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A history of gambling revenue and employment in Atlantic City since casinos launched in 1978

FILE - In this Wednesday Nov. 14, 2007 file photo, hotels and casinos in Atlantic City, N.J. are reflected in the water early in the morning. Now that the shock over the prospect of losing three Atlantic City casinos in the coming months is starting to wear off, many workers and their union are mounting a growing effort to keep them open by attracting new bidders and offering flexibility in contract negotiations with any potential buyer. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,File)

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FILE - In this Wednesday Nov. 14, 2007 file photo, hotels and casinos in Atlantic City, N.J. are reflected in the water early in the morning. Now that the shock over the prospect of losing three Atlantic City casinos in the coming months is starting to wear off, many workers and their union are mounting a growing effort to keep them open by attracting new bidders and offering flexibility in contract negotiations with any potential buyer. (AP Photo/Mel Evans,File)

Here is a look at how gambling revenue and employment have changed since casinos launched in Atlantic City in 1978:

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May 26, 1978: Resorts Atlantic City opens.

Casino revenue: $134 million

Casino employment: 3,300

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June 26, 1979: Caesars Atlantic City opens.

Dec. 29, 1979: Bally's Atlantic City opens.

Casino revenue: $325 million

Casino employment: 11,300

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Aug. 13, 1980: Sands Casino Hotel opens.

Nov. 23, 1980: Harrah's Atlantic City opens.

Dec. 9, 1980: Atlantic City Hilton opens. (It closed January 2014 as the Atlantic Club.)

Casino revenue: $642 million

Casino employment: 23,500

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Nov. 23, 1981: Tropicana Casino and Resort opens.

Casino revenue: $1 billion

Casino employment: 28,300

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May 14, 1984: Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino opens.

Casino revenue: $1.9 billion

Casino employment: 35,968

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June 17, 1985: Trump Marina Hotel Casino (now the Golden Nugget) opens.

Casino revenue: $2.1 billion

Casino employment: 37,004

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March 30, 1987: Showboat Casino Hotel opens.

Casino revenue: $2.4 billion

Casino employment: 39,351

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April 2, 1990: Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort opens.

Casino revenue: $2.9 billion

Casino employment: 45,241

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July 2, 2003: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa opens.

Casino revenue: $4.4 billion

Casino employment: 42,378

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Nov. 11, 2006: Sands Casino Hotel closes.

Casino revenue: $5.2 billion

Casino employment: 45,101

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April 2, 2012: Revel Casino Hotel opens.

Casino revenue: $3 billion

Casino employment: 35,777

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Jan. 13, 2014: Atlantic Club closes.

Casino revenue: $2.8 billion

Casino employment: 30,676

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July 2014: Showboat, Trump Plaza announce impending closures; Revel warns it also could close.

Casino revenue: $1.3 billion (January-June 2014)

Casino employment: 31,960

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Sources: New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, Casino Control Commission, AP research.

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