Lots of people want to keep it a secret when they turn 40. Not Resorts Casino Hotel!

Resorts was the first casino-hotel in Atlantic City, opening at 10 a.m. on May 26, 1978. (In those days, the law prohibited the casino from being open more than 18 hours a day, and there even was a dress code!)

The casino had 84 table games and 893 slot machines in a space of 33,735 square feet.

Today the casino has grown to more than 83,000 square feet, and features more than 1,500 slot machines and 70-plus table games.

The site was originally occupied in 1869 by The Haddon House, a three-story wooden Quaker rooming house, rebuilt and renamed Haddon Hall in 1896. Additional renovations and expansions continued starting in the 1920s.

Resorts International took over the property in 1968, making further updates and changes. Ten years later, history was made with the introduction of casino gambling in New Jersey.

To mark the occasion, Resorts will officially kickoff festivities at 5 p.m. Friday, May 25, with its annual Beach Ball drop.

The Village People, also celebrating their 40th anniversary, will perform in Resorts Superstar Theater 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

The grand finale will feature a beachfront fireworks display at 9 p.m. Sunday, May 27.

Look, too, for other games and giveaways, as well as strolling Boardwalk entertainment by the Philadelphia Mummers and Resorts Showgirls.

And for a chance to win up to $2,500 in slot cash, test your luck with a free pull on Atlantic City’s first slot machine. Between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday visit the lobby of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville for your shot at the money.

For more information visit ResortsAC.com/40.

Boardwalk Block Party

To celebrate Memorial Day weekend, Tropicana Atlantic City will host a free Boardwalk Block Party 9 p.m. Saturday, May 26. The event will include a DJ, stiltwalker, magician, carnival dancers and the cast of Boogie Nights, as well as fireworks and the debut of four new Multimedia Light and Sound Shows, giveaways, plus food samples from Olón, A’Dam Good Deli, A’Dam Good Sports Bar, Casa Taco & Tequila Bar, Hooters Atlantic City and Mrs. Fields.

Borgata Birthday Bash

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will celebrate its 15th anniversary with an outdoor Birthday Bash July 7. The Chew Co-host and Angeline Chef/Partner Michael Symon will host the event, complete with festival games and activities, carnival-style food and drink, music by Lost in Paris and family-friendly entertainment throughout the day. Purchase tickets at TheBorgata.com.

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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