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Overnight trip to Resorts Atlantic City 12/08/16

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by hammie, Dec 14, 2016.

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  1. hammie

    hammie VIP Whale

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    My Trip Report

    My bride had off last Thursday so I asked the boss if I could also take the day off, and since I'm self employed, it was a quick decision: heck ya! She had accumulated vacation time, so we took Friday as well. We had comps at Tropicana and CET properties, but decided to check out Resorts. Greeting me at the check in desk was this: IMG_2506.JPG

    A subject that I thoroughly enjoy, and I'm always looking to improve myself, but from the looks of those attending the conference, I am reminded of the saying: "those that can do, those that can't teach". View from our 8th floor room in the old tower.


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    As usual, wife and I go on our way, she to a Wicked Winnings penny slot, me on a quest for my first VP Royal. I found a nickel Double STP machine and lost a twenty in short order, so I moved on to a $.25 Bonus Poker machine and played on $20 for close to two hours. I think it was Tringlomane or Flusher who suggested doubling the stakes when the buy in is doubled (??) so I did that for several hands with good results, many straights, flushes, and 3OAK's. Also had several Manhattans in the process. And a 4OAK.
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    Got the call from my bride plus my original twenty was gone, it was time for dinner but where to go? Been to Gallagher's in NYC and was not impressed but I've wanted to try The AC outpost for some time, and since I'm like a moth to a flame when it's happy hour, off we went. Decided to eat at the bar and we were the first two patrons for the evening. The bartender Michael took great care of us, and I started off with a Peroni because it was on happy hour special and because I reached my self imposed 4 Manhattan limit for the day. I ended up ordering the cowboy steak and my wife had the fillet with two shrimp special, we split an order of asparagus. We started off with a split salad that had apples, craisins, and walnuts in a honey dressing, it was awesome and the split portion was more than enough for dinner. My steak was done to perfection and as was my wife's fillet, butterflied and well done, no pink. (well done is a holdover from her dad who was raised on a farm without refrigeration, but with an ice house). Couldn't finish my steak but we had a nice treat for our puppy.
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    The bartender said that Gallagher's was the only restaurant in AC to feature dry aged steaks, so they got that going for them.


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    Left Gallagher's and since my wife wasn't hitting much on the wicked winnings, she changed things up a bit and I took off in search of another adventure. But before I hit the VP machines, I made my way out to Landshark Bar, it was deserted, but ordered some Vitamin Y, aka, Yuengling.

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    Not my fave, but sometimes you just need something to wet the whistle with a low ABV. I found a slant top machine near the entrance and after about a half hour I drew this:
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    Decided to cash out and hit the 5 O'clock Somewhere bar and had a beer and watched the Flyers pull their 8th straight win of the season while chatting with a guy who worked the poker room at Bally's Wild Wild West. My wife came back with her tail between her legs and I'm glad I grabbed the ATM card from her, so no surprise withdrawals. Time for bed.

    The next morning we hit up Breadsticks for breakfast and scored a nice table with a view of the boardwalk and the ocean. It's their all day cafe and never been disappointed with the service or the food. Decided to walk it off and made our way to Bally's and pick up a little free play. The weather was chilly with a light wind, but unlimited visibility, just a great day for a walk. Played a little at Bally's and decided to take the boardwalk tram back to Resorts and grab the car, $2.25 per person. But the tram "assistant" was overly chatty and I almost gave him a $5 tip to be quiet. Sometimes you just want to just ride along and stare at the ocean.

    Grabbed the car in the parking deck, Resorts is currently running a free parking promotion, so that was a win. We made our way over to Borgata as it's been awhile.

    Kind of remarkable how this place just seems to do no wrong, this place brings it's A game and never disappoints. Beautiful Christmas decorations, spotless clean, and with a nice crowd for a Friday mid day. Decided to get new cards and find out if we had any free play, my wife had $10. Once again, we split up and I find a DSTP machine and slipped in a hundy and was up and down but produced this:
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    Got the call from my bride and it was time for a beer, so we met up at the B bar. I was pleased because they had VP, but as I found an empty machine I realized it was $1 minimum. What the heck, might be an expensive beer, but I went with JOB at max coin $5 per hand. Ended up cashing out $70 ahead and also found out their beers are served in Imperial Pints, it was a nice pour of Sam Adam's Winter Lager. Also taught my bride some video poker as well.

    Decided to hit the Borgata food court for a quick lunch. My wife had a chicken cheese steak which was chunks of chicken, not chopped or shredded like a beef cheese steak. Can't recommend. I had a chicken ramen noodle bowl at the Asian place, and it was not good, very lacking in flavor and it took a long time. Made our way back to the car and the drive home. Parking was $5 upon exit. This is the train to Philly crossing the connector road to the Marina area.

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    Random observations....
    Bally's was not crowded on Friday morning, so if you are an ultra low roller you can probably get a mid week comp for one or two nights at any of the CET properties. You will have your choice of machines, and you won't have a hard time finding a table. January is wide open.

    Resorts either moved or removed the horse racing game that was like sigma derby, I didn't see it on the floor. They had a table for Pai Gow Tiles if that's your game. There were a few $10 BJ tables as well as craps tables. They had light crowds on Thursday and Friday mornings.

    The Borgata poker room appeared completely filled mid day on Friday, just totally packed with a couple of folks on the waiting board. We are low rollers and the best room offers are $89 per night for mid week. Never spent an overnight but we are going to treat ourselves sometime. However, the frugal bastard in me says free is better, it's on my bucket list.

    Didn't make it to the Irish Pub this trip, but we hope to see their Christmas decorations over the holidays. Also didn't make it to the Pic a Lilly pub for wings, another joint on my to do list.

    It was a winning trip for me, but not for my better half, so overall we made a contribution. For sure there has been a ton of hard luck when it comes to Atlantic City, but for me it still remains a special place to get away from the daily grind.
     
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  2. kevin853

    kevin853 High-Roller

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    Loved reading your trip report. Great pictures too.

    Looking forward to visiting Atlantic City sometime
     
  3. 93 Octane

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    Well done TR, as a poker player it sounds like a trip to the Borgata should be on my schedule of things to do. I've only heard good things about the casino it's just a pain in the ass to get to AC if one doesn't live within driving distance
     
    Said I wasnt going back this year but you know how that goes
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    Thanks for the report. The November gaming revenue numbers just came out and appeared that the Trop was the biggest beneficiary of the Taj's closing (both are/were owned by Carl Icahn), as it was up 12 pct, while Caesars was down 12 pct from November 2015. It'll be interesting to see what happens in 2017.....Resorts hung tough in November, but all by its lonesome now on the north side of the Boardwalk......how busy was it during your visit (besides the conference)?
     
  5. hammie

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    Kevin, Thanks for your kind words! Some folks visiting NYC make a side trip to here. Summertime is great with the outdoor bars and the beach.

    Transportation has been one of the most vexing problems facing Atlantic City. Spirit Airlines has very limited service out of ACY and it is focused on the Florida market. There is seasonal service to other markets like Chicago. Philadelphia airport is about an hour and 15 mins by car, Newark is about two hours (without traffic). Trenton (TTN) airport is about 1:45 by car. But being on the beach, even in December, it never gets old.


    I think the suits at Resorts made a good call with the free parking promotion. I believe Golden Nugget has the same offer. Those winter months of January-March can be desolate at the Jersey Shore, so free parking will bring in some warm bodies. In the late afternoon and evening it wasn't busy, but it wasn't a graveyard either. I had my pick of VP machines and there were some dealers standing around waiting for players. In the Morning it was quiet. Drink service was good, I was tipping $2, but it was tough to flag down the waitress for the first one.

    The Trop made some great investments in refurbishing the playing areas and with new machines. Plus they are refurbishing some of the rooms. When you add the area called "The Quarter" which is retail and dining, the place is huge. But for some reason, I just don't win there. Plus I will never frequent Chickies and Pete's, just google the term "Pete's Tax" and you will understand where I'm coming from.
     
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    Good job Hammie,steak looks good. Dont like Yuengling,give me a Blue Moon or a Sammie anytime. Having said that ,I dont know if you've been to Gordon Ramseys happy hour ,late afternoon but the give you pints of good beer for half price. Place is nice also,but be carefull,no backs on barstools.Whooooa bam.
     
  7. smerrian

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    I'm an AC regular. Glad you had a good trip to Resorts. I've never really liked the property. Smokiest casino in town. I once was served an un-fully cooked lobster (meat in one claw was raw) at Galleghers and won't go back. I'll give my steak money to Old Homestead in Borgata...always superb. I'm a CZR person and now that Borgata is MGM I will most likely hang out at Harrah's. Never had a really good experience at Resort. How much money do you have to put through to earn 1 point...$1,000?
     
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    A 10:00 session is a bit too early for me. A "nooner" would work better! :wink2:
    With a box lunch, of course!

    Thanks for the super report, hammie!

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  9. tringlomane

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    Nice report! I have succumbed to Yuengling too this year since the expanded to MS (Tunica). Nothing special though!

    And it was Flusher that suggested the parlay. I tend to bet very flat generally.

    And a side note. This is the 10,000th post in this sub-forum! ;)
     
  10. hammie

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    Thanks JG, have been to Gordon Ramsay's for dinner, but I will have to check out Happy Hour. They seem to have a few local craft beers on tap from Tuckahoe, Flying Fish, or Cape May Brewing. But my favorite happy hour is at Harry's Oyster Bar at Bally's. They have buck a shuck oysters and some drink specials. Give me a dozen bivalves, some real OTC Oyster crackers, horseradish, and a pint of Blue Point Toasted Lager and I'm a happy guy.

    Gotta try the Homestead sometime, thanks for the tip. I agree with you about the smoke in Resorts, they seem to have a scent pumped in as well and I notice it when I get off the elevator from the parking deck. Nothing more gross than an uncooked lobster, maybe they grilled it as opposed to steaming. No excuse for that. As for earning points, I have no clue, but I just checked my point balance and it was zero. This was after playing about three hours of VP at a minimum of $1.25 a hand. Since my bride is a penny slot player, I may just use her card at Borgata next in hopes of getting a mid week comped room in January or February.
    Richard, love your quips and puns, you often make me laugh. Thanks for the kind words and keep up the great posts.

    Tring, Yuengling makes an average product, the big selling point is that it's always a couple of dollars less than the big guys like Bud or Coors. Bar owners love it because kegs are cheaper and they can make a fortune or feature it as a special to drive traffic. Many a college bar has it for $2 a pint and they are still making money. Years ago Yuengling needed to add capacity, they were maxed out in Pottsville and stepped in sh!t by buying an old Stroh's brewery in Florida at a low price. I swear they have Yuengling tap handles in just about every Florida bar that I've been in. A couple of years ago, they had to pull out of some markets but in recent years they have slowly expanded as Brewing capacity increased. In the process, the owner became a billionaire and to think the brewery nearly went out of business in the 1970's due to changing tastes and domination of national brands. They make something called Black and Tan that is pretty good. The Yuengling Light is total garbage, like taking regular Yuengling Lager and adding water. They have a decent wheat beer in the summer. Haven't had the Porter or the Lord Chesterfield Ale in awhile.

    As for the 10,000 post in this forum, that is awesome! Always love to read non-Vegas TR's and see how others do it.

    And no Richard, that doesn't mean nooners. :wink2:
     
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    I remember many years ago when Schaeffers,Rheingold and Ballantine moved from Brooklyn and Newark to Pa and the beer turned to crap. NYC area has great water,thus good bagels and beer.
     
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    Can someone explain the parlay -- I tend to flat bet but will sometimes up the ante / mix it up. Tends to work out nicely to even me back out.

    That aside, trip posts like this make me really keen on visiting AC. Even when I lose $1-$2k I never really feel bad going there. I really like the food and the boardwalk beats the strip in my eyes (especially with all the beach bars). I just wish it would pick up down there. The shopping venues are practically giving clothes away to people
     
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    Board member Royal Flusher wrote about raising his bet when he gets onto a winning machine. So he might start out with quarters then increase to $.50 to $1 per credit.

    Yes, we were just back down there Last Friday for an overnight. Played at Borgata, stayed at Harrah's, lunch at the Irish Pub (a must at Christmas to see the decorations), drinks at Bally's Boardwalk Bar. A fun time and a nice crowd. For the next couple months it will be pretty quiet. But when the sun is shining and the wind is calm, nothing better than walking the boards and watching the waves roll in.

    If you haven't been to AC, it really is worth a visit. We have been getting comp offers from Tropicana for Friday and Saturday nights, we are low rollers and haven't given them much play in months.

    I remember the Schaeffer brewery in Allentown, I think it was built in the late 60's or early 70's. It was acquired by Schlitz then Strohs. Sat idle for awhile, now brewing Sam Adams. Spot on about the NYC water, makes great pizza crust too.
     
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    Haha, AC is my second home. I make 4 trips a year there :)
     
  15. flysrb

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    Hey Now!
    great trip report Hammie!
    Sweet Ti & I just got back from there ourselves.
     
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