State and local governments want a piece of the action of the enormous sum of money spent on gambling. But if the states come out winners, it will be because there are millions of losers. My father once advised me never to bet on anything but Notre Dame and the Yankees," said New Jersey Governor Brendan T. Byrne as he stood at the door of the casino of the Resorts International Hotel in Atlantic City on May 26. "For those of you who do not want to take my father's advice, this casino is now officially open." The Governor cut the ribbon and Atlantic City's first legal casino officially opened; New Jersey thus became only the second state to legalize casino gambling. Lines of customers surged inside; within fifteen minutes the 33,000-square-foot casino was filled to capacity with 5,000 people eager to gamble their money on blackjack, craps, baccarat, roulette, lottery wheels, and 893 slot machines.
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