Atlantic City expansion means more poker

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If for some reason you couldn't find a poker game in Atlantic City things are going to get better. A lot better.

According to a story in the Detroit Free Press, there will be a burst of new mega-casinos scheduled to be completed by 2012.

At least four companies are investing more than a combined $9 billion in hopes that Atlantic City will be the next Las Vegas. The city's skyline will change dramatically by the time the Revel, the Pinnacle, MGM Atlantic City and perhaps one more yet-unnamed casino-hotel are completed.

The Revel alone will feature two towers standing perpendicular to the ocean with as many as 3,900 rooms. It will be the tallest building in Atlantic City and is scheduled to open in the second half of 2010.

The Pinnacle will be the next of the mega-casinos to be completed. It is being built on the site of the former Sands Hotel Casino and is scheduled to open in late 2011 or 2012.

Of course it's all leading up to the Big Kahuna - the MGM Atlantic City. The MGM will have three hotel towers with more than 3,000 rooms, 5,000 slot machines and 200 table games. It will be the largest project ever completed in Atlantic City and it's due to open in 2012.

Poker is already heavily entrenched in Atlantic City, with regular stops from the World Poker Tour at the Borgata, the World Series of Poker Circuit at Harrah's Atlantic City and the U.S. Poker Championship at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino.

There is no doubt that with at least four more mega-casinos coming to town the poker circuit will have to schedule a few more stops in the Las Vegas of the East Coast.

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