Atlantic City casino revenue up 18% for best February since 2011

ATLANTIC CITY — Gaming revenue for the resort’s nine casino properties increased more than 18% in February, continuing a monthly hot streak that is quickly approaching two years.

But analysts are keenly aware the industry may be affected by COVID-19 and are looking to online betting to serve as a buffer.

Restaurant Week wraps with appearance by Jose Garces

If you haven’t taken advantage yet of Atlantic City Restaurant Week’s appetizing menus at amazing prices, you still have time.

Restaurant Week is scheduled to end tomorrow, Friday, March 13, so get your friends together quickly and decide on a place to eat before it’s too late.

Wrap up the culinary celebration at Amada at Ocean Casino Resort with Food Network’s Iron Chef Jose Garces. Chef Garces will present the inspiration behind the restaurant’s Spanish cuisine from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 13. Reservations are required. Ocean Casino Resort is located at 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Go to TheOceanAC.com/Venues/Amada.

Ocean Casino keeps things casual at the District Bars + Restaurants

It’s clear that there is an expectation in Atlantic City casinos to offer fine dining on an unparalleled level. One need only gaze at the myriad of celebrity chef-owned restaurants and other fancy-pants eateries, each offering the most exquisitely prepared (and highly priced) dishes to get that message loud and clear. But in some ways, it seems that message may have been broadcast a bit too loud. While Atlantic City is certainly a place to splurge on a fancy dinner, sometimes you just need to grab a quick, low-cost meal and be on your way. And that is where the District Bars + Restaurants at Ocean Casino Resort come in.

4 things to know about Wine Down Week at Ocean Casino Resort

We’re only one month into 2020, but we’re already thinking we could use a little winding down. Or maybe — even better — some wining down. Take a break from the world and all those resolutions you already forgot about and head to Ocean Casino Resort from Sunday through Friday for their first ever Wine Down Week, with half off glasses of wine throughout the property.

Ocean Casino Resort

Head to the Boardwalk for some Super Bowl betting fun at Ocean’s William Hill Sportsbook. The property features one of the best books on the East Coast…

New and Improved in Atlantic City

It’s called Ocean Casino-Resort, but “Phoenix” might be a better name for what opened in 2012 as Revel. That’s because from the ashes of that disaster (Revel closed in 2014) has risen a great Atlantic City success story.

Ocean Casino Resort turns the tide

With college football preparing for its bowl season and college basketball starting to warm up a bit, I decided to take a ride down this past Saturday to Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino Resort (formerly Revel) and visit its William Hill Sportsbook, located right in the heart of its casino gaming floor.

Zhen Bang Noodle & Sushi in Atlantic City | Ocean Casino Resort

Noodle & Sushi at the Ocean Casino Resort

Solid Option

Zhen Bang Noodle & Sushi in Atlantic City, located in Ocean Casino Resort between the parking garage and the walkway to the casino is a solid dining option. My mother was in the mood for noodles, so we gave it a try. It’s a bit overpriced, like all restaurants in Atlantic City Casinos, but we thought it was tasty.

Halle Berry is filming her directorial debut ‘Bruised’ in Atlantic City

Halle Berry’s directorial debut Bruised will bring the Oscar-winning actress to Atlantic City for filming this week.

Announced last year, the project stars Berry as a disgraced MMA fighter named Jackie Justice, according to a report from Deadline. In the film, Berry’s character reconnects with her estranged son Manny, 6, and faces off against a rising MMA star while finding her identity as a mother and regaining her place in the world of professional fighting. Production was initially supposed to begin in March.

Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino is Making a Serious Comeback

Atlantic City is now considered one of the premier destinations in the United States. For years, Ocean Casino has been considered one of the worst gambling venues in the city. Recently, however, this hotel-casino has been posting some impressive revenue figures.

Ocean Casino will be in Atlantic City for a ‘long time’

ATLANTIC CITY — At this time last year, Ocean Casino Resort was struggling financially and many industry watchers wondered whether it could survive the brutal winter months along the Jersey shore when visitation to the city’s gambling parlors drops off.

Dive into a unique experience at Ocean Casino Resort

At some resorts you get a comfortable stay, luxurious amenities and delicious culinary offerings, it’s expected. You certainly get all of that at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, but you also get something more — an experience.

Ocean Casino Resort to host free UFC 244 viewing party

At 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, the William Hill Sportsbook at Ocean Casino Resort will host a UFC 224 viewing party inside the 7,500 square foot sportsbook. Sports fans will be able to watch the world-class event free of charge from plush comfortable seating on their state-of the-art video wall. The main event of the evening is a matchup between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal.

Ocean surges in Atlantic City; Wall Street yawns at MGM sale

Atlantic City gambling revenue was off 3% last month and we’ll be generous, chalking it up to one less weekend day than last year. The Boardwalk grossed $224.5 million, led by Borgata with $57.5 million (a 5% slippage). Table win was down 1.5% on 3.5% less wagering, while slot win decline 6.5% on 12% less coin-in. The Caesars Entertainment trio fell 9.5% led by a 17% plummet at the tables (10% less betting) and a 6% slide at the slots, where coin-in dropped 9%. Eldorado Resorts, however, ought to look at putting its own house—the Tropicana Atlantic City—in order, as gaming revenue plunged 15% to $25.5 million, receding into fourth place. Hard Rock Atlantic City was second with $29.5 million (+14%), followed by Harrah’s Resort($26.5 million, -2%).

Ocean Casino Resort posted an unbelievably strong performance, just shy of $21 million, surging 38.5% (!). All other casinos were revenue-negative. Bally’s fell 12.55 to $14.5 million, Caesars Atlantic City tumbled 16% to $19 million and Resorts Atlantic City made $14.5 million and change, leaving Bally’s in last place, despite a 7% slippage. The Golden Nugget grossed $16 million, an 11.5% falloff.

In Atlantic City, Ocean Ups the Ante

Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino Resort (l.) has revamped its player’s club in a marketing drive that’s already won the casino awards—and is turning the profit picture around. Ocean operates inside the soaring oceanfront tower once inhabited by the Revel, which operated just two years before closing.

5 ways to spice up your weekend with pumpkin

If you’re over this still warm, not-quite-fall weather and are ready to get your pumpkin on, you’re in luck. This Saturday marks the inaugural North Beach Pumpkin Patch at the Absecon Lighthouse, a three-hour, fun-filled day full of all-things autumn. Here’s what you can expect.

50+ Bites returns with brand new bites and an all new price

Beginning Oct. 10, A.C. Weekly’s annual culinary adventure known as 50+ Bites will officially return. Here’s how it works — you buy a pass which entitles you to one Bite from each participating restaurant in Atlantic County throughout the next 50 days (Thanksgiving excluded). Once again this year there will be more than 50 Bites (60 in total) and each will offer you a delicious culinary experience.

Year after 2 new casinos, Atlantic City revenue up nearly 8%

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A year after two new casinos opened in Atlantic City, the seaside resort’s gambling and sports betting revenue is up nearly 8%, and its top casino had its best month ever.

Figures released Wednesday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement show the casinos took in $323 million, an increase of 7.8% from July 2018.

That’s when the city’s two newest casinos, Hard Rock and Ocean, were in their first full month of operation. July’s figures were the first true apples-to-apples comparison in a year of how the Atlantic City casino market had been

Atlantic City casino revenue up in July, year to date

ATLANTIC CITY — The double-digit percentage increases for monthly casino gaming revenue stopped in July, but the market was still up compared to the prior year.

Total gaming revenue for Atlantic City’s nine casino properties was $323.3 million in July, an increase of 7.8% over last summer, according to figures released Wednesday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. Year-to-date gaming revenue for Atlantic City casinos is $1.85 billion, an increase of 18.4% over the first seven months of 2018.

15 party places to watch the A.C. Airshow

It’s not every day you get to see fighter planes take to the skies of Atlantic City, so when you do, you’d better believe it’s a cause for celebration. Head to the 17th Annual Atlantic City Airshow, “A Tribute to Those That Serve,” Wednesday, Aug. 21, to see the amazing feats of U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Royal Air Force Red Arrows and more. Here are 15 places to catch the show.

OCEAN CASINO’S WILLIAM HILL SPORTSBOOK HAS THE ‘BIG-TIME SPORTSBOOK FEEL’ OF VEGAS

With preseason games kicking off in full this weekend, the start of the NFL season is so close, we can almost taste it.

There are, in fact, 11 preseason games on Thursday, and it’s a sure bet that all of the New Jersey sports betting sites — retail and online — will be taking action on them. But where are you going to watch the game? Perhaps at a nearby sports book, but which one? There are 10 of them after all.

Eight of those 10 are in Atlantic City. And the AC sports books are prepping for their first full season of gridiron action.

I will be reviewing each of the books layouts, features, and amenities. Today’s focus is the William Hill Sports Book at Ocean Casino Resort.

Ocean Casino’s hedge-fund owners approved by state gaming regulators

ATLANTIC CITY — State gaming regulators advanced a New York-based hedge fund’s controlling interest of Ocean Casino Resort and approved a veteran of the resort’s industry as trustee.

Luxor Capital Group was granted interim casino authorization Wednesday by the state Casino Control Commission following a lengthy public hearing. The authorization was granted with several financial conditions, as recommended by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, to ensure the casino hotel’s stability.

Review: Stray Cats return to Atlantic City for a rip-roaring rockabilly party at Ocean Casino Resort

Rockabilly revivalists Stray Cats strutted into Atlantic City for the first time in 12 years Saturday night and raised the roof of Ocean Casino Resort’s Ovation Hall.

Celebrating four decades as the world’s most-popular exponent of the 1950s genre that blended R&B and country (then considered “hillbilly music” in some precincts) that is one of the DNA building blocks of rock ’n’ roll, the trio came out firing on all cylinders and pretty much stayed in fifth gear throughout the 22-song rave-up.

5 things to know about Christmas in July at Ocean Casino Resort

Christmas may be five months out, but that’s no reason we can’t get the party started early. Head to Ocean Casino Resort on Thursday, July 25 (exactly five months from Christmas Day) for a Christmas in July celebration — complete with all the magic of the holidays — smack in the middle of summer.

GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: Mike Donovan, Vice President of Marketing, Ocean Casino Resort

The saga of the Revel/Ocean property in Atlantic City took a major upturn earlier this year when Mike Donovan, a former marketing executive at the Tropicana, was hired by the new owners, Luxor Capital, to lead the Ocean marketing team. Donovan has wide experience in Atlantic City and other jurisdictions and has delivered some dependable formulas to turn around the fortunes of that struggling casino. And it seems to be working, with the property posting the highest gross gaming revenue ever in June. Donovan explains what the property has to offer his customers and how he positions it, He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at Ocean in July.

36 Hours in Atlantic City

Atlantic City’s boom-and-bust cycle has been in motion for decades now, with new casinos and restaurants sowing high hopes for revitalization, followed by mass closings, and then the whole thing happening on repeat. The key to enjoying this seaside New Jersey city, where the beach is often a secondary consideration, is to revisit old favorites interspersed with whichever new places have opened their doors, whether that’s the newly legal sports books in the casinos or hip beer gardens. The longtime pleasures of Atlantic City — the gambling, the funnel cake and the amusements — never change and should be enjoyed to the fullest. And, if you can squeeze in a whiskey from an innovative local distillery, an oyster happy hour and a stimulating museum on African-American history at the same time, consider it a bonus.

Ocean Casino Resort Turning It Around After One Year In Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY — Ocean Casino Resort is the go-to overnight destination in the city for Greg and Joanne Murphy.

The couple from Gloucester Township, Camden County, said they love the casino hotel, which celebrated its one-year anniversary Thursday with ribbon cuttings, a guided tour of new amenities, a Mummers parade and a champagne toast.

‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’: Where can you see the cast members in Jersey?

You’ve seen them on “Jersey Shore” and “Jersey Shore Family Vacation,” now see them in person — in Jersey.

Cast members have several public appearances scheduled in the state in July. Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Vinny Guadagnino and Angelina Pivarnick are scheduled to appear together Sunday, July 7 in what’s billed as the “The Biggest Jersey Shore Beachclub Party” at the HQ2 Beach Club at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City.

Chris Tucker comes to Ocean Casino Resort

Known for his high-pitched voice and fast talking delivery, comedian Chris Tucker first started to get noticed in the early 1990s after an appearance on “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy All-Star Jam.” Roles in “House Party 3,” “Friday” and “The Fifth Element” were soon to follow. Tucker is perhaps best known for his role in the 1998 action/comedy “Rush Hour” with Jackie Chan and the sequel that followed in 2001. The comic whose childhood classmates would sometimes refer to as “Little Eddie Murphy,” has developed his own style and persona and will have the audience at the Ocean Casino Resort in hysterics on Saturday.

GALLERY: Ocean Casino Resort celebrates its year anniversary

Ocean Casino Resort, Atlantic City celebrating its one-year anniversary in Atlantic City Thursday June 27, 2019. Ocean executives tour the new amenities on the property, including a new wine store, new elevators, 1927 Speakeasy Lounge, etc.

Much has changed in one year at Hard Rock, Ocean casinos

ATLANTIC CITY — From ownership changes and restaurant closings to added gaming amenities and capital improvements, neither Hard Rock Hotel & Casino nor Ocean Casino Resort is the same today as when they opened June 27, 2018.

GALLERY: Mark Wahlberg joins F45 fitness class at Ocean’s anniversary celebration

ATLANTIC CITY — Mark Wahlberg joined in a 300-person workout at Ocean Casino Resort’s HQ2 Beachclub Saturday, June 22 as part of the casino’s one-year anniversary celebration. Ocean opened at the former Revel casino property on the northern end of the Atlantic City Boardwalk in June 2018. The track workout was led by F45 Athletic Director Cory George, who serves as the face of the growing fitness franchise that began in 2012 in Australia.