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After 27 Years, The Showboat Casino In Atlantic City Closes

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The Showboat Casino in Atlantic City has cashed out for the final time. The boardwalk staple of 27 years closed its doors for good at 4 p.m. Sunday.

FOX 29's Drew Dickman was in Atlantic City for the Showboat's final day.

It was a sad day for Atlantic City and a sad day especially for the people that made the Showboat what it was.

Droves of people took the chance to say one last goodbye.

“This was my home, my family, my friends, everything," Showboat Casino employee Loretta Bain said.

Bain poured her life into the Showboat Casino.

“I have so many memories of people I've met. It hurts, it hurts," she said.

She worked at the Mardi Gras style casino and hotel for the past 23 years.

Even though she knew this day was coming, she wasn't prepared for it.

“It's terrible, it's terrible. Everybody is down. My customers I've known for 20 years are crying and saying how much they're going to miss everyone. It's just devastating," Bain said.

Longtime Showboat patron Bonnie Lilliston also described a depressing last day for employees inside the Caesar's Entertainment owned building.

“They're all walking with a very sad look on their faces. In the garage, they're blowing the horns and packing up their cars. It's very sad," she said.

Neal Boschnack and his wife drove all the way from Staten Island to say a final farewell.

The couple said they've been staying at the Showboat since it opened in 1987.

“We have fond memories of the place. We've been here many times. We like to come. The buffets and things like that have always been special to us," Boschnack said.

Bain is one of more than 2000 employees who will lose their jobs.

The Brigantine resident now wonders if it's time for her to cash out too.

“If I don't get another job, I'm going to retire and just enjoy the rest of my life," Bain said.

Another employee told FOX 29 off camera he thinks he's going to get hired at another casino on the boardwalk.

As for the actual building, it's unclear what will be done with it, but one employee says there are rumors a college may use it as an Atlantic City campus.

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