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(Atlantic City article updated with Borgata revenue.)



) -- Atlantic City was dealt another losing hand this January, as gaming revenue for the month toppled 8.5%.

In the whole, Atlantic City's casinos pulled $294.2 million in gaming revenue during the month, as the New Jersey gambling hub has now logged more than two full years of revenue declines.

Numbers such as these are, of course, just the type of reasons

MGM Mirage

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has cited in its decision to put its chips into Macau, as opposed to Atlantic City. The casino operator announced on Monday that it will

put its Borgata interest into a divestiture trust


In January, the Borgata reported a 3.4% decline in gaming revenue to $56.2 million.

MGM has been battling with the New Jersey Casino Control Commission over its relationship with Pansy Ho, its joint venture partner in Macau. The Casino Control Commission labeled her an "unsuitable" business partner.

MGM co-owns the Borgata with

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It is easy, then, to see why MGM would rather expand in Macau then A.C. Macau reported a 63.3% surge in gaming revenue in January to reach a record $1.58 billion in revenue.

And another sign that casino operators are losing interest in Atlantic City came last week when

Pinnacle Entertainment

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announced that it is abandoning its plans to develop in the area.

The company put its property, which was formerly home to

Las Vegas Sands'

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casino, up for sale.

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.


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