Darryl McEwen

The New Year has just begun, and Atlantic City casinos have lots of news to share.

Bally’s and Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort - Effective Feb. 1, Caesars Entertainment – “parent” company of Bally’s, Caesars and Harrah’s – will rename its Total Rewards player loyalty card program Caesars Rewards. Among the benefits will be complimentary stays at Caesars new non-gaming resorts in Dubai.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa - Ladies, kick-off 2019 by learning how to play poker from two professional poker players, plus enjoy brunch with complimentary mimosas. Borgata’s Ladies Poker Brunch and Learn from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Borgata Studio at The Event Center and will feature Loni Harwood and Jessica Dawley, the current World Series of Poker Ladies Event Champion.

Golden Nugget Atlantic City - Look for six new slot machines at Golden Nugget. Four – a new version of the popular Tarzan title, Ultimate Fire Link, Casper The Friendly Ghost and Liberty Link – already are in play. Ghostbusters 4D and 007 Goldfinger are coming soon.

Hard Rock Atlantic City - All players who sign up for Wild Card Rewards will be eligible to spin the wheel on the Wild Card Rewards Kiosk for a chance to win prizes ranging from free play, concert tickets, buffets, coolers, backpacks and more. Restrictions apply.

In addition, Hard Rock is continuing its Wild Card tier match. Visit Wild Card Services for details.

Ocean Resort Casino - Players at Ocean Online Casino can now enjoy benefits from the casino’s special High Seas VIP Club. Similar to land-based casino player loyalty programs, additional benefits accrue with increased play. Details at OceanOnlineCasino.com. Click on the Promotions tab.

Resorts Casino Hotel - Dash for some cash on the casino floor between noon and 8 p.m. every Tuesday in January. Four times every hour one person will be chosen at random from all active slot and table players to dash inside the booth and grab some winnings. Visit the Promotions Booth for details.

In addition, Resorts has installed TVs in the table pits on the casino floor – a nice benefit for players who bet on sports, but want to head to the tables and still watch the games.

Tropicana Atlantic City - The Trop Advantage VIP Lounge has been totally renovated and offers guests a redesigned and expanded buffet, as well as a 15-person bar.

Beginning in March, the Trop Advantage player loyalty card program will stop mailing monthly offers and begin sending offers via email.

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. Visit his website, MrACCasino.com, and follow him on Twitter @MrACCasino. Your question – without your name – may appear in a future column.

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