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Atlantic City: Marina vs. Boardwalk Casinos

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by TXactuarial, Mar 9, 2015.

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  1. TXactuarial

    TXactuarial Low-Roller

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    I'm planning a trip to Atlantic City for a Tuesday-Friday trip in June following a business conference and am looking for some advice from some recent AC-goers.

    I play a little bit of everything, but this trip will probably focus on poker and video poker (1-2 NLHE, 10/20 Mixed, 25c VP). Also, since I'm travelling solo and this is my first time to AC, I'm more concerned about close-by amenities rather than room quality.

    Initially I was thinking of staying at Borgata, but am concerned about it's proximity to other casinos, table limits, and hotel price. From what I've read, Borgata does have the best overall casino, VP (bartop VP?), poker, and cocktail service. I currently have Bally's as the favorite, mainly because the rooms are 1/2 that of Borgata, it has close proximity to other casinos, and decent gambling. I'm a little concerned with the casino/hotel being too grungy, the nickel and diming of CET properties, and the supposed no free drinks?

    Any advice y'all can provide is much appreciated, including other options!
     
  2. Kickin

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    Everywhere in AC serves free drinks, don't worry about that. Your concerns about Ballys are the right ones. It is grungy and frankly its become pretty ghetto. You have Caesars next door which is pretty good.

    I just stayed at Borgata on Saturday and honestly unless you are really intent on lots of casino hopping it should be the first choice. You're a quick cab ride or drive away from the boardwalk if you want to go spend some time there and at those casinos. Borgata has a lot of good VP, I can't speak for bartop VP but it has a lot of fullpay games at dollars and I think even quarters. Unfortunately they've taken 8/5 BP out of the high limit room for some reason, but the rest of the VP variants in there are still good paytables.

    Borgata is easily worth twice the price of Ballys in my opinion but while I think it should be your first choice, if its also twice the price of Caesars then Caesars may be the better value. The rooms at Caesars are nice and the casino is pretty good too. But overall since you're going mid-week the vibe will be pretty dead everywhere, AC mostly only gets active on the weekends.
     
  3. TXactuarial

    TXactuarial Low-Roller

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    Can you comment on the table limits at Borgata? Will I be able to find $10 3/2 BJ and $15 Pai Gow Poker on weekdays?
     
  4. Kickin

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    Sorry, I haven't been there on a weekday in ages. They have a ton of BJ tables and on Saturday night the lowest were at $25. They had craps at $15. I didn't look at any PGP. I'm pretty sure you will find BJ tables at least as low as $15 on weekdays and maybe $10, but I can't say for sure. As far as 6:5 I didn't notice any so if its not all 3:2 I think its safe to say its predominantly 3:2.
     
  5. michaelvegas1970

    michaelvegas1970 Tourist

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    I have been to the Borgata a few times on weekdays. All BJ tables are 3:2 S17. Earlier in the day you will find plenty of $15 tables with one or two $10 tables.
     
  6. NickyDim

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    Was at Bally's yesterday and it is quite grungy and ghetto. Even Caesars is getting grungier with Bally's overflow. We moved to the Golden Nugget for the day and boy what a difference. GN is really really nice and more upscale than Bally's. Much cleaner. And $5 table games everywhere, including 3-2 BJ.
     
  7. yankees4ever31

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    I visit Borgata at least once a month and stay at The Water Club by Borgata (a boutique-style hotel which is quiet and beautiful). The rooms are clean and modern. If you are staying in June, The Water Club has private pools that are 18+ and is the best you can get in AC. The boardwalk is nice to visit during the day and is a short ride by car (10 mins), however, it's not a great visit at night. ALL of the casinos on the boardwalk are weathered and in bad shape.

    The Borgata also has the best food, clubs, and vibe in AC and is the only place that comes close to what Las Vegas offers (Borgata is like Bellagio-lite). They also have a great player's club trade-in program if you are a premium player at other casinos. You will automatically get upgraded to a Black Card with access to the high-roller lounge/buffet and free slot play. When it comes to the quality of free drinks while playing, nothing in AC comes close to the drinks at Borgata.

    Borgata blackjack is decent but has gotten worse. All 3-2 with some H17 thrown in (usually $25 and up), but you have to read the felt! Weekday BJ is $10, $15, and up with the occasional $5 table if it's not busy.

    Borgata video poker is decent, but again, you have to check the paytables before you play because one row could be good and the row right behind it could be bad. There are some good VP games thrown in so you should refer to vpfree2.com for the latest updates. Also, there is only one bartop VP area with good paytables, however, you may have to wait a while during premium times.

    If I was forced to stay on the boardwalk, I would pick Caesar's because of it's central location. All boardwalk casinos are in need of renovation and some TLC. I would refer to tripadvisor.com and research all the casinos (including pictures) before booking. FYI, Bally's is one of the worst properties in AC and has a lot of hang-arounds looking for loose change if you get my drift.

    This is all based on my opinion and I only stay at Wynn/Encore when I stay in Vegas for reference.

    Hope this helps,

    -yankee4ever31
     
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    abrolsma Low-Roller

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    Marina - period...

    I grew up in NJ and would often take my money from a long night of bartending down to AC. More times than I care to admit.. back then there was a little bit of wear on the boardwalk casinos and no one walked the boardwalk after 9:00 PM.

    It's not necessarily that bad there anymore - though it's not the nicest area in NJ but the bar wasn't set that high - but it's just worn. and that wear just depresses me. I feel like there's been investments in the Harrah's (except the one tower by the poker room?) and Borgata in the Marina... take a shuttle or taxi over to experience the boardwalk and hightail it back when you're done. :)
     
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    You can walk from Harrahs to GN in 15 min. tops and over to Borgata in maybe a few minutes more which in June should be pleasant. If you've never been to AC you should definitely spend some time exploring the Boardwalk also. Weather should be lovely in June . Hard to recommend specific things for someone you dont know except that you should explore both areas.
     
  10. LandryBalla9

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    Stayed at them all, the Marina without a doubt and in this order: Borgata, Harrah's, Golden Nugget. Boardwalk casinos, specifically Trump and Ballys are quite run down compared to others. More to the point, if you're a CET player then Harrah's is the way to go- in the Waterfront or Bayview Towers (where I stay literally every three weeks). The Borgata is the best casino hands down and if you're not worries about building play for Vegas casinos (which is why I personally stay at harrah's) then stay at the Borg/Water Club.

    On the Boardwalk, the best I would say is the Trop but it's at the end of the Boardwalk. Caesars, again if you're a CET player, has good proximity and has solid drinks while playing and is, while not akin to Vegas' Caesars, pretty cool still.
     
  11. tringlomane

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    What casino is running a 10/20 mix game in AC? And what's in the mix? I thought most mix games at borgata were 200/400 or higher.
     
  12. TXactuarial

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    I was once told by a dealer in AC that the reason you never see Razz, HORSE, or any other lowball game in NJ is that NJ state law requires there to be a high hand winner. Can anybody confirm or deny this?
     
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