Darryl McEwen

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With the start of the Memorial Day Weekend Friday, May 26, look for lots of openings, promotions and other activities.

Bally’s Atlantic City kicks things off at noon that day by opening its Beach Bar.

Later that afternoon Resorts Casino Hotel will host its annual 5 O’clock Beach Ball Drop, as well as begin its Flip Flop Fever game where the top prize is $2 million. Through Sept. 3, Star cardholders can play once daily for free and get a second chance after earning five tier points. Also, beginning May 26, guess the number of sea shells in a container on the casino floor. Enter daily through Sept. 4. The 10 players closest to the actual number of sea shells without going over will win $500 in slot cash.

At 8 p.m. the other end of the Boardwalk will light up with fireworks, live entertainment, giveaways and multimedia light and sound shows when Tropicana Atlantic City hosts a free Block Party from 8 to 10 p.m.

‘And you get a car!’

If you need a new car, Atlantic City is the place to be this weekend.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, May 28, Bally’s and Caesars Atlantic City each is giving away a 2017 Ford Mustang or $45,000 cash.

Golden Nugget Atlantic City is giving away a 2017 Jeep Wrangler at 4 p.m. Monday, May 29. In addition, five finalists each will win $1,000 in free play.

At Resorts the prize is a 2017 BMW X1. The drawing will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 28, but players must first activate their entries that day by playing any slot machine or table game while using their Star card.

Not to be outdone, Harrah’s Resort is giving away three BMW convertibles or $45,000 cash on Saturday, May 27.

For details, visit each casino’s player loyalty card center.

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Starting Thursday, June 1, free slot play offers at Bally’s, Caesars and Harrah’s will be valid from 1 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., unless otherwise stated. Currently offers begin an hour earlier at midnight and end at 11:59 p.m.

Play for free

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has introduced BorgataFreeCasino.com — a simulated gaming website offering slots, blackjack, roulette, video poker, bingo and keno. The free-to-play site and mobile app can be enjoyed anywhere. In addition, players can earn points by purchasing credits and redeeming them for accommodations and comp dollars. Play BorgataFreeCasino.com from any browser, or download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

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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