This was a different sort of trip, with the goal of getting Diamond Status for my wife. Our intention was to act like I wasn't even on property. She had no Sunday comps available, but was comped monday at Bally's so we stayed for 2 nights in the Dennis Tower. The room was nice and very clean, smelled of hospital sanitizer, but the layout was strange with the TV to the left of the bed. Overlooking the courtyard was also nice. I'll cover the trip itself first and then gaming at the bottom. After rescheduling Vegas from July, the purpose of this trip was to take advantage of the 5 x multiplier and the reduction in points required for Diamond. The goal was 2 1k days and 1 500 point day on her card. My math said that that combination would result in a total of 14625 points, adding that to her 1700 TC and another 900 or so from the room, would easily cover Diamond and get her close enough to plus that we could make it in 1 more day trip. We have an LV trip scheduled in December so hopefully we can knock it out then. Sunday drive was easy with almost no traffic. Early check-in fee of 10 bucks was charged but we were in our room before 11am so can't complain at all about that. Check-in was nearly contactless and mask enforcement was 100% inside. Took a peak outside and the beach and boardwalk were fairly crowded. Gambled fairly unsuccessfully until lunch at Harry's (reservations were made Thursday and even then some times unavailable.) Waited in a fairly long line up to check in, but were seated promptly at a table in the shade. So many people were furious that they couldn't get tables without reservations, I felt bad for the hostess. She kept trying to offer them times later in the day (like 2 hours away) but people were just angry. I overheard them say, there are currently 18 outdoor dining options on the boardwalk in total. Food was quick and easy. We had double booked dinner options with a reservation at Gordon Ramsay at the Pool at Harrah's and also Dock's Oyster House so that we could decide which we preferred based on times and gambling. Opted for walking to Dock's and cancelled Gordon right after lunch. They had a huge tent set up in their parking lot with nice tables, an outdoor piano player and access to their restrooms inside. This is how you make the best of outdoor dining. Dock's was exceptional as always, so good in fact we took a 4pm reservation for Monday to go back. Their service is first class and the food was amazing. Also very reasonably priced. We haven't been in a few years since most of our food is comped, but we won't be making that mistake again. Sunday we did an online order at Tazza and I was able to bypass a 20 person lineup and just pick up our order to take back to the room. I was floored more people weren't doing this. The lineup there in the morning was never less than 8-10 people that we saw. Dunkin in Bally's however was way worse and didn't have online ordering available. Lunch was at Ocean which was easy, we grabbed food from the district and ate in "The Garage". We agreed it was nice to have a place with guaranteed shade and cover, but it was an incredibly small area for them to have closed an entire floor of their parking garage. It could have been bigger, and probably needed a caretaker cleaning tables. Sanitizer and wipes were provided though. Overall it served it's purpose, but could really have been made into something cooler. Drinks Monday night were at Harry's, where they have tables pulled up to the bar that are first come first serve. We were able to score on of these and listen to the band. It was a nice end to the trip. Gambling: This was a bit of a roller coaster trip. Slots almost exclusively for my wife. 50/50 with video poker for me. Normally she plays table games, but given the purpose of this trip she played hardly any tables. Sunday we were doing very well. Knocked out her 1k points by about 4pm. I was up, she was even. So we made a decision to put my card in and put in 1k points for me too (which is my daily average when I'm there.) I like that Caesars was giving welcome back RC gifts. She got 10 and I got 25. I also was able to get my FP at both properties Sunday since I was playing. Turned 15 in FP into 150 on a nickle slot right before dinner. Didn't quite get to the magic 1k number, but close enough as to not destroy my theo. Also the play was probably 75-80 percent slots so that will help the theo number a little. Overall, I don't think I hurt myself by showing a day of drop in play. My name was not on the room at all, and we didn't even take my card out Monday or Tuesday. Ended the day down a combined 350 from our 3k bankroll Monday was a downer early. Tried Ballys and dumped, switched to Caesars and dumped more. Wife was going through the same thing. Finally pulled the trigger and changed to Ocean down about 1k combined. We were definitely on the downside of variance since we only had about 600 points at that point. Wife lost another 150 at Ocean, but I more than made up for it. Turned 100 into 530 on Ultimate Texas Hold'em (first purple chip ever!) and then turned 50 dollars in FP into another 150 thanks to a game with Puffins. Also we were each gifted 2 bottles of wine. - We agreed we might suck it up and pay for a room here in the winter and give them a fair shot to get some offers. We love their food, sports book, game options and space. Our only concern is the distance to everything else if we start to lose (we are casino jumpers to change the karma lol) The ocean win jump started our return to Ballys and we held out own and finished our points before dinner. After dinner we just slotted around a little, probably pushing to 1250 points for the day on her card. Down a total of about 1k from our 3k bankroll Tuesday morning we racked up a quick 500 points and I ended with a Top Hat Bonus for 450. Overall we finished down a combined 800ish, which really stuffs the coffers for our vegas trip. On the whole, we were impressed with the cleanliness of the properties, but disappointed in the lack of ingenuity when it comes to crafting dining options and opportunities to eat. They are definitely sacrificing revenue by not being more creative. I think they are hopeful indoor dining returns sooner rather than later, so they are hesitant to make any outdoor investment. Also, with how crowded their hotels were and how not crowded the casinos were, they are definitley raking it in on room fees, which may be why they don't seem to care about other revenue sources. We agreed we won't go back without indoor dining and drinks, but mask mandates would not keep us away. I'm happy to answer any specific questions anyone has.