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Craig Ferguson Ticket Giveaway For Show May 10 at Taj

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Talk show hosts do seem to enjoy stopping by Atlantic City to do a bit of stand-up. Whoopi Goldberg recently appeared in town and Jay Leno is stopping by April 25.

Craig Ferguson.

Craig Ferguson.

So is Craig Ferguson, the witty star of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, who will headline at the Trump Taj Mahal’s Mark G. Etess Arena on Saturday, May 10 at 8pm. Tickets are nicely priced at $29, $39, and $49.

However, an even better price is free. Atlantic City Weekly has launched a contest to give away two free tickets to the show. To sign up, go here.

Ferguson started in the entertainment industry as a drummer for some of the worst punk bands in the UK. Too wimpy to be in punk rock, he started acting. He played Drew Carey’s boss, Nigel Wick, on The Drew Carey Show from 1996-2003. Ferguson has three widely acclaimed standup comedy specials, and written two New York Times bestsellers, one of which received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. He won his first Emmy nomination in 2006, as well as receiving the 2009 Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for his interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Tropicana Online Launches Cruise Giveaway

Friday, April 11th, 2014

carnivalshipTropicana Atlantic City Casino Online today (April 11)  announced its partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines to give away more than 50 luxury cruises in the month of April.  Gamblers who play on Tropicana Atlantic City Online during this month will automatically be entered in the ‘Get Online to Get Onboard’ contest.  The top players on the leader boards will be given a certificate for a free luxury cruise of their choice courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines.

Winners will have the opportunity to choose their city of departure from a wide variety of four to eight-day cruises and sail off to exotic locations including the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Bahamas. Each cruise offers a wide variety of amenities, including 24-hour room service, comedy clubs, live music, resort pools, night clubs and more.

During the month of May, Tropicana Atlantic City Online qualifying contestants will receive an invitation to pick up their Carnival Cruise Lines certificate and enjoy a complimentary overnight stay at the Tropicana. For additional rules and regulations, go here.

“Tropicana always gives our players more ways to win by rewarding their time spent at,” said Tony Rodio, President and CEO of Tropicana Entertainment.  “We could not have launched this contest without the partnership of Carnival Cruise Lines.”

For more details about eligible cruises and destinations, please visit

Classic Rock Summer with Aerosmith, Slash

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

aerosmithSlashBoardwalk Hall is going “all in” to create a classic rock summer at the iconic concert venue. Joining previously announced shows Queen with Adam Lambert (July 26) and KISS with Def Leppard (Aug. 2), it has just been announced that legendary rock band Aerosmith will team up with iconic guitarist Slash to “Let Rock Rule” with a Labor Day Weekend concert at Historic Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, Aug. 31. The event is presented by Caesars Atlantic City in association with Live Nation.

Tickets, priced from $59.50 to $195, will go on sale Monday, April 14 at noon exclusively through Ticketmaster online at by phone at 800-736-1420 or in person at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office.

Rock’s most lethal army — Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford, and special guest SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators — will join forces for the “Let Rock Rule” tour.

“Looking forward to inciting a riot and building the tribal bonfire even higher; it’s a win-win with Slash,” says Steven Tyler.

“Aerosmith is one of my all time favorite bands, and one of the greatest rock ‘n roll bands of all time. It’s an honor for me to go out & tour with them and  keep the rock ‘n roll banner flying high,” says Slash.

The Backyard Bar: Boardwalk Beer Garden at Caesars Gets New Name

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

BACKYARD-BAR-LOGOThe former Boardwalk Beer Garden, located outside Dusk at Caesars Atlantic City on the Boardwalk, is getting a new name.

Atlantic City Weekly has learned that the new name is The Backyard Bar.

The Boardwalk chill spot — with awesome people-watching opps, ocean breezes, the Pier at Shops across the wooden way, drinks, of course, and more, including live music in season — opened in the summer of 2011. Looking at the new logo (see above), it appears that there will be a distinct difference between the two venues (see former BBG below).


Casting Call at Revel for 16th Season of ‘Big Brother’

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

This just in from Revel …

“The public is invited to attend a casting call for Season 16 of the hit CBS show, Big Brother, being held at Revel Casino Hotel’s Ovation Hall (500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City) on Wednesday, April 9, noon-2pm. Each season Big Brother follows a group of strangers living together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One by one, the HouseGuests will vote each other out of the house until at the end of three months, the last remaining HouseGuest will win the grand prize.

“Each applicant MUST have the following: (1) A complete short form application. (2) A photocopy of your driver’s license or state issued photo ID. (3) A photocopy of your passport or Social Security card. (4) Two photos -one face and one body shot. Applicants must be 21 and over. To download the application and view a complete list of requirements, visit:”

Gary Allan at House of Blues

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

If you’re tired of the sound-alike male country artists these days, Gary Allan’s intense love songs and authentic country are a breath of fresh air. He headlined last night at the Showboat’s House of Blues. Here’s the review. Below are a few pictures.

Sexy, but Gary why did you cover up your cool tattoos? It was a nice suit though.

Sexy, but Gary why did you cover up your cool tattoos? It was a nice suit though.


Allan had an opening act, Nashville newcomer Logan Brill, who delivered a nice mix of country and blues.

Logan Brill

Logan Brill

Borgata’s Greg Halka Earns Convention Services Manager of the Year Award

Friday, March 28th, 2014
Greg Halka

Greg Halka

ATLANTIC CITY — Greg Halka, the catering/convention services manager at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, has been named Convention Services Manager of the Year by Successful Meetings (, an online source for news and information for meeting, convention, incentive and trade show professionals).

Halka began working for Borgata as a valet shift manager when Borgata first opened in 2003. Since then he has worked his way up to front desk shift manager, then banquet supervisor, and finally catering manager before being promoted to catering/convention services manager.

“I have to say that working in those departments and building those lasting relationships has been a great resource for me as a CSM,” says Halka.

The award reflects Halka’s hard work and dedication to Borgata over the past 11 years. He and the Borgata’s sales and catering team continue to provide the property’s meetings’ clients with exemplary service.

“He ran errands for us after he was done with work, and came in the next day with everything we needed,” says Abby Kahn, global event manager of the New York-based Numerix, the leading independent analytics provider for over 400 financial institutions and 45 partners in 25 countries. “He goes above and beyond what I would expect a CSM to do.”

Tropicana Announces Proposed Renovations

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

tropLogoPerhaps we are seeing the first concrete evidence that on-line gaming is revitalizing the Atlantic City economic landscape. Tropicana Entertainment Inc. has announced a proposed series of renovation projects at Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City totaling approximately $35 million. The proposed capital improvements include improvements to Tropicana AC’s boardwalk façade, the addition of retail areas and a new fitness center on Brighton Ave. and North Tower hotel room renovations.

Commencement of the projects is contingent upon a number of factors including receipt of various state and local permits and approvals, including from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. If approved, construction of the projects is anticipated to commence in the 3rd quarter 2014 with an expected completion date by year end 2015.

The biggest undertaking in the proposed plan would be a complete renovation of the casino’s boardwalk façade boasting a fully choreographed high energy interactive light and sound show via 20-foot-high light bollards and nine LED screens. The light show would run nightly at timed intervals. The North and South hotel towers would be illuminated by color changing lights, enhancing the atmosphere of the beach front resort destination.

Additionally, three new retailers would be added to round off Tropicana’s boardwalk offerings. The final component of the façade renovation would be the extension of FIN’s dining room. Guests would expect to experience panoramic views of the beach and boardwalk from within the restaurant. The new architecture and roof would refresh FIN’s look, matching the Havana theme of The Quarter.


KISS, Def Leppard Tour at Boardwalk Hall Aug. 2

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014


This summer two of the world’s greatest rock bands, Kiss and Def Leppard are set to deliver a massive tour dedicated to fans who wanna rock and roll all night with a stop in Atlantic City at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, August 2. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 21 at 10am and will be available at Boardwalk Hall Box Office,, Live Nation Mobile App, Ticketmaster outlets, or by-phone at 800-736-1420.

These two legendary rock bands spanning two continents announced March 17 that they will launch the tour as KISS celebrates their 40th year in music. The summer’s biggest hit-fueled rock tour, presented by Caesars Atlantic City in association with Live Nation, will storm through 40-plus cities.

Def Leppard

Def Leppard

KISS and Def Leppard jointly decided to support our heroes and honor their dedicated fans in the armed services by partnering with numerous military organizations for the tour. Partnerships will include the USO, Hiring Our Heroes, Project Resiliency/The Raven Drum Foundation, August Warrior Project and the Wounded Warrior Project. All military personnel will be given exclusive access to discounted tickets for the tour with their own pre-sale through Military charities will receive a  portion of ticket sales with the money raised being split amongst all the non-profit organizations participating with the summer tour.

KISS consists of vocalist/bassist Gene Simmons, vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley, lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer. Def Leppard consists of vocalist Joe Elliott, guitarist Vivian Campbell, guitarist Phil Collen, bassist Rick “Sav” Savage and drummer Rick Allen.

Borgata’s New Jersey Championship of Online Poker

Friday, March 14th, 2014

New Jersey’s leading online gaming operator, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has announced the unveiling of the inaugural New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOP), featuring 15 events and $600,000 in guaranteed tournament money to players.

Beginning on April 19 with a $50,000 Freeroll tournament, and running through April 27, the NJCOP will offer players the opportunity to compete in the largest guaranteed online poker series since internet gaming was legalized in New Jersey.

“We are pleased to launch the state’s largest guaranteed online poker series to-date,” said Senior Vice President of Operations Joe Lupo. “Having experienced a 14-percent or $3.1 million gain in overall internet gaming revenue for the month of February, Borgata continues to stay aggressive in implementing innovative and intriguing virtual gaming options such as the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker that we believe will appeal to our customers and further strengthen our position as a leader in online gaming.”

onlinepokerA myriad of events will be presented throughout the nine-day series including Freezouts, 6-max, Rebuys, Deepstacks, a High Roller tournament with at least $20,000 for first and $10,000 for second, and even a special Player’s Choice tournament on April 24. The championship culminates with the $200,000 Guaranteed NJCOP Main Event on April 27 with $50,000 guaranteed for first place.

Players on and qualify for loyalty rewards that can be redeemed at Borgata. iRewards points earned on both sites can be redeemed for cash, bonuses, entertainment, retail shopping, and world-class room accommodations at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.