This is a guest article by Darryl D. McEwen, publisher of the Seven Stars Insider.
Some like it hot. Some like it cold. From an Indoor Beach Bash at Tropicana, to New Year’s Day polar bear plunges, January in Atlantic City offers something for everyone.
Running Hot and Cold
Start the year with a Polar Bear Plunge in the Atlantic Ocean outside Resorts Casino Hotel or at Golden Nugget’s H2O rooftop pool. Participants in the 26th annual event race into the ocean promptly at noon to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America. Plungers who go directly under water receive an official Polar Bear Certificate. For more information call (800) 334-6378 or visit AtlanticCityPolarBearClub.com. At Golden Nugget doors open at noon and the plunge takes place at 3 p.m. Participants will receive a complimentary cocktail after the plunge.
Two weeks later you can warm up by recapturing that fun-in-the-sun feeling at Tropicana’s Indoor Beach Bash Jan. 14 through Feb. 28. Look for sand sculptures, free concerts, a beach ball drop, summer cocktail specials, frozen treats, nightlife parties, fitness demonstrations and shopping deals property-wide. Be sure to visit the website for a full list of Beach Bash offers, activities and events.
As part of the Beach Bash Mark Diomede and The Disco Inferno Band will perform a free concert Jan. 21 in the Grand Exhibition Center. Show time is 8 p.m. and doors open at 7:30.
If hunger strikes between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. any Friday or Saturday while you’re at Tropicana, the casino’s Fiesta Buffet offers a new late night a la carte menu. Diners will find soups and salads, burgers, sandwiches and desserts, as well as steak and eggs or a full strip steak dinner.
Haven Nightclub at Golden Nugget will become a battleground at 3 p.m. Jan. 28 when Wing Wars takes place. Fifteen of the best wing spots in South Jersey will compete for votes during the event. It’s an all-you-can-eat wings extravaganza for $25. Visit ACWeekly.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
Video Game Gambling Expands
Video game gambling has expanded to the Tropicana. Three triple-unit carousels of GameCo, Inc.’s Danger Arena are now in place throughout the casino. Previously, these machines were available for play only at Bally’s Wild Wild West, Caesars and Harrah’s.
Unless you want to travel to McCarren International Airport in Las Vegas, Golden Nugget is the only place in the world right now where you can play Baywatch 3D. These innovative slot machines are located next to Plants vs Zombies 3D between Grotto and Rush Lounge. Golden Nugget will have them exclusively throughout most of the month.
Resorts Extends Free Parking
Resorts is offering free self-parking every day through Jan. 31.
Here are other “insider” tips about what’s happening at Atlantic City’s casinos:
Bally’s Atlantic City
Promotions – Win a 60-second trip to the Money Booth on March 11 to grab as many free play vouchers as you can for your share of $100,000 in prizes. Between Jan. 1 and March 11 receive one entry daily by swiping at a designated Promotional Kiosk. Plus, for every 25 tier credits earned you’ll receive one additional entry. Play every Wednesday to increase your odds with 5X earned entries.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Promotions – Win 1,717 bonus slot dollars every 17 minutes Jan. 1.
Entertainment – The Burlesque Show (through Jan. 1), Jeff Tracta (Jan. 6 and 7). Tickets are available at TheBorgata.com or call (866) 900-4TIX (4849).
Golden Nugget Atlantic City
Promotions – Between 4 and 8 p.m. Jan. 1 Golden Nugget is giving away $50,000 in cash. Grand prize is $10,000, with 21 other winners sharing the balance. Receive one free entry and get three additional entries for every 25 tier points earned. Entries must be activated on Jan. 1 and winners must be present.
Promotions – Win a share of $150,000 in free spins and cash prizes in Harrah’s Winter of Jackpots. Earn entries between Jan. 1 and March 4 for a chance to win a share of $150,000 in free spins and cash prizes. Receive one free entry daily by swiping at a designated Promotional Kiosk. Plus, for every 25 tier credits earned you’ll receive one additional entry. Play every Tuesday to increase your odds with 5X earned entries.
Resorts Casino Hotel
Promotions – Play your favorite slots or table games to earn entries through Jan. 1 to win a 2017 Mercedes CLA 250. For every tier point you earn, you’ll receive one entry into the sweepstakes. Earn double entries Dec. 29. The drawing will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 1, but you must activate your entries on Jan. 1 by playing any slot machine or table game while using your Star card. On Jan. 2 two players will be chosen every hour between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for a chance win slot cash or match play. One bill will be worth $2,017. Must be playing with a Star card and be present to win.
Entertainment – Howie Mandel (Jan. 28). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.
Tropicana Atlantic City
Entertainment – Melissa Etheridge (Jan. 14), Violin Femmes (Jan. 28). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, call (800) 745-3000 or visit the Tropicana Box Office.
Promotions – Five individuals are guaranteed to win a 2017 Chevy Trax on Jan. 1. Drawings will be held at 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. If an Aruba timeshare is more your speed, enter for your chance to win one at the kiosk located in The Quarter through midnight April 30. The drawing will take place at 10 a.m. May 4. One entry per person. Certain restrictions apply. Visit the Trop Advantage Center for details.
Another entertainment option at Tropicana is Atlantic City’s only IMAX® Theatre. Through Jan. 19 see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”: From Jan. 20 through Jan. 26 see “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.” From Jan. 27 through Feb. 9 see “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.” Through April 2017 the theater is showing “Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey” and “Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience” on select dates.
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Recreational gambler Darryl D. McEwen is publisher of the Seven Stars Insider – both the website (www.SevenStarsInsider.com) and the monthly newsletter. For a free subscription to the newsletter, join the mailing list at Seven Stars Insider 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 and Total 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. 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.