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Sandy Causes Record Drop In Atlantic City Casino Revenues

An empty road leading to casinos before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  (credit:  STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

An empty road leading to casinos before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Superstorm Sandy led to the biggest monthly drop in casino revenue in the 34-year history of legalized gambling in Atlantic City in November.

Closures due to the storm sent Atlantic City’s casino revenue plunging nearly 28 percent last month.

The casinos closed on Oct. 28, the day before the storm hit, and began reopening Nov. 2. It wasn’t until Nov. 5 that all 12 casinos were back in operation. That led to a 19.9 percent decline in casino revenues in October, the previous largest monthly drop ever.

The casinos took in $176.6 million in November, a decline of 27.9 percent from November 2011, when they were open a full month.

Tropical Storm Irene forced the casinos to close for three days in August 2011, causing a 19.8 percent revenue plunge.

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