Just like the old days

The holiday weekend brought with it a (likely short-lived) return to the good old days of, say, 2006, down AyCee way.

Saturday night, finacially beleagured Resorts Atlantic City was really jumping. A few dozen cars were lined up waiting to be valet parked, and inside Atlantic City's first legal gambling den, public spaces like the casino, restaurants and showroom (where Howie Mandel made with his usual insanity--and made my stomach hurt from laughing) were throbbing with activity.

Monday afternoon the scene was the same at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. Casino pits usually empty on weekday afternoons in winter were teeming with players. And judging from the number of people I saw carrying suitcases, it can be assumed hotel occupancy there was extermely healthy.

Granted, President's Day Weekend is historically the casinos' best shot between New Year's and Memorial Day, but given the current economic picture down there, the past few days had to have been particularly gratifying for those who run the properties.