TinMan
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September 22nd, 2020 at 3:09:12 PM permalink
I知 on my way back from Atlantic City and wanted to post on my experiences and what I saw. This will be a series of posts as I知 on NJ Transit currently.

Background

I hadn稚 been to a casino this year. Friend of mine had a business conference in AC and invited me to join. He had a room at Trop and I got a comped room at Caesars. We arrived Monday around 1. He dropped me off at Caesars and then went to Trop for his conference.

Virus Issues

Out of 3 casinos I went to, none took temperature checks. Most had guards at the entrances next to giant signs saying things like 的f any of the following are true, don稚 enter. One guard gave a mask to a guy without one. Drink service was back to normal. You could drink at the tables. No need to take a step back. Caesars pool and fitness center were closed. Upon checkin I asked if resort fee could be waived because so much was closed. Request denied. Clerk noted that under normal circumstances, pool is NOT part of resort fee. Even hotel guests pay $10 to use the pool. That痴 absurd. Upon check out, I made the same request, noting my disappointment at no fitness center. Clerk agreed to waive the resort fee. Total out of pocket for the room: about $5 in tax and a tip to the housekeeper. I stayed in the Ocean Tower. 7700 floor, which seemed to be actually 4th floor or so. Sideways view of the ocean. No coffee maker in room (allegedly because of coronavirus). Room itself was otherwise clean and standard nice.
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Gandler
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September 22nd, 2020 at 3:15:22 PM permalink
Quote: TinMan

I知 on my way back from Atlantic City and wanted to post on my experiences and what I saw. This will be a series of posts as I知 on NJ Transit currently.

Background

I hadn稚 been to a casino this year. Friend of mine had a business conference in AC and invited me to join. He had a room at Trop and I got a comped room at Caesars. We arrived Monday around 1. He dropped me off at Caesars and then went to Trop for his conference.

Virus Issues

Out of 3 casinos I went to, none took temperature checks. Most had guards at the entrances next to giant signs saying things like 的f any of the following are true, don稚 enter. One guard gave a mask to a guy without one. Drink service was back to normal. You could drink at the tables. No need to take a step back. Caesars pool and fitness center were closed. Upon checkin I asked if resort fee could be waived because so much was closed. Request denied. Clerk noted that under normal circumstances, pool is NOT part of resort fee. Even hotel guests pay $10 to use the pool. That痴 absurd. Upon check out, I made the same request, noting my disappointment at no fitness center. Clerk agreed to waive the resort fee. Total out of pocket for the room: about $5 in tax and a tip to the housekeeper. I stayed in the Ocean Tower. 7700 floor, which seemed to be actually 4th floor or so. Sideways view of the ocean. No coffee maker in room (allegedly because of coronavirus). Room itself was otherwise clean and standard nice.



Its cool that they agreed to waive the resort fee with so much being closed (honestly I think its a nonsense fee to begin with and should be part of the advertised price, but that's another topic).

Is smoking still banned in AC?

Tropicana used to be my favorite, but now that its owned by CET I am not sure if that will remain the case.
TinMan
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September 22nd, 2020 at 3:25:49 PM permalink
Game selection

Fewer games than usual and sometimes higher limits. Ballys craps was $10 (usually there痴 always a $5 table). Caesars seemed to be generally $15 craps. Once saw a $25 table. Ballys pit boss told me their Tiles game is only open on Saturdays. Caesars had standard $25 Tiles. One table. 4 spots. BJ seemed to be $15 at Ballys. WWW almost entirely closed (Mon night it had one craps table). Trop BJ was $15 and up. Roulette at $10 (I don稚 play but noticed it). Craps at $15.

My gambling (day 1, part 1)

I arrived at 1 and tried to check in. Was told $10 for early check in. I said I壇 wait. Went to $10 ballys craps. 5x odds. First point was 4 and it was hit. So quickly up $110. Unfortunately, things turned sour. Within an hour I was down $400 betting only pass line and $50 odds. Took a walk to Caesars. 9/6 JOB for quarters. Progressive for RF at $1035 or so. Within 30 mins down $100. Time to check in and put my things down in the room.

After check in, played more JOB. Recouped $60 or so. Went to Tiles. Managed to win about $20 overall. Made two silly mistakes in setting my hand幼hose Gong over High 9 in a spot where the 9 was clearly better. That caused me a push rather than win. And another time chose 8/3 over 6/5. I usually wouldn稚 make that mistake but hadn稚 played tiles in about a year. That cost me a loss instead of a push. Ugh. By this point my friends conference was over for the day and I walked to Trop to meet him for dinner. I was ready for a break.
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September 22nd, 2020 at 3:26:19 PM permalink
The pool is located in Bally's if I recall So you have to walk over.

It's free if you're room is in Bally's I believe.

From what I remember them telling me (I was in Caesars with three kids so I complained it was gonna cost me $40 to go the hotel pool, as it's $10 per person) this pool is owned and operated by an independent company.

They have a deal with Bally's but not Caesars so Caesars people gotta pay (plus do all that extra walking)

Sucks but that's the situation
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TinMan
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September 22nd, 2020 at 3:29:20 PM permalink
Quote: Gandler

Is smoking still banned in AC?

Tropicana used to be my favorite, but now that its owned by CET I am not sure if that will remain the case.



Smoking is banned and in 2 days I saw no one smoking or even trying to smoke. It was very pleasant for me.

I tried to use my Caesars card at Trop. No luck. Have to sign up for a strange Caesars 鏑ocal card that痴 only good at Trop. It appears to accrue points separately. I checked for promotions for getting the card and was told there was no freeplay. There was a coupon for BOGO Starbucks and trivial discounts at some shops.
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September 22nd, 2020 at 3:46:22 PM permalink
Quote: TinMan

Smoking is banned and in 2 days I saw no one smoking or even trying to smoke. It was very pleasant for me.

I tried to use my Caesars card at Trop. No luck. Have to sign up for a strange Caesars 鏑ocal card that痴 only good at Trop. It appears to accrue points separately. I checked for promotions for getting the card and was told there was no freeplay. There was a coupon for BOGO Starbucks and trivial discounts at some shops.



I was under the impression that they were fully merging and the local card was just if you were not a Ceasars reward member.

This is the email I received last week:

"Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts have come together to create the largest gaming company in the U.S. - Caesars Entertainment. With over 55 destinations in one Empire, we're excited to welcome you to Caesars Rewards where you'll enjoy more ways to build rewards while playing, dining, shopping, and doing what you love!

Your TROP ADVANTAGE® program at Tropicana Atlantic City is transitioning to Caesars Rewards! To continue enjoying what you love about this destination, you can pick up a Caesars Rewards Local card at Tropicana Atlantic City soon. Your Local card will be valid at Tropicana Atlantic City only. To enjoy the full benefits of what Caesars Rewards has to offer, simply sign up for your Caesars Rewards main account to link your local account and get more.

These are the updates we will be making:

Your TROP ADVANTAGE® status will be tier matched under the Caesars Rewards program.
 We will be transitioning your Comp Dollars to Reward Credits®.
1 Comp Dollar = 100 Reward Credits
 We will be transitioning your Tier Points to Tier Credits.
5 Tier Points = 1 Tier Credit

We look forward to a smooth transition so that you can enjoy more of what you love at Tropicana Atlantic City! While you wait, make sure to learn more about how you can earn and redeem credits through Caesars Rewards and the many benefits it has to offer!"
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September 22nd, 2020 at 4:48:54 PM permalink
I dropped by my local casino at 8 pm last night. They had a roped off area for a long entrance line. One guy had a thermometer in his hand and told me to stand on a spot and some facial device was used on me, but my mask was still on, might be another high tech thermometer. Went forward 4 feet and the bouncer was swiping ID's. He was telling the black guy before me something about cops, so I have to assume the bouncer is a former cop. He told me my License was expired and told me to get an appointment at the DMV to get it renewed ASAP. I asked if the Governor had said anything about how long my license was good for, he reiterated I should get an appointment. I read on the internet later that the sheriffs in surrounding counties are demanding a printout of proof of a DMV appointment to avoid a ticket. My hometown DMV is closed, so I have to go to the next city over. My appointment is 5 weeks from now. The bouncer also told me to lower my mask for a photo but I never saw a camera.

My visit to the casino was stark. All the tables were shut down, all the bars (except one bar off the food court which had a handful of people in it) were shut down, the self-serve soda machines were shut down. I'll assume every other slot machine was shutdown, but could be reactivated upon request. Some machines had blue screens, some machines said disabled by the host, others were cash-outs and disabled.

This was 8 pm on a weeknight and the place was deader than a Tuesday morning at 4 am. There were plenty of cars in the parking lot, maybe they were in their hotel rooms, idk.

The sportsbook was open and the mega TV screens were on.

I don't know what the electric bills are for keeping thousands of machines on is, but I wish they'd have an arcade section, not that people would slow down putting their money into those.
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September 22nd, 2020 at 5:10:16 PM permalink
Quote: ChumpChange

I dropped by my local casino at 8 pm last night. They had a roped off area for a long entrance line. One guy had a thermometer in his hand and told me to stand on a spot and some facial device was used on me, but my mask was still on, might be another high tech thermometer. Went forward 4 feet and the bouncer was swiping ID's. He was telling the black guy before me something about cops, so I have to assume the bouncer is a former cop. He told me my License was expired and told me to get an appointment at the DMV to get it renewed ASAP. I asked if the Governor had said anything about how long my license was good for, he reiterated I should get an appointment. I read on the internet later that the sheriffs in surrounding counties are demanding a printout of proof of a DMV appointment to avoid a ticket. My hometown DMV is closed, so I have to go to the next city over. My appointment is 5 weeks from now. The bouncer also told me to lower my mask for a photo but I never saw a camera.

My visit to the casino was stark. All the tables were shut down, all the bars (except one bar off the food court which had a handful of people in it) were shut down, the self-serve soda machines were shut down. I'll assume every other slot machine was shutdown, but could be reactivated upon request. Some machines had blue screens, some machines said disabled by the host, others were cash-outs and disabled.

This was 8 pm on a weeknight and the place was deader than a Tuesday morning at 4 am. There were plenty of cars in the parking lot, maybe they were in their hotel rooms, idk.

The sportsbook was open and the mega TV screens were on.

I don't know what the electric bills are for keeping thousands of machines on is, but I wish they'd have an arcade section, not that people would slow down putting their money into those.



The off-season (after labor day) AC is pretty quiet after 8pm on weeknights, I don稚 think that is virus exclusive. With the exception of some weeks with holidays or major events perhaps. It may seem thinner now with people more spread I would assume (not groups of people huddled around one machine, table, etc....)
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September 22nd, 2020 at 5:59:36 PM permalink
I知 in AC nearly every weekend but haven稚 spent much time in casinos. I知 not against mask policies but personally they are almost unbearable to wear after an hour or so. If drinking is back that means basically no one playing is wearing a mask?

Hard Rock and Borgata were the only casinos I went to that had a temperature check.

I thought it was funny they made you remove your mask to cash chips. Is this a requirement in Vegas?
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September 22nd, 2020 at 6:15:24 PM permalink
Quote: gamerfreak

I知 in AC nearly every weekend but haven稚 spent much time in casinos. I知 not against mask policies but personally they are almost unbearable to wear after an hour or so. If drinking is back that means basically no one playing is wearing a mask?

Hard Rock and Borgata were the only casinos I went to that had a temperature check.

I thought it was funny they made you remove your mask to cash chips. Is this a requirement in Vegas?



Masks are required pretty much everywhere in NJ, casinos are no different then any other buinsess.

Do you work in an office or any kind of indoor environment in NJ? If you work inside or outside near others, chances are you are already wearing a mask for over an hour at a time, I don稚 understand how when people get off work masks become so much more of a burden....

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