Camelot Hotel and Casino

The Camelot Hotel and Casino

The problem with land-based casinos, from a ownership perspective, is that the investment requires a lot of capital and time. This makes it difficult to begin a project that requires a lot of both of these factors as the certainty around said factors is always changing. The result unfortunately is that a lot of cool and exciting dreams are never realised and the efforts made squandered. This is sadly the case for Camelot Hotel and Casino, a casino planned for the city skyline of Atlantic City, and one that due to financial and legal issues could not be completed. Still the vision of this casino lives on as an aspect of history and deserves for its story to be told.

History of the Casino that Never Was

Some tales are about rising to the top, others are sadly about falling to the bottom and with Camelot Hotel and Casino the tale inclines towards the latter. The original project for this casino was lead by a man named Nathan Jacobson who was part of the American Leisure Corporation. The project was started in the 1980s and the demarcated site for the casino was in the marina district of Atlantic City, a prime place to setup such an establishment.

The plan was for the casino to host some 990 rooms in the hotel and a considerably sizable gaming area for the players. They had even setup an entertainment manager in the form of Merv Griffin who had plans to broadcast his show from the hotel.

It is at this point when the financial, legal and even political problems arose to put a halt to the building. As a result the project was never finished and even though the project then changed hands several times, with new ownership trying to boost it, a gaming license was never issued for the Camelot Hotel and Casino and to date the land lies empty.

Potential Gaming and online Versus Land Based

The casino gaming that could have been on offer at the Camelot Hotel and Casino is essentially the range that a good portion of the other large and lavish land based casinos now offer. This includes a range of slot machines as well as a good proportion of the classic table games that include some of the usual suspects like Poker, Blackjack and Roulette. After all the plans did have for the casino area of this place to be around 60 000 square feet, so definitely a fair bit of place for all sorts of cool casino gaming.

The fall of the Camelot Hotel and Casino is a stark reminder of the difficulties of land-based casinos over the online variation. The latter being far simpler to create and distribute, with far less risk. So the question arises whether or not these land based projects should still be undertaken in this day and age and whether the reward for the owners as well as the players. The answer it can be reasoned is that it should, as these fine land based casinos are stunning and create a surreal atmosphere that every player should experience.