Atlantic City casinos lose power, leave guests stranded
A lightning strike causes electricity issues at several area casinos
Yesterday wasn’t the best day to be at an Atlantic City casino. A power line was struck by lightning, leading to thousands of customers being left without electricity. Among these were several casinos and they, too, went dark, with some patrons having to sit uncomfortably in elevators until the problem could be rectified.
The power grid servicing the affected area is managed by Atlantic City Electric. The lightning strike reportedly hit about 1 AM, causing around 9,400 customers to be thrust into the darkness. Among the casinos that had to deal with unhappy gamblers were Harrah’s Golden Nugget, Resorts Casino Hotel, Ocean Casino Resort, Bally’s Atlantic City and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Users took to social media to offer their take on the situation, with several pointing out the obvious. Backup generators are in place in most venues and slot machines have internal uninterrupted power supplies to prevent losses in the event of a power failure. However, it appears that any generators aren’t designed to cover areas where electricity might be most desired – like elevators.
The casino scene in Atlantic City has been changing and lightning strikes aren’t providing the only shock to the once-popular gambling hub. More venues have been introduced, but, overall, revenue continues to drop. This past summer saw a slight turn in revenue, but many believe this may only be short-lived. Golden Nugget owner Tilman Fertitta recently told shareholders, “This is what happened to Atlantic City the first time, and it’s how the casinos got all run down. People didn’t have the money to keep (their properties) new and fresh by putting money back into it. I think it’s a huge mistake again. It’s a seven-casino market, and when it was seven casinos, everybody was putting money back into the properties. Now, they won’t.”