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Harrah's cuts jobs at 4 Atlantic City casinos

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Harrah's cuts jobs at 4 Atlantic City casinos

Well, they got their smoking ban, and now they are unemployed. Funny how things work.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Harrah's Entertainment Inc. is cutting employees at its four Atlantic City casinos.

The casinos are Harrah's Resort, Bally's Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City and Showboat Casino Hotel.

The gaming company won't say how many are being laid off.

The Press of Atlantic City reports employment figures compiled by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission show there were hundreds of job cuts at Bally's and Caesars.

Employment figures show the four properties had 16,034 workers in September.

Harrah's blames a weak economy, competition from slot parlors in Pennsylvania and New York, and the city's recent smoking ban.

The City Council on Monday voted to postpone the ban for at least a year beginning Nov. 16.

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1. Re: Harrah's cuts jobs at 4 Atlantic City casinos

Since they blame the smoking ban I suppose they will rehire when the smokers return.....

Straight up BS

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2. Re: Harrah's cuts jobs at 4 Atlantic City casinos

"Well, they got their smoking ban, and now they are unemployed. Funny how things work."

So luv, based on that logic, they'll all be rehired November 16th...I think not. IMHO, the #1 factor for these layoffs is the economy. Businesses coast to coast are laying off workers, and smoking has nothing to do with it. The casinos are a business like any other when it comes to the bottom line.

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3. Re: Harrah's cuts jobs at 4 Atlantic City casinos

Sad to say I knew this was gonna happen, no matter how many threads posted on here said the casino's were crowded.

I would of also thought since the summer was over it, it might of added to it.

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4. Re: Harrah's cuts jobs at 4 Atlantic City casinos

In no context does it say the smoking ban is entirely responsible for the layoffs. But given the 'weak economy and competition from slot parlors', why make a bad situation worse? It could be the impetus that pushed things over the edge. If you are already bleeding, would you make the cut even deeper? I can only say that I was there last weekend and have never seen the place so empty, no matter what the reason. They can't control the economy, and they can't eliminate the competition, so lifting the smoking ban is the only thing they can do to help get on the road to recovery. In the meantime, all those employees pushing for their non-smoking environment can now breathe the clean air at the employment office. I'm just saying.

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5. Re: Harrah's cuts jobs at 4 Atlantic City casinos

Lets face it...gambling is not a staple of life but is entertainment. No surprise that based on the economy the entertainment sector will be facing cutbacks too. Hotels, movies, Disneyworld, Universal Studios, airlines, etc will all be seeing smaller crowds as people cut back. The Jersey Shore may see people coming for shorter stays or day visits. People will obviously not be traveling great distances so many who might go to Vegas will also be re-thinking that yearly trip. If the economy isn't bad enough then you've also got the media blasting us everyday with story after story. Even people with money who are not experiencing problems are scared to spend. Hell, the banks are scared to spend! I contend the smoking ban has little to do with any short fall the AC Casinos are having. In the mix the economy fears play a much bigger part.

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6. Re: Harrah's cuts jobs at 4 Atlantic City casinos

I remember reading Foxwoods has leaid off almost 1000 workers this year and you can smoke there. It is the economy.

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7. Re: Harrah's cuts jobs at 4 Atlantic City casinos

Foxwoods is also the largest casino in the U.S., so 1,000 employees is likely a lower percentage of their total workforce in comparison to the layoffs in AC. It's all relative; nobody will ever know how many jobs were lost as a direct result of the smoking ban. My point, which some non-smokers choose to recognize, is that the smoking ban did not help the situation and the result is the inevitable loss of even more jobs. Where are all those elated non-smokers who promised to flock to the casinos now that all their conditions have been met? They have three more weekends to turn things around. If the casinos make up some ground before Nov 16th, then we can concede the smoking ban is actually good for business rather than hurting it.

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8. Re: Harrah's cuts jobs at 4 Atlantic City casinos

I suppose that MGM stopped construction and Pinnacle put their plans on hold to build because of the smoking ban. GET REAL!

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9. Re: Harrah's cuts jobs at 4 Atlantic City casinos

I wrote in a small trip report sometime in September ....Bally's had let go of 30-40 workers and WWW would be part way closed. This information came from an employee and the reason given to them was the economy. The layoffs were before the smoking ban took effect.

We are seeing a decline in Delaware casinos and there hasn't been smoking there in 5 years. I still blame the economy since people do not have disposable income as they have in the past.

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10. Re: Harrah's cuts jobs at 4 Atlantic City casinos

There is NO way you can pin anything on a ban that has been in effect for what, a few weeks.

And no matter the size 1000 people is a lot to lose. Foxwoods staff cannot be that big. The casino industry is hurting like most industry, especially discrentionary ones like gaming.

Like it or not the smoking ban will come back and outside of Vegas and the Indian casinos it will be the norm in a few years.