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Monday, April 6, 2009

Showboat Orleans Tower Room 1596 (1/2009)

Pictures from Showboat Atlantic City Orleans Tower Room 1596, January 9-10, 2009.



































Atlantic City Sports Comings and Goings

Some good and bad news over the past few weeks on the Atlantic City sports scene. Let's start with the bad news.

Pinky Kravitz's column in Atlantic City Weekly discussed the end of operations for the Atlantic City Surf. There was speculation that the team may not return this summer, but the team's official word had been that they would start their season as scheduled. The team's web site says nothing about this, though that is most likely because the team's web site, http://www.acsurf.com/, doesn't appear to exist any longer.

On a more positive note, a March 24, 2009 press release from the ACCVA announces, "The Atlantic 10 Conference will hold its 2010, 2011 and 2012 men's basketball championships at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J." The tournament will have a slightly different structure than in years past, with the semifinals moved from Friday to Saturday and the championship game to be held on Sunday afternoon. The dates for the 2010 event will be March 12-14. Beyond next year, 2011 event will be held March 11-13 and the games will be 9-11. Additional opening round games will be moved to on-campus sites.

Boardwalk Hall is promoting the "Brawl In The Hall", featuring Philadelphia light middleweight Derek “Pooh” Ennis against Baltimore’s Ismail “The Arsenal” Arvin and others on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $55, $45, $35, and $20.

Atlantic City is also proud that ForbesTraveler.com selected Atlantic City as one of the Top Ten Golf Cities in North America. See the ACCVA press release for more about this. For some reason, the ForbesTraveler.com web site does not easily reveal the article that made this announcement, though some have suggested that the address http://www.forbestraveler.com/golf/best-golf-cities-us-slide.html might display a "slide show" of the chosen cities.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Online Resources from Casinos

Atlantic City is starting to get on the "web 2.0" trend and use some of the social networking web sites to connect with customers. It remains to be seen how useful this will be, but since a few Las Vegas casinos (Rio Las Vegas and MGM Grand jump to mind) are already sending out offers via text messaging, then it would seem that it could only help customers to sign up for updates from these services.

There are probably more resources out there, but here are a few that we have heard about recently.

Tropicana

Trump Casinos

Atlantic City Promos

Each casino has their own strategy for dealing with falling revenues, but some are increasing their promotional efforts. This is an incomplete list of deals and promotions, but should give folks an idea of some things they can take advantage of.


Bally's
  • Johnny Rocket's, 10% off check - AC Weekly coupon

Caesars
  • Pier Shops, Friday 9pm-Midnight Happier Hour - $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer at Buddakan, The Continental, Game On!, Phillips Seafood, Sonsie, Souzai Sushi & Sake, The Trinity Irish Pub & Carvery

Showboat
  • House of Blues , $4 Hurricanes on Saturdays in April/May - if you buy $8 souvenir glass


Tropicana
  • $50 Free Play - Show premium slot club card from another property
  • Comedy Club, 2 for 1 (Sunday - Thursday) - AC Weekly coupon

Trump Marina
  • $100 Free Play - New Members Only, must play 30 minutes, $50 on first day, $50 on future visit

Trump Plaza
  • $100 Free Play - New Members Only, must play 30 minutes, $50 on first day, $50 on future visit

Trump Taj Mahal
  • $100 Free Play - New Members Only, must play 30 minutes, $50 on first day, $50 on future visit

Atlantic City Can't Catch a Break

Revenues are falling in Atlantic City. Customers are gambling less frequently, competition from Pennsylvania has hurt, and poorly managing the proposed smoking ban contributed to that problem, but sometimes a casino just has bad luck. I noticed this over the weekend.