Vegas, New Orleans beat out Atlantic City as casino destinations

    People has varying reasons for naming Atlantic City as their third-choice casino destination. But the Fairleigh Dickinson University professor who conducted the poll says the differing answers are a good sign.

    Vegas and New Orleans topped the list among those polled, with Reno, Nev., and St. Louis rounding out the fourth and fifth spots.

    Right in the middle Atlantic City can use this as an opportunity for growth, Donald Hoover, the professor and a former A.C. casino worker says.

    According to an Associated Press report on Hoover’s poll, the numbers put Atlantic City in the national market — perhaps even international — which means the city needs to step up its game. No pun intended.

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    Almost a quarter of the 711 people polled gave no specific reason for not visiting Atlantic City, which Hoover says presents the city with a chance to create a positive image.

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