It's been a rough few years for Atlantic City casinos. Between the legalization of gambling and rise of casino destinations in surrounding markets, as well as the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy, the city that was once the East Coast icon for bright lights and big spending is a little less illuminated. Atlantic City boasted 14 casinos in 2012, but Deutsche Bank analysts predict that by 2017, that number will be down to six. With five casinos expected to close this year alone, about one-fifth of the city will be out of a job.
Chaz Kangas The Revel in its final days
Among those closing was the Revel. At 57 stories, it was by far the biggest entity on the Boardwalk, and since its 2012 opening has always looked stylish, standing out from the surrounding hotels and casinos whose appearances haven't changed all that much in the decades gone by. The Revel was also a profoundly expensive endeavor, costing $2.4 billion (essentially one and a half times the cost of MetLife Stadium). Since it closed operations on September 2 at 6 a.m., I decided to spend my Labor Day weekend with some friends paying the casino one last visit.More »