Atlantic City, America's second most-popular gambling destination, contains more than a dozen casino resorts along the Boardwalk and on Brigantine Boulevard in the marina district. These resorts offer the same casino games and amenities you would find in Las Vegas, plus a sprinkle of seaside life, including marinas and seafood buffets.
Most Atlantic City casino resorts sit along the famous Boardwalk facing the Atlantic Ocean. Top choices here include Bally's, Showboat, Trump Taj Mahal and Hilton. Three casinos are a couple of miles away in the marina district, including the newer Borgata, as well as Harrah's and Trump Marina. You can easily travel between the two casino hot spots by taxi or a local jitney service that offer rides for a few dollars each way.
Most Atlantic City resorts offer the expected pools and fitness centers, while other have additional amenities. Borgata, for example, features a comedy club, 3,700-seat events center and a salon. Boaters can dock at a 65-slip marina at Harrah's or try out the seasonal miniature golf course. A three-acre recreation deck at Trump Marina includes a jogging track and tennis courts, while diners can chow down at the Hard Rock Cafe at Trump Taj Mahal.
No matter your game, you will find it in Atlantic City's resort casinos. From slot machines to video poker and table games such as roulette, blackjack and craps, every casino offers a variety of games. Borgata and Trump Taj Mahal feature the largest poker rooms, each hosting major tournament events annually. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission reported that in 2009, each casino had a slot payback percentage of greater than 90 percent, better than the same machines in Las Vegas.
Unlike in Las Vegas where parking is free, you pay a charge of $3 to $5 per 24 hours in most parking decks here. Save your receipt; city regulations allow you to park for free at one other casino once you pay the initial fee. The Atlantic City airport is 14 miles from the casinos. You can either take a taxi, which charges a regulated fee of about $30 as of 2010, or rent a car.
- American Casino Guide 2010 edition; Steve Bourie; 2009
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