Showboat closes after 27 years in Atlantic City

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The show is over for the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The Mardi Gras-themed casino shut down at 4 p.m. Sunday after 27 years on the Boardwalk.

Owner Caesars Entertainment closed the still-profitable Showboat to reduce the number of casinos in Atlantic City, which has been struggling with plunging revenue and increased competition.

Caesars still owns three other casinos in Atlantic City.

The seaside gambling resort began the year with 12 casinos. But before summer is over it will be down to eight.

The Atlantic Club closed in January. Revel will begin a two-day shutdown Monday. And Trump Plaza is closing Sept. 16.

Nearly 8,000 casino workers will have lost their jobs.