Perhaps inspired by M life Rewards Military & Veterans Program (MVP) which MGM Resorts International introduced in July, Total Rewards has created a special loyalty card that upgrades any veteran, active-duty military member, or any member of the National Guard or Reserve, plus their spouses, to Platinum status.

Among the benefits from having the Total Rewards Salute card:

  • Complimentary parking at Bally’s and Caesars Atlantic City and Harrah’s Resort, as well at Total Rewards’ casinos in Las Vegas and other destinations

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  • Special pricing at restaurants
  • Pre-sale access for shows
  • 15 percent discounts at casino gift shops
  • 5 percent discount on Hawaiian Airlines flights
  • Complimentary stay at Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas
  • Discounts on select Norwegian Cruise Line vacations
  • Tier status match with Wyndham Rewards

Pick up a Salute card by going to any Total Rewards Center.

If you don’t already have one, you will need to sign up for a Total Rewards card and show a U.S. military or veterans ID.

No clean sweep

Bally’s, Caesars and Harrah’s Resort have joined other Total Rewards casino hotels around the country in offering an alternative to having your room serviced daily.

You still can request additional towels or other amenities, but your bathroom will not be cleaned, bed made, or more.

If you take advantage of this option, the Atlantic City properties will add a daily $10 food and beverage credit to your folio on stays of two or more nights. Tell the front desk when you check in.

Dream machine

“Steve Aoki’s Neon Dream” is the latest skill-based video game gambling machine to hit Atlantic City. For now it’s exclusively at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, located just outside Premier Nightclub.

Unless you’re of a certain age, you may not know that Steve Aoki is an internationally acclaimed DJ, famous for his electronic dance music and for launching such acts as The Chainsmokers.

“Neon Dream” is inspired by Aoki’s Neon Future album. It’s an “infinite runner” game where players are on a virtual treadmill collecting tiles and gold records, all the while avoiding obstacles the game throws their way.

The background music is courtesy of Aoki’s Din Mak record label — yet another one of his ventures that include a clothing line, an eSports company and a nonprofit.

According to Aoki, who was at the game’s launch earlier this month, “Gamers know how to play infinite runner games, and non-gamers pick up the concept within minutes.”

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 and he’ll try to respond to you personally. Your question — without your name — may appear in a future column.