Atlantic City... a bit of history

Jul 23, 2009 Full story: www.baltimoresun.com 7
This piece is nice for most of the history included. Unfortunately, it should not have been published without an update. Here is what we sent to the Sun:

--There are only 11 casinos (due to Sands closings and consolidations like Claridge & Wild Wild West counted as Bally's) --The AC Convention Center is not on the Boardwalk and it never hosted the Miss Am Pageant --What used to be the Convention Center, 15(?) years ago is now Boardwalk Hall... and it doesn't host the pageant anymore, either, since the pageant hasn't been in AC since 2006. --Holiday Inn is now the Chelsea --Garden Pier is not at St. James Place, but at NJ Ave. --There is no longer a bowling alley at Showboat --If you can still find a wicker rolling chair, buy it
-ed.

Saltwater taffy. Picture postcards. Amusement parks. The boardwalk. If you envisioned the beach vacations of your childhood, many of Atlantic City's features might come to mind.

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#1 Jul 23, 2009
I'll start it off... does anyone spot any other errors in the piece?

I may have made one in the note to the Sun: there may still be some wicker rolling chairs. I usually avert my eyes to fend off solicitations when I encounter a gaggle of chairs.
JArruda

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Jul 23, 2009
Pricey222 wrote:
I'll start it off... does anyone spot any other errors in the piece?
I may have made one in the note to the Sun: there may still be some wicker rolling chairs. I usually avert my eyes to fend off solicitations when I encounter a gaggle of chairs.
NOT sure - but I don't think the AC casino's are
geographically located on Absecon Island ?
TRIVIA: CAPE MAY had POKER GAMBLING in the late
1880's before it was outlawed around 1900 - so you
could say it had gambling before AC did.
JArruda / North jersey

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#3 Jul 23, 2009
JArruda wrote:
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NOT sure - but I don't think the AC casino's are
geographically located on Absecon Island ?
TRIVIA: CAPE MAY had POKER GAMBLING in the late
1880's before it was outlawed around 1900 - so you
could say it had gambling before AC did.
JArruda / North jersey
Absecon Island is AC down to Longport. Atlantic City had gambling back then , as well. There are still a few examples of the buildings that were gambling houses/brothels. One comes to mind in the Chelsea section on a corner at Atlantic Ave.... a big ol' house that is now an office.
Jersey GAL

Edison, NJ

#4 Jul 23, 2009
JArruda wrote:
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NOT sure - but I don't think the AC casino's are
geographically located on Absecon Island ?
TRIVIA: CAPE MAY had POKER GAMBLING in the late
1880's before it was outlawed around 1900 - so you
could say it had gambling before AC did.
JArruda / North jersey
My grandfather told us how there was gambling all over NJ including the shore and all the county fairs, the games of chance were for Cash not toys like today.

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#5 Jul 23, 2009
Jersey GAL wrote:
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My grandfather told us how there was gambling all over NJ including the shore and all the county fairs, the games of chance were for Cash not toys like today.
Even after that era, they gave non-cash prizes on the "games of chance" if you won. Then the law said they had to give prizes to EVERYONE, supposedly at least equal at retail to the cost of playing, with some bigger. So, now we have mostly "games of skill" (like at Steel Pier) where they're not required to give a prize for each play.(Oh yes, also casinos, so we've come full circle!)
JArruda

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Jul 23, 2009
Jersey GAL wrote:
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My grandfather told us how there was gambling all over NJ including the shore and all the county fairs, the games of chance were for Cash not toys like today.
YES - as recently as last year Lyndhurst Mt. Carmel Fair in the Park had the Horse Racing Wheel and they paid you in Cash ( its similar to
the Big Wheel in the Casino except it has the race Horse numbers on it and the most you can win
is $5.00 per spin). Its all legal because its held
right next to the Police Station.
Jarruda / North jersey

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#7 Jul 23, 2009
JArruda wrote:
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YES - as recently as last year Lyndhurst Mt. Carmel Fair in the Park had the Horse Racing Wheel and they paid you in Cash ( its similar to
the Big Wheel in the Casino except it has the race Horse numbers on it and the most you can win
is $5.00 per spin). Its all legal because its held
right next to the Police Station.
Jarruda / North jersey
Charities/churches can get permits for true gambling---I suppose even on-going events like church bingo.

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