The former Trump Taj Mahal and Revel will reopen June 28 as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Ocean Resort, respectively.
At Hard Rock Carrie Underwood will be the inaugural concert on June 29 and Pitbull will follow the next night in the Mark G. Etess Arena. Visit Ticketmaster.com for a complete list of scheduled performances.
That said, Hard Rock is also a casino with 2,100 slot machines and 120 table games, as well as a 2,000-room hotel.
For a limited time the hotel is offering two complimentary room nights for certain top-level player loyalty cardholders. You could qualify if you have a players card from any of the other casinos in Atlantic City, Parx or SugarHouse in Philadelphia, or an existing Hard Rock casino in Florida, Iowa, Nevada and Ohio. Lower-tier level players may qualify for one complimentary night or, at a minimum, 25 percent off the prevailing rate. For a complete list of eligible players cards visit HardRockHotelAtlanticCity.com. To book a complimentary room, call 609-449-1000. Discounted rooms must be booked online.
The complimentary rooms are not totally free. Guests still will have to pay a $15 resort fee, plus other taxes and fees totaling $22.31 daily.
Self-parking is $10; valet, $15, but with unlimited in-and-out privileges each stay; however, all players cards which qualify for the complimentary room offer – in addition to M life Rewards Pearl, Total Rewards Platinum, Taj Mahal Executive and Tropicana Copper – also will get complimentary self-parking. Guests will pay at the garage entrance and get reimbursed in free play by taking the receipt to the Wild Card Services Desk.
In addition, once the casino opens, Hard Rock’s Wild Card Rewards player loyalty program will match the tier level from any of the competing casinos eligible for the room offer. Hard Rock’s Rewards program has three levels: Premier, Elite and Rock Royalty. The casino will determine which players card most closely matches these levels. Redeeming the hotel offer or signing up for a Rewards Card in advance of the casino’s opening will not exclude players from any new member promotions – including the tier match.
Hard Rock also will feature a Howie Mandel Comedy Club, 20 restaurants and bars, and a portion of the world’s largest collection of music memorabilia, including outfits worn by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and an autographed guitar from Jon Bon Jovi
Chips off the old block
Both $5 and $25 40th Anniversary chips are available all summer at any table game on the casino floor at Resorts Casino Hotel. Commemorative 40th Anniversary Star cards are available at the Promotions Booth.
Tropicana Atlantic City has brought back its Winning Ticket game with daily drawings and the chance to win $1 million. 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 that will randomly assign six numbers. A Zoom Ball machine in Palm Walk will conduct five drawings daily at 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, an extra drawing will be held at 11 p.m. Everyone who participates will have five chances to win daily, with prizes ranging from $25 in free slot play to a 40-year annuity worth $1 million.
Up in the air!
Through Sept. 8 Tropicana sponsors weekly fireworks on the beachfront in front of the casino. The shows last 10 minutes and take place every Saturday at 10 p.m. In addition, also through Sept. 8, Tropicana sponsors five daily Multimedia Light & Sound Shows beginning at dusk.
The ShopRite Ladies Professional Golfing Association Classic will be held June 4 to 10 at the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club. Visit ShopRiteLPGAClassic.com for complete information.
All hands on [The] Deck
The Deck Bayfront Bar & Restaurant at Golden Nugget opens June 14 with daily theme nights each week. On June 16, look for the British Invasion, a party honoring the sounds of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who, complete with traditional British fare.
Tropicana’s restaurants and bars will be offering seafood-related specials during its annual Seafood Week, June 17 to 23.
Tricks up their sleeves
Kevin & Caruso Magique: Grand Illusions returns to the Tropicana Showroom through Sept. 9 on select dates beginning June 24.
Tropicana is partnering with 48 Blocks Atlantic City to host free yoga sessions open to the public June 23 and 24 on the beach. Join LifeCenter Fitness’ health and fitness instructors from 9 to 10 a.m.
Keep on Food Truckin’
The Atlantic City Food Truck Festival will be held June 23 and 24 at The Claridge.Hotel. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Click here for more information.
Through Sept. 9 (select dates): Kevin & Caruso Magique: Grand Illusions, Tropicana
Through Sept. 9 (nightly): Multimedia Light & Sound Show, Tropicana
Through Sept. 8 (Saturdays): Fireworks, Tropicana
July 1: Sam Hunt and Kane Brown headline first summer BeachFest concert
July 1: Motor City Live – A Motown Tribute, Hard Rock
July 3 and 4: Howie Mandel, Hard Rock
July 5: Third Eye Blind, Hard Rock
July 5: Jon Lovitz, Hard Rock
July 6 and 7: Barry Manilow, Borgata
July 6: Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Tropicana
July 6: Kellie Pickler, Hard Rock
July 6: Theory of a Deadman, Harrah’s
July 6: Rubix Cube, Resorts
July 7: Michael Carbonaro, Borgata
July 7: Dick Fox’s Golden Boys, Golden Nugget
July 10 and 11: DougT Hypnosis Show, Hard Rock
July 12: Ted Nugent, Hard Rock
July 12 to 15: Fakefest, Golden Nugget
July 13 and 14: Florida Georgia Line, Hard Rock
July 14: Yes, Tropicana
July 14: Brad Garrett, Resorts
July 14: Kathleen Madigan, Borgata
July 14: Halsey, Borgata
July 14: Andrew Dice Clay, Harrah’s
July 15: Maroon 5, Hard Rock
July 15: Motor City Live – A Motown Tribute, Hard Rock
July 19 to 21: Britney Spears, Borgata
July 19: Boogie Wonder Band, Resorts
July 20 and 21: Human Nature, Borgata
July 20: Gavin DeGraw, Caesars
July 21: Gin Blossoms, Hard Rock
July 21: Chris Young, Hard Rock July 22: Motor City Live – A Motown Tribute, Hard Rock
July 22: Jeff Dunham, Borgata
July 24 to Sept. 2: Legends In Concert, Harrah’s
July 24: Prophets of Rage, Borgata
July 26: Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo and Rick Springfield, Hard Rock
July 26: Rascal Flatts: Back to Us Tour, Hard Rock
July 26: Demi Lovato and Lauv headline second summer BeachFest concert
July 27: A Thousand Horses, Hard Rock
July 27 and 28: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Hard Rock
July 27 and 28: Jerry Seinfeld, Borgata
July 28: My Big Gay Italian Christmas, Golden Nugget
July 28: Brit Floyd, Borgata
July 29: The Chainsmokers and Bazzi headline third summer BeachFest concert
July 29: Motor City Live – A Motown Tribute, Hard Rock
July 30: Camila Cabello, Borgata
July 31 to Aug. 2: Greg Hahn, Hard Rock
Here are other “insider” tips about what’s happening in Atlantic City’s casinos during June:
Bally’s Atlantic City
Bally’s is giving away a white Ford F-150 SuperCrew at 4 p.m. June 30. Receive one free entry daily and earn 5X entries on Thursdays in June. Activate entries June 30 between 10 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Earn 5X Slot Dollars playing with your M life Rewards card from 6 a.m. June 23 through 5:59 a.m. June 24.
Win the grand prize of a Hearts on Fire 18KW Copley Large Double Open Circle Necklace and 18KWG “Fulfillment” Round Cluster Flower Stud Earrings at 6 p.m. June 24. Insert your M life Rewards card into any slot machine or open any table games rating from noon to 5:30 p.m. for a chance to win. Other prizes will be awarded at 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m.
Every 15 minutes from noon to 7 p.m. June 30 and July 1 Borgata will award 1,500 Bonus Slot Dollars. Players need to insert their M life Rewards card into any slot machine or open any table games rating each day from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a chance to win.
Details on all promotions are available at the M life Rewards Center.
Borgata Comedy Club (check for dates in June), Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band (June 1 and 2), Dave Chappelle (June 1), Ledisi (June 2), The Righteous Brothers (June 9), Matisyahu (June 16), Mike Tyson – Undisputed Truth: Round 2 (June 23), Michael Che (June 29). For tickets visit TheBorgata.com or call (866) 900-4TIX (4849).
Caesars Atlantic City
Caesars is giving away a red Ford F-150 SuperCrew at 6 p.m. June 30. Receive one free entry daily and earn 5X entries on Thursdays in June. Activate entries June 30 between noon and 5:45 p.m.
Dirty Dancing (June 26 to July 1). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City
$10,000 Bingo Bonanza every Monday 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
2018 Porsche Panamera and Free Play Giveaway, 6 p.m. Sept. 2. Get one entry for every 25 base tier credits earned June 1 to Sept. 2. Earn 5X entries every Sunday and Tuesday. Activate entries between 3 and 5:59 p.m. Sept. 2. Must be present to win.
In addition, at 6 p.m. every Saturday in June, July and August 11 winners will be drawn randomly for a share of $11,000 in free play and a chance to be a finalist for the Porsche and free play drawing Sept. 2.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City is giving away $30,000 in restaurant comps to 120 players. The comp dollars will be accepted at more than 600 restaurants in 34 states – from Vic & Anthony’s and Chart House to Dos Caminos and Oceanaire. Through Sunday, July 8, for every 25 base tier credits players earn using their 24K Select card, they will get one entry – five times entries every Tuesday. Accumulated entries must be activated between noon and 6:59 p.m. on July 8. From 2 to 7 p.m. in the Golden Nugget’s Main Atrium 20 winners will be selected every hour. Participants must be present to win. For more information visit GoldenNugget.com.
For details on all promotions, visit the 24K Select Club.
Free self-parking continues.
Johnny Mathis (June 2). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City (opens June 28)
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. Must activate entries on Sept. 1 and be present to win. Details at the Wild Card Services Desk.
Carrie Underwood (June 29), Pitbull (June 30). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.
Harrah’s is giving away a blue Ford F-150 SuperCrew at 8 p.m. June 30. Receive one free entry daily and earn 5X entries on Thursdays in June. Activate entries June 30 between 2 and 7:45 p.m.
Duel of the Decades ’90s vs.Y2K (June 1), Brian McKnight (June 8), Tenors of Rock (June 12 to 19). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com or call (800) 736-1420.
Ocean Resort Casino (opens June 28)
Status Tier Match Program, June 28 to September 30th 2018. Some more information about the Ocean Premier Loyalty Program.
Resorts Casino Hotel
Win two show tickets, two buffets and a room at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut in one of five 6 p.m. drawings June 17, July 8, July 29, Aug. 19 and Sept. 2 at Resorts Casino Hotel. 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.
$35,000 Jackpot Sweepstakes, June 23. Potential eligible winners earned one entry for every taxable hand-paid jackpot through May 31.
Bingo, 8 p.m., June 28, 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.
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. June 30. 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.
Mark Preston (June 3, 6, 11, 14, 18-20, 25 and 27), The Orchestra (June 29). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster, the Resorts Box Office, or call (800) 745-3000.
Tropicana Atlantic City
Primal Men Male Revue (every Saturday at Boogie Nights), Tedeshi Trucks Band (June 2), Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat 63 Championship Mixed Martial Arts (June 8), Three Dog Night (June 9), Train (June 15), Boz Scaggs (June 16), Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot (June 22), Stephen Stills and Judy Collins (June 23), Kevin & Caruso Magique: Grand Illusions (opens June 24 and select dates through Sept, 9). 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.
“Pandas 3D” runs through June 30, “Solo: A Star Wars Story: An IMAX 3D Experience” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story: The IMAX Experience” run through June 14, “The Incredibles Double Feature In IMAX,” June 13, “Incredibles 2: The IMAX Experience,” June 14 to 23, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: The IMAX Experience,” June 21 to July 5. For show times and tickets, visit Tropicana IMAX-Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the IMAX Box Office, through Ticketmaster 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.