The entrance at Resorts Casino Hotel is seen Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Atlantic City, N.J. Efforts are being made to win back business at the nation’s first casino to open outside Nevada, one that came within days of closing last winter. New owners bought it for a song in December, and now face the daunting task of rebuilding business in a place that had been abandoned by many of its best customers. Co-owner Dennis Gomes has launched an ambitious, expensive effort to regain lost customers, using everything from a David Cassidy concert to a simulated flash mob breaking into song around the buffet tables, not to mention wads of cash to entice gamblers. It's working so far, but the casino is still losing money. Gomes says it could become profitable by July. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — After two bad years in which gamblers either stayed home or held onto their wallets more tightly, the nation’s casinos began to slowly rebound last year, with revenue increasing slightly even as the number of jobs declined.

An annual American Gaming Association survey released Wednesday found the nation’s 483 commercial casinos took in $34.6 billion in 2010, an increase of just under 1 percent from the $34.28 billion posted in 2009. That marked the first time in three years the casinos’ revenue increased.

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