Hoping For Change: Coin Shortage Has Ocean Casino Asking For Your Pennies

Atlantic City casinos are facing the same problem as many other businesses right now: a coin shortage. Ocean Casino will give you free play for your change.

Under normal circumstances, you’d have to pay to have your coins changed into bills. These aren’t normal circumstances, however, as evidenced by the national coin shortage going on.

Because of the lack of pennies, dimes, and nickels in circulation, those who have those coins now have the upper hand. It’s a reversal of fortunes that allows Ocean Casino Resort guests to get a premium for their pennies.

Why is there a coin shortage?

Change is in short supply right now for two reasons, both related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first reason is that to protect employees from transmission, US mints have limited production.

Secondly, more people are using contactless forms of payment and leaving their coins at home.

A rise in e-commerce, such as food delivery instead of dining-in, also contributes to a lack of change in circulation.

Few businesses utilize coins to the extent that casinos do, so the shortage has hit them the hardest. The majority of casinos in the US utilize a ticket system for slot machines and the like. But even so, coins matter.

And it’s not just New Jersey gambling halls. Casinos in other states feel the pinch.

That’s why Ocean Casino has started a special promotion.

Coins for cash at Ocean Casino

For the rest of July, Ocean will give select customers face value for their change in credit for casino play. For your trouble, the casino will also give away $5 in free play on top of the value of the coins contributed.

If you get lucky at the games of your choice using that credit, you could multiply your loose change several times over.

If it’s been a while since you’ve visited an Atlantic City casino, there are a few things you should be aware of before you go, however. The properties are still taking precautions to protect everyone.

What to know before you go to Atlantic City

A few of the normal amenities remain shuttered at Ocean Casino and the other AC gambling halls. These include indoor dining and valet services.

Casinos have shifted or shuttered games to promote social distancing as well. Perhaps most importantly, casinos require that you wear a face mask over your mouth and nose at all times unless you’re drinking or eating.

There is also currently no smoking indoors. Casinos will also screen your body temperature before allowing you access to the property.

Additionally, casinos are only operating at 25% of their fire-code capacity. It’s uncertain how much longer these precautions will remain in place.

Despite the restrictions, you’re in a position of envy if you have a jar full of change at home right now.

Caesars-Eldorado Merger Means Big Changes Ahead For Atlantic City

With the Caesars-Eldorado merger officially finalized, Atlantic City casinos will once again experience changes as the new company takes control.

After months of planning and regulatory discussions, Eldorado Resorts officially acquired Caesars Entertainment on Monday.

The merger creates the biggest casino and resort company in the US. It also puts a large chunk of Atlantic City’s casinos under one umbrella.

The merger needed to overcome one final regulatory hurdle: the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. After three days of testimony, the CCC unanimously approved the Caesars-Eldorado merger on July 17.

“We are pleased to have completed this transformative merger, thus making us the premier leader in gaming and hospitality. We look forward to executing on the numerous opportunities ahead to create value for all stakeholders,” said Tom Reeg, CEO of Caesars Entertainment, in a press release announcing the merger.

Caesars-Eldorado merger and Atlantic City

The new Caesars Entertainment will operate four of AC’s nine casinos — Harrah’s, Caesars, Tropicana, and Bally’s. The latter was sold in April to Twin River Holdings, but the sale agreement is expected to close at the end of 2020.

The sale was a preemptive move by Caesars to offload one of its Atlantic City properties prior to the merger being approved.

Last week, during the three days of hearings, the Division of Gaming Enforcement and CCC raised multiple concerns about the lack of improvements made to the Caesars’ properties in Atlantic City.

To this end, the CCC added some mandatory conditions as part of the merger’s approval.

One requirement included putting improvements in place at each of the three casinos in AC over the next three years. Caesars agreed. As such, a $400 million capital expenditures trust account will be created.

Additionally, if the Bally’s property isn’t sold within a year, an extra $125 million will be added to that account.

The details of the requirements go even further than that. For instance, at least $150 million must be spent on improvements at Caesars Atlantic City over the next three years.

Investing and believing in AC

Eldorado and the new Caesars are also prohibited from closing any of the Caesars properties for five years after the merger is completed.

“We wouldn’t be doing this transaction if we weren’t believers in Atlantic City because it’s so important to Caesars as it sits today,” said Reeg to the commission last week.

“We understand that we acquire the positives and negatives of Caesars and we know that Atlantic City and New Jersey have had some difficulties with a lack of investment from Caesars, chiefly in the past, and we understand why the conditions are there.”

Representatives from Hard Rock Atlantic City and Ocean Casino Resort filed petitions with the CCC about the proposed merger’s impact on their businesses, but they were denied.

A fresh start for Caesars-Eldorado merger

A merger of such magnitude impacts not only casino employees but visitors and the city as well.

With Eldorado’s purchase of Caesars, it feels like a fresh start for all involved. The new Caesars establishes itself as a major player in Atlantic City in 2020 and beyond.

For state and local officials, Caesars will be under the ownership of a group that seems to have the best interests in mind for its properties and Atlantic City.

And while the concerns were duly noted, Caesars will not only bring added customer benefits from the merger but also a renewed focus to offer guests the best experience.

“We’re going to really lean on both the Caesars database and the Eldorado database, and get the best customers we can to come to Atlantic City,” said Brent Yunker, Caesars Entertainment’s CFO, said to The Press of Atlantic City.

“It’s obviously going to play out over a number of years because of this very unique scenario we’re in with COVID-19. But we’re going to try to do this as quickly as we possibly can but also as safely as we can.”

Atlantic City has had an eventful year

Ultimately, the merger is the latest big change for Atlantic City in a year chock full of ups and downs.

2020 started on a high note, but the momentum came to an abrupt stop in mid-March. That’s when all nine casinos shut their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The executive order from Gov. Phil Murphy closed AC casinos for 100-plus days. Many casino employees were either furloughed or laid off as a result, with casinos depending strictly on the strength of NJ online gambling.

It wasn’t until late June that good news arrived. Caesars reopened its three casinos on July 3; Tropicana did so a day earlier.

The Caesars-Eldorado merger, however, was always on the backburner. The initial news of the acquisition reverberated throughout the gambling industry.

It is essentially what sparked the sale of Bally’s in April. And will ultimately lead to improvements at some of Atlantic City’s oldest casinos.

Changes are afoot once again in Atlantic City.

At Long Last, Borgata Atlantic City Set To Reopen On July 26

The weekend before July Fourth was a big one in Atlantic City. That’s when Atlantic City’s casinos started to reopen. But not all of them. Borgata Atlantic City remained closed.

But by the end of the month, all nine casinos will have their doors open. Borgata AC has tabbed its reopening for July 26.

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Borgata reopening originally delayed

The decision to delay the reopening of Borgata stemmed from Gov. Phil Murphy’s walk-back of restarting indoor dining just before the holiday.

The change in dining forced the MGM-owned Borgata to break away from the other Atlantic City casinos and wait to open when they could offer guests a more complete experience.

“We feel it best that we remain closed until such time that the governor lets us know it is safe to offer food and beverage,” said MGM Resorts International in a June 29 statement.

Now, three weeks later, the Borgata plans to reopen to the public after a soft, invite-only opening.

“Following the governor’s directive to postpone indoor dining, we took a step back to reassess our reopening date to ensure we could give our guests the world-class experience they expect from us, safely,” said Melonie Johnson, president and chief operating officer of Borgata, in a press release.

Safety plan in place for Borgata reopening

The Borgata will be following the seven-point safety plan instituted by MGM at all of its properties.

The plan includes enhanced cleaning schedules, required masks for all guests and employees, temperature checks, and digital food and drink menus.

All Borgata employees will also have gone through COVID-19-specific training. The resort will also be following the state-mandated 25% capacity rule.

The casino’s Race & Sports Book will be open along with table games, but poker will be unavailable during this first phase.

Other changes for guests include:

  • Limited rooms available for reservations.
  • Disabling every other slot machine.
  • No eating, drinking or smoking inside.

The Borgata’s retail stores will also be open and self-parking will be available. But valet parking will not be offered during the reopening.

Borgata AC to offer improved takeout dining options

Like the other casinos in Atlantic City, the Borgata will not be able to offer guests indoor dining. But the casino instead has come up with multiple options that will please guests.

The Borgata has expanded its outdoor dining offerings to give guests more options. Besides its existing beer, the resort will be offering food and beer trucks along with the brand-new Sunbar at the Water Club, a hotel connected to the Borgata.

To help with social distancing, menus will be offered via QR code and guests will be notified that their table is ready via text messaging.

Another way that the resort will be offering guests food and drinks is through a new program called BorgataEATS. This new program allows both takeout and delivery orders to be made at the Borgata’s many eateries that guests can eat both in their room as well as at home.

In addition to BorgataEATS and the expanded outdoor dining, the resort will be offering 24/7 in-room service for hotel guests along with grab-and-go options from a store in the resort such as Borgata Baking Company, Starbucks and The Marketplace Eatery.

“When we reopen, Borgata will introduce new outdoor dining experiences, as well as a convenient takeout program from several of our fine and casual dining outlets,” Johnson said.

“We appreciate our guests’ and employees’ patience and understanding and look forward to welcoming them back.”

At long last, the top-performing Atlantic City casino will be up and running. Welcome back, Borgata.

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.

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 

Gambling, Tourism Take Spotlight Ahead Of Planned Reopening Of Atlantic City Casinos

Atlantic City casinos have safety plans in place, and masks will be required indoors, but what other steps are there to keep tourists safe?

The shutdown of Atlantic City casinos due to the COVID-19 pandemic has already made an impact on the state.

AC’s nine casinos are forced to rely on just NJ online gambling to bring in any bit of income.

While online play has grown exponentially during the past three months, the casinos have seen an 86% year-over-year total income drop.

And it’s not just the casinos that are feeling the pain from this shutdown.  The state of New Jersey as a whole is taking a hit from the steep loss of tax revenue.

There are plenty of reasons to worry about the future of entertainment and tourism in the state, too.

And the big question boils down to safety.

How can Atlantic City, the state’s tourism hub, stay safe enough so that people want to travel there in the future?

NJ Assembly panel discusses tourism and COVID-19

To that end, a panel discussion was held in Trenton on June 25 where all of those concerns were addressed.

Casino representatives, along with people from the summer rental, live entertainment and tourism industries, met to discuss the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had so far and how they can keep visitors safe.

Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, chair of the state Assembly’s Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee, shared the concerns that were raised during the meeting in a statement that said in part:

“Tourism and hospitality are vital industries in New Jersey, bringing in over 100 million visitors every year, producing (billions) of dollars in revenue and providing nearly 10 percent of the jobs throughout our state.”

Luckily for Atlantic City, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that casinos can reopen at 25% capacity on July 2. All patrons will have to wear a mask, and screenings will be done as well.

This news was followed on Monday by the governor canceling plans to reopen indoor dining on July 2.

Caputo went on to say that “Gaming and the arts have made significant contributions to our state’s culture and economy.” The state has a wide range of beaches, casinos, cuisine and more, but “all of these have been greatly impacted by COVID-19.”

‘Successful steps’ to keep casinos safe

New Jersey has been one of the more cautious states in regard to reopening places due to the pandemic.

State officials are not messing around about maintaining the downward trend of cases, even going as far as suing a city to prevent it from having indoor dining before it was approved.

Murphy shared some of those concerns during a radio station appearance.

“We’re spending a lot of time with the owners and operators as well as the workers and their representatives on casinos,” said Murphy to WOND’s ACMike Lopez.

“The bad news is casinos sort of have the attributes that are hardest to deal with this virus. It’s indoors, no ventilation. You’re sedentary, you’re in close proximity. Having said that, they’re big footprints, and we think there are successful steps that can be taken to address the challenges.”

State officials also saw what happened when Las Vegas opened up at the start of June without a mask order in place.

There was a sharp uptick in new COVID-19 cases. A required mask order went into effect last week.

AC casinos put safety plans in place

Some of Atlantic City’s casinos have already come forward with plans to ensure safety and cleanliness for visitors.

For example, Hard Rock Casino plans to use thermal cameras to check guests’ temperature. The casino also will space out slot machines and install plexiglass barriers for table games. All AC casinos plan to implement similar procedures.

When Hard Rock reopens on July 2, it will also have a new protocol called the Safe + Sound Clean Team. The team consists of 100 employees whose sole job is to deep clean all gaming surfaces, chips, hotel rooms, restaurants, pools and public areas.

Casinos will also be providing hand sanitizer stations on the casino floor along with enforcing the state’s mandates regarding masks and social distancing.

But these plans are all dependent on what guidelines the state and Division of Gaming Enforcement require of casinos, too. Those have yet to be made public.

Cashless gambling in Atlantic City?

Another, more innovative tactic that Atlantic City’s casinos could possibly employ is cashless gaming.

Just approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission this past week, cashless gaming would not only be a great way to help prevent COVID-19 spread but also would give players more options.

The new regulations approved by Nevada would allow players to withdraw or deposit money from table games and/or slot machines with a digital wallet such as PayPal, Venmo or Apple Pay.

This new method of “money handling” would drastically cut back on the use of chips by players, casino cashiers and dealers alike.

Implementing cashless gambling, however, is only one part of any plan to make Atlantic City safe for tourists. Safety plans and protocols, as well as following state guidelines, are essential to AC’s gambling future.

The fact remains, though, that the flow of tax revenue into the state’s coffers shrank while casinos were closed. Failing to bring Atlantic City back safely will deter visitors.

And if the pandemic worsens in NJ, casinos will likely shut down once more.

Borgata Atlantic City Ready To Welcome Guests Back After July Fourth Weekend

Bucking the trend of most Atlantic City casinos, Borgata will reopen to the public on July 6. In the meantime, it is prepping the casino and sportsbooks.

The comeback is underway, as companies and casinos are returning one step at a time. Borgata Atlantic City became the latest to weigh in on resumption plans on Tuesday.

One day after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy blessed a July 2 reopening for casinos, Borgata indicated that it would use the first dates for special guests and open to the public on July 6.

Reservations will also be accepted for July 6 and beyond, though at last look, the reservation system had yet to be updated.

And as is the case for all casinos in Atlantic City, Borgata is only allowed a 25% capacity.

What Borgata’s July 6 opening will look like

Borgata’s safety plan, which had been well established and waiting for Murphy’s green light, will spring into action.

It includes:

  • Screening, temperature checks and employee training.
  • Mandatory masks and personal protection equipment (PPE).
  • A six-foot physical distancing policy in place wherever feasible.
  • Hand washing and enhanced sanitization.
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls and air quality.
  • Incident response protocols.
  • Digital innovations.

When it comes to the casino, every other slot machine will be disabled in an effort to encourage physical distancing.

Many table games will have polycarbonate barriers installed as well. Poker will not be available at first.

In fact, Borgata announced the cancellation of:

  • MGM Resorts East Coast Poker Tour
  • Borgata Summer Poker Open
  • Borgata Poker Open
  • WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship

There will be stand-alone handwashing stations located along the casino floor, polycarbonate barriers where physical distancing is difficult and digital menus at restaurants that can be accessed by scanning QR codes.

The Borgata is also engaging in increased and enhanced cleaning procedures.

Murphy indicated Monday that safety measures will be strictly enforced. Anyone refusing to comply will have to leave.

What about the Borgata sportsbooks?

The ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic have spread beyond health considerations.

NJ sports betting fans keenly await the reopening of the racebook and bar dear to the hearts of every gambler: Moneyline.

The racebook is a state-of-the-art facility with individual televisions, large screens, self-service kiosks and tellers. It is one of the finest places to watch horse racing on the East Coast.

Horse-racing enthusiasts hope it will be back up and running in time to handle action for the July 18 Haskell Invitational Stakes at Monmouth Park.

The Moneyline Bar & Book is a nightlife extension of the gambling vision. The 8,000-square-foot space opened officially last summer and features a 40-foot-wide LED video wall and six betting windows.

Like all sportsbooks, they have been affected by unfinished seasons, which affect betting. But pro sports are in the works for making a comeback in July.

Add that to 100+ days of closed AC casinos, and it is no surprise that the books will be a prime attraction during the reopening.

How do you get a bet refund at Borgata?

Customers who have placed bets on an individual or upcoming game and/or event that is ultimately canceled or one that has already been canceled will receive a full refund.

For bets placed at Moneyline Bar & Book or the Race & Sports Book at Borgata, guests can bring their bet slips back to either location upon reopening to receive a refund.

Tickets can also be redeemed by mail. The instructions and mailing address appear on the back of wagering tickets.

For bets placed within the BetMGM or Borgata Sports mobile NJ betting apps, customers have already been refunded for games that have been canceled.

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Mlife Rewards benefits changes and updates

Customer loyalty program plans reflect Borgata’s intent to continue benefits.

Mlife Rewards tier status earned in 2019 and 2020 will be extended through January 2022.

Borgata also is changing the earning year to Jan. 1–Dec. 31 from what’s historically been Oct. 1–Sept. 30. This extends the benefits three additional months and makes it easier to track the calendar earning year.

Certain Mlife Rewards offers, such as promotions, events and entertainment, have expired or been canceled during the time the property was closed. They will be rescheduled.

Borgata has also suspended Points and Express Comps expirations through Sept. 30, 2020.

How long before casinos are open at full capacity? That’s TBD

Soon, Atlantic City’s biggest revenue winner will reopen and the slots will once again sing on the Borgata casino floor.

And soon, the real sports betting will resume.

In that lighthearted spirit, here’s some conjecture with hypothetical odds on the next operations phase.

Will Murphy extend casinos’ capacity from 25% to 50% or higher before the end of July? Practically even money.

Murphy is meticulous, yet also aware that Atlantic City casinos could secure a substantial rebound with a higher percentage capacity. That means more people back at work and more tax revenues. He wants that.

The unspoken sentiment from his Monday briefing was: Don’t mess this up and there will be more good news.

I’m betting yes for the extension, with an announcement during the third week.