Atlantic City is attractive to the blue-collar gambler. That, after all, was part of the lure for Resorts International - a quarter of the U.S. population could drive to its casino.
But because there aren't many high rollers in tuxedos around, don't feel sorry for the house. A hundred players betting $10 each can be more attractive to a casinor than one player betting $10,000. Since the odds in the long run favor the house, it'll probably keep most of the money those 100 players bet. But if the big sport happens to win a couple of $1,000 bets in a row and then quit, the house is out money quickly.
Large numbers of people present some problems. For example, the carpet on the steps leading from the hotel reception area to the casino foyer had to be replaced after the initial week of gambling madness; it was worn out. The cleaning crew battles vainly to clean the debris on the casino floor, though the discarded wrappings of rolls of silver dollars and quarters are welcome decoration that give the feeling of money spent with abandon.
But despite problems, employees are enthusiastic, some too much so.
"Did you notice that the hotel rooms even have Kosher water?" one man told me.
I had noticed a third spout from my bathroom sink (just below the wall telephone) but assumed it provided drinking water. No, insisted my new friend, that's Kosher water, it says so on the faucet. I later examined may faucet and found no such indication. My theory is that my over-eager informer saw a plumbing fixture manufactured by Kohler and jumped to conclusion.