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Atlantic City Question

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by earth-3, Jul 5, 2014.

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  1. earth-3

    earth-3 High-Roller

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    I will be in Atlantic City for the first time ever in September. Several of us will be there for the Miss America Pageant, but three of us are gamblers, and our little group plans to hit some of the casino's there. Any recommendations for the top two or maybe a must see? I doubt if I will be back there in the future. We have two BJ players and one slot player. I will give both a try although BJ is my preference.
     
  2. jaybert

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    In terms of casinos, I'd say borgata and revel. They're the most Vegas like hotel/casinos. I find the rest somewhat rundown.
     
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    We use to do trips to AC 2 or 3 times a year but IMO AC has really gone down hill in a big way the last few years.

    I like the Tropicana in AC ........... all else seems lacking to me and pales even more to Las Vegas.

    If you do decide to hit the Trop up there is a cool little bar (has good food also) that is great for a break when you tire of the casino. Its called the Chelsea - just a block away from the Trop.

    Just some tips - be very careful if you venture off the boardwalk - Just 2 blocks of the board walk and you open yourself up for big problems - even during the day.

    At night - stay on the board walk and stash your valuables in you pockets - anything that can be grabbed and ran off with.

    Use the board walk to go to other casinos - DO NOT take a chance on the ally short cuts between hotels especially at night.

    Be aware of those around you at all times - seriously ....., this is beyond street smart stuff. AC is full hustlers looking for a weak spot. If you keep seeing the same people or person around you (hotel or boardwalk) you have been tagged as an easy mark and they are waiting for an opportunity to prey on you any way they can.

    I apologize for the red alert type of post but AC is not safe like the Vegas Strip - even in the hotels/casino.

    I'd check out some casinos during the day and find a favorite - then plan on that one being your night spot.

    You will have fun - its def not Vegas though.

    As I tell several people - you go to AC to hardcore gamble .......... you go to Vegas for everything else.
     
  4. lotso-bear

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    +1. I don't mind Harrahs Resort either. The only downside to Borgata and Harrahs is their location since many people would rather be at the Boardwalk.
     
  5. earth-3

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    We will have a car available. Would we be better off to drive to different properties rather than walk? I don't want the wives to feel uncomfortable if they tag along.
     
  6. SH0CK

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    If along the boardwalk, you should be fine, but if you are staying on the boardwalk and want to go to Borgata... Car, jitney, or cab is the way to go.

    I really like Revel and Revel, but I get crappy offers from them, if any at all. Showboat has been fun for us in the past, but they are closing up at the end of next month, so they are off the table. Personally, I'd probably stick with CET properties to pick up some points toward a future Vegas trip. They've sent some decent offers for AC to me in the past, so we've kept giving them the most love.
     
  7. earth-3

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    As a side issue, how is the parking around the Boardwalk Hall? It's adjacent to the convention facility. The pageant organizers haven't said much about it. There will be a sellout crowd and I don't want to be forced to park in a bad area either.
     
  8. lotso-bear

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    Depends where you are. For the most part, you can walk from property to property if they're located at the Boardwalk. The only issue is if you're staying at Borgata, Harrahs, or Golden Nugget since they're by the bay area. Fortunately, the CET properties have a shuttle that go from one property to another and it's for free if you're a Platinum and up or a hotel guest at one of the CET properties. If you need transportation late at night when the shuttles stop running then I recommend a cab over the jitneys. I was never a fan of taking a jitney...
     
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    You could park at Bally's for free if you put 20 points on your card, it's usually $10 otherwise. We did that last weekend as our kids had tickets for the Lady Gaga show at Boardwalk Hall, just a short walk from Bally's. Parking rates fluctuate due to demand, Revel had free parking last week. But, Revel is due to be auctioned on August 6th. Harrah's has the same policy as Bally's regarding parking, $10 or free with 20 points. You must print out a free parking pass on one of the touch screens around the casino.

    As for BJ rules, I noticed that the tables near the Mountain Bar at Wild Wild West Casino were 6:5. There were also a few 6:5 tables in Bally's, but this may have been for a two deck hand pitch game. I was able to find a $10 3-2 table at Bally's, you should have no problems finding a similar table at Tropicana. I think these were 8 deck shoes, Bally's auto shuffles, Tropicana hand shuffles. Harrah's also had a mix of 6-5 and 3-2 tables and automatic shufflers. Sadly, I believe with the closure of Showboat, CET will have more 6-5 BJ to increase profits. Haven't been to Borgata in years. I think the Golden Nugget still offers 3-2 BJ and has great drink service, I got Heineken in a bottle last time. I saw a few $5 tables at Trump Plaza, but this place is also on life support. I think you will have to go to $15 minimum at Caesars, $10 minimum at Resorts, haven't been to Taj Mahal in years.

    The Mountain Bar still has $2 beers (16 oz cup of Miller Lite, Coors Light, Miller high Life) and $3 shots (I think Jim Beam products) and a few beer pong tables if you are inclined. On Saturday nights, they have a band and a DJ at the Mountain Bar, the volume is near deafening but the crowd was lively.
     
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    You can drive easily from the boardwalk to the marina hotels or vice-versa. Just make sure you map out the route , its simple ,so you dont end up in a bad area esp. after dark. Depends on how busy the city is on a given weekend you may be better off just parking the car and just cabbing or jitneying or if you're on the boardwalk ,the old shoe leather express.
     
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    Boardwalk: Revel, Caesar's, Trop
    Marina: Borgata, Harrah's, Golden Nugget.

    I would skip everything else, unless you like dirty, run-down '80's decor.
     
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    Traffic trying to get out after the pageant will be horrendous. I wouldn't plan to park near the pageant; part at Bally's and walk over or park some place else and cab to the pageant. Then gamble afterwards as the crowd dissipates. I got caught in the Trump Plaza parking garage after a Bollywood event and it took a long, long time to get out. Borgata and Harrah's are the two most popular places in AC. Depends on the night you'll be in AC. The weekends are a lot of fun. During the week it's a bit dead.
     
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    Hotels will gouge for parking during the event. What is normally 5 bucks will be 25. They do this during the air show in August. Would recommend you use the Jitney buses. Jitney is 2.50 per head. If someone in your party has a CET Platinum or Diamond Card, parking is always free at those card levels.You can park at Caesar's , Bally's, or Harrah's. Revel may be closed as it goes to auction on 08/06/2014. Showboat is scheduled to close on 08/31/2014. Borgota has the best buffet. Harrah's a close second. CET also has a shuttle which runs the loop between Harrah's, Caesars and , and BAlly's. Caesar's is very close to the event. If your not familiar with the area I would not drive the side streets at night. We live just outside Philly and frequent AC quite a bit. Saturday night is the most crowded and most expensive. Driving between the boardwalk is best done by using the AC connector. You can pick it up at Mississippi Ave and it takes you to the Marina area without using side streets. Good luck.
     
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    I like Bally's. It's got slots with best drink choices right on the screen. Caesar's is also good, as is Taj. I liked the buffet at Showboat but it's closing.
     
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