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Double Down in Atlantic City

An August 2003 trip to Atlantic City by Jenn126

The Boardwalk Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey More Photos
Quote: Atlantic City is a small one by the sea that offers something for everyone. But . . . if you're a casino maniac like I am, you just might have more fun.

Double Down in Atlantic City

Overview

The Boardwalk Photo, Atlantic City, New Jersey
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If I'm not at the blackjack, poker, roulette, or sic bo table, I'm usually at the ATM getting out more money so that I can be back at one of those tables momentarily. There is a whole lotta casino in Atlantic City, but I have to admit, the boardwalk and the beach make me just as happy. There's also the Boardwalk Mall, Ripley's Believe it Or Not Museum, and the Amusement Park Pier to enjoy. Quick Tips: If you plan to spend some time (and money for that matter) in the casinos, sign up for a comp card in every casino. Most casinos have a comp center and will give you cards that you give to casino managers or the slots when you play. The casino will keep track of how much you play and reward...Read More

Borgata

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Hotel

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The gold mirrored exterior could blind you on your ride to the marina side of Atlantic City. Inside, the Borgata is a veritable Vegas: huge casino, shops and Starbucks, and a huge check in line. Who could ask for more? In actuality, the Borgota is a very nice hotel. On weekends (especially in the summer) there will be a huge check-in line. To combat this, the Borgota has a fairly large check-in desk with room for more than ten agents. The Borgota also features performance artists dressed as marble statues who stand in lobby areas pretending to be still, and then will move and startle unsuspecting passers-by. If you're lucky this will be going on while you're waiting to check in and you can...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 25, 2003

Borgata
One Borgata Way
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 317-1000

Capriccio

Restaurant | "Capriccio's"

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I'm striding through the restaurant where murals of ancient Italy sing out from the walls. At Capriccio's, it is elegance all the way. A host or hostess will seat you at your table and place your napkin on your lap for you. Patrons can sit at regular tables, but a lucky few will get an ocean view round booth, where you can gaze at the Atlantic and pretend it is the Arno or the Tiber as you dine. There is also outdoor seating available for those who want to watch the goings on of the boardwalk below. The menu is extensive. There are many different kinds of pasta, carne (meat), and of course, an amazing array of fresh catches. It's easy to forget you're in New Jersey with such a combination of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2003

Capriccio
1133 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 340-6457

Animations Coffee Shop

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Restaurant

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This is much more than a coffee shop, in fact it's a great restaurant for families, couples, groups of friends, or whomever to dine in when they need a break from gambling. Animations is located in Bally's Park Place—not far from the poker room. This dining establishment is open 24 hours a day, so no matter what time you shake yourself from the tables, you can head up here for a bite to eat.Animations is decorated with rainbow metal sculptures of animals, cool but not overdone or overwhelming. During peak dining hours you may need to wait a little while for a table, but this is typical in Atlantic City, and your wait probably won't exceed 30 minutes. Inside, the menu is fun. Have ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

Animations Coffee Shop
Bally's Atlantic City
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 340-2000

Steel Pier Amusements

Attraction | "Steel Pier"

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I like the Steel Pier. Even though I'm old enough to gamble, the pier still has enough appeal to pull me out of the casino and out into the sunshine. At the entrance, food stands sell everything from funnel cake to popcorn to cotton candy to ice cream. Enjoy. You've earned it. The entrance is lined with games of chance...water race games, knock over the milk bottles with a baseball, get a softball in the basket, nearly every one you've ever seen. The prizes are pretty good, but beware of game vendors who will try to convince you to keep playing, will promise you prizes no matter what as long as you try and try again. If you don't win, you will probably end up with a stuffed animal the siz...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2003

Steel Pier Amusements
1000 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 345-4893

Bally's Wild Wild West Casino

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Attraction

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The Wild Wild West casino at Bally's is just fun. First of all, outside on the boardwalk the exterior is done in old Western America fashion, but in the brightest boldest colors you could imagine. Every color in the rainbow, too. Inside, the lobby off of the boarwalk is a scene from back in time. Red dusty mountains surround you, and overhead there's a sky and clouds that move like the real ones do. In front of you, you'll find a goldigger, talking and moving, panning for gold in a little river in front of him. (He's mechanical, as is his companion, a whinnying donkey.) He'll talk to you as he waves his pan around, and spectators will often try to toss pennies into it (I've succeeded quite...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 25, 2003

Bally's Wild Wild West Casino
1901 Boardwalk
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
(609) 340-2000

Craps

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Story/Tip

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When in Atlantic City, the main focus is on gambling in the casinos, especially if it is winter and there is not much to do on the Boardwalk. While in the casino, you may want to try your hand at Craps, which is definitely one of the most fun games you could ever play in a Casino.What makes Craps different from the other games (and more fun) is that it's a group effort. Everyone at the table is playing off the same dice roll, so the majority of the players will want the same number to come out, depending on how they are betting. Craps can get expensive quickly, so if you are playing on a $10 limit table, I suggest buying in for at least $100.The first thing you do is ante up. In t...Read More

Poker

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Story/Tip

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Poker, Texas Hold Em in particular, seems to be an up and coming game in casinos. In Atlantic City there are a couple of places to play poker. Trump's Taj Mahal has a fairly big poker room, with limit and no limit hold em, as well as other poker games. Bally's also has a poker room and of course, the Borgata does too.If you've never played poker in a casino before, your first time can feel a little threatening. You may want to watch a table for a little while before sitting down to play, that way you can get a feel for the betting and the players. Casino poker can go pretty fast, so it's important to have the basics down before you sit at a table to play.The good thing about playin...Read More