My wife and I just returned from a pre Valentines Day trip to Atlantic City for one night. We are low rollers and planned on staying offshore in Absecon as Saturday night rates are more reasonable. However, a couple days before our trip, I spotted a deal at Bally's for $119 per night in the Dennis Tower. This was originally the Dennis Hotel and dates back to 1921. In the summer, a Saturday morning trip to the Jersey Shore can be bumper to bumper because folks are heading to their beach rentals. But in February it's a breeze. We decided to split a Wawa hoagie for lunch on the ride down as we had dinner reservations at Dock's Oyster House. Our first stop was Resorts to pick up some free play. I have no clue when it comes to earning points at Resorts. On my last trip, I played Bonus VP for an hour and a half at full coin, $1.25 per spin and I think I accumulated about 2 points. My wife played on a Wicked Winnings machine and was able to turn the $15 free play into about $200. I played at a $10 BJ table for about an hour until the dealer got white hot and just creamed everyone. He got several 5 and 6 card 21's. I got a Heineken for my $100 buy in. We left Resorts and made our way to Tropicana to pick up some more free play. The machines were a little cold at the Trop for my wife and she left most of her Resorts winnings here. I played a little VP and was not feeling the love and went looking for a STP nickel VP machine. Alas, it was not to be found where I left it over a year ago. In its place is the High Limit room. I decided to check it out and found a $1 three reel machine. Probably did about 12 spins with not a single win and felt like a turd in a punch bowl, then I hit this: I collected my winnings and decided to make like a baby and head out. Met up with my wife who had some luck at Quick Hits machine, I traded her TITO for about 20 cents on the dollar. It's our way to manage the bank roll, she's a keeper. We have a joint bank roll, always our money, never yours or mine and it works for us. Decided to get some fresh air and take a couple of photos using panoramic setting from the beach. BTW, the waves are still rolling in. The brick building on the far right is the old Ritz Carlton Hotel, now condos. This is where Enoch "Nucky" Thompson lived, he was the basis for the character of Nucky Johnson on Boardwalk Empire. I parked on the street next to Tropicana because the parking garage at the Tropicana is a hike. Time to leave, it was off to Bally's. The parking rate at Bally's was $25, but $15 for gold card holders and free for those who put 25 tier credits or spend $75 at restaurants. Hotel guests get a $10 credit towards parking. Parking fees are collected upon departure and you don't get a ticket at the entrance. The check in line snaked around a bit but there were 8 clerks and we only waited about 15 minutes. We have stayed in the Dennis Tower a couple times previously, it's totally fine and I could see the ocean. But if I held up my thumb, it would block my ocean view. We decided to rest a bit before venturing over to Dock's. Decided to grab a cab over to the restaurant as I didn't want to be late. Made reservations on Open Table, what a great service, fast, simple, and easy. From Bally's cab area, it was a $6.60 fare, no extra charge for the stench. Thankfully, it was a short ride, but roach coaches like this give cabbies a bad name. Didn't want to mess with Uber as we haven't used it in AC and I was unfamiliar with the pick up points. Dock's Oyster House dates from 1897 and is owned by the Dougherty family who also own the Knife and Fork (another 100+ year old joint) and Harry's Oyster Bar at Bally's. The current Fourth generation gutted the place and enlarged the restaurant about 6 months ago. They spent several million on this place despite all of the negative news that eminates from AC. Ordered my beloved Manhattan cocktail made with Bulleit Rye, it was spot on. Ended up having a house salad and a crispy Tuna entree, my wife had an arugula salad with seared scallops as an entree. No dessert as we were full, and decided to walk back to Caesars. I didn't feel unsafe, it was probably just 3/10 of a mile to the Bus area at Caesars, the closest entrance from Dock's. My wife found a Wicked Winnings IV machine and I found a nickle STP machine and ended my 4OAK drought. Had a couple of Black Russians along the way. Cocktail service was very good and I love the on screen ordering system at CET casinos. My only gripe this evening was that I had to wait about 15 minutes for a Total Rewards card as I left mine over at Bally's and was too lazy to hoof it over there. Caesars had one person working at the Gold desk. I had a mystery multiplier that day and ended up getting 7x at the promotions kiosk. We decided to call it a night and walked back through Bally's Wild West casino to our room. The Mountain bar was calling me and there was a band playing, but no one leaves his honey on Valentines weekend, right? The next morning we got up and decided to hit Bucca di Beppo for Breakfast. They offer a regular menu but we went for the buffet which includes coffee and juice for $20. Should have brought a couple airline bottles and made my grapefruit a Greyhound. I had a BOGO buffet in my TR account, but It didn't show up when I swiped my card at the kiosk. The restaurant requires a printed voucher for the BOGO. But, in my check in packet I was given a $20 F&B credit so I used that. I have a low tolerance for nonsense like this, I don't like to have to grovel for the stuff that appears in my TR account. Don't make me jump through hoops. Checked out of the room, packed up the car and returned for a brief session of play. Wicked Winnings for the Mrs. (with a little Quick Hits mixed in) and more of the same nickle STP for me. I ordered a coffee with Irish Whiskey and liked it so much, I had a second. The 4OAK's kept coming: All good things must come to an end, so we left Caesars and went through the Wild Wild West, but not before stopping at the Mountain bar for a beer. There was almost no traffic and made it home in record time. Some random thoughts: For the first time in several visits, we broke even for the trip. We share a bankroll and I just do a pocket dump at the end of the day. However, I think the Wicked Winnings machine was more of the former and less of the latter. Just sayin'. There were many trips when my honey won and I sh!t the bed. CET is that company I have a love hate relationship with. Love them for the easy mid week comps as well as some of their free play, bonus RC offers, multipliers, BOGO buffet coupons. But it just seems as if what appears in my account is one thing and what is available on the TR kiosk is another. Another annoyance is that many of the slots don't recognize a TR card and I have to keep inserting and removing it. Very frustrating. I keep all my cards in my rear pocket so that my phone won't wipe the magnetic stripe clean. I know that my wife will just play on after three attempts and forgo any RC's for that session. The Tropicana was packed on Saturday, that place just seems to do no wrong. It's huge and has many dining and drinking options and even an IMAX theater. A great vibe, I can see why they are doing well and leaving Caesars and Bally's behind. Their poker room looked as if less than half of the tables were occupied on a Saturday afternoon. It looks like they installed several Shaq Attack BJ machines in what was part of the poker room. Parx Casino has this game also. Dock's Oyster House, I think I found my new go to place. It's like a brand new restaurant that's 120 years old. They offer a great Happy Hour menu, buck a shuck oysters and several reduced price menu items. But no drink specials, so order a $7 Heineken and a dozen oysters. They have the real OTC oyster crackers with horseradish too. I felt the prices were fair for the quality and the service was good, except when I asked the waiter if there were any specials not on the menu. He replied: "do you mean food specials?" Duh! Resorts still offers 3:2 blackjack and $10 minimum, even on a Saturday afternoon. They are trying to bring in customers with free parking, but I think their target customer is 60+. I saw a table for Pai Gow tiles. Gone is that horse racing machine that was akin to sigma derby. Thought about dining at Nero's Italian Steakhouse in Caesars, but their prices even made me blush. $75 for a 14 oz NY Strip? But if you're paying with comps, what does it matter? How high is up? Mountain Bar at Wild Wild West has a bubble craps machine. Also, a single $5 craps table that's always packed; this is where the skills based slot machines are. Didn't see anyone playing them in the afternoon. Plus several $5 roulette and BJ (6:5) tables. $3.25 draft Miller Light, Coors Light, and Miller High Life. Try to have just one in August when it's 85 degrees and 90% humidity. Bally's and Caesars had a nice crowd on Saturday and Sunday. The second floor of Caesars is smoke free and it makes a big difference.