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Pain of Atlantic City casino contraction, where 3 more may close soon, to be far-reaching

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    FILE - This Feb. 29, 2012 file photo shows the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino and Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino, left back, in Atlantic City, N.J. The rapid disintegration of Atlantic City's casino market might be an early indicator of what could happen in other parts of the country that have too many casinos and not enough gamblers. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - This July 11, 2014 file photo shows many of the Atlantic City N.J. Boardwalk casinos. The rapid disintegration of Atlantic City's casino market might be an early indicator of what could happen in other parts of the country that have too many casinos and not enough gamblers. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this July 8, 2006 file photo, pedestrians enter the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J. The rapid disintegration of Atlantic City's casino market might be an early indicator of what could happen in other parts of the country that have too many casinos and not enough gamblers. (AP Photo/Mary Godleski, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this June 27, 2013 file photo, pedestrians walk on the Atlantic City N.J. Boardwalk with the Resorts, Trump Taj Mahal and Revel casinos in the background. The rapid disintegration of Atlantic City's casino market might be an early indicator of what could happen in other parts of the country that have too many casinos and not enough gamblers. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File) (The Associated Press)

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    This June 27, 2014 photo shows the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City N.J., one of three Atlantic City casinos that could close by September. The closures will affect nearly 8,000 workers and their families, along with businesses that sell to the casinos, the housing market, and local and state tax collections. The rapid disintegration of Atlantic City's casino market might be an early indicator of what could happen in other parts of the country that have too many casinos and not enough gamblers. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) (The Associated Press)

With three more of Atlantic City's 11 casinos threatening to close by September, nearly 8,000 workers and their families will be affected. But the impact of the closings will be felt far beyond their kitchens.

Small businesses that sell to the casinos will be hurt, along with the housing market.

Atlantic City's local tax burden could shift more onto already-struggling homeowners.

And dwindling casino tax payments could result in more cuts to programs that help senior citizens pay for prescription drugs or rides to the doctor's office or grocery store.

The Showboat and Trump Plaza say they will close soon, and Revel could join them if a buyer isn't found in a bankruptcy sale next month.

The Atlantic Club shut down in January.