Atlantic City casinos

May 25, 2012|By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun

New Jersey

Atlantic Club Casino

Formerly Atlantic City Hilton and ACH, this newly renamed casino and hotel forgoes the glitz of newcomer Revel.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: There are 58 live table games, including blackjack, roulette, mini baccarat and various versions of poker. Close to 1,500 slot machines line the floor.

Entertainment: Atlantic Club's priority is gambling, so don't expect too many options. (An exception: comedian Mario Cantone is scheduled to perform June 23. Ticket info available at atlanticclubcasino.com/events/ticket-information.) The Beach Bar, a no-cover spot for frozen drinks and live bands, opens Memorial Day weekend.

Where to eat: AC Steak & Seafood and the Italian eatery Carmine's Trattoria offer reasonably priced options.

Where to stay: Like most Atlantic City casinos, the Club offers hotel rooms and suites. AAA recently awarded the Club its three-diamond rating.

Information: The Atlantic Club Casino, 3400 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Call 609-347-7111 or go to atlanticclubcasino.com.

Bally's Atlantic City

With 220,000 square feet of gaming areas, Bally's is Atlantic City's largest casino. If you're searching for the extravagance of Las Vegas on the east coast, Bally's is likely the spot.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: Live table games include blackjack, roulette, craps, card games and a separate baccarat room called Baccarat Palace. There are more than 5,000 slot machines.

Entertainment: "The Legends" tribute series — featuring impersonations of Whitney Houston, Adele, Elvis and more — kicks off this weekend, with performances taking place every night except Mondays. Buy tickets at ballysac.com/casinos/ballys-atlantic-city/casino-entertainment.

Where to eat: Looking for a cheap bite? Sack O' Subs and Walt's Primo Pizza offer meals averaging $10 per plate. Arturo's, famous for its veal parmigiana, provides a fancier option.

Where to stay: Bally's has more than 1,700 hotel rooms.

Information: Bally's Atlantic City, 1900 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Call 609-340-2000 or go to ballysac.com.

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

In 2003, the Borgata became the city's first new hotel property in 13 years. Now, the sleek casino-hotel is one of Atlantic City's most popular destinations.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: You'll find 3,475 slot machines and more than 250 table games spread across the 161,000 square-foot floor. The Borgata also hosts daily tournaments in its poker room, the largest in the city.

Entertainment: Concerts and shows range from alt-rock gods Weezer (June 1) to "Parks and Recreation" star/comedian Aziz Ansari (July 13 and 14). Buy tickets at theborgata.com/entertain/event-calendar.

Where to eat: Fining dining restaurants come with celebrity-chef pedigrees, including Bobby Flay Steak and Wolfgang Puck American Grille. The Metropolitan offers an oyster bar and gelato bar.

Where to stay: There are more than 1,500 guest rooms at the Borgata, ranging from "classic rooms" to 5,000 square-foot suites called "Residences." Many of the rooms have been recently renovated.

Information: The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Call 609-317-1000 or go to theborgata.com.

Caesars Atlantic City

Home to boutique shopping and the Boardwalk Beer Garden, Caesars has remained one of Atlantic City's most popular resorts since the Roman Empire-themed casino opened in 1979.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: There are more than 135 table games, including blackjack, poker, craps and roulette. There's also Keno and more than 2,300 slot machines.

Entertainment: Concerts ands shows range from TV host Bill Maher (June 2) to Madonna (Sept. 15). Buy tickets at caesarsac.com/casinos/caesars-atlantic-city/casino-misc/entertainment-index.html.

Where to eat: Like most Atlantic City casinos, Caesars offers a wide range of dining, including Asian (Buddakan) and classics (Morton the Steakhouse). For $20, you can get an Italian meal at Mia.

Where to stay: There are four towers with 1,144 guest rooms, including suites.

Information: Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Call 609-348-4411 or go to caesarsac.com.

Golden Nugget Atlantic City

Formerly Trump Marina, Golden Nugget Atlantic City — the East Coast version of the Las Vegas staple — officially opened in April after a $150 million transformation.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: There are 68 table games (blackjack, roulette, baccarat), 22 poker tables and 1,560 slot machines spread over the 70,000 square-foot casino floor.

Entertainment: Concerts and shows include the power-pop quartet the Smithereens (June 16) and Las Vegas headliner Gordie Brown (June 27 and July 8). Buy tickets at goldennugget.com/atlanticcity/show_performers.asp.

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