Darryl McEwen

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Several Atlantic City casinos will honor veterans with special offers on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

All offers require a valid ID and, in some cases, a players card. Visit each casino’s player loyalty club for details.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will offer free self-parking to veterans, as well as a free buffet.

Golden Nugget Atlantic City will give veterans a 20 percent discount at any of the following shops: Cool Jeans, d’Oro, Essentials, Nineteen Forty-Six, Signature, Style & Trend and TINT.

At Resorts Casino Hotel, veterans and active-duty military get complimentary valet parking. Veterans who sign-up for a Star card will get $25 in free play.

From 2 to 10 p.m. Star cardholders could win $1,100 in slot cash every 15 minutes. Winners who are veterans get an additional $100 in slot cash.

Dunkin’ Donuts will give veterans free coffee and a donut from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Breadsticks Café and Grill will give a 20 percent discount.

At Tropicana Atlantic City veterans and active-duty military can buy one, get one free at the Fiesta Buffet, enjoy free admission into Boogie Nights, and save 15 percent off rack rate at the hotel.

Visitors to the Tropicana also will see green when Tropicana lights the cupola at the top of the Havana Tower and its fountains within The Quarter.

‘The Casino Trap’

How ironic! As casinos in Atlantic City install skill-based gaming to introduce millennials to gambling, more than 4 million older Americans may have a “gambling problem,” according to an article in last month’s AARP Bulletin.

“The Casino Trap” chronicles several examples of seniors who lost thousands of dollars — in some cases, their life savings — by getting hooked on slot machines.

Of the 101 million visitors to American casinos in 2014, nearly half were 50 or older, according to the latest data.

Older adults are “an especially desirable demographic” for the gaming industry, the article claims, because they tend to gamble during off-peak hours. Plus, they have disposable income that millennials don’t.

And, according to some doctors, many seniors have declining cognitive skills that could leave them particularly vulnerable to the appeal of casinos.

In addition, for lonely seniors, casinos provide a place where they can make friends and feel special — especially if their play qualifies them for free meals, drinks, rooms and maybe even the services of a host.

Recreational gambler Darryl D. McEwen, a former professional journalist, is president of his own consulting firm that manages several small national and international trade associations, and provides public relations and fundraising services for a number of charitable organizations. Have a comment on this or a question specifically related to an Atlantic City casino, players club or other promotion? Email Darryl at MrACCasino@gmail.com and he’ll try to respond to you personally. Your question — without your name — may appear in a future column.

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