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A Quickie in AC

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by hammie, Apr 2, 2014.

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  1. hammie

    hammie VIP Whale

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    My Trip Report

    No, not that kind of quickie, it was just an in and out, err, a one nighter, I mean an overnight trip to Atlantic City.

    We drove down mid day and hit zero traffic, my first win. Instead of checking into our room at Tropicana we decided to head over to Harrah's. The parking deck was about one quarter filled and the casino was pretty empty, so there was no problem getting on a slot machine. Just about all of the $10 BJ was 6-5, I saw a few tables that were 3-2, but don't recall the denominations. I guess the love man needs to increase his margins to pay the mortgage. As for slots, my wife played on several penny machines and they were choppy but in general, tight. Very few bonus rounds and the bonuses paid little.

    I played a little nickel Super Times Pay VP and held my own for about an hour, the drink service was excellent. I really like ordering my Heine's via the touch screen, no Manhattan's this time.

    We are not buffet types, but I had a BOGO coupon in my monthly CET mailer, so we hit Harrah's Waterfront Buffet. There was zero line so we walked right in. The buffet was pretty awesome, something for everyone and with the requisite snow crab legs, but not for me.

    Left Harrah's, there was no charge for parking, maybe because it was midweek? Or because Golden Nugget had free parking? We made our way over to Tropicana and checked into our comp room in the Havana tower. There would be a tax and resort fee of $10 upon checkout. We received a room on a high floor facing North with a partial ocean view. Went downstairs to give the Trop a little play. There were several $10 BJ tables with 3-2, the one I settled on was choppy and the dealer's up card seemed to be a face card about 75% of the time. Drink service was pretty decent and the table was fun, plenty of fist pumps and joking around even though I lost my modest buy in.

    Made our way over to the new Chickie's and Pete's, a Philly based chain that was ranked the #1 Sports Bar in America by ESPN. I guess this was before the owner settled a lawsuit for $8.5 Million for taking 2-4 points from his worker's tip jar and keeping 60% for himself. I swore off this place, but I wanted to watch the Phillies and have a few Yuenglings. This place also bugs me because the drafts are served in a 13.5 oz. "Pint" glass; with a 1/2" of head, it works out to be about 12 oz pour. :thumbsdown:

    The next morning we had breakfast at Casa Taco and Tequila Bar, which offers the standard breakfast fare. The weather was great, so we hit the boards and walked up towards Bally's to collect a little free play. Stopped in Caesars, it was pretty dead and went into Trump Plaza to get new cards. It's no wonder this place is the new doormat in AC, its a dump stuck in a 1980's time warp. One cashier in the whole place and it took about 10 minutes to get player's cards. We were the only ones in line. There was one roulette table open at noon on a Wednesday and maybe a few BJ tables.

    We got as far as Bally's Wild West Casino, collected free play and ran a few $$ through a couple slots. Didn't make it to the Mountain bar, but they still have $2 beers and $2 shots. Made our way back to Tropicana and collected the day's free play. Skipped lunch as we were still stuffed from breakfast and made our way home. Overall, another losing trip, but it was fun.

    Observations:
    Midweek in the Spring seems to be a great time to avoid the crowds, the weather is still decent. Weekends still draw crowds and skews to a younger demographic. Didn't see too many twenty-something's in tight dresses and teetering on heels.

    United Airlines just announced service to ACY from Chicago and Houston. Why did it take 36 years to bring in a major carrier? No offense Spirit.

    Harrah's indoor pool area looks very inviting and I could spend some time here.

    Trump Plaza is on life support, I guess Carl Ichan wants top dollar and won't release his lien.

    Tropicana's slots seem to have gotten tighter since we started going there a couple years ago, thinking of moving our play elsewhere until we stop receiving mailers from the Trop. I think they have been installing the recently acquired machines from the departed Atlantic Club.
     
  2. TIMSPEED

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    We were there mid-week in October..try going to Borgata..there's where all the tight dressed 20-somethings were.
    Also, I agree, the indoor pool at Harrahs was/is awesome! (we stayed at harrah's for $20 a night in the Atrium tower)
     
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    Glad you had a good night

    Sorry the machines were tight,but the ones in Vegas we played werent much looser. I went with friends to Chickie's in Bordentown ,ordered a cheese steak which I figured would be great ,but it was crap. We mostly go to the GN in AC now,when the weather finally warms and they open the Deck outside ,you should check it out if you havent already. You can get a bucket of 5 16 ozers for $23 with live music .Incl. Yuengling.
     
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    There's a Chickie's inside of Parx, it bugs me that sandwiches are about $10 and don't come with fries, they expect you to order a $6 basket of trademarked "crabbie" fries which are dusted with Old Bay seasoning and served with white cheese sauce. This guy will sue any restaurant that uses the term "crab fries" on its menu. Several articles in the local paper about this legal settlement with employees, I hate patronizing a place that serves overpriced food, under pours its draft beer, and grabbed tips from its servers. Next time in Bordentown, go to Mastori's Diner, you won't regret it. We love the deck at GN and buck a shuck oysters at Anthony's during happy hour.

    Tim, agreed, I think we will check out Borgata, we haven't been there in a few years.
     
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  5. dewey089

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    Thanks, great detail.
    I agree with the pool at Harrah's. I stayed at Harrah's two trips ago and it was great. However, I like being on the ocean, so next time I stayed at Showboat. At that time my poker play with CET in Vegas seemed to be giving me some AC comps.

    Food is a problem. Prices were much higher than Vegas. I did like that Irish Pub just off the Boardwalk. Good for eating at the bar solo. Simple food, but not bad. Chicken wings with the signature salad left me with enough for the next day's breakfast.

    I did find some full pay VP and in the end it paid off with a royal that sent me home with trip expenses and a few hundred dollars.
    I like the live poker at Taj, a 2-4-6 limit.
     
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    I live in Bordentown, and Mastori's is nice the Town & Country has the same type of food for a little less. They're both owned by the same person. I love the crab fries at Chickie's.
     
  7. hammie

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    Someone mentioned this on another thread, but going to Happy Hour is a frugal way to have a lighter dinner. At the Tropicana, for example, the RiRa Pub has a Wednesday happy hour special, $10 for a pound of wings and a Guinness. Come in with a green Tam-o-Shanter, a pipe, and that beard of yours and they might substitute wine for Guinness. :evillaugh Harry's Oyster Bar at Bally's also has buck a shuck oysters from 4-6 and drink specials.
     
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    I think we've been to Mastons a few times

    Have very good friends in Chesterfield. If this is the same place it has a bakery up front and on the other side of the parking lot there's a Sports Bar. Really nice country out there ,big$$$.
     
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