I love traveling to Atlantic City, ‘AC’ as we call it. I lived in New Jersey for a few years and grew to love the area. It took me a while to get used to the weather and Jersey demeanor, but eventually, like many people who were born and raised in the northeast, eventually, what first came off as brusque and weathered eventually develops a charm and personality that’s akin to the roughhousing of familial siblings. It’s easy to take it out of context if you aren’t part of the family.
The problem with traveling to AC is that there is not a major airport that serves Atlantic City. The most cost-effective way of flying into AC is to fly into Philadelphia and then drive to AC. Imagine the stunted growth that would have befallen Las Vegas if McCarran was 50 miles away.
But let’s not fool ourselves, AC is not going to make the investment and build a major airport, nor should it. If AC became the tourist hub of Las Vegas, the tourists would be shocked the first time they heard, ‘get the f*ck outta here.’
AC is not for everyone.
Around the time that I left New Jersey, I started hearing the news report about new construction plans for a mega-resort, later to be called Revel. It seemed like Atlantic City was going to hit it big time. Atlantic City already had the over-performing Borgata. The addition of Revel would be the first new Atlantic City casino built since the Borgata and would bring growth and opportunity.
Of course, we now know that didn’t happen.
So now we have Ocean Casino Resort, formerly known as Ocean Resort Casino.
Oh, before I go further, my New Jersey friends wanted to remind everyone that ‘it’s Ocean, not Oceans.’
The casino is not located on the first floor. To get to the casino floor, I had to take an elevator. I don’t think that’s a big deal because Ocean isn’t located in an area where casual foot traffic would divert into the casino.
The casino is nice and has all the games one would expect in a casino.
Here are some pics from Ocean.
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I think the voice over is done by Sam Elliot, who played Carter Slade, the Caretaker, in the 2007 Ghost Rider movie. I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that I’m a fan of that movie. Here’s his voice over in the Harley Davidson slot.
For my friends who love Pai Gow tiles, Ocean has it.