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!