Atlantic City Article

According to a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, plans are currently in the works on a ground-breaking for a new Atlantic City casino that could open sometime over the next four years. Welcome news for a gambling destination that was once the jewel of the northeast corridor but over the past few years has lost plenty of ground to upstart venues only a car ride away such as Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods and Turning Stone.

Over the past few years there has been little change to the Atlantic City skyline except the 2003 addition of the Borgata, which targeted young and affluent gamblers from Philadelphia and New York City. With so many other gambling destinations constantly sprouting out of nowhere and only one true high-end casino to its credit, A.C. is no longer the draw it once was. However, it still boosts numerous cards rooms that satisfy poker players of all levels.

Before your next poker visit to the city best known for its salt-water taffy and hypodermic needles washing ashore, here's a look at what some of A.C.'s poker rooms have to offer.

The Borgata -- Hard for anyone to argue against the Borgata being the best poker room in A.C. Recently expanded and renovated, the mammoth size of the room enables anyone looking for a game, be it Hold'em, Stud or Omaha, to always find a game with little wait. Besides its stellar ambiance featuring plasma televisions in every corner and bottled beer served at the tables, one of the best aspects of the Borgata's poker room is the amount of sit-and-go tournaments it offers on a daily basis. Those wishing to play this popular online format in person can usually find a high-end game for $500 or lower end ones ranging from $65 to $100 no matter the time of day.

The Borgata is also A.C.'s top place for those looking for the highest pots in no-limit cash games.

It should be mandatory for any card player making an inaugural visit to A.C. to spend at least some time in the Borgata poker room. It's as close to Las Vegas as you can get without crossing the Mississippi River.

The Taj Mahal -- Before Donald Trump was known for firing people in the board room, he was one of the biggest innovators in the gaming industry. In the early 1990s, the luxurious Taj Mahal and all its amenities made it the finest East Coast casino. The problem is very little has changed in its nearly 15 years of existence. The Taj has the look of the inside of your grandparents' house. There are a lot of nice things in there, but a few years ago they just stopped trying to upgrade. The luster has more than worn off from the Taj.

What the Taj has going for it is more than 70 tables, the official home of the US Poker Championship, the first-smoke free environment and at least two daily tournaments.

It might not look as good as it once did, but the poker room still draws some of the East Coast's top poker players.

Overall, think of the Borgata as a pair of Aces and the Taj as a pair of Jacks.

Tropicana Casino and Resort -- Don't expect a lot of flair or luxury in A.C.'s third best poker room. What the Trop offers is a great gambling environment. The race book is only steps away from its nearly 50 poker tables. Plenty of daily tournaments and a solid stable of quality regular players give the Trop its high marks. Also, the hotel routinely offers discounts to many of its players, not just the high rollers.

Caesars Atlantic City -- Small room nowhere near its namesake in Las Vegas. Has around 20 tables but offers fewer tournaments than its other boardwalk competitors.

The Showboat -- The over-the-top Mardi Gras theme in general makes the Showboat one of A.C.'s cheesiest poker rooms; although, you can listen to some great music from the nearby House of Blues. What draws most people to the Showboat are its well-run and efficient daily tournaments.

Atlantic City Hilton -- The Hilton is one of the few casinos that hosts a weekly poker league.

Bally's -- Far from spectacular and a limited daily tournament schedule, Bally's is often overlooked. Another reason it is one of the lesser played venues is that the card room is far away from the main casino floor.

Aaron J. Moore
Author Bio: Aaron Moore is a Princeton, N.J., based freelance sportswriter who loves poker as much as he does the Philadelphia Phillies. Needless to say, even if he wins a miniscule amount at the poker table, he is better off than his favorite baseball team.

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