it’s open 24 hours,” he said. “They are closed. What does that mean?”

It was only the second time in Atlantic City’s 28-year history of gaming that a casino has gone out of business. The financially troubled Elsinore’s Atlantis Casino Hotel was shuttered on May 22, 1989, after New Jersey gaming regulators refused to renew its operating license.

State gaming regulators oversaw the closing. All chips, cards, dice and other gaming materials will be destroyed now that gambling has stopped. The slot machines and gaming tables will be kept in storage, awaiting transfer to other casinos held by the Sands’ new owner, Pinnacle Entertainment.



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