Atlantic City is doing its best to make a quick bounce back after having to shut down its 11 casinos for a few days due to the impending threat of Hurricane Irene. It was a necessary loss of business, though unwelcome. However, if it had to happen at any time during the year, luckily it was the weekend right before Labor Day weekend. Labor Day weekend is usually a killer weekend for the Atlantic City casinos as people get the opportunity to spend their long weekend soaking up the sun and wagering at slot machine. Labor Day weekend is usually a time when the casinos get a chance to pull ahead in the revenue numbers, but since it follows a weekend of no business it will be more playing catch up than pulling ahead this year.
The casinos estimate that they lost several millions of dollars from lack of business during the storm, a would that may be feeling particularly salty as Tropical Storm Irene had little impact on the casinos or the resort town. However, Labor Day weekend seems to be right back on track. Many of the casino hotels are already booked up for the holiday. Closing down the casinos for the day may have been the best financial move for the casino in the long run. They did not have to pay staff to work during a period where there were likely to be few if any guest for fear of the storm. Such is life on the beachfront.