During a three day trip down to Atlantic City I heard tales about these low minimum bet tables down at the Atlantic Club. These stories really were not that unbelievable since it’s known as Atlantic City’s only locals casino. This fact alone was enough to get me nervous enough about the place. I lived and worked in this city for 2 years and know how rough the locals can be. Plus the location of the casino is at the very end of the boardwalk pretty much by itself. Now I have stopped by there before when it was The Hilton Casino which at the time was slowly dying away and all the once star drawing power had long ago left. During the time of my last visit the only visitors the old girl had was the elderly hoping to relive some of their memories.
The building itself was built in 1980 as the Golden Nugget by the future casino magnate Steve Wynn and venture capitalist, soon to be convicted of racketeering Michael Milken. Unfortunately soon after the casino control commission in New Jersey and Mr. Wynn had some high profile battles and he left to go back to transform Las Vegas to what it is today. Bally’s purchase the building and changed the name to Bally’s Grand Casino/Hotel in 1987. When Hilton purchased Bally’s, the build changed to its most famous name so far, The AC Hilton. During this time the experience was drawing in the biggest names of the entertainment industry and was doing great business, but business slowly started to decline. The initial reason for this decline was the opening of newer and hipper casinos on the other end of the boardwalk in addition to in the marina. This left the Hilton sitting with the also struggling Tropicana to slowly slip away. Then to put the final nail in the coffin was the general decline of the city attendance in the 2000s, which was due to the legalization of casino gambling in surrounding Pennsylvania and New York. Lastly the casino went on sale in March of 2011, but with its bad location and a very much outdated building there was no interested buyers in site. So the state came and instead of closing the property redeemed it to what it is today.
Now on this visited I expected to walk into much of the same. Just slightly polished up a bit and a bunch of new signs. Instead we stepped out of the cab into a very vibrant and happening front lobby. They were having a million dollar drawing, which had brought in the crowd. We made our way to the tables, which is the whole reason we came. They are rumored to be the cheapest in town and some have great bonus options. Well the rumors were true, the table limits were as low as $5 min bet, and this was a Friday night. The usual table limits higher up on the boardwalk or in the marina the limits start at $10 and go up on a Friday night. So my two buddies sat down at a 5x bonus craps table. And I left to explore the old casino. Cosmetically nothing had really changed. They have obviously changed all the signs, brought the technology where it should be, and cleaned up a hell of a lot. As for the building itself nothing has been added as in new hotel towers or floor space. Which means they have to draw guest with what they have. Since I was there late I didn’t try any of the food, but I did take a look at all the establishments and their menus. Every one of them looked good and the prices seemed to be quite fair. There are 2 bars, but one is a beach bar, which is obviously closed during the winter. All of the staff was very up beat and friendly with the exception of one cocktail waitress. She was greatly stressed out due to the business of the place. At the tables themselves the staff interacts great with the guest making it a fun experience all around. I stayed there till about 2 am and when I finally left it was still jam packed and pumping. I don’t know if this was a isolated experience or if it’s like this every night. If it is maybe the Atlantic Club isn’t going to die out just yet. Like I said I didn’t get to try any of the food, but I have to say this fat kid was happy and I definitely approve.
As always stay peckish my friends
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