Nation: Monopoly on the Boardwalk

Lots of other players are still struggling to pass Go

When the doors open at 10 each morning, the hopeful come crowding into what looks like a hall of mirrors, jostling for places at gambling tables and slot machines that seem to stretch to infinity. Grimly determined to beat the odds, the players have been pouring huge amounts of money into the casino's coffers. This is Atlantic City, and it is booming beyond the most optimistic expectations.

When Resorts International opened its football-field-size casino in May, gamblers lost an average of $438,500 a day on...

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