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10 Unfriendliest Cities in the US

Who knew Delaware was so mean?

(Newser) - Planning an end-of-summer vacation? Better stay away from these US cities, apparently the kinds of places where locals will give you bad directions, then steal your wallet. Condé Nast Traveler asked travelers to rate the "friendliness" of US cities for its 2015 Readers' Choice Awards and received 128,000... More »

10 US Cities Losing the Most Jobs

Sorry, Atlantic City

(Newser) - More bad news for Atlantic City: It's losing more jobs than any other US city, based on employment declines from June 2012 to June 2016, per 24/7 Wall St . The 10 cities that have lost the most jobs, plus their employment declines: More »

Trump Taj Mahal Is Shutting Down

Striking workers blame owner Carl Icahn

(Newser) - The Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City is closing down for good—two years after Donald Trump sued to get his name off the casino because its "appalling condition" was wrecking his brand. The casino is now owned by billionaire Carl Icahn and operated by his Tropicana Entertainment company,... More »

Attempt to Ditch Fake Poker Chips Backfires Hilariously

He flushes them, clogs casino pipes, is going to prison

(Newser) - A poker player is going to prison for bringing millions of dollars in counterfeit chips to a tournament and then breaking the plumbing when he flushed them down a toilet to hide the evidence. A judge on Thursday sentenced Christian Lusardi to five years in prison. Lusardi also must pay... More »

Casino to Gamblers: You Owe Us $1.5M

Golden Nugget casino says mini-baccarat cards were unshuffled

(Newser) - So you failed to unshuffle the deck—why is that our problem? That's essentially what a group of 14 gamblers are arguing in an effort to retain $1.5 million they won at an Atlantic City casino in 2012, the AP reports. They filed a motion yesterday in an... More »

Christie: I'm Taking Over Atlantic City

Crumbling casino town is in 'enormous hole'

(Newser) - This is why New Jersey can't have nice casino towns: financial woes, and Atlantic City's are so dire that Gov. Chris Christie has issued a state takeover of the city of 40,000, reports . "I can't wait any longer," said Christie today in... More »

Woman Who Dissed Trump for Years Sells—to Icahn

Vera Coking lived next to Trump Plaza, rebuffed the Donald for decades

(Newser) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has bought an Atlantic City property that earned its owner folk hero status for resisting decades of overtures from developers including Donald Trump. Citing real estate records, the Press of Atlantic City reports Icahn's IEH Investments paid $583,000 for Vera Coking's modest three-story... More »

Guy Gets Out of Jail, Kills Mom 2 Days Later: Police

Family had just thrown welcome-home party for Steven Pratt

(Newser) - Thirty years ago, Gwendolyn Pratt broke up a fight between her son Steven, then 15, and his next-door neighbor inside the Pratts' Atlantic City apartment. Steven Pratt later shot the neighbor to death—and almost exactly 30 years later, police say Pratt killed his mother in her Atlantic City home... More »

New Miss America's Talent Involves Red Plastic Cup

Kira Kazantsev wins after non-traditional talent performance

(Newser) - Miss New York Kira Kazantsev didn't exactly showcase a traditional talent last night in Atlantic City—but she was still crowned Miss America, despite what the AP calls a social media "furor" over her performance. Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy" ... while sitting on the floor banging... More »

Trump's Onetime Boardwalk Empire Is Bankrupt

Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. files for bankruptcy

(Newser) - Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel and the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino met their likely ends this morning in Delaware bankruptcy filings, Reuters reports. Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc.—associated with the billionaire and reality star Donald Trump basically only in name , as per CNBC —operates... More »

Armored Car Loses $21K After Bag Left on Roof

Casino money long gone

(Newser) - Some lucky traveler in New Jersey may have scored the easiest jackpot ever from a casino. The Press of Atlantic City reports that a bag filled with $21,000 from Revel casino went missing because an armored car drove off with it on the roof. The best part is that... More »

Trump Wants Name Off 'Appalling' NJ Casinos

The Donald says run-down Trump Plaza, Taj Mahal ruining his 'luxury' brand

(Newser) - Donald Trump is taking a break from protesting the arrival of Ebola-infected health workers in the US to attend to more important matters: himself. Specifically, he's suing Trump Entertainment Resorts to take his name off of Trump Plaza and the Trump Taj Mahal, two Atlantic City casinos the corporation... More »

Casino Accuses Gambling Champ Phil Ivey of Cheating

Poker great is sued over winnings in baccarat

(Newser) - A lawsuit from a casino accuses one of the world's highest-profile poker players of being a cheat—at least when it comes to baccarat. The Borgata casino of Atlantic City has sued Phil Ivey, claiming he won a total of $9.6 million through a scheme that violates New... More »

Miss America Crowned, Hit With Racist Tweets

Nina Davuluri is first winner of Indian heritage

(Newser) - For the first time, we have a Miss America of Indian descent. "I'm so happy this organization has embraced diversity," said Nina Davuluri in a press conference after winning last night. "I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a... More »

Trump's Old Casino Sells, Will Ditch Trump Name

Atlantic City site goes for a record low of $20M

(Newser) - Trump Plaza, the Boardwalk centerpiece of Donald Trump's onetime Atlantic City empire, was sold today to a California company for $20 million in the cheapest of a series of bargain-basement deals for distressed gambling halls in the New Jersey seaside resort. The Meruelo Group of Downey, California, plans to... More »

Michelle Obama, Kids Hit Beyonce Show

Singer making return to stage in Atlantic City

(Newser) - Michelle Obama was with the single ladies this weekend, joining 5,500 fans at a Beyonce concert in Atlantic City. The first lady took daughters Sasha and Malia to Revel Resorts, where Beyonce performed two dozen songs last night. No sign of the president, but Gov. Chris Christie was among... More »

Trump Casino Offers Plastic Surgery Jackpot

Winner will walk away with $25k worth of work

(Newser) - An Atlantic City casino is offering frequent gamblers a chance to win a new face. Loyalty card holders who amass enough points at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City will be entered into a drawing for $25,000 in plastic surgery procedures of their choice, AP reports.... More »

'Really Polite' Burglar Offers to Repair Screen

Homeowner says intruder still made her nervous

(Newser) - Authorities say a burglar offered to repair the screen that he damaged breaking into a New Jersey home after he was confronted by the homeowner, telling her that he meant to break into a neighbor's home. The homeowner, Maria Cardona, tells The Press of Atlantic City that the man... More »

Two Gamblers Take NJ Casino for $11M

Winning craps player leaves $150K tip

(Newser) - The balance sheet of Atlantic City's Tropicana Casino has taken a pounding from a pair of high rollers who won more than $5 million each just 6 weeks apart. A blackjack player beat the casino for $5.8 million in April and a craps player won $5.3 million... More »

NJ Casinos Hope to Boost Gambling— With Bustiers

But only the 'nice-looking' need apply

(Newser) - Soon it might be more difficult to concentrate on the cards at one Atlantic City casino. The Tropicana Casino and Resort is creating a new "party pit" near its Rumba Lounge nightclub where female blackjack and roulette dealers will wear bustiers and stockings, reports the AP . The casino is... More »

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