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Atlantic City, Thursday through Sunday trip in January.

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Casino Hotels' started by Mgilmore, Jan 10, 2020.

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  1. Mgilmore

    Mgilmore Low-Roller

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    I will be going to Atlantic City for the first time toward the end of the month. I will be taking my wife, son and his girlfriend. I love to play VP and craps. I'm a low roller looking for $5 to $10 crap tables and BJ. I will probably bring $6 to $700 a day to gamble with. Any gambling suggestions? We are staying on the boardwalk at a place without an indoor pool. Are there any places that have an indoor swimming pool that will let non-staying guests pay a fee to use the pool? Any other suggestions for first-time visitors would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
     
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    The only place you might find $5 tables is Bally's Wild Wild West. $10 should be easy during the day, but more of a challenge during the evening.
     
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    During the week $10 tables are available just about all the time. Weekends they're available, too, but few in number so what's available is crowded. Bally's always has a $10 craps table and most of the time a $5 craps table. Indoor pools can be found at Bally's, Harrah's, Ocean and Borgata. Can you use them if not staying there? I don't know. You may have to call and ask.
     
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  4. hammie

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    Do you have a Caesars Rewards card? If so, you might be able to get a comp at Bally’s, Caesars, or Harrah’s for Thursday and Friday. As for paying for pool entry, non hotel guests can be admitted to The Pool at Harrah’s Sunday-Friday for $10.

    Here are a couple of tips for first timers.

    Parking - the air and views are the free, but you will pay to park at nearly all casinos except Golden Nugget. Borgata is always $5, but the others have sliding rates, cheaper mid week, more expensive on weekends. If you pay to park at a casino, get a receipt and you can use it to park at another. Ocean casino used to have free parking with any players card, but now they require a gold card and above. Caesars/Bally’s/Harrahs will give you a free parking voucher if you accumulate 25 points on your players card. Make sure to print out a voucher at a kiosk before you get to the garage. Resorts is running a promotion for free parking if you put one point on a card. Unfortunately, I have no clue as to how much coin is required to get one point at this place. If you have a players card, the rate should be $5. I park on the street sometimes at a meter, it runs about $1 per hour. One of my favorites is on Pennsylvania Ave between Resorts and Hard Rock.

    Video Poker - Caesars has many 9/6 machines on the first floor, they earn tier credits at a much reduced rate. The Toga Bar has really poor paytables, but you can get a decent cocktail here. Borgata’s B Bar has good paytables but the smoke has driven me off more than once. Harrah’s has 3 VP Bars, the one at Ocean comps low end booze and a limited selection of bottled beer. VP at Tropicana’s 10 North Bar is pretty decent as is the Lobby Bar and Hard Rock Bar at HR.

    Promotions - Hard Rock will give new members $15 freeplay, $5 comp, and $25 in gas in February. I’m not aware of any other new player promotions but once you get into NJ, look for promotions on the billboards along the way. Hard Rock also has live music most days at the Lobby Bar or Hard Rock bar.

    Cheap Eats - I’m a big fan of Happy Hour and can order a couple appetizers and call it dinner. Most of the casino restaurant bars have weekday Happy Hour, and some like Olón at Tropicana have it on the weekends. Menus and times can be found online. A couple of my faves.....The Vüe bar at the Claridge hotel has a special: 3 appetizers and a bottle of wine for $31. Harrys Oyster Bar at Bally’s has buck a shuck oysters at Happy Hour. Capriccio’s at Resorts has a great HH on Thursday and Friday, $7 small plates and drinks. Angelo’s Fairmont Tavern is a local red sauce Italian place with good food, reasonable prices and free parking. I’m a big fan of supporting small businesses, especially in the slower winter, so Bourre, Tennessee Ave Beer Hall, and The Irish Pub are a couple faves. And a great “dive bar” is Pic-a-Lilli Pub. Can’t forget the best sub/hoagie at the White House Sub Shop. I usually get a half White House Special and split it with my wife. A whole is as long as one’s arm and can feed four.

    For additional research, check out the Atlantic City Weekly website and download the weekly free paper on Thursdays. Also check out the Atlantic City tourism website https://www.atlanticcitynj.com/ Finally, Trip Advisor has an Atlantic City forum that has some decent info.

    Good Luck!
     
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    I'll jump in and add to Hammie as he lives there and knows more but I always hit McCormick and Schmick in Harrah's for their happy hour/dinner specials and it's fantastic. I get great drinks and food for, no lie, under $20. He's also right about White House subs, I think every AC TR I've written here has had a White House subs stop and with good reason.

    I many times drive 3.5 hours to AC and skip casinos within 45 mins of me for a reason, your money goes pretty far in AC and the rules for BJ are far more of the 3:2 variety than the 6:5 bullshit. The drink comps are also on point, CWs there have pretty solid service and the people there are friendly.

    There's also outlet shops which have pretty discounted clothing with decent brands if you're into that thing, easy walk from Boardwalk.
     
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    Good call regarding McCormick and Schmicks, one of the best HH’s. I was surprised it’s offered on Sunday from noon to 5pm. https://menus.mccormickandschmicks.com/MSAC_happ.pdf The burger and fries for $5.50 is a bargain.

    One of my favorite pastimes is to ride a bike along the boardwalk, but unfortunately in January there are no rental shop in AC, but there is one in Margate that is open year round. The Boardwalk actually starts about .4 mile from this shop and you could ride it all the way past Ocean casino to the inlet area on the north end of the island for a total of 6.2 miles, one way. If the weather is cooperative and there’s not too much wind, this is a great way to see the entire boardwalk.

    You will see these small green busses running along Pacific Ave, these are called Jitneys and the fare is $2.25 one way, they will take you up to the Marina casinos if you don’t feel like driving. Uber and Lyft are available as well. There is a tram that runs up and down the boardwalk between the former Atlantic Club and Ocean casino. I think the one way fare is around $3.50 or you can buy a day pass as well. Another great way to see the boardwalk if you’re not up for hoofing it.
     
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    At bally's wild wild west all table games are 5 bucks all the time. They open around 2 to 3 on the days you'll be there. Lobby bar at the actual bally's has half off drinks 3 to 5 everyday.

    I agree Mcormick and Schmidts is the best happy hour on the planet. I had the 5 dollar burger last week and it was great for dinner. I laughed when my tab came to 12 bucks in a casino. There's also a taco spot in Oceans that has 2 dollar tacos and margaritas every day from 1 to 5 and they aren't bad and pretty large.

    You can also pay to get into harrah's indoor pool as a non guest but it may be pricey. I will say it's the best indoor pool I've ever seen.
     
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    What place are you staying at? The Hard Rock has the White House subs - they are just as good as at the original place. I split a half with my husband - they are that big! and a visit to the Irish Pub will be fun for cheap eats and drinks.. As said before, Harrah's has the best indoor pool and non-guest can use it for $10 - but call before you go to make sure they aren't having a private event. I could be wrong but I thought Oceans also let non-guests in their pool but again call first to ask.
    The jitney is a good way to go to the Marina casinos (Borgata, Golden Nugget and Harrahs) but its cheaper to drive and park at Borgata for $5. - Golden Nugget has free parking and Harrahs you can use the $5 receipt from Borgata if its the same day.
     
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    Knowing where you're staying and how you're getting around is very important. Some of AC is walkable, but Tropicana to Ocean is probably worth driving or cabbing or jitneying. Also the marina properties are for sure a drive from the boardwalk. Bally's pool is available 30$ pp during the week 50$ on the weekends (not really worth that). Qua at Caesars has a day pass which includes their indoor pool I think around 50-75$ pp.

    Your budget is not too different from mine I bring 1k per day and love VP, but also enjoy slots and tables. The wild wild west property dividing Caesars and Ballys is awesome especially on Thursday Friday and Saturday nights. Tables are 5 bucks, the band will be rocking all night with djs in between, the drink service is solid and the mountain bar is reasonably priced. Also the tacos at the snack bar are especially good around 2-3 am. (they're probably good any time, but drunk tacos are always better).

    A fun non-casino stop to hit would be Little Water Distillery. They regularly have Groupons for their tours and shotglasses and drinks and it's a fun way to kill some time.

    Weather can be spotty in late January, we will be there for the super bowl so basically February and if it's sunny the boardwalk is pleasant, if it's not the boardwalk can be miserable.

    Taxis in AC are capped at 13 bucks but we prefer uber because the vehicles are nice.

    I am definitely among the Atlantic City fans on this board and think it's awesome you're coming down from Ohio to stay. If I can help with any more questions let me know. I think most of the fans of AC agree that we want more people to visit more often.

    If you give us a little more information (budget, food preferences, things the non-gamblers prefer etc) I am sure we can help with a lot of fun things and good meals.
     
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    Some great information so far!!! Thanks, to everyone for all of the suggestions. My son just got out of the Navy so we are meeting him and his girlfriend in Atlantic City, and staying at the Atlantic Palace Suites. My wife and I will be getting there a day early, flying into Philadelphia and renting a car, and spending one night at the Borgata. When I go to Vegas I always stay downtown and get free rooms, but I've never been to Atlantic City, so I don't know what to expect. I'm hoping to get a decent amount of play on this trip, but it will depend on what everyone wants to do. I would think my son and his girlfriend would enjoy the Wild West casino. Anything music related would be fun. My wife loves to drink craft beer, so anything to do with that she would like. My son enjoys playing craps, and I'm a big craps and VP player. Thanks again for all of the info!! :beer:
     
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    You will like Borgata - its similar to a Vegas casino and the rooms are nice. They have a comedy club that usually has 3 comedians and is a good time.... I think its $20 ..
     
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    If I'm remembering correctly you will be staying right in between Resorts and the Ballys WWW Caesars complex. like 4 blocks each direction which is nice. That being said, comp rooms in Atlantic City in the winter are not that hard to come by, especially within the Caesars brand, If you truly intend to play a significant amount. It might not hurt you to look at booking a room at Ballys to have access to the pool and spa complex, if that's important to you. If you play a significant amount the room will likely be comped off back end. And if they all love the pool you're talking a significant expense that can be saved.

    With not status of having ever played at Caesars a ballys room for 3 nights over a weekend is about 600 bucks. If they love the pool and spa and want to use it every day, you're looking at 390 in pool costs. That would mean, even if you had to pay for the room, the net cost is only 210, but if you play it wouldn't shock me if they covered some of that. You also get the convenience of having your own room to change and relax in if you need. Also if it's super late it could be a place to crash if needed.

    You are pretty close to the Irish Pub which is a fun spot and decent food. For craft beer near you wingcraft in the outlets has a pile of craft beers and decent reasonable food. There are some fantastic non-casino restaurants like Dock's Oyster House and Chef Vola's (may be too late for a reservation there).

    And the casinos on the baordwalk have some great spots Amada at Ocean is my personal favorite and we love the Sunday brunch at Nero's in Caesars.

    To give you an idea of comps for play. I am about 10k coin in per day mostly VP and some slots (1k or so TC). For that play we get all our nights comped and guaranteed 2 free buffets along with some slot play most days at most of the Caesars properties. On the back end our host usually covers our meals. I am 25k Diamond so we do make use of the diamond lounges as they are fantastic in AC.

    Resorts is a little more dated but a massive variety of Video Poker games. They are tied into a local casino of ours, but we hate our local so we are loyal to Caesars.

    Musicwise, Hard rock will also be fantastic with great music in a couple different locations. The only downside is it may be harder to find a seat to hang there.

    At Bally's there is no seating, it's going to be a big dance floor with bars on 2 different sides, a bunch of table games and a small handful of slots.

    At the Caesars properties and at Hard Rock drink ordering is done on the slot machines.
     
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    Not sure when your flight gets into Philly, but if it’s close to lunchtime, check out Tony Luke’s on Oregon Ave or John’s Roast Pork on Weccacoe St. Both are pretty close to each other and close to the Walt Whitman bridge to NJ. I suggest a Roast Pork Italian and a Cheesesteak, get them sliced in half and trade with your wife. Get lots of napkins and it’s not something you would want to eat while driving, speaking from experience.

    There are no regular supermarkets in Atlantic City, there is a Sav A Lot, but it’s kind of limited. If you need provisions for your room, I suggest making a pit stop at the Walmart in Pleasantville, it’s not much of a detour. There is a liquor store attached, NJ does not sell beer in Convenience stores.

    As for Craft Beer, the B Bar at Borgata is a wasteland, head over to the sports bar. While at the Atlantic Palace, you will be steps from the Tennessee Ave. Beer Hall and Bourre, both have good selections. There is a new-ish place near the Beer Hall called Made, they make chocolate and serve chocolate themed drinks.
     
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    I got tickets to the comedy show through Myvegas!
     
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