Around the 1950's it was suspected that most of the cigar stores in the city were simply fronts for bookies, and those people operated despite the anti-gambling laws. Slot games were also popular just past this time period, though blackjack won out until the 1960's. Casinos in Atlantic City were re-established in the 70's and by the early 90's poker rooms became part of the casino world in the city. Viewing horse racing events from a remote location also became far more popular and was legalized in Atlantic City in 1993. Atlantic City today is booming and almost as popular as Las Vegas.
While it may not have as many mega style casinos like the Vegas Strip, there are many hot-spots to check out that are closer to home for many people in this area of the Country.
Visitors will also appreciate the level of entertainment that's offered here and the fact that Atlantic City is such a great destination spot! The Boardwalk of Atlantic City is much like the Las Vegas strip. Atlantic City offers visitors 11 casino resorts and each one has its own style and ambiance personality! Check them all out below.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa - The Borgata is a luxury resort that separates itself from the rest of Atlantic City entertainment venues literally by location and stylistically by their unique offering. The resort features gourmet and casual restaurants, lounges, retail shops, a theater and a 54,000 square foot European-style spa. The Water Club is a Signature Hotel by Borgata that offers 800 guest rooms and suites; F & B service by chef Geoffrey Zakarian, a 36,000 square foot spa, 18,000 square feet of meeting space, 6 designer retail boutiques and 5 heated indoor and outdoor pools! Read Entire Review
Tropicana Casino and Resort – This great resort is just like one of the offerings in Las Vegas, and it's made an equally big splash in Atlantic City. It offers entertainment lounges as well as a complete casino with fantastic accommodations. Both outdoor and indoor swimming pools and a health club are available. "The Quarter" features 200,000 square feet of dining, entertainment, retail shops and a spa & the areas only IMAX Theatre.
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Caesars Atlantic City Casino – From the outside, Caesars AC may not look as wild as the Las Vegas version but the brand brings the same fabulous experience and casino! Caesars Atlantic City offers both gourmet and casual restaurants, retail shops, Qua Baths & Spa and an outdoor swimming pool. The Pier Shops at Caesars is a 464,000 square foot area of unique retail shops built on a 900 foot pier on the Ocean.
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Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort – A world of pleasure and excitement await you at this Five Star Award-Winner in Atlantic City. The Trump Taj Mahal offers gourmet and casual restaurants, a 5,000 seat showroom, retail, salon, spa, lounges and a nightclub. From fun and hip or elegant and decadent, you're sure to find what you are looking for in this resort destination! Read Entire Review
Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino - Towering 39 stories above the world-famous Boardwalk, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey always delivers a first-class experience, filled with unsurpassed luxury, entertainment and excitement. This Casino Resort features gourmet and casual restaurants, a theater, salon and spa, retail, lounges and an in-season beach bar. Over 95,000 square feet of casino space that offers 2,318 slot machines, 91 table games and 906 guest rooms. Read Complete Review
Golden Nugget Casino Resort - Formally known as the Trump Marina Casino Resort, the New Golden Nugget is now back in town and while a complete renovation is currently in progress it still offers its visitors both gourmet and casual dining, showrooms, nightclubs and retail shops. The adjacent Farley Marina features 640-boat slips that are capable of berthing boats from under 20 feet to over 300 feet in length.
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Bally's Casino Resort – Right in the heart of the Atlantic City Boardwalk, this is a host spot! Over 80,000 square feet of casino floor space is available to guests in three unique casino themes: the Claridge Casino, the Wild Wild West Casino and Bally's main casino area. Over 3,800 slot machines, 200 table games and 1,747 guest rooms! Bally's Atlantic City offers restaurants, an in-season beach bar, retail shops, a theater and a huge spa with fitness center and indoor swimming pool. Read Complete Review
Showboat Casino Resort – Located right on the Boardwalk, The Showboat is known in Atlantic City as the "Mardi Gras Casino" as it is themed. Also part of the Caesars Entertainment Group, the casino also features the 10th location of the "House of Blues" which is located on the Boardwalk side of the Showboat. At Showboat Atlantic City they will roll out the red carpet for your traveling dog friends, with the launch of PetStay, Atlantic City's First pet-friendly Casino hotel program. Read Complete Review
Resorts Atlantic City Casino - This was the first casino in Atlantic City, and while it's been spruced up, it's still in operation today! Resorts Atlantic City features over a 100,000 square feet of casino space, 2,500 slot machines, over 80 table games and a simulcast room. Both gourmet and casual restaurants, a Superstar Theater, two lounges, a Boogie Nights dance club, retail shops and a health spa with an indoor/outdoor swimming pool are available to guests. Read Complete Review
Harrah's Resort and Casino – Another destination of Caesars Entertainment that's in Atlantic City as well as Vegas, bringing the best to casino players on both sides of the world. Harrah's Resort features gourmet and casual restaurants, lounges, retail shops, a fitness center, an indoor swimming pool and a Concert Venue. The casino offers up 3,800 slot machines, 84 table games and a 40-table poker room. A keno parlor and 175,000 square feet of casino space! Read Complete Review
When you visit Atlantic City, remember that it does have a long, interesting history. Often it's assumed that AC is just a mock-up version of Las Vegas and realistically, it's been around just as long!