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Halloween night in Atlantic City

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by hammie, Nov 8, 2014.

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  1. hammie

    hammie VIP Whale

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    My Trip Report

    We made a last minute decision to head down to AC as my wife and I had an afternoon appointment in Philly. I checked Total Rewards and was surprised that I had a Friday Night comp at Bally's, I like free. We are low rollers, so most comps are for Sunday-Thursday stays.

    Made it into Jersey from Philly just as the afternoon rush hour was commencing and there was little traffic on the AC Expressway. I was bracing myself for a long wait at check in as I had read some horror stories, but was surprised that there was no line. I asked for an ocean view, high floor and was given a room on the 11th floor of the Dennis tower overlooking the courtyard and the ocean. The room was comfortable and basic with a fridge and coffee maker. I would absolutely stay here again.

    Went downstairs to Harry's Oyster Bar for happy hour, I am a sucker for buck a shuck and there were three chefs selections from Virginia, my favorite oyster merrior. Since October was almost done, all of the Octoberfest brews were $5. I enjoyed the oysters and a Paulaner and Hacker Pschorr. Ordered some wings and they were great. Time to get the gamble on.

    Wife and I split up, she to her Cashman penny slot, me to find a nickle Super Times Pay JoB machine. The casino was pretty empty for a Friday evening, so I had no problems finding one and proceeded to order a Manhattan from my machine. It came pretty quickly, so over the course of the next hour, I had two more, tipped $2 each. Hit two 4oak's went up and down playing 10 hands at max coin.

    Decided to leave, or should I say my wife went through her bankroll and I was pulled away to explore the Mountain Bar at the Wild West section of Bally's. Had a beer there, gotta love $2 solo cup Miller Light pints here. I was eying the $3 Jim Beam shots, but the brown blabbermouth's, aka Manhattans, were kicking in. Played a little at Wild West and walked next door to Caesars. Played a little at Caesars and called it a night, but was a little hungry, so we went back to Harry's for a bedtime snack. Ordered Calamari for me and a chicken sandwich for my love and a Bluepoint Toasted Lager. The calamari was tender, but the breading was a little thick, I would not recommend.

    Just like Uncle Joe at the Petticoat Junction, I was movin' kinda slow the next morning, but I made my way to Dunkin' Donuts a couple blocks over. Ordered breakfast sandies and after the fact I realize why I almost never go to DD, the coffee stinks and they give you 6 mini tater tots with the meal. Went back to the room and chilled a bit, then checked out and went over to Tropicana. I had to print out a parking coupon which is free if you add 10 TR points, $10 otherwise.

    We had a free gift from the Tropicana, a small space heater, perfect for our daughter up at school and living in a drafty 90 year old home. My wife used to get $20 free play most weekends, but this dried up recently. I wonder if the recent closure of 4 casinos had anything to do with that, do you hear me Carl Ichan, you tight-assed ba$tard? Played some more Cashman and walked out of there with more money than when we went in, eat me Mr. I. There were only four nickel STP machines, all occupied. I played some 5 hand quarter machines but they were showing no love, so I cut my losses.

    We needed some lunch and I refuse to go to Chickie's and Pete's since the owner pled guilty to illegally appropriating tips from his workers, so we agreed to hit Tony Luke's for a cheesesteak (she) and a roast pork Italian with greens (me). Both were awesome and we could eat it at the adjacent bar in Tropicana's food court. My wife has a Bronze players card at Tropicana so we get free parking, $10 for others.

    I have been wanting to go to Borgata for a few months and we made our way over to the marina and parked easily. Wow, this place really rocks, very nice and it reminds me a little of the Belliagio with all of the marble. The place had a nice crowd around 2:00 pm on a Saturday. Tables looked full, yet there were at least 3 or 4 BJ tables @ $10, 3-2 rules. Played a few slots for a bit, then it was time to head home, paid $5 for parking despite making a donation to the Borgata.

    Overall, a fun trip and a few observations:

    Bally's cocktail service was great, love to place my order on the touch screen
    Bally's was not very crowded in the early evening, but it seemed to pick up as the night wore on.
    Caesars seemed to be more crowded than Bally's.
    Had not been to Borgata in about 5 years, and it seems frequented by a nicer crowd. Duh!
    I was closer to 5 other casinos in Pennsylvania, but I prefer to make the drive to AC. Is it the ocean or the ability to hit 4 or 5 different properties in close proximity? Probably a little of both.
    Got $25 free play from the Borgata, four days after I got home. Somebody loves me!
     
  2. thecarve

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    Thanks for the report, Hammie. I'm planning an après-Thanksgiving trip up that way and it's been 5-6 years so the info is much appreciated...especially the buck a shuck oysters! :beer:
     
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  3. hammie

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    Thanks thecarve, I will make a detour for buck a shuck. I had some this week in Chicago with a Belgian style ale, it doesn't get much better than that.

    Looks like you're heading to the Borgata, so you will be close to the Golden Nugget and happy hour buck a shuck at the Chart House, Vic and Anthony's. These are usually Monday through Friday, but check it out before you go, these specials can change. I'm a buyer at a buck, but at $3, I'll pass. If you find yourself near the south end of Atlantic City, the Knife and Fork might be worth a visit, how many hundred year old joints are left?
     
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    Always good to hear a Hammie report. Was at Borgata last week also ,then went to GN. I like the Marina better than Ballys or Caesars,but thats a matter of personal preference.
    I would have told you to hit the Sack-o-Subs between Ballys and Claridge (if its sill here) for breckie. Pork roll and egg sub ,good stuff.
    Mrs. went to buy a new coat to Burlington Coat Factory on Black Horse, so guess where we had to go after.
     
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    Unless something has changed recently, the same family owns the Knife and Fork, Dock's Oyster House, and Harry's Oyster bar. I've been to all three and like them a lot.
     
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    Yes, all owned by the Dougherty Family, fourth generation according to the Knife and Fork website. I read that less than 5% of family owned businesses make it to the fourth generation. I have to make it over to Dock's Oyster House.

    jerseyguy, pork roll, egg, american cheese on a kaiser roll, gotta love it.
     
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