Last roll of the dice

Atlantic City in New Jersey was once a thriving hub of leisure, gambling and commerce, as immortalised in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. But today, with job losses soaring, casinos closing down and hotels standing empty, these are bleak times for America’s

15th January, 2015

To get a true sense of the Revel hotel and casino in Atlantic City, you have to stand at its base. Above you, stretching into the sky within sound of the ocean’s waves, are 47 storeys of gleaming glass and steel.

Revel’s tower, at over 700 feet, is said to be the second highest structure in the state of New Jersey. The complex opened for business more than two years ago. The cost of...

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