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No reopening date yet for Atlantic City casinos

Foundations and pilings are all that remain of brick buildings and a boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 30, 2012. AP Photo/Seth Wenig Foundations and pilings are all that remain of brick buildings and a boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 30, 2012. AP Photo/Seth Wenig
Sand and debris covers the streets near the water in Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 30, 2012. Sandy caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. AP Photo/Seth Wenig Sand and debris covers the streets near the water in Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 30, 2012. Sandy caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

By WAYNE PARRY | Associated Press

State regulators want to visit each of Atlantic City's 12 casinos before deciding when they can reopen.

The state Division of Gaming Enforcement says it will tour the gambling halls on Wednesday before deciding on a reopening date. The shutdown is costing the casinos a collective $5 million a day in lost revenue.

This marks the fourth time in the 34-year history of legalized gambling in Atlantic City that the casinos were ordered closed.

Since gambling began in Atlantic City in 1978, the only other times the resort's gambling halls closed were during Hurricane Gloria in 1985; during a state government shutdown in 2006 that shuttered the casinos for three days, costing them $55 million, and for three days in August 2011 as Hurricane Irene approached, costing them $45 million.

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