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: 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. 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. 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. The bartender said that Gallagher's was the only restaurant in AC to feature dry aged steaks, so they got that going for them. 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. 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: 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: 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. 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.