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2/23-25 Trip Report

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Upstate NY
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2/23-25 Trip Report

I took a Harrah's junket Sun-Tues to AC with my sister. My wife doesn't care for AC so she passed. If you are not familiar with the Caesars junkets, I will fill you in just a bit. The flight was a chartered plane that held about 120 and was filled except for 3 seats in first class. The plane had about 5 first class type rows and the 7* and Diamond passengers were given those. Boarding was done by tier status so my sister and I were among the first to board and were seated in 3A and B in both directions. The bags were checked here, and we never saw them again till they showed up in our room. We had a choice of either Bally's or Harrah's, and we chose Harrah's since we knew it would be too cold to walk the boardwalk. When we arrived at the hotel, it took less than 5 minutes and we had out room keys. We dropped our coats and carry on's in our rooms and headed down to play till the bags were delivered.

Harrah's is off the boardwalk in the harbor area, close to the Borgata. There were 2 buses waiting in AC one for each hotel. There were CET folks available in both Rochester and AC to help with directions and to answer any questions. The rooms were in the newer tower and were very nice. The hotel was not built all at once, so things are a bit spread out. Our tower was at the far end of the casino so everything was a bit of a hike.

The only downside to the trip was a lack of places to eat. There was no real coffee shop. Only a pastry type place that sold breakfast sandwiches along with a wide variety of pastries. We really wanted a sit down breakfast, but we settled for the buffet one day and the pastry shop the other. We wanted to eat lunch at the Mexican place on our last day, but it too was not open. Another reason to locate on the strip where it is easier to walk to a nearby hotel.

The big downside to AC for me is that none of the CET properties has a horse room. In fact the Borgata is the only place left that takes horse bets. Sports betting is not too far off, so maybe the horses will make a come back then. The Poker room on the other hand did a booming business, often having a waiting list for $2-4 seats. Since I kill several hours a day in the Vegas sportsbook, this was a big downer for me.

This is a big casino, on a scale with the larger Vegas properties. There is a wide variety of games, both slots and VP. A lot of VP carny games like STP, Utlimate X, and Multistrike. There were plenty of games available at every denomination from a nickel to $5. The pay tables were horrible and it was difficult to gain any kind of traction on any game. After the first day, I ended up playing a lot of blackjack to take up much of the day.

The casino is broken up into smoking and non smoking areas. There seemed to be more VP games available in the smoking areas, but I guess that makes sense. In fact they have a Diamond slot/VP area where you need to show a Diamond or 7* card to enter, and I was surprised to find it was a smoking area. I did play some in this area mostly because the cocktail service was exceptional.

It was a losing trip for both of us, but most of that is luck rather than the poor paytables. There were plenty of folks winning all over the place, it just wasn't our turn.

I have taken several of these junkets to other CET properties over the years and they are very well run. Getting a charted plane and a nice room for free is something usually reserved for much higher rollers than I am. I will probably take another AC junket in the future. The offer them nearly every month, but next time I want warmer weather and a boardwalk hotel.

Wayne, New Jersey
posts: 287
1. Re: 2/23-25 Trip Report

Yes - come back to NJ to swim in the Ocean.

Casinos...like pools...are pretty much all the same.

Catch a wave and you're sitting on top of the world !

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2. Re: 2/23-25 Trip Report

"Sports betting is not too far off"

When do you think Sportsbooks will be available in AC?

Upstate NY
posts: 301
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Who knows. I only know they want it..............

Brooklyn, New York
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Brutal time of year to make your AC pilgrimage even if staying inside, especially given this year's weather.

upstae ny
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reviews: 51
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Ive always wanted to try the junket. I always get offers for the Thursday-Saturday out of Albany. I am always hesitant to though cause I don't really gamble that much. Also, I usually have free rooms so I'm spending $199 to save a six hour drive. Sounds worth it but I usually split gas and drive time with at least a few people.... probably have to do it at least once just to say I took the "private" jet to the casino

Upstate NY
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Thanks for the comments. The only other downside I would mention is that the room did not have a safe. I use deposit/draw system, but it is nice to have the ability to store some cash safely in your room.....

Newport News
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7. Re: 2/23-25 Trip Report

Rick, Next time when you take the Harrah's junket, you can request switching to a room with a safe when checking in. I have asked to change room to different towers a few times with no question asked. My husband is a golf nut. Water Front tower is the only tower with Golf channel, so if any interesting golf tournament he wishes to watch, I just ask nicely if we could switch the room.

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