Electronic Craps table

Atlantic City’s first fully-automated electronic craps game is now available for play exclusively at Bally’s Atlantic City’s Wild Wild West. Manufactured by Interblock, the same company that introduced electronic roulette and other games, the table can accommodate up to eight players at one time.

Initially, play is similar to any slot or video poker machine. Players load credits by inserting currency or a ticket from another machine in the casino, choose the denomination they wish to play, and select the amount they want to wager on the game.

A touch screen displays each separate bet, the cumulative total of the bets for that round and any available credits.

When the time to place bets is up, the “floor” on which two large dice sit under a glass dome in the center of the table begins to shake, tossing the dice for a pre-determined time. Once the dice land flat, radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology “reads” the values on the dice, calculates any payments based on the pay table and awards winning wagers.

RFID uses electromagnetic fields to identify and automatically track electronically stored data attached to the dice.

Family arcade closes

The 18Karat Club family arcade at Golden Nugget Atlantic City has closed. Anyone who has vouchers or tickets from the arcade can redeem them at the arcades either in Harrah’s Resort or Tropicana Atlantic City.

Lounge, buffet admission to increase

Admission to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Amphora Lounge for Black Label cardholders will increase from $10 to $12.50 per person, effective March 1. And, while Black Label cardholders can continue to enjoy breakfast at the Borgata Buffet for $10, brunch, lunch and dinner will increase to $12.50. No cash is accepted, only comp dollars, and admission to the lounge and Buffet is limited to the cardholder and one guest.

Ask Mr. AC Casino

Q. I stayed in this room at Caesars Atlantic City. What’s the story on the plaque?

A. According to Caesars' Regional Public Relations Director Noel Stevenson, “When we did the Atlantic City premiere of 'Boardwalk Empire' [in 2010], we had all the stars of the show stay on property, and we did several large sweepstakes where special prizes and packages were given away, in addition to VIP packages that could be purchased by our customers. Those suites were named after a character from the series, and (our customer’s) name was personalized on the door.”

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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