The Maundy Monday Newsletter - This Week in History May 22 - 28.
"Future portrait painter" made me laugh at 6:55 am, which is quite a feat. I read somewhere that something like 90% of Americans are now within one hour drivetime of a casino. Young people, especially, don't realize that not that long ago (the '70s and '80s) Las Vegas was the only way to gamble, which meant if you lived in the Central Time zone especially, you never gambled unless you bought a plane ticket to either Las Vegas or Puerto Rico.
In my experience, Atlantic City was and is mostly for New Jersey locals and NYCers who wanted to make the short sojourn, but never really attracted people from the rest of the U.S., which means until Indian casinos proliferated, Vegas was really the only game in town until the 1990s.