Atlantic City 1st quarter casino earnings more than triple

This May 3, 2021 photo shows a bottle of hand sanitizer, plexiglass barriers and face masks in use during a game of roulette at the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City N.J. On May 24, 2021, New Jersey gambling regulators released figures showing that the Atlantic City casinos’ first quarter earnings more than tripled this year compared to the same period last year, when the COVID19 pandemic wiped out half of March.(AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Atlantic City casinos’ gross operating profit soared in the first quarter of this year to more than $95 million, more than three times the amount they earned in the first quarter of 2020, when the COVID-19 shutdown wiped out half of March.