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Gambling in America-­An Overview
At one time, the only state in America where gambling was legal was Nevada. This situation remained in effect for many years, and although there was sporadic gambling in other ju­risdictions, such as the draw poker clubs in California and lotteries in certain states, it wasn't until Atlantic City legalized gambling that Nevada had any competition in the way of full-fledged casinos offering games such as craps, blackjack, roulette and baccarat, as well as slot machines. One of the rationales for legalizing gambling in Atlantic City was to use the tax money engendered from gambling to improve the city.

But that didn't happen. The millions of dollars spent in the casinos, or should I say, billions, didn't improve the city one whit. While the number of pleasure palaces of gambling rose, Atlantic City remained a festering slum. As it is today. The tourists go to the casinos and occasionally walk on the board­walk, but they don't venture into Atlantic City proper. Still, there were mighty revenues that could be taxed by the munic­ipality, and other jurisdictions took note of the frantic pace of building and the millions of tourists who poured into the New Jersey resort