Atlantic City casino guide: Ten great places to play

Which Atlantic City casino is right for you? Find the best place to try your luck, no matter what your game.

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  • Borgata

  • Caesars Atlantic City

  • Photograph: Courtesy of Revel Resorts

    Revel

  • Tropicana

Borgata


Even if you’ve just come to town off the back of season three of Boardwalk Empire, you’ll want to roll the metaphorical dice at least once. Whether you’re a high roller or slots are more your speed, there’s an Atlantic City casino to suit your gaming needs. Poker players will want to check out the Borgata, those with a fistful of pennies should hunker down at the Atlantic Club and social butterflies should pal up to the stylish new kid on the block, Revel.

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The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel
This affordable spot favors low-limit denominations—70 percent of its slot machines are penny slots—but it doesn’t skimp on comfort. In May, the hotel debuted a new casino floor featuring ergonomic, adjustable chairs in the slot-machine and table-game areas. Boston Ave at Boardwalk (609-347-7111, atlanticclubcasino.com)

Borgata
Sure, it’s got 3,475 slot machines and 180-plus game tables, but serious players come here with one thing on their minds: poker. The 85-table poker room (the biggest in Atlantic City) hosts daily tournaments, with buy-ins as little as $40 and pots as big as $30,000. 1 Borgata Way at Huron Ave (609-317-1000, theborgata.com)

Caesars Atlantic City
Slots give poker a run for its money as the  most popular game here. But the casino is home to World Series of Poker circuit events and to Three Card Poker Six Card Bonus, a nontraditional table game that is popular for its low minimums and high payouts (Caesars has toasted two $1 million winners already). The 145,000-square-foot casino offers 145 game tables with the highest limits in the city. 2100 Pacific Ave at N Arkansas Ave (609-348-4411, caesarsac.com)

Golden Nugget
Harrah’s bayside neighbor devotes considerable space in its 70,000-square-foot casino to table games—blackjack, craps, roulette, mini baccarat and more than half a dozen kinds of poker. Even if you don’t win big, you can snap a souvenir pic with the 61-pound 11-ounce Hand of Faith, the world’s largest golden nugget, which is on loan from the casino’s Las Vegas location. Huron Ave at Brigantine Blvd (609-441-2000, goldennugget.com)

Harrah’s Resort
If slots are more your speed, head to this gambling den—or should we say cave? There’s 175,000 square feet of gaming space with more than 2,600 machines. It’s just as well, since Harrah’s is situated in the Marina District, away from the Boardwalk. 777 Harrah’s Blvd between Harrah’s Baywalk and Renaissance Point Blvd (609-441-5000, harrahsresort.com)

Resorts Casino Hotel
A.C.’s first casino, Resorts kicked off the new era of gaming in 1978. These days, it has more than 1,800 slots, including high-limit machines (up to $100) in the Hollywood Hills area, and 75 table games. 1133 Boardwalk at Danny Thomas Blvd (609-344-6000, www.resortsac.com)

Revel
Most casinos are darkened dens where you have no sense of time, but this recent addition is revolutionizing the A.C. gaming scene by lining its smoke-free 130,000-square-foot casino with floor-to-ceiling windows. The theatrical space—courtesy of performing-arts design firm Scéno Plus—features more than 2,000 slot machines, nearly 100 game tables and a high-stakes poker room. 500 Boardwalk between
S Metropolitan and S New Jersey Aves (855-348-0500, revelresorts.com)


Showboat
This resort invokes the spirited fun of the Big Easy, with “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”) as its official mantra. And roll they do in Showboat’s casino, which has more than 80 game tables and 2,600 slots. They rock, too: A free House of Blues Party Pit on the gaming floor offers live music and DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. 801 Boardwalk between S States and S New Jersey Aves (609-343-4000, showboatac.com)

Tropicana
Readers of Casino Player magazine have shown some serious love for this joint, naming it A.C.’s luckiest casino on more than one occasion. Offerings consist of 130 tables and more than 2,600 slot machines, organized by price point (e.g., Red Hot Nickels, Pennies in Heaven) over two floors. 2831 Boardwalk between S Brighton and S Iowa Aves (800-345-8767, tropicana.net)

Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino
Smack-dab in the middle of the Boardwalk, Trump Plaza puts the emphasis on courteous service—even when you’re in the midst of a heated head-to-head encounter with one of the casino’s 2,165 slot machines, which are often touted as some of the loosest in the city. 2500 Boardwalk at S Mississippi Ave (609-441-6000, trumpplaza.com)


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