USA Today readers name Caesars Rewards best players club

Gamblers in Atlantic City have access to five of the best casino players clubs and two of the best casino restaurants in the United States, according to USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

Formerly Total Rewards, Caesars Rewards, operated by Caesars Entertainment at more than 40 destinations in the United States and Canada, took the top spot as best players club.

Ocean Premier, recently renamed WOW Ocean Premier, at Ocean Casino Resort, came in No. 2, followed by Wild Card Rewards at the Hard Rock Atlantic City.

Ninth and 10th places went to the 24K Select Club and M life Rewards.

Caesars Rewards, the 24K Select Club and M life Rewards allow members to earn and redeem comp dollars at all of their participating destinations, as well as earn points from gambling which are combined to determine their annual tier status.

The 24K Select Club is operated by the Golden Nugget casinos in Atlantic City, Biloxi, Miss., Lake Charles, La., and Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev.

M life Rewards is operated by MGM Resorts International at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, as well as 14 casinos in Las Vegas, two in Mississippi, and one each in Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Ohio.

Benefits at Ocean Casino Resort and Hard Rock are valid only at those individual locations at which they are earned.

In the casino restaurant category, Il Mulino at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City took first place from last year’s winner, Capriccio at Resorts Casino Hotel. Capriccio took second place for 2019.

The winners in each category were selected by readers from among 20 nominees chosen by a panel of experts that included Steve Bourie, author of the American Casino Guide, G. Douglas Dreisbach, publisher of Southern & Midwest Gaming and Destinations, a regional gaming and travel magazine, Lisa Robertson-Dziedzic, publisher and editorial director of Casino Player and Strictly Slots magazines, and Michael Shackleford, a gaming mathematician and writer who runs a website on gambling,

Skill-based gaming

Many said they would be the “savior” of the traditional slot machine. They would fill casinos with coveted millennials.

What are “they”?

Skill-based slot machines.

Not so in Atlantic City where no casino here has a skill-based machine on its floor.

Still, with the annual Global Gaming Expo set to open Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Las Vegas, manufacturers continue to develop and exhibit skill-based slot machines, many based on popular arcade and video games.

One manufacturer continues to expect players to be drawn to the sense of control they get from skill-based games. “They like to play games where they have some influence over the outcome,” the company’s CEO said.

And, according to a recent survey of more than 1,000 gamblers released last month, 79 percent would more likely visit casinos if the games were more like video, arcade or mobile games.

Apparently not in Atlantic City.

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