Online casinos offer better value to gamblers than brick and mortar casinos. They do not have the overhead of a Las Vegas or Atlantic City casino and can therefore offer better odds and bigger bonuses. Traditional land based casinos attract visitors with glitzy hotels and fancy restaurants. In 1976 gambling was legalized in Atlantic City. Las Vegas casinos realized that they would need to do more to attract East Coast visitors than just offer casino gambling. This was the beginning of the Las Vegas Mega-Resort. The Mega-Resort caters to the entire family in order to become a vacation destination. It now costs an approximately $5 billion to buy the land and build a resort on the Las Vegas strip.
In 1986, Foxwoods opened as a bingo hall on Indian land. Foxwoods added casino table games in 1992 and slot machines in 1993. Atlantic City was now in the same position as Las Vegas. They needed to offer more than just gambling. Atlantic City handled the problem the same way that Las Vegas did; they threw money at it. Foxwoods location attracted millions of visitors and they continued to grow throughout the 1990’s and the early 2000’s until a downturn in the economy forced states to loosen laws regarding casino gambling. Today Foxwoods is the largest casino in the world and their business is being stolen by smaller casinos. They have opened the MGM at Foxwoods in order to bring in top line entertainment. This again costs money.