Where To Eat At Atlantic City Casinos When They Reopen Sans Indoor Dining

Indoor dining is not an option at Atlantic City casinos, but takeout options and outdoor seating are available. Here’s what’s on the menu for dining.

Update: Indoor dining returned to Atlantic City casinos on Sept. 4. View indoor dining options here

Atlantic City casinos are reopening today but without indoor dining.

However, that doesn’t mean the casinos lack eating or drinking options. In fact, most have outdoor dining available. Restaurants also provide takeout options in some cases.

If you’re heading to the Jersey Shore this weekend and plan to visit one of the eight Atlantic City casinos that are reopening, here’s a primer on the dining options available.

And if you’re curious about parking, we note a few details there, too.

Borgata, of course, will remain closed until further notice. Caesars, Bally’s and Harrah’s plan to reopen July 3.

Keep in mind that it is prohibited to eat, drink or smoke inside AC casinos when they reopen, per the guidelines released by the state earlier this week. There are only a few exceptions on that front.

Masks are required indoors, and social distancing measures will be enforced.

To that end, here’s what we know about dining options and gambling updates from AC casinos reopening this week.

Caesars, Bally’s and Harrah’s

The three Caesars properties are waiting a day before opening to the public again.

The three casino hotels do have options for dining, of course, once they reopen. Take a look:

Caesars AC

  • Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill (takeout)
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse (takeout)
  • Nero’s Starlight Dining (takeout, outdoor dining, pool deck)
  • Tazza (takeout)
  • Beachside Bar (outdoor dining)

Bally’s AC

  • Dunkin Donuts (takeout)
  • Guy’s Bar-B-Que Joint (outdoor dining)
  • Guy’s Rooftop Chop (outdoor deck dining)
  • Harry’s Oyster Bar (outdoor dining)
  • Johnny Rockets (outdoor dining)
  • Sac O’ Subs (takeout)
  • Walt’s Primo Pizza (takeout)
  • Bally’s Beach Bar (outdoor dining)
  • Boardwalk Saloon (takeout)

Harrah’s Resort AC

  • AC Burger Co. On the Baywalk (outdoor bar)
  • Cafe Tazza (takeout)
  • Coastal Craft Kitchen & Bar (outdoor dining, pool deck)
  • Gordon Ramsay Steak Under The Stars (al fresco dining located at the Outdoor Pool Bar)
  • Martorano’s (takeout)
  • Pin-Up Pizza (takeout)
  • Starbucks (takeout)

Golden Nugget Atlantic City

Golden Nugget plans to reopen at 6:01 a.m.

Slots will operate 24 hours a day, and table games will close from 4 a.m. to noon daily. The poker room at Golden Nugget will be closed.

The Deck will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner starting Friday, July 3. The Deck will also be available for to-go orders. Its hours of operation are as follows:

  • Breakfast: 8 a.m. to noon (Sun-Thurs)
  • Lunch/Dinner: Noon to 8 p.m. (Sun-Thurs), noon to 10 p.m. (Fri-Sat)

The casino notes that, depending on demand and capacity limitations, it may implement Open Table to allow guests to make reservations. And of course, all dining is outdoors.

Coffee will be made available for sale at The Deck, too.

Here are a few other reopening details:

  • Room service will be available for hotel guests from noon to midnight daily with a modified menu.
  • Essentials will be open 24 hours and will offer packaged liquor and to-go food items for guests to take to their room or off property.
  • The Pool and H20 will be open for registered hotel guests daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be available outdoors.
  • 24 Karat will be open Thursday, 12 to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 1 to 11 p.m.; and Sunday and Monday, 12 to 8 p.m. The Casino Cage will handle all 24 Karat transactions when 24 Karat is closed.
  • Valet parking will not be available at this time. Valet may be used for drop-off and pickup only. But there is still free self-parking for all guests.

Hard Rock Atlantic City

Like Golden Nugget, Hard Rock AC will reopen at 6 a.m.

Outdoor dining will be available at the following Hard Rock locations:

  • Hard Rock Beach Bar
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Sugar Factory 

There are several takeout options, too. The restaurants that will be open for takeout include:

  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • YOUYU Noodle Bar
  • Sugar Factory
  • Flavor Tour’s six concepts

For hotel guests, room service will be available. And effective Monday, July 6, the brand-new restaurant Fish & Co. and the Balcony Bar will be available exclusively to hotel guests. 

As far as parking goes, Wild Card Rewards members receive complimentary self-parking seven days a week. And that won’t change.

Valet and self-parking are still available as well. Valet attendants, however, will be wearing PPE, and enhanced sanitation measures will be in full effect.

As a side note, the casino will be celebrating its second anniversary with a giveaway that includes two grand prizes of a two-night stay (valid Sunday-Thursday), $200 dining credit and $200 in free play.

Additional prizes include:

  • Second-Place Prizes (five winners): One-night stay valid Sunday–Thursday, $100 dining credit, $100 in free play.
  • Third-Place Prizes (25 winners): An overnight stay valid Sunday–Thursday.
  • Fourth-Place Prizes (50 winners): $50 in free play.

To participate, visit the Hard Rock Atlantic City website.

Ocean Casino

Ocean Casino Resort will reopen at 8 a.m.

Some, but not all, amenities and dining options will be accessible when the AC casino reopens.

First off, the food and beer trucks will be available for reopening weekend. This includes Bites + Brews and a few local favorites. The food trucks will be setting up shop at the Boardwalk entrance from noon to 9 p.m.

Takeout dining will be offered at the following Ocean Casino restaurants:

  • Board Wok
  • District Grill
  • Cafe 500
  • Frose Coffee Bar
  • Lobby Brew
  • Harper’s
  • Pit Boss
  • Rocco’s Italian Kitchen
  • Seaside Deli
  • Scoops
  • Simply Salads
  • The Grind
  • Zhen Bang
  • Wahlburgers

Outdoor bar areas located in the O2 area adjacent to the Hotel Lobby, Sky Garden, pool areas and Boardwalk Brow are also open.

Three pools on the property are set to reopen, including Eclipse Pool and Poseidon. The Boardwalk Pool’s reopening is on hold for the time being, but is billed as “coming soon.”

Exhale Spa will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, the saunas, steam, rooms, Jacuzzis and pool are temporarily closed. Bangz Salon + Blow Dry Lounge will reopen on July 16.

Tropicana AC

Tropicana Atlantic City plans to reopen its doors at 8 a.m.

When it does reopen, Tropicana’s dining options will be a bit more extensive because there are more outdoor seating areas. The Quarter retail center is nearby as well.

The following restaurants will be open for outdoor dining and/or to-go options. In-room dining is available Wednesdays through Sundays.

  • Corner Market
  • Chickie’s & Pete’s Crabhouse & Sportsbar
  • Casa Taco
  • Cuba Libre
  • Green Bar
  • La Petite Crêperie
  • Mrs. Fields
  • Perry’s
  • Premium Ice Cream Parlor
  • P.F. Chang’s
  • The Palm
  • Tony Luke’s
  • Starbucks Marketplace
  • Starbucks The Quarter

Stores within Tropicana and The Quarter that are opening with 25% capacity include:

  • Blue Mercury
  • Essentials
  • America, Marshall Rousso
  • Erwin Pearl
  • Francesca’s
  • Hat Emporium
  • Luxe Salon
  • Step-Up
  • Swarovski – Monday
  • Time After Time
  • White House/Black Market

Resorts Casino Atlantic City

Resorts, too, will reopen at 8 a.m. The city’s oldest casino has been counting down the days via its Twitter account:

Resorts will offer multiple outdoor dining options (hours of operation are subject to change):

  • Landshark Bar & Grill 
  • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville 
  • Eastwind 
  • Wet Willie’s 

Takeout options include:

  • Gallagher’s Steak House
  • Eastwind
  • Landshark Bar & Grill
  • Margaritaville
  • Soup Man
  • Dunkin Doughnuts
  • Famiglia Pizza 
  • Ruby Dinette 
  • Wet Willie’s 

Former Ocean Resort Casino Owner Bruce Deifik Dies In Car Crash In Denver

Bruce Deifik’s death was confirmed by the Denver medical examiner’s office on Monday. Deifik bought Ocean Resort Casino in January 2018.

Ocean Resort Casino’s former owner Bruce Deifik died Sunday in Colorado.

According to the Press of Atlantic City, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner confirmed Deifik’s death and will release information about the cause of death in a press release later today.

Deifik’s lawyer, Paul O’Gara, told The Associated Press on Monday that Deifik died in a single-car crash while driving home from a Colorado Rockies baseball game in his hometown of Denver.

According to the Denver Police Department, there was a traffic fatality Sunday where a driver had an “apparent medical condition” before crossing two lanes of traffic and crashing into a light pole.

However, O’Gara said the medical examiner’s office is still investigating the accident.

Deifik was 64 years old.

Ocean Resort released a statement on Deifik’s passing:

“We are saddened to learn that Bruce Deifik, former owner of Ocean Casino Resort, has passed away. The Ocean family is grateful for Bruce having the vision to re-open this beautiful oceanfront property and employing over 3,000 members of our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Hearing scheduled before Deifik’s death

Before his sudden passing, Deifik was scheduled to appear before the Casino Control Commission on Wednesday.

The public meeting agenda includes  “consideration of the complaint in State vs. Bruce Deifik.”

However, it is unknown what exactly the complaint is about and no other information can be verified.

Deifik + Atlantic City + Ocean Resort

In January 2018, Deifik and his group AC OceanWalk LLC bought the former Revel Casino from developer Glenn Straub for $229 million.

During a hearing days before reopening, Deifik told the Casino Control Commission he bought the property without ever stepping foot inside.

Ocean Resort officially welcomed its first guests on June 27 alongside Hard Rock Atlantic City.

Its online casino opened for business shortly thereafter, too, joining the New Jersey online gambling scene.

But in a crowded city of nine casinos and an even larger NJ online casino market, Ocean Resort AC struggled to carve out market share. It fell under fire from the Division of Gaming Enforcement and the Casino Control Commission after not meeting some of its set goals.

Deifik eventually ended his tenure as owner of Ocean Resort AC when Luxor Capital Group bought the struggling mega-resort in February 2019. The ownership change is still in process.

The story of Ocean will move on to its next chapter and owner.

Deifik, during his brief stay in Atlantic City, will be remembered for bringing a shuttered casino resort back to life and the thousands of jobs that came with it.

Nevada Invading NJ Sports Betting: CG Technology Partners With Meadowlands For Sportsbook App

The Nevada sports betting company that operates retail and mobile reached a deal with Meadowlands to get into the New Jersey online sports betting game.

A longtime part of the Nevada sports betting industry is coming to New Jersey. CG Technology expects to launch in time for the next football season which starts in September.

CG Technology boasts a number of firsts, including launching the first mobile sports betting app in Nevada.

Here comes CG Technology to NJ

The company will operate in partnership with the Meadowlands Racetrack. CG Technology will be Meadowlands’ third sports betting skin, the full complement allowed under New Jersey regulations. FanDuel Sportsbook and PointsBet are its other two sports betting partners.

CG Technology is the second bookmaker with experience in Nevada to come to New Jersey, as William Hill US operates three of the NJ retail sportsbooks, in addition to an NJ sports betting app.

“We are excited to announce this partnership with CG Technology,” said Jeff Gural, Chairman and CEO of New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC. “We are confident CGT, with its years of experience, will bring some new and inventive offerings that will appeal to the New Jersey online and mobile sports wagering market.”

CG has been a part of Nevada for years

CG operates eight sportsbooks in Nevada with seven casino partners. As well as the CG mobile app, bettors will find CG sportsbooks at:

  • The Venetian
  • The Palazzo
  • The Cosmopolitan
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  • Palms
  • Silverton
  • M Resort
  • Tropicana

The company sees its Nevada experience as a major advantage as it moves to the New Jersey market.

“We are delighted to enter the New Jersey market and bring forth our decade-plus of experience catering to customers in the country’s biggest gambling market,” said Parikshat Khanna, CEO of CG Technology. “As an early mover in the Nevada sports wagering business, we always envisioned national expansion that would give American consumers more product options.”

CG Technology hit technology problems in Nevada

Part of that Nevada experience that no company would enjoy saw CG get in hot water with Nevada regulators .

Software problems led to a number of breaches of Nevada regulations. Bets were sometimes allowed after a game had ended and wagers were occasionally settled incorrectly. Bettors received either too much or too little money.

There were even some incidents where players outside the state borders placed bets online.

In November, 2018, the Nevada Gaming Commission finally agreed a settlement with CG Technology. Because of its errors, the company paid a $1.75 million fine plus a $250,000 contribution to the Nevada Council on Problem Gaming.

Over and above the money, CG Technology agreed to move to an “unaffiliated third-party sports pool wagering system.” That transition is due this month.

However, those matters are now in the past. CG can now look forward to a New Jersey expansion confident that it has survived and thrived despite some hard knocks.

BetAmerica Slides Into NJ Sports Betting, Online Casino Just Ahead Of 2019 Super Bowl

With the 2019 Super Bowl a day away, BetAmerica launches in New Jersey with both a sports betting app and an NJ online casino.

On the eve of Super Bowl 53, the NJ online sports betting market grew by one more.

BetAmerica NJ gambling site, the Churchill Downs Inc. brand, opened its doors bringing the total mobile market to a dozen.

The Churchill Downs app, which operates under Golden Nugget Atlantic City’s license, joined the club on Feb. 2.

You can bet on just about anything at BetAmerica

The sportsbook, powered by SBTech, has a full suite of sports to bet on, including in-game betting on most major sports.

The New England Patriots are 2.5-point favorites over the Los Angeles Rams currently on the app for the 2019 Super Bowl. There are dozens of prop bets on offer, as well.

churchill downs nj sports betting

Here are some of the most popular sports on offer:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Hockey
  • Golf
  • Tennis

BetAmerica cannot offer NBA betting because Golden Nugget is not allowed to offer wagering on the games. Its owner, Tilman Fertitta, also owns the NBA’s Houston Rockets.

Yet another sportsbook before Super Bowl

The market for NJ sports betting apps quickly grew last fall. The latest expansion came ahead of the biggest betting event in the US: the Super Bowl.

Three online sportsbooks launched in New Jersey in recent weeks:

There’s hardly a better time to acquire sports bettors than this week and ahead of March Madness, another time when bettors look to get action down on games en masse.

BetAmerica NJ online casino, too

The sportsbook was the flashy entrance, but it comes alongside a robust NJ online casino as well.

betamerica nj online casino

There are more than 140 slots, as well as:

  • Video poker
  • Blackjack
  • Roulette

The BetAmerica brand to this point has mostly been used for online horse betting for Churchill Downs in the US. But CDI has plans to use it for both sports betting and casino as new markets open up for both.

BetAmerica-branded sports betting kiosks have appeared in Mississippi already.

Confirmed: Ocean Resort Casino Will Get A New Owner After Six Months

After rumors started circulating, Ocean Resort Casino’s Bruce Deifik confirmed that the Atlantic City casino will be sold to an unnamed company.

Ocean Resort Casino has officially been sold. Again.

Just six months into its latest life at the far end of the Atlantic City Boardwalk, the former Revel Casino will have a new majority ownership stake with an unnamed entity.

Bruce Deifik, the current owner, would not reveal the new owner’s identity, but told the Associated Press that if approved, “this next round of investment into Ocean will put this property on an exciting path to growth.”

The casino plans to remain open.

Ocean Resort under new ownership

Rumors started to circulate about a possible sale of the casino on Jan. 9. As it is, the new owner brings with it a $70 million investment to Ocean Resort.

While the new owner would need to be licensed by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, Deifik and his family expect to retain only a small, non-controlling ownership interest, according to the AP.

Deifik said it had been an honor to be a part of the casino’s transformation in AC:

“My family and I want to thank the 3,000-plus employees at Ocean for their tireless work to bring our property to life and put it on track to become the best gaming property in New Jersey.”

While nothing is known yet about the new owner, Ocean Resort plans to use the investment funds to open a buffet on site and add rooms. Additionally, the casino will boost its current entertainment and player events.

First six months were hit and miss

Since opening in June alongside another reborn property, Hard Rock Atlantic City, Ocean Resort has been at the bottom of the pack in terms of revenue.

Before opening, Deifik remodeled the casino floor, improved customer service, and built a state-of-the-art Ocean Resort sportsbook.

When the finished NJ sports betting site opened officially, Deifik told NJGamblingSites.com he was pleased:

“I think that sends a pretty clear message that people are hearing very interesting things about Ocean. There’s no doubt that we have a great, world-class sportsbook, and it’s in a very good location.”

Despite all of this, the casino’s revenue history remains a sore spot.

In November, Borgata Casino’s total gaming win was $55.8 million, while Ocean Resort was dead last at just $11.7 million.

In that same month, Hard Rock AC won $21.5 million.

With that, nine casinos now call Atlantic City home. The news of the sale of Ocean Resort has revived concerns that AC is making the same mistake that eventually led to the casino contraction in 2010.

Is the former Revel a cursed property?

The $2.4 billion casino is the largest property in Atlantic City, but its history is one of ownership changes, new names and bad memories.

Its initial incarnation as Revel lasted barely two years before closing in 2014. It was the cherry on top of a long list of closed casinos in New Jersey at that time.

Owner Glenn Straub took the reins of the casino and turned it into TEN. But after months of broken promises and missed opening dates, TEN never happened.

When Deifik bought the casino from Straub in early 2018, the hope was that the casino would find its footing. In fact, Deifik took over the property with far less debt than what sank the Revel.

For now, Ocean Resort looks to the future with a new owner on tap.

Boost Your Bankroll With The WSOP.com Bankroll Builders Tournament Series

The Bankroll Builders tournament series on WSOP.com is an attractive one for micro stakes or players who are new to legal New Jersey online poker sites.

From May 15 through May 21, WSOP.com is offering players the opportunity to grow their bankrolls with a series of tournaments all offering buy-ins under $1.

The addition of series leaderboard prizes makes it even more potentially rewarding, with the top finishers winning tournament tickets ranging from $1 up to $200.

A great opportunity for micro stakes tourney players

With multiple daily tournaments all with buy-ins under $1, the Bankroll Builders series offer newer or micro-stakes players a chance to increase their bankrolls in tournaments that any player can jump into.

With guarantees ranging from $25 up to $350, it’s an ideal way for players to start padding their bankrolls with just a small investment.

Smaller buy-in tournaments often exceed their guarantees on WSOP.com and the prize pools for this series should be no exception.

Important details to note

The majority of tournaments are either re-entry or rebuy and add-on. Tournaments are primarily No Limit Hold ‘Em with some PLO added into the mix.

Leaderboard payouts offer prizes of tournament tickets to the top ten series leaderboard finishers. First prize is one $200 tournament ticket for the player who comes out on top of the Bankroll Builders series leaderboard.

Second place will win five tournament tickets worth $10 each. Third gets three of the $10 tournament ticket and fourth place wins two $10 tournament tickets each.

Fifth and sixth places will each earn one tournament ticket worth $10, seventh and eighth will each earn one tournament ticket worth $5, and ninth and tenth will each earn one tournament ticket worth $1.

All leaderboard tournament ticket prizes are non-transferrable and are not redeemable for cash.

Tournament ticket prizes will be credited to the winner’s account within 72 hours of the end of the Bankroll Builders series.

Is the Bankroll Builders series worth your time?

This series is mostly of value to low and micro stakes players, as well as players just starting out in the New Jersey online gambling scene. For more established or higher stakes players the guarantees are almost certainly too low to make a significant impact or be of much value.

For players at lower stakes, the Bankroll Builder Series could have the potential to pad your bankroll a bit for a minimal investment. For mid-stakes tournament players the chance for a $200 tournament ticket in particular may also be worth participating in the series.

The tournament leaderboard prizes add significant potential value, particularly for the top four finishers.

This is especially noteworthy because of the many satellites to the World Series of Poker that WSOP.com will be running. With numerous upcoming satellites starting at $10, a tournament ticket won from the Bankroll Builders Series leaderboard could have the potential to become a World Series of Poker package and maybe even a bracelet.