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My wife and I got back from our vacation to Atlantic City/New York City on Sunday. It was an amazing experience, and I hit several casinos in Atlantic City. Here is my ranking of the best casinos that I saw while I was out there.
Caesars: Awesome atmosphere, clean and had a great selection of games. The whole place just oozed class, and was a sight to be seen for sure.
The Borgata: If I was given one word to describe The Borgata it would be this: Luxury. The place feels like you are in a VERY high class shopping mall. It was odd seeing the casino only on one floor, but the floorplan was huge and the food was delicious.
Harrah's: Very neat building, with almost a tv like screen scaling the entire building. It was awesome gambling there, and I even did some horse racing. Downside was the food, which was expensive and not very tasty. I had the Mexican cuisine and was not impressed; I get better food at my local digs.
Bally's: Connected to the Wild Wild West and Caesars Casinos, Bally's was nicely laid out. Nothing really special that stood out, but just nicely laid out. I dug it.
The worst casinos were:
Resorts: Don't get me wrong, the casino was decent. I think the layout was a little bit 1970's and just nothing special. Combine that with expensive drinks and nothing all that fun to do and I was back on the boardwalk looking for other spots to hit.
Anything Trump: The Taj Mahal, was tacky. Trump Plaza was the same, reeked of smoke (I know you can smoke in other casinos too, but theirs did not smell) and just said to me "I need a renovation".
Anyone else been to Atlantic City? What did you think?
Sounds like awesome fun. Got any photos?
Also we've been reading for the last 18 months or so that the casinos are making less and less money in Atlantic City. Did you get that impression? Were they giving away comps like candy?
But the most important thing we want to know is did you have a win?
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I got lotsa photos, some are attached here.
I have heard Atlantic City is losing out too, but you couldn't tell by being there. Table games were very expensive to play, but they did offer $2 black jack with a .25 rake (rip off if you ask me). The rake went up to $10 bets too, so even if you played $10 minimum, you are still paying a rake.
Comps weren't really being thrown out. The biggest thing I saw was cheap drinks and food. I won really big...$2.80 on horse racing, but otherwise saw my money go out the window. I had fun though, and that is what matters.
The World Trade Center site in NYC was also amazing. I took a subway under the river from New Jersey and started walking up the steps. I knew I was close to Ground Zero, but as I started seeing daylight I could see people with cameras out. When I popped my head out of the station I looked left and saw the new Freedom Tower they are building, which will top out at 1,776 feet. Its freaking huge and only at around 75 floors right now. Culturally, that is probably the most significant thing I think I have ever seen. Everyone knows 9/11 was big, but unless you go to the site and see the area that is gone you will have no idea (and even I probably have no understanding compared to the people that witnessed it live...you can tell when people recall it to you).
Atlantic City Beach
Atlantic City Boardwalk with 3 casinos in frame
Me on the beach (hope it doesn't crack your screen)
The inside of Caesars
Freedom Tower (New WTC 1)
Plaque of Globe
Rake on blackjack is ugly. I'm not sure which is worse - rake or 6:5 blackjack payouts. Probably rake.
Nice photos. The inside of Caesar's looks incredible.
I've been to New York and visited the TWC site a few years ago now. At the time it was basically a big hole in the ground with the beginnings of a construction site. It was a strange and understandably sad place, eerily quiet with people not saying much.
Times Square is something else isn't it? Especially at night when its all lit up.
Woow great Photos, I've never been to NY sadly, but I can imagine how great the casinos there are,, the Caesars is just incredible from your pic!
Atlantic City is the best place for casino's game lovers,few days ago I'd visited there and played in casino,unluckily I can't win but enjoyed the games very much.
Which casinos did you go to anurag? I heard they just opened a new one out there, and I would love to know how it was.
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