The Atlantic City Airshow – “Thunder over the Boardwalk” – is always the highlight of the summer, and this year’s show Aug. 22 should prove no different. The show is free, but a private VIP Watch Party from Boardwalk Hall’s second story loggia is being hosted by Spectra, operators of Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center.
The event, which includes a free parking spot per purchase order, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with doors opening at 10 a.m. This year’s Atlantic City Airshow party also will include lunch, complimentary Coca-Cola soft drinks and bottled water, and access to Boardwalk Hall’s private restrooms, as well as corresponding audio to go along with the viewing. For these Atlantic City Airshow VIP tickets, $125 per person see the Ticketmaster VIP Watch Party event page. Be sure to also review other premium viewing packages including Flight Line Club, BBQ and VIP Show Experience.
Trevor Dunn, manager and sommelier of the Vintage Wine Boutique in The Shoppes at the Water Club, presents an introduction to the world of wine from 5 to 6 p.m. the first three Wednesdays in August. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information or to make reservations, call (609) 317-7778.
7 Bridges will perform Aug. 2 on the beach in front of Resorts Casino Hotel. Rubix Kube, originally scheduled to perform last month, but got rained out, has been rescheduled for Aug. 15. The concerts begin at 7 pm. and a pre-party on the beach starts at 5 p.m.
Help Philadelphia chef Michael Schulson celebrate 10 years since his first restaurant, Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub, made its Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa debut. The evening begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 with inventive sake cocktails and a signature dinner complete with Japanese BBQ specialties, comfort foods and sushi. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at TheBorgata.com.
Later this month, on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m., join Wolfgang Puck for a Sunset Party at The Water Club’s indoor pool. Tickets are $89 per person and can be purchased at TheBorgata.com.
Deckstock – Take a free trip back to the Woodstock era Aug. 11 at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City. Fans can join the psychedelic fun as Deckstock takes them through a live musical journey as impersonators and Groovin’ the Woodstock Era Experience reproduce the sounds that rocked 400,000+ Woodstock attendees in 1969.
The Pro Fight League (PFL) will host the first two events to be held in Ovation Hall at Ocean Resort Casino on Aug. 16 and Aug. 30. Tickets for these final two matches of the PFL regular season are on sale at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.
More than 25 restaurants, bars and eateries will team up for the annual Taste of The Quarter Aug. 20 at Tropicana Atlantic City. Guests will enjoy a festive evening in The Quarter sampling an international menu of appetizers, main courses delectable desserts. Local celebrities will help serve. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.
I’ll drink to that
Enjoy two distinctive evenings at Golden Nugget’s International Winefest Aug. 24 and 25. From 7 to 10 Aug. 24 savor an evening under the stars while enjoying international wines, live jazz music, award-winning cuisine and an impressive array of French champagne. The next night from 7 to 10 sample more than 100 wines from 10 of the world’s most prestigious wine-producing countries: Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Germany, United States, Australia, New Zealand, England and Austria. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.
You can bet on it
With sports books now legal in New Jersey, you now have four Atlantic City casinos where you can place your bets: Bally’s Atlantic City’s Wild Wild West Casino, Borgata, Harrah’s Resort and Ocean Resort.
Related: [Initial Overview] New Jersey Sports Betting
Fuels rush in
Rocktane, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City’s 24-hour gas station, is open with 16 gas pumps and a 5,100-square-foot convenience store. It’s located outside the casino’s parking garage between Maryland and Virginia Avenues.
Plus size model
Resorts has added another tier level to its Star card player loyalty program. Perhaps recognizing the large gap between its Paramount and Red Carpet levels – Paramount cardholders must earn 600 tier points in a 12-month period; Red Carpet cardholders must earn 2,500 – Paramount Plus cardholders must earn 1,250. Additional benefits include complimentary players club admission Sunday through Friday and the option of using comp dollars to pay any room fees.
Plays well with others
Subject to approval by New Jersey gaming regulators, look for a one-of-a-kind multi-camera Dual Play Roulette table at Resorts. The set-up will allow on-premise customers to play alongside online gamblers. The installation will be the first outside Europe, its first installation in the United States and also the first to feature American (double zero) roulette. The table will be a five-camera installation with a customized rig and large screens that feature live-streamed game feed from the table.
Premiere cardholders who earn two tier points during a gaming day park free in the self-park garage at Resorts. Check any promotional kiosk to confirm the points and present a valid Star card at the exit.
Most Atlantic City casinos are offering to match a competing Atlantic City casino’s player loyalty club card. For example, Hard Rock will upgrade Total Rewards Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders to its Wild Card Rock Royalty card. Click here to check your card level at your favorite casino(s) to see which other casino(s) will match your level with theirs. If your card isn’t on the list, visit the casinos’ websites or ask at the players card desk about other eligible casino cards, when the promotions expire, and other restrictions. Note that, in addition to its player card match, Ocean Resort will give $100 in free play and two complimentary room nights to its new Black cardholders, $50 in free play and one night to its new Platinum cardholders, $25 in free play to its new Gold cardholders, and $15 in free play to its new Blue cardholders. The room night offers are good through Aug. 30; the match, Sept. 30. Also, Golden Nugget has extended its tier match and upgrade program through Sept. 3.
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Through Sept. 9 (select dates): Magique Grand Illusions, Tropicana
Sept. 1: Amy Schumer & Friends, Hard Rock
Sept. 1: Neil Sedaka, Resorts
Sept. 1: Ken Jeong, Borgata
Sept. 1: Pride Bingo, hosted by Trixie Mattel, Borgata
Sept. 2: Earth, Wind & Fire, Borgata
Sept. 5 to 7: Miss America Competition Preliminaries, Boardwalk Hall
Sept. 6 to 9: Atlantic City In-Water Power Boat Show, Farley State Marina
Sept. 7: Terry Fator, Borgata
Sept. 7: Felipe Esparza, Borgata
Sept. 7: Uncle Kracker, Hard Rock
Sept. 7: Jim Florentine, Hard Rock
Sept. 7: Alanis Morissette, Tropicana
Sept. 8: A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper, Tropicana
Sept. 8: Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade, Boardwalk
Sept. 8: Wanda Sykes, Ocean Resort
Sept. 9: Miss America Competition Finals, Boardwalk Hall
Sept. 9: Dane Cook, Hard Rock
Sept. 14: Thompson Square, Hard Rock
Sept. 15 and 16: Professional Bull Rider Atlantic City Invitational, Boardwalk Hall
Sept. 15: Jefferson Starship, Tropicana
Sept. 15: Sixth Annual Craft Beerfest, Resorts
Sept. 15: Jo Koy, Borgata
Sept. 15: The Stylistics, Golden Nugget
Sept. 21: Sting & Shaggy, Borgata
Sept. 21: Boyce Avenue, Borgata
Sept. 21: Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat 65, Tropicana
Sept. 21: Blink 182, Hard Rock
Sept. 22: Miss’d America Pageant, Borgata
Sept. 22: Jay Mohr, Borgata
Sept. 22: Darci Lynne and Friends Live, Caesars
Sept. 22: Cole Swindell, Hard Rock
Sept. 22: Queen Extravaganza
Sept. 23: RBRM, Hard Rock
Sept. 28: Christina Aguilara: The Liberation Tour, Hard Rock
Sept. 28: Jimmy Pardo, Hard Rock
Sept. 29: Gypsy Kings, Tropicana
Sept. 29: Seventh Annual Craft Beer Tasting, Golden Nugget
Sept. 29: Maxwell, Hard Rock
Sept. 29: Bay Atlantic City 2018 Gala: An Evening With Jason Alexander, Borgata
Here are other “insider” tips about what’s happening in Atlantic City during August:
Rod Stewart, with special guest Cyndi Lauper (Aug. 4), Kidz Bop Live 2018 (Aug. 11). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Every 15 minutes from noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 5 Borgata will award 1,500 Bonus Slot Dollars. Players need to insert their Mlife Rewards card into any slot machine or open any table games rating from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a chance to win.
Earn 5X Slot Dollars playing with your Mlife Rewards card Aug. 13 to 15. [Must earn at least 4 Slot Dollars to qualify.]
Enter to win a Mercedes GLE 350 on Aug. 19. Insert your Mlife Rewards card into any slot machine or table games rating from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for your chance to win. A car will be given away at noon, 4 and 8 p.m.
From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 27 if you’re playing with your Mlife Rewards card and Slot Dollar Celebration hits, you win 10 Bonus Slot Dollars.
Details on all promotions are available at the Mlife Rewards Center.
Borgata Comedy Club (check for dates in August), Yanni – 25th Anniversary Tour (Aug. 3) Craig Shoemaker – The Lovemaster (Aug. 3), Jim Gaffigan (Aug. 4), Thompson Twins (Aug. 4), Kings of Leon (Aug. 5) Trombone Shorty (Aug. 10), The Piano Guys (Aug. 11), Preacher Lawson (Aug. 11), Anthony Jeselnik (Aug. 18) Three Doors Down (Aug. 19), Impractical Jokers (Aug. 23 and 24), Luann de Lesseps – Countess Cabaret (Aug. 24), Stevie Wonder (Aug. 25 and 26), Jim Breuer (Aug. 25), Gabriel Iglesias (Aug. 31), For tickets visit TheBorgata.com or call (866) 900-4TIX (4849).
Caesars Atlantic City
Car Giveaway – Earn entries through Sept. 2 (5X entries on Tuesdays and Aug. 31, 7X entries Sept. 1 and 10X entries Sept. 2).
The Magic of Adam Trent (Aug. 25). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City
$10,000 Bingo Bonanza Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 2 and 7 p.m. in The Grand. Free entry for all Elite and Chairman cardholders. All others must earn at least 20 tier credits that day for the player and one guest
Through 5:59 p.m. Sept. 2 get one entry for every 25 base tier credits earned – 5X entries every Sunday and Tuesday – for a chance to win a 2018 Porsche Panamera and free play. Drawing is at 6.
In addition, every Saturday in August 11 winners will be drawn for a share of $6,000 in free play and a chance to be a finalist for the Porsche and free play drawings.
For details on all promotions, visit the 24K Select Club or GoldenNugget.com.
Free self-parking continues.
Todd Rundgren (Aug. 4), The Platters with The Drifters and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters (Aug. 18). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.
Deckstock (Aug. 11): Free!
International Winefest (Aug. 24 and 25). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Play for an hour at your favorite slots or table games to receive a Grand Opening T-shirt. Print the voucher at any Wild Card Rewards kiosk and redeem it at the Rock Shop.
Sign up for Wild Card Rewards card to be entered to win a 2018 Tesla Model S. Earn additional entries by playing your favorite slots and table games. Drawing will be held at 11 p.m. Sept. 1. Additional winners will receive $1,000 in free slot play.
You also can earn entries playing slots and table games to win $500 in free play every week for 20 years. Drawing will take place Sept. 2.
Entries for both sweepstakes must be activated on day of drawing and winners must be present.
Visit the Wild Card Services Desk for details.
Motor City Live – A Motown Tribute (Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26), Greg Hahn (Aug. 1 and 2), Stone Temple Pilots, The Cult & Bush: Revolution 3 Tour (Aug. 1), Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (Aug. 4), Greg Warren (Aug. 7 and 8), George Thorogood & The Destroyers (Aug. 9), The Million Dollar Quartet (Aug. 11), Tropicaliente AC 2018 with Victor Manuelle, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Hector Acosta and Olga Tanon (Aug. 11), Phil Vassar (Aug. 17), Blake Shelton (Aug. 18), Brass Transit (Aug. 18), WWE Live (Aug. 20), Bob Zany (Aug. 21 and 22), Counting Crows with Live (Aug. 23), Luis Fonsi (Aug. 25), Toby Keith & Trace Adkins (Aug. 26), Jim Florentine (Aug. 28 to 30), Cassadee Pope (Aug. 31). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.
Related: Everything you need to know about Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
There’s $250,000 in prizes at stake in Harrah’s Summer of Jackpots promotion through the final drawing day, Sept. 8. Receive one daily entry, one free entry upon activation and earn one entry for every 25 tier credits throughout the promotional period. Receive 5X entries on Tuesdays in July and Wednesdays in August and September.
Legends In Concert (through Sept. 2, select dates). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com or call (800) 736-1420.
Ocean Resort Casino
Win your share of more than $250,000 in cash and prizes at Ocean Resort Casino’s Grand Opening $250,000 Giveaway. The grand prize drawing will be held in Ovation Hall at 3 p.m. Sept. 3. Receive one entry for every three comp dollars earned by playing slots and table games through Sept. 2 – 3X entries every Sunday in August. Activate earned entries at any Ocean Premier Kiosk on Sept. 3. Must be present to win.
Ocean Premier cardholders can earn 3X tier multipliers through Sept. 30, and 2X comps. For details, restrictions and valid dates visit the Ocean Premier players club desk.
Free self-parking continues through Sept. 3.
Professional Fight League (Aug. 16 and 30), Top Rank Boxing: Parker vs. Dimitrenko (Aug. 18). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000.
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Resorts Casino Hotel
Through Sept. 3 new players who sign up for a Star Card will earn 3X comps and 3X cashback on sign-up day, and – while supplies last – receive a free 40th anniversary commemorative tote bag filled with special offers.
Earn 3X comps during Casino Happy Hour from 9 p.m. to midnight Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Win two show tickets, two buffets and a room at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut in drawings at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 and Sept. 2. Through 5:45 p.m. Sept. 2 Star cardholders will get five entries for every tier point they earn. On drawing dates guests will earn 10 entries.
In honor of its 40th anniversary, Resorts is giving away $100 in slot cash to 40 winners every 40 minutes from 4 to 10 p.m. Aug. 25. To be eligible your Star card must be active in a slot machine or at a table game, and you must be present to win.
2018 Ford Mustang Convertible Guaranteed Sweepstakes. Earn entries – one for every tier point earned – through 3:55 p.m. Aug. 26. Drawing at 4 p.m. Aug. 26.
Bingo, 8 p.m., Aug. 30, Ocean Ballroom. For reservations, call (800) 772-9000. Registration 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Promotions Booth. Star cardholders only. Red Carpet cardholders receive two cards. Only invited guests are eligible to win prizes.
$4,000 Sweepstakes, Sept. 1 – Win a VIP ride on The Wheel at Steel Pier, plus a chance to win up to $4,000 in slot cash. Earn one entry for each tier point.
$75,000 Point Challenge – The top 100 tier point earners will receive a share of $75,000 in bonuses on Sept, 29. First place prize is $10,000.
$35,000 Jackpot Sweepstakes, Oct. 27. Earn one entry for every taxable hand-paid jackpot through Sept. 30.
Visit the Promotions Booth for details on all sweepstakes, other giveaways and events
Flip Orley comic/hypnotist (Tuesday to Saturday through Sept. 1), ABBA The Concert (Aug. 10), Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot (Aug. 16), Frankie Z (Aug. 18), The 5th Dimension (Aug. 24). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, the Resorts Box Office or call (800) 745-3000.
“That ’70s, ’80s & More Show” (Aug. 6, 9, 21, 22, 26 and 28). For tickets, call (800) 772-9000.
Free beach concerts: 7 Bridges (Aug. 2), Ruix Kube (Aug. 15), Big Shot (Aug. 19). Concerts begin at 7 pm. and a pre-party on the beach starts at 5 p.m.
Tropicana Atlantic City
With daily drawings and the chance to win $1 million, Tropicana has brought back its Winning Ticket game. Through Sept. 9, Trop Advantage cardholders will receive one free ticket through any comp machine. Players can choose their own numbers or select a quick pick option. Five drawings will be held daily, with an extra 11 p.m. drawing on Fridays and Saturdays.
Primal Men Male Revue (every Saturday at Boogie Nights), Magique Grand Illusions (select dates through Sept. 9), Boy George and Culture Club (Aug. 4), Dark Star Orchestra (Aug. 9), Dom Irrera (Aug. 11). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, call (800) 745-3000 or check with the Tropicana Box Office.
Another entertainment option at Tropicana is Atlantic City’s only IMAX® Theatre. Moviegoers receive a discounted parking rate of $5 to park in the enclosed Tropicana self-park garage, but first must obtain a parking voucher from the IMAX Box Office at the time of ticket purchase.
“Great Barrier Reef 3D” runs through Dec. 31, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout: The IMAX Experience” runs through Aug. 9, “The Meg: The IMAX Experience” runs from Aug. 9 to 16. For show times and tickets, visit Tropicana.net/Entertainment/IMAX-Theatre/. Tickets can be purchased at the IMAX Box Office, through Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.
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Darryl also writes a bi-weekly column, Mr. AC Casino, for the Atlantic City Weekly. A former professional journalist, based in Wilmington, Delaware, Darryl is president of his own consulting firm that manages several small national and international trade associations, and provides public relations and fundraising services for a number of charitable organizations.