Hurricane Irene forced the closing of ALL of the casinos in Atlantic City. Many gamblers came to the Sands in Bethlehem instead of Atlantic City. So many people responded to their gambling urge that the Sands Casino Resort 300-room hotel in Bethlehem was nearly sold out. The hotel was more than 90 % full on Friday and Saturday as the hurricane approached the Lehigh Valley and still at 80 % occupancy on Sunday. Well, I guess it’s true …. “behind every (hurricane) cloud there is a silver lining”.