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AC Post Sandy Check in

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by cpreston, Nov 6, 2012.

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  1. cpreston

    cpreston Low-Roller

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    I don’t mean to do this as a total Trip Report, just as a heads up to those here who hop in the car and go to AC

    On Friday, Gov Christie “opened up” Atlantic City to non-residents and most of the Casino’s gathered up their employees and opened their doors

    My husband sent me an e-mail at work because the rooms were free to anyone with a TR card.

    We drove in on Friday night, as we got closer to Showboat, some of the streets were blocked off, so we had to take side streets through some ‘not so nice’ parts of town

    We arrived about 9:00 went to Show Boat, because we have the most fun there (it is not the nicest casino in AC, I admit that but it’s where we feel comfortable and know the employees)

    They had no valet…(the first guy we look forward to seeing when we get there, his name is Kermit, he always takes care of us, not working on Friday night) we were concerned about parking the car, but the guy standing out front told us that they had security on every level of the garage and police on bikes patrolling each casino garage…

    So the hubster left me with the bags and went and parked

    We walked in and the first thing we noticed is that there was hardly anyone there

    We checked in, got our room went down to the casino floor to survey the situation.

    The back of Show Boat is the House of Blues Casino….the bar back there was closed, the slots were on, but nothing else was going on

    All the ‘restaurants’ were closed except the Earl of Sandwich (which throws off this burnt plastic smell that wafts through the front of the casino, they need to get rid of that place)

    I brought down munchies, so we werent’ really hungry anyway

    Mister and I played slots for a while, he moved over to roulette and had a banner night

    Drink service at the slots was swift and the cocktail waitress was grateful to have some income

    DH walked away from roulette a VERY happy man, I walked away from slots a moderately happy woman

    The next morning, we went downstairs and had breakfast at Johnny Rockets
    We looked out over the boardwalk and Steel Pier and the sun was peeking through the clouds, people were out and walking about on the boardwalk… gawkers, I’m sure much like we were doing

    The Revel stayed closed till Noon on Saturday.
    We were thinking of getting a burger at Village Whiskey, because we love the bartenders there…. and the burgers are UNREAL (all the food there is Unreal!)
    Village whiskey was not going to open
    We called our friends at Dock’s Oyster House… they answered! They were open for dinner!
    Whoo hoo!

    So we stayed at the Show Boat… took a nap, showered and dressed for dinner
    The ride over to Dock’s was a bit depressing and scary

    So many of the businesses were still boarded up
    The street lights at the intersections were out

    We got to Dock’s and were greeted warmly by our friends “Soapy” the raw bar guy, Will our waiter and Dmitri, the bartender

    Had a fantastic meal, as always.
    Got to learn that one person took on about 3” of water in his basement, but no major damage
    Another lost his car, totally flooded out, but he has insurance, which already gave him a check and is paying for his rental till he finds a new car
    Another never even lost power…
    Then there was our friend Soapy
    He’s a Latino American “kid” (I call him that because I’m old)
    The first one to ask us how we fared in the storm….
    He lives in a first floor apartment
    He had three feet of water
    He lost his bed
    He lost his furniture
    He lost his shoes
    He lost pretty much everything he had
    He salvaged what clothes he could, took them to a laundry mat and the Dougherty Family was kind enough to give him a new Chef’s coat, pants and work shoes

    He was telling us about the looting that was going on in downtown AC even DURING the storm… one of his friend is married and has two kids and someone broke into the home and robbed them at gun-point
    We were told, “beware” going back to the casino
    When you get there, Valet your car and STAY in the casino, don’t go walking around on the board from place to place…. Not till things get better down here
    (I just want to say, that we’ve been going to AC for years and I think it gets a bad rap for being ‘unsafe’ just have common sense and be aware of your surroundings and you’re fine there)
    So we did as we were advised to do by the locals.
    Saw our buddy Kermit was working (nice to see him)
    Handed him over the car and went inside to go play some slot machines

    Second night of slots was not as kind to me, I wound up with not much more than what I came down with, but when you consider that between the roulette and my slot wins, we had a free dinner and were able to “hook up” our friends at the restaurant, without dipping into our own cash… we both did really well

    (distribution of wealth… it seems whenever we do well at the casino, we wind up taking that money and spending it down there on food and tips!)

    Our next AC trip is already booked, I am hoping that there will be a bit more recovery by the time we go back down

    My heart goes out to all the people that were effected by this storm! I have family and friends in Staten Island and along the coast of NJ… some are fine, some lost homes… it was so random how one town was devastated and another town barely touched…
     
  2. jerseyguy

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    Went to Caesars overnight Sunday

    Even then we thought we were pushing the envelope a little bit,but needed a break. We ate a sunday dinner locally here before we left so just needed a snack in Caesars,Sack O' Subs was open in Ballys.
    Was not about to leave hotel even in broad daylight ,but felt very safe inside.
    Help was very nice,one man even thanked us for being there.
    Funny,we like the Earl and dont really care much for J Rockets.
    Made a few bucks on VP and watched football at the Toga Bar .
    A CW told me that they are fighting the computer drink system agressively at Caesars. I hope they win.
    Crowd was undersandably very small and the city itself seemed that way also.
    Grabbed coffee first thing in the AM and made a beeline out of town.
     
  3. cpreston

    cpreston Low-Roller

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    Jersey Guy we've never eaten at the Earl in the showboat because of that funky smell that wafts out from there
    have you been to the one in the Showboat? it's down the hallway to the buses and parking pretty far
     
  4. jerseyguy

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    Several times,3 0r 4 anyway

    It's great if you just want a lunch or lite dinner. I dont remember any smell ?
    You never know who's open in Showboat,half the time that Madison House upstairs is closed when we just want a sandwich or burger or whatever .
    Maybe someone can tell me why they closed Pickles in Bally's ? The place was always packed and the food was great.
     
  5. cpreston

    cpreston Low-Roller

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    Don’t know, it was one of the best places for a sandwich on the boardwalk

    They took out half of Wild Wild West… I keep hearing that they’re going to do “something” with it, but don’t know what or when
    ( I used to like the row of “respin” machines in the non-smoking section of the wild wild west… they’re gone
    They took out pretty much the whole non smoking section of WWW, and made half of the smoking section, Non Smoking… I’m a smoker, don’t get me wrong, but I liked the separated gambling areas they had before.

    Good Quick eats are hard to come by in AC in the off season
    Especially if you don’t want to take your car out…
     
  6. chess

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    I love sandwich of earl...

    I left the Sunday before the storm came in....the roads weren't crowded but closed the casino at 12 noon...

    AC needs to do something to bring in more folks.....
     
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