Atlantic City August 2020
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You [may] get a car!
The drawing for a 2020 BMW 3 Series at Resorts Casino Hotel has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. For every tier point players earn while using their Star Card from Jan. 2 through 3:55 p.m. Aug. 30, they receive one entry. The drawing will be held at 4 p.m.
Speaking of cars, you can win a share of $250,000 in cash and prizes in Ocean Casino Resort’s $250,000 Mercedes Sweepstakes. Earn entries through Saturday, Aug. 29, with a 5X multiplier every Tuesday. From 6 to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday five winners will be drawn every hour to receive up to $1,000, plus qualify for the grand finale drawing at 11 p.m. Aug. 29. Two winners will get their choice of a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 or GLC 300.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City is giving away two BMW 230i convertibles every Sunday in August. Earn entries every Friday in August from 12:01 a.m. through 5:59 p.m. on Sundays by playing your favorite slots or table games. Activate entries from noon to 5:59 p.m. by playing slots or table games. Drawings are at 2 and 6 p.m. Winners will be announced on the casino floor. Once winners are announced guests have 10 minutes to claim their prizes at Wild Card Services or the prize will be forfeited. For complete rules and regulations, visit Wild Card Services. Details: Click here.
September is the new June
In addition, Resorts $35,000 June Jackpot Sweepstakes has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 26. All June entries will be accepted for these new drawings. Players earn one entry for every taxable hand-paid jackpot. One person will win $1,000 in slot cash every 10 minutes, followed by a $10,000 cash Grand Prize Drawing at 10:15 p.m.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
While the Amphora Lounge at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is temporarily closed, Gold, Platinum and NOIR Mlife Rewards cardholders can visit Borgata Gardens for an outdoor dining experience and full-service premium bar.
Borgata Gardens is located adjacent to the indoor pool on the Spa Level. Admission is $12.50 Express Comps per person per visit for Gold and Platinum cardholders, and complimentary for NOIR cardholders. Admission is limited to the cardholder plus one guest. Visit the Mlife Rewards Desk for hours and other details.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
While the Plum Lounge at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City is temporarily closed, the Daer Deck is open exclusively for Wild Card Rewards X Cardholders. From 4 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays, cardholders can enjoy complimentary beverages and full-service dining.
Caesars Atlantic City Properties
While the Seven Stars Lounges are temporarily closed, cardholders and a guest can attend a Starlight Cocktail Hour from 9 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday either at Caesars Qua Spa Private Outside Deck in the Ocean Tower or Harrah’s Outdoor Pool Deck on the fourth floor of the Coastal Tower. No reservation is required, but there is limited seating.
Caesars Rewards – Bonus Reward Credits
In addition, while the Laurel Lounges are temporarily closed, Caesars Rewards Loyalty Program cardholders who earned 25,000 or more tier credits during 2019 or 2020 are eligible to receive 1,000 Reward Credits during each visit either to Bally’s, Caesars Atlantic City Hotel and Casino or Harrah’s. The bonus Reward Credits are limited to 1,000 per day and may be downloaded at any slot machine.
Ocean Casino Resort
Ocean Casino Resort has a new outdoor VIP Lounge open to all Black and Chairman Ocean Rewards Club cardholders. Located on the ocean side of the fifth floor of the garage, the lounge offers complimentary drinks, full-service dining, TVs and other entertainment. It’s open from 4 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are required.
The Reservation Desk, located in the indoor VIP Lounge next to The Grind, is open 2 to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Chairman cardholders are permitted up to three guests and Black cardholders are permitted one guest.
Sit this one out
Resorts Casino Hotel now offers outdoor patio seating for QuickBites customers.
Upgrade your status
Mlife Rewards NOIR and Platinum cardholders who sign up for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Wild Card Rewards program may be eligible to receive automatic tier level upgrades, bonus free play, dining offers, and complimentary overnight stays.
Offers Vary Based on Mlife Rewards Status
Offers vary based on Mlife Rewards status and whether players are new or existing Wild Card Rewards members. The upgraded card status is valid through Tuesday, Dec. 1. Those with premium cards from certain other casinos also may be eligible for upgraded card status and other benefits. Visit the casino’s website or Wild Card Services for details.
Go forth and multiply
Through Monday, Aug. 31, Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & Marina is offering its 24K Select Club cardholders 2X comp dollars every Monday and Friday, and 2X tier credits and 2X cashback every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Every Sunday in July and August Elite cardholders will receive 4X tier credits, Chairman cardholders will receive 3X, and 24 Karat and Premier cardholders will receive 2X.
Hard Rock is offering 2X tier points for play through Aug. 31
Through Friday, Aug. 14, at Resorts, Epic cardholders will earn 2X comp dollars, Paramount will earn 3X, Paramount Plus will earn 4X and Red Carpet cardholders will earn 5X. All cardholders will earn 2X comps every Wednesday in August.
With the acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Corp. by Eldorado Gaming Inc., players who have Caesars Rewards and Trop Advantage players cards now can link them to transfer comp dollars between the accounts and, perhaps, be eligible for an upgraded tier level. For details visit Caesars.com or the Caesars Rewards Center at Bally’s or Caesars Atlantic City or Harrah’s Resort.
Be sure to read:
Eldorado and Caesars Status Matching
– mostly done right, worth it?
You can bet on this
Moneyline Bar & Book at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is now BetMGM Sportsbook & Bar. The BetMGM brand is in the process of establishing a national customer base and the platform already is live in Indiana, Colorado, West Virginia and Nevada. Park MGM in Las Vegas also dropped the Moneyline name in favor of BetMGM.
I’ll drink to that!
After unanimous approval by the New Jersey Senate, Atlantic City is now one step closer to having a permanent law permitting open containers in the Tourism District. In June the state Assembly approved the bill. The legislation now goes to Gov. Phil Murphy for his signature. Earlier in June Mayor Marty Small Sr. signed an executive order permitting open containers of alcoholic beverages on the Boardwalk, nonresidential areas of Gardner’s Basin, and the Orange Loop commercial district (St. James Place, New York Avenue and Tennessee Avenue). The order expires in November or when coronavirus-related restrictions are lifted, whichever comes first.
Gaming revenue down from a year ago
Not surprisingly, Atlantic City’s nine casinos and two horse tracks that offer sports betting won $97.5 million in June, a decline of 65.6 percent from a year earlier. This is virtually the same percentage decline they posted in May, when revenue was down 65.4 percent from a year earlier. June was the last full month that the resort’s casinos were closed due to the coronavirus, so June’s winnings were mostly from online betting and a small amount from sports betting.
- Bally’s won $39,000 in sports bets, down 99.8 percent from a year ago.
- Borgata won $17.7 million, down nearly 75 percent from a year ago.
- Caesars, which does not have its own sports betting operation, reported no revenue, though Caesars Interactive-NJ, an internet-only entity, saw its revenue increase by nearly $8.8 million, up 77 percent from a year ago.
- Golden Nugget won $29.2 million, down just a little more than 1 percent.
- Hard Rock won $6.2 million, down nearly 81 percent.
- Harrah’s Resort listed a $2,109 loss due to sports betting.
- Ocean Casino Resort won $1.7 million, down nearly 92 percent.
- Resorts Casino Hotel reported no revenue, but its internet affiliate, Resorts Digital, won more than $21 million, up 119 percent from a year earlier.
- Tropicana won $6 million, down nearly 80 percent.
- For the first half of this year, the casinos and two tracks – the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park – have won a little more than $1 billion through casino games and sports betting, a decline of 35.4 percent from the same period last year. That figure does not include revenue from horse racing.
Wild Card Rewards Store opens at Hard Rock
The Wild Card Rewards Store at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City sells not only Hard Rock-branded merchandise, but also luxury designer brands at a 1:1 comp dollar redemption rate. The store is located on the second level, next to Legends Lounge. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
‘To market, to market’
Check out the local vendors and artisans at the free Farmers Market every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon through Sunday, Sept. 6. Located at 144 S. Tennessee Ave. – about 100 yards past the Beer Hall. The market is organized by C.R.O.P.S., N.J., a nonprofit that has community initiatives across Atlantic County, including gardens, educational programs and markets. The event is family-friendly, with plenty of free parking in the gravel lot marked by large flowerpots. Vendors include:
- C.R.O.P.S. N.J.
- Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall
- Rhythm & Spirits
- Homegrown AC
- Conscious Cooks
- Miss Connie’s Fire Roasted Street Corn
- Paris Produce
- Broken Fork Farm
- Soil to Soul
- Foliage Tropical Plant Supply Co.
- Busy Bees NJ
- Enlightened Farms
- Crisp Microgreens
Across the street from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday and Sunday, Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall offers $5 specials that include all drafts, cans and bottles, mimosas and Bloody Marys. Wash your drink back with one of these $5 breakfast sandwiches: pork roll, egg and cheese; bacon, egg and cheese; sausage, egg and cheese; or the veggie breakfast burrito. And there’s live music from 6 to 9 p.m. every Sunday evening.
Rhythm & Spirits offers brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays. The menu includes parsley pancakes; goat cheese and fresh herb omelet; brined veggie salad; and more. They also serve made-to-order pizzas. Reservations are recommended and can be made through Open Table.
Sept. 5: Melissa Etheridge, Ocean Casino Resort
Sept. 6: Snoop Dog: Celebrating 25 Years of Doggystyle, Borgata
Sept. 11: Wayne Brady, Borgata
Sept. 11: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Hard Rock
Sept. 12: The Drifters, The Platters & The Cornell Gunter Coasters, Hard Rock
Sept. 12: Three Dog Night, Ocean Casino Resort
Sept. 18: Marlon Wayans, Borgata
Sept. 19: The Beach Boys, Ocean Casino Resort
Sept. 19: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Tropicana
Sept. 26: The Guess Who, Golden Nugget
Sept. 26: “Papa & Sinatra: Their Way,” Atlantic City Ballet, Caesars
Here are other “insider” tips about what’s happening in Atlantic City during August:
Entertainment and Events
KISS (Aug. 29). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Entertainment and Events
Borgata Comedy Club (check for dates in August), Trevor Noah: Loud and Clear Tour (Aug. 14). For tickets visit TheBorgata.com or call 866-900-4TIX (4849).
Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & Marina
Through Monday, Aug. 31, Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & Marina is offering its 24K Select Club cardholders 2X comp dollars every Monday and Friday, and 2X tier credits and 2X cashback every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Every Sunday in August Elite cardholders will receive 4X tier credits, Chairman cardholders will receive 3X, and 24 Karat and Premier cardholders will receive 2X.
Free self-parking continues.
For details on all promotions, visit the 24K Select Club or GoldenNugget.com.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
Hard Rock is offering 2X tier points for play through Aug. 31.
Hard Rock continues its Wild Card tier match program until further notice. Details here.
Entertainment and Events
An Evening With Gladys Knight (Aug. 28), John Fogerty (Aug. 30). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.
Ocean Casino Resort
Win a share of $250,000 in cash and prizes in the $250,000 Mercedes Sweepstakes. Earn entries through Saturday, August 29 – 5X multiplier every Tuesday. Every Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. five winners will be drawn every hour to receive up to $1,000, plus qualify for the grand finale drawing at 11 p.m. April 29. Two winners will get their choice of a 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 or GLC 300.
All Ocean Premier cardholders get free self-parking daily through Thursday, Dec. 31.
Visit the Ocean Rewards Club for details.
Resorts Casino Hotel
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.
The drawing for a 2020 BMW 3 Series has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. For every tier point players earn while using their Star Card from Jan. 2 through 3:55 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 they receive one entry. The drawing will be held at 4 p.m.
Resorts $35,000 Jackpot Sweepstakes for June has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 26. All June entries will be accepted for these new drawings. Players can earn one entry for every taxable hand paid jackpot. One person will win $1,000 in slot cash every 10 minutes, followed by a $10,000 cash Grand Prize Drawing at 10:15 p.m.
In addition, through Friday, Aug. 14, Epic cardholders will earn 2X comp dollars, Paramount will earn 3X, Paramount Plus will earn 4X and Red Carpet cardholders will earn 5X. All cardholders will earn 2X comps every Wednesday in August.
Visit the Promotions Booth for details.
Recreational gambler Darryl D. McEwen is publisher of the Seven Stars Insider – both the website (SevenStarsInsider.com) and the monthly newsletter. For a free subscription to the newsletter, email him at SevenStarsInsider@gmail.com and tell him how you heard about it. You also can download the newsletter from the website where he frequently updates news about Caesars Entertainment Corp., Eldorado Resorts Inc. and Caesars Rewards under “Latest News” on the Home page. In addition, be sure to follow @7StarsInsider on Twitter. Darryl also writes a bi-weekly column, Mr. AC Casino, for the Atlantic City Weekly. The companion website is MrACCasino.com and the matching Twitter account is @MrACCasino. A former professional journalist, based in Wilmington, Del., 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.