Casinos continue to shut down in Atlantic City

The Trump Plaza and Casino opened for business in May 1984

(AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (NBC NEWS/WWLP) – Trump Plaza and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey shut its doors overnight. It is the fourth Atlantic City casino to shut down this year.

Despite its prime location on the city boardwalk, gamblers abandoned the business for newer, ritzier casinos leading to its demise. Trump Entertainment, which owns the property, says it will close its sole remaining casino, the Trump Taj Mahal in November if it can’t reach significant concessions with employee unions.

Now, many local residents are wondering if a casino would actually be successful here in western Massachusetts. Ruben Contreras of Springfield told 22News he thinks the reason casinos are closing in A.C. is because of too much competition, which isn’t a problem here in the bay state.

Contreras said, “There’s really no competition here so I feel like if one was big enough for everybody to have fun, I think it would be pretty harmless and pretty successful.” The closest casinos to the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield are Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun; both in Connecticut.

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