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Pandemonium (a/k/a trip report)

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Pandemonium (a/k/a trip report)

HI All - just back from an overnighter at Showboat. I have NEVER seen the place so out of control and crowded as it was yesterday afternoon. In fact, at one point they had the entire garage AND valet parking access closed and blocked by ACPD. For a moment, I thought it was a crime scene or maybe they had a jumper.

Trip began pleasantly enough - I was taking my friend Nat for her birthday. We arrived in AC around 1 pm but decided it was probably too early to check in, being that it was a Sunday. So I dropped her at the Hilton to pick up some cash, and I drove the car to Bally's to get my free shirt. As soon as I entered Bally's deck I knew something was up. I had to park on the roof - and barely got a space at that. Made my way to the shirt line which looked awful but really wasn't that bad - maybe 10 minutes and thankfully they had enough shirts. Went to Goldtooth Gertie's for a cup of Joe and a bear claw, then over to the Total Rewards Store at the Pier to get Jim an iPod Nano for his birthday with my reward credits. Worked out fine, and nice to have something tangible for all my play. Met up with Nat at 3pm and we drove down Pacific Avenue to Showboat. When we approached the Taj, it was absolute gridlock. Nothing moved or could move through 6 light changes, then we started to inch along when we saw the ACPD had blocked off the entire entranceway. Crawled around to the surface lot and got one of the very last spaces remaining. Lugged our stuff to VIP check in (it was now 4 pm) only to be told my room wouldn't be ready until 5 pm (mind you - this is just a plain vanilla room). Nat decides to go get her slow cooker. The guy at VIP check in says he's heard the line is 2 1/2 hours long (no kidding!) Nat checks it out and decides to try the line later on. We have an hour to kill so we camp out on the boardwalk until 5 - room is still not ready but I insist on getting the keys anyway. We go up and maid is just finishing. Park the bags and Nat heads down to try for the cooker. Line takes only an hour :). I go to Taj for the waffle maker, play my usual 1/2 hour one nickel at a time, get the waffle maker and head back to the room. The Taj is not busy. Showboat is a zoo. We decide to crash in the room for awhile before heading to the Mansion for dinner. Good meal, not crowded but slow service - seemed like there wasn't enough staff on duty. Nat hits the sack at 9:30 and I go to the casino. It's still busy but a lot of the crowd apparently got their slow cookers and got out of Dodge. I decide to move my car into the deck, then started playing around 10 pm. Hit a royal flush no deuces at 10:30, put the money in the room safe and resumed playing. No other great hits but came home with my stake intact plus the 4G for the RF. Got to bed at 3:30 just as Nat was getting up to play. She returned to wake me at 11, we checked out and went to the French Quarter Buffet. Again, a mob scene. I swear there must have been 300 people in line - free coupons bring them all out. After lunch we went to Caesar's to pick up cash, then over to Borgata for their special offer. I had been given a Black Label a couple of years ago which expired. I heard that if you show them your Diamond or better card, they'll upgrade you again, plus give you $100 slot dollars and a food and room comp. The woman behind the desk was cheerful and efficient. I turned my free slot dollars in a couple of hundred bucks for me on the Double Diamond Deluxe machine (Iwas too tired to play VP). We left AC at 4 and made it home with no traffic.

I had no idea when I booked this trip that it would be so awfully busy. The Borgata lady said it was mostly people from MD and DC who had off today. Since I'm not fond of huge crowds I wouldn't do this again. We had fun notwithstanding!

ACMama

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1. Re: Pandemonium (a/k/a trip report)

Glad you had fun. I actually decided at the last minute to go too, but I was staying at Ballys.

I had the same experience you did - I parked on the roof! You didn't happen to notice a red convertable camaro did you? lol

Ballys was a total zoo too. I decided Saturday night I was going to drive up Sunday for an overnight because I was off work today. STUPID ME did not even think "yes, and so will everyone else". lol Was shocked by how busy it was!

I went to Showboat that night and played at the HOB bar. The crowds had died down a bit by then tho.

I got really lucky with check in. About 4000000 gold card guest in line, but I happened to walk up when no diamond and no other Platinum guests were waiting so I got helped immediately. I got there around 3p and had to wait til 4p for my room to be ready.

Anyway, congrats on your royal, I'll do my report tomorrow! :-)

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I have to admit I have never seen MLK day so busy before. Gee, I am sure glad that we did not experience any of the parking or driving problems you did. Our party went around 9:30pm Sunday and HOB was not overly busy [managed to get the cocktail waitress to visit 3x - this was a rare occurence, more rare than me hitting $ on the slots], hit $75 on a 'triple 7s' slot and played for 3 hours, walked +$50. If you can find the slots/VP you like in HOB, I suggest trying the HOB when Showboat is busy as it tends to be less crowded.

[ps. witnessed the hundreds of people crowding the entrance to the buffet around 1pm - we were not seeking to eat, luckily, just seeking to walk past and we could not get past it, we had to turn back and go back down the escalators]

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Wow - too funny we were all in the same building but didn't meet up. Too bad, I would have liked to!

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ACmama & ambrva [and the core group that posts here] :

I am going to Showboat on Fri as the platinum member is receiving a free gift. I did notice on a poster in Showboat that all the bars in Showboat [including the HOB bar] offer half-off happy hour 5-7pm - it did not exclude weekends on the poster, it only said Happy Hour, half off, 5-7pm - we shall see if the offer is good for weekends as well. The usual price is $5 for 22oz draught, so this SHOULD make them $2.50 [sorry I haven't drank anything except draught beer there, so do not know other drink prices]. I have obigations this week in AC other than casinos, but hope to visit the bar at HOB all this week for HH until Monday. Perhaps some of you will be in AC again over the weekend? Happy Birthday ambrva [again]. Since we all [the core group that posts here] may be in the same place at the same time again I posted a pic of myself under 'my photos' in my profile [it should show up in a few hours]. I have never met anyone at this site, but am sure we all have been in the same place at the same time more than once and are blind to the person playing next to us could be someone we chatted/posted with. Do you think posting my pic is not advisable? Not sure what to do, other than wearing a 'trip advisor' name tag. BTW, I will not have internet access until Monday, so cannot respond to your posts.

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Your report made me very dizzy LOL from all the travelling. Too hectic for me as i am probably getting too old & lazy . Thx god you have the energy and especially patience for all of this. Thats whats so nice about AC as you can sit put & just relax at your Hotel / Casino or you can bounce around all day or night.

Glad You Had A Good Time & Nice Hit On The ROYAL!!!

CHEERS !!!!!!

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ACMama... You and moneywho and mrs. moneywho on the same schedule or something? So many casinos to do, so little time to do them! lol

Seriously, glad you had a good time. Really hope we (and the rest of the core group) can meet up in the future. I promise not to be a Black Cloud! lol

Way to go on that royal; just make sure you don't start thinking the Indian casinos are going to give you one... <grin>

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