Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Jobs: Up in smoke?

As I was heading down the Expressway to AyCee earlier today, I glanced at a billboard that appeared to be gloating about the impending full smoking ban in the casinos.

Jobs: Up in smoke?

As I was heading down the Expressway to AyCee earlier today, I glanced at a billboard that appeared to be gloating about the impending full smoking ban in the casinos.

It said something about "Breathe Easy Atlantic City," and was most definitely an anti-smoking sign. And it made me wonder about those who lobbied so enthusiastically in favor of sticking it to smokers who gamble: Will they be so giddy when casino jobs are lost because even more players head to Pennsy and Delaware instead of Atlantic City to court Lady Luck? Will they erect a billboard that proclaims their joy at the prospect of some of their fellow citizens applying for unemployment compensation and trying to figure out how to keep their houses from going into foreclosure?

Just wondering...

OOPS: The other day, I erroneously put the World Poker Tour--which comes to Borgata Sunday through Sept. 18--on the GSN channel. Technically, I was right--this past season has been on GSN. But it turns out the next season (which will include the Borgata throw-down) will air on FSN...

About this blog
Philly native Chuck Darrow has literally covered Atlantic City’s casino scene since Day One: He was there on assignment the night in November 1976 when voters approved legalized casinos.

Since then, Chuck has covered the town and its gaming industry for several area newspapers -- which is why, in some circles, he’s known as “Boardwalk Charlie.”

You can reach Chuck at darrowc@phillynews.com. Reach Chuck at darrowc@phillynews.com.

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