Indoor “horseracing” has come to Atlantic City and you’ll find it exclusively at the Tropicana.
Of course, they’re not real horses, but up to 10 players can bet on the outcome of six mechanical horses with jockeys racing on an authentically detailed track, complete with an integrated sound system and special sound effects.
Royal Derby is a one-of-a-kind game that challenges players not only to predict the winner, but also which horses will finish in the top three positions.
Through individual stations, players have access to information on each horse’s strengths, weaknesses and past performances, much like racing forms at a live horse track. Players can use this information, together with varying race distance and weather conditions, to place their bets.
The game’s center-track design gives all players a clear view of the field and each race is filmed with a moving camera so a real-time feed is displayed at every player terminal.
Royal Derby is located in Tropicana’s North Tower casino, just outside of 10 North Lounge.
Q. On Route 30 there is a large Resorts Casino Hotel “statue” and further down there is a large elephant with a sign for Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort. Do you know why these are located so far from the actual casinos?
A. Route 30 (also known as White Horse Pike and Absecon Boulevard) used to be the major roadway into town, so possibly there may have been similar “landmarks” for some of the other casinos. Because these two casinos, in particular, are located at the north end of Atlantic City, Route 30 continues to be the closest roadway to get to them.
Q. What’s the story on those murals at the Wild Wild West Casino? Who painted them and when?
A. The murals, specified by Las Vegas-based interior design firm Yates-Silverman for the opening of the Wild Wild West in 1997, were painted by a company called Evergreene Architectural Arts (Evergreene.com) in Manhattan. The murals were painted on canvas in their studio and shipped to Atlantic City where local painters installed them like wallcovering.
Q. Farley Marina, Farley Service Plaza: Who is/was Farley?
A. Actually, the full name of the marina and service plaza are the Senator Frank S. Farley State Marina and the Frank S. Farley Service Plaza. The marina is a public facility owned by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry managed by the Golden Nugget Atlantic City. The service plaza is located at milepost 21.3 on the Atlantic City Expressway and offers travelers food, fuel, ATM, and a tourist information center. Francis Sherman “Hap” Farley (1901-1977) was a New Jersey State Senator from Atlantic County who served for what was then a record 34 years. You forgot another prominent Farley connection, Farley & Ferry Realty, founded in 1916 by Farley’s sister Jean E. Farley.
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.