We are low rollers, yet my wife's slot play generates Sunday-Thursday room comps at the Tropicana in AC, so we decided to drive down last Thursday after work. We checked in and didn't ask for any upgrades and received a room in the West Tower. It was on one of the lower floors with a view of the roof and a parking garage, but we could see a few waves rolling in. The room was clean with a large bathroom and a mini fridge. Think of your average Holiday Inn room. We had a cocktail in the room then headed down to the casino like lambs to the slaughter. Along the way, we ran into a lot of young singles going to some nightclub at The Quarter, the retail /restaurant part of Tropicana. I went off to find a $10 blackjack table and my wife headed towards her favorite ATM, errr, slot. There is a machine that has treated her pretty well and this time it did not disappoint. On the other hand, my blackjack skills didn't fare so well and I zeroed out my wife's win. I found it kind of odd that I had to be a rated player to get a bottled beer at the BJ table, so I settled for Bud, but at least it was served in a glass, a whole 8 oz. We finished the night at the sports bar, hoping to get a snack, but the kitchen was closed. In the morning we went to the deli for breakfast, checked out, and walked down to the Atlantic Club to run some coin through the slots and see if we get any room offers. The Atlantic Club is one of the smallest casinos, but the slot machines seem fairly new and there was a $5 BJ table and at least one $5 craps table. The Atlantic Club seems to be remodeling the high limit room and also an area near the boardwalk. I guess they are using the $15 million forfeited deposit from Poker Stars to spruce up the joint a bit. Played for about two hours and had a losing session, but it was a beautiful day, so we decided to walk up the boardwalk to Resorts and have lunch at Margaritaville. We saw lots of folks heading to the beach and we regretted not packing our beach chairs. The boardwalk was fairly crowded and as we passed the Tropicana again, I noticed some remodeling, there will be a new Tony Luke's opening up soon, the home of the Roast Pork Italian, a four napkin sandwich. There will be a new outpost of Philly's Chickie's and Pete's, a sports bar that trademarked "Crab Fries", thin, crinkle cut fries with old bay seasoning served with a runny white cheese sauce for dipping. Gotta love a place that takes $.50 worth of ingredients and sells it for $6. On the way up the Boards, we take a detour to Bally's Mountain Bar for a beer, $2 Miller Light and Coors Light draft pints, 24/7, one of the best deals in town. They also have Jim Beam shots for $3. But before we get to the bar, we ran $20 through a penny slot and worked it up to $85, it helps make up for the morning drubbing at the Atlantic Club. Properly hydrated, we resumed our trek northward, but stopped at a WOF slot that had the couples seats, ran a $20 through, hit two bonuses and cashed out with a $80 profit. We passed Caesars but didn't stop as we were hungry for lunch. Finally, we make it up to the Landshark Grill, a brand new outdoor restaurant and bar right on the beach in front of Resorts. The place was packed and had a great vibe. I've been going to the Jersey Shore my whole life and there are few pleasures in life that can beat sitting in an outdoor bar in the summer, watching the waves roll in with the salt air ocean breeze, drinking a beer with your sweetie. It really doesn't get much better than this. A nice selection of microbrews and, of course, Landshark Lager. There is a current promotion that offers $20 free slot play to new or inactive members if you spend at least $20 at any of three Margaritaville bars. We took them up on the promotion and turned the free play into $90 on another WOF machine. We beat a hasty retreat and start back down the Boardwalk to Tropicana to grab the car and pick up $20 in free slot play. We made a beeline to my wife's favorite ATM/slot and were rewarded again. Weekend hotel rates can get kind of crazy, so I decided to gamble on a Priceline booking in Absecon, just west of the city, and ended up at the Clarion for $64. It was clean and a better value than the $150-300 rates in Atlantic City. The Marina casinos are about 15 minutes away down the White Horse Pike. The next morning, we were a little gambled out, so on the way home, we made a detour to the Renault Winery and toured the second oldest winery in the US. After the tour and sampling, we had lunch at Robert's across the street. Thanks to jerseyguy for the idea. I'm bummed, didn't get to try the Blueberry Champagne, though. Observations: Resorts has put some money into the casino floor, the property shines, but it didn't seem as crowded as others. The Margaritaville themed area of the casino is near the boardwalk and adjacent to the restaurant of the same name. The Landshark Bar is gonna rock this summer, it will be standing room only on weekends, just an awesome bar. Decent food. Didn't make it up to Revel, I hope to use a Sunday-Thursday room comp in a few weeks. I mentioned to my wife that we could theoretically get comp rooms for 5 nights among three properties, Sunday-Thursday this summer so we don't have to rent a week at the shore this year. Good crowds on the beach, great weather and 72 degree water temps, just perfect. Bring beach chairs next time. Tropicana seems always busy, good crowds, a great mix of young and old, plenty of dining options, but the Deli on the ground floor is a complete clusterf*ck in the morning, the guy has a license to print money but the service and wait time sucks. The sports bar in The Quarter sells $5 forties, Sunday-Friday, and serves them in an ice bucket. We tried to practice "hit and run" a little more on this trip, but its tough to break away when you just know the bonus will show up next pull. A few weeks ago, we stayed at The Chelsea through Priceline, I would absolutely stay here in the future, it is adjacent to the Tropicana, but it caters to a much younger demographic. I don't get it, but why do all of these bankrupt casinos feel its necessary to charge $10+ for parking?