Hump Day Report: The Other Casinos
Rants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.
Yes, I was dazzled by the chance to see Revel up close last Monday, but with the announcement that Atlantic City’s casino revenues are down again in March by five percent, the focus must be on finding slices of the pie for every casino.
When Borgata opened in 2003, other casinos added amenities, rooms and other non-casino attractions to compete. Of course that was when the market was still flush before the crash.
Still, there are ways to stand out. As you can read in my recent story on the menu changes at Atlantic Club, that casino is hoping to provide excellent dining at price points that are affordable for folks who enjoy a night out but can’t afford the high end prices at Revel. The food was excellent and the prices are remarkably reasonable for the quality of the food. Not to mention that you can park free (including valet) and that is not a special, that is a regular policy.
Golden Nugget has been telling patrons to “Watch the Transformation” and now it is complete and the casino is holding a four day Grand Opening celebration. Go here for the details.
Harrah’s Resort appears to be keeping up with the nightlife challenges presented by Revel with an increase in star appearances at the popular Pool After Dark. Upcoming appearances include Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins) from Saved By The Bell on April 21. DJ Pauly D from Jersey Shore and his own spin-off, The Pauly D Project, continues his residency at Harrah’s on April 28 and the next weekend, fellow Jersey Shore star Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola drops by on May 4. Then on May 9, singer Ashanti appears.
Showboat will continue its periodic series of free concerts at the Party Pit with a performance by Trapt on April 21 at 11pm. Showboat is also opening this summer the Worship Surf Bar on the Boardwalk side of the casino, right by the States Ave. surfing beach. In addition the casino added a celebrity chef to their culinary line-up with Aaron Sanchez’ Crossroads taking over the space that previously belonged to the House of Blues Restaurant.
As noted by Atlantic City Weekly columnist David Spatz this week, many of the casinos in town, Boardwalk Hall and Bader Field are gearing up for a big summer season with an excellent line-up of entertainment.
Let’s hope an influx of new and returning visitors are planning to “Do A.C.” this summer.