It may be known for its boardwalk, beaches and the Miss America pageant but the thing that really makes Atlantic City famous is its casinos.
Casino gambling was legalized in New Jersey in 1976, making it the second state to do so after Nevada. Two years later, Resorts International opened its casino doors in Atlantic City. In the time that followed, Caesars, Bally's as well as nine other glitzy hotels opened up and helped make A.C. a destination for gamblers.
For years, Atlantic City was the only state in the Northeast that went head to head with Las Vegas. But then new casinos in nearby Connecticut and Pennsylvania took the appeal out of a trip to A.C.