Atlantic City is one of the major resort destinations in America and although it often has to play second fiddle to its Nevadan counterpart, there are still plenty of reasons to visit the world’s famous playground.
The Borgata was part of a major redevelopment of the city in 1999 when billionaire entrepreneur Steve Wynn planned Le Jardin.
Wynn’s casino never saw the light of day, but the infrastructure including a tunnel leading right into the heart of the city went ahead paving the way for other casino resorts including the Borgata.
The Borgata was a joint venture between MGM Mirage and Boyd gaming and is the third tallest building in Atlantic City. The casino has 3,475 slots and 180+ gaming tables but it is best known for its poker.
In 2006 the establishment went through a $200 million refurbishment that installed the largest poker room in the city. Tournaments on a Friday have a guaranteed jackpot of $10,000 dollars.
Caesars is another casino for poker players, hosting as it does the world series of poker events.
Entry into the competition sits at $10,000. Last year the tournament was won by Scott Blumstein who scooped $8 million dollars for his buy in, or 800 times his stake.
If slots is more your scene you can play for as little as 1 cent or a $1,000 per spin.
The game tables include all the usual casino staples including blackjack, baccarat, roulette and craps.
The hotel offers a poker variation called Asian poker too, including rules from pai gow which includes the use of the joker. Caesars also offers daily coaching sessions if you really want to hone your skills.
Close to the Borgata is Harrah’s resort casino, the flagship casino of the Harrah brand.
There is over 175,000 foot of gaming space hosting 2,600 slot machines of all kinds including progressive slots.
Atlantic City video poker at the casino provides all the strategy and fun of a poker game, but can be played at your own pace, offering the chance to have a more sedentary experience. For poker players there are 40 tables starting at a modest $1-2.
Keno games at this casino pay out a maximum of £250,000.
Bally’s Wild Wild West
Bally’s Wild Wild West might seem like a strange name for a casino on the east coast, but don’t expect perfect logic here.
You can play a huge range of poker games at the casino including 3 card, 4 card, Mississippi stud, Caribbean stud, Texas hold’em and ultimate hold’em.
In addition to this there is Spanish 21 which is a variation on blackjack in which the player’s 21 always beats the dealer.
If the gambling gets too much for you head to the saloon, where you can get yourself a drink or two cowboy.
The Golden Nugget is a casino on the marina offering 74,252 sq ft of quality gambling experience.
It also has a nightclub, a theatre, a spa and 7 restaurants. If that sounds good you can even book yourself into one of the 728 rooms the resort casino has available.
Performers at the Golden Nugget have included Prince, Sting, Steve Martin, Ray Charles, Billy Crystal, Air Supply and Aretha Franklin. The casino was previously run by one Donald J Trump but was sold to Landry.
The casino underwent a $200 million refurbishment in 2011, keeping the Golden Nugget one of the finest casinos in Atlantic City.
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