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February 8, 2018

Want To Go To A Concert? Tropicana And Virgin NJ Want To Help You Rock Out

Barbara Nathan February 8, 2018
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If you are a Tropicana and/or Virgin online casino player, this could be your lucky week.

Both casinos are giving away free concert tickets. Tropicana online casino is also giving away $5,000 in bonus money.

Details about Tropicana NJ’s Grand Funk Giveaway

Were you listening to Grand Funk (also known as Grand Funk Railroad) in their heyday back in the 1970s? Hard to believe, but more than 45 years later, this high-energy, five-member band is still performing.

For all of you Grand Funk fans and also for those of you who might not be familiar with this band and are curious to experience their music for the first time, TropicanaCasino.com is offering you a chance to win free concert tickets as part of its Grand Funk Giveaway promo.

Grand Funk performed in the Tropicana Atlantic City Showroom last year and will be returning to the same stage on Saturday, Feb. 24 for another concert. Two lucky Tropicana NJ players will soon get a chance to see Grand Funk live absolutely free.

Each of these players will not only win two free concert tickets, but also an overnight stay at the resort.

Here’s more great news: Even if you don’t win the Grand Prize of an overnight stay at the Trop and free concert tickets, you have an excellent chance of winning another prize. In fact, 89 other players will win a share of $5,000 in bonus money prizes.

All of the winners will be determined in a random drawing next Monday, Feb. 12.

How to earn entries for Grand Funk Giveaway

You can earn tickets into next Monday’s drawing simply by playing your favorite games on TropicanaCasino.com. The period for earning entries started on Monday, Feb. 5 and continues daily for the remainder of the week through Sunday, Feb. 11.

Every $50 wagered on any game on any one casino day earns you one entry into the drawing, up to a maximum of five entries per day if you wager $250 or more.

The maximum number of entries possible is 35 (for those who play all seven days of the promotion and earn five tickets each day). Even if today is your first day of playing this week, you can still earn up to 20 entries.

Don’t discount the luck of the draw

The important thing to keep in mind is that the upcoming drawing will have 91 winners. Therefore, it is a reasonable assumption that the luck of the draw will be a big factor in determining the outcome. Just as some casino players with the maximum number of entries won’t win a prize, there will be others with nowhere near the maximum number of entries who will win.

So if you you can’t afford to or don’t have time to earn 35 entries, don’t worry about it. Simply play when you can and hope Lady Luck comes through for you.

Are you eligible to play in Tropicana NJ’s online casino promo?

Of course, before you get your hopes up, make sure that you meet this promotion’s eligibility requirements. While New Jersey residency is not a requirement for participating, you do need to be a registered player on TropicanaCasino.com and have access to the casino’s online games.

Residents of New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico are not eligible to participate.

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Distribution of prizes

The distribution of the 91 prizes is shown in the table below. As mentioned, only two people will win the Grand Prize of an overnight stay at the Trop and a pair of tickets to the Grand Funk concert. The other 89 winners will all receive bonus money credited to their account.

# of Prizes Prize
2 A pair of tickets to Grand Funk Railroad and a one night stay at Tropicana AC
4 $250 bonus money
5 $200 bonus money
10 $100 bonus money
20 $50 bonus money
50 $20 bonus money

The Grand Prize includes the cost of the hotel room and show tickets only. All incidental costs such as travel, meals, taxes, and gratuities are not covered and are the winner’s own responsibility. The bonus money prizes range from $20 to $250.

How to claim your prize

All prize winners will be notified within 24 hours of the drawing (or three business days in the event of technical difficulties). They will then have up to 14 calendar days to claim their prize. All prizes are non-exchangeable and non-transferable.

Wagering requirements for the bonus money

All bonus money won in this promotion is subject to the usual TropicanaCasino.com and sister casino VirginCasino.com terms and conditions.

Prior to being allowed to withdraw any bonus-related winnings, the bonus must be wagered 1x. Any game is fine, and you have up to 30 days to complete the wagering — much more time than necessary.

As soon as the wagering is completed, you will be able to withdraw any resulting winnings, but unfortunately, not the bonus itself. All TropicanaCasino.com and VirginCasino.com bonuses are “sticky” bonuses that the casino takes back. In other words, they are not withdrawable at any time and are given out for play purposes only.

Concert ticket giveaway at Virgin NJ

VirginCasino.com players also have a chance this week to win free concert tickets in their Virgin Rocks Giveaway.

The beauty of the Virgin promotion is that if you’re a winner, you get to pick the concert you want to attend. The casino is giving away five Ticketmaster gift cards in the amount of $200 each.

If you have your heart set on seeing Grand Funk, that is certainly an option. But if you would rather see another show, no problem.

How to earn entries for the Virgin NJ online casino promo

All you have to do to earn entries into the Virgin Rocks giveaway drawing is play your favorite games on the NJ gambling website, as usual. Also, as with the Tropicana giveaway, the period for earning entries started on Monday, Feb. 5 and continues through Sunday, Feb. 11.

For every $50 wagered on any game on any single qualifying day, you earn one ticket into the drawing, up to a maximum of five tickets per day if you wager $250 or more.

Are you eligible to play the Virgin Rocks promo?

The eligibility rules for this promotion are identical to those outlined above for the Tropicana promotion.

How to claim your prize

On Monday, Feb. 12, there will be a random drawing to determine the five winners. The lucky players will be notified via email within three business days and then have 14 calendar days to claim their prize.

The website does not specify if there is a time limit for when the gift certificate may be used. However, if there is one, it is probably extensive. Also, it would seem that you are not restricted to events at the Tropicana Atlantic City, if you prefer attending a concert at another venue.

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Are the Virgin and Tropicana online promos worth your time?

This week both Tropicana and Virgin are giving their players a chance to win free concert tickets. At Tropicana, the prize is exclusively for the upcoming Grand Funk concert, but it also includes an overnight stay at the resort. Virgin NJ online casino is not giving away any overnight stays, but the free tickets can be used on any event of your choosing.

The odds of winning one of these coveted prizes aren’t good. Only five VirginCasino.com players and only two TropicanaCasino.com players are going to win them. However, if you are a player and plan to play this week, you might as well take a shot because with the luck of the draw, you never know.

Promotions any player can enter

One great feature of both promotions is that players of all betting levels can participate. No deposit is required, and just $50 in wagers on one day is all it takes for a chance to win.

Of course, if you can earn extra entries, your chances are better. However, both casinos are to be commended for capping the number of entries at a very reasonable five per day based on $250 in wagers. This keeps high rollers from dominating the entries and levels the playing field for other participants.

What about the Tropicana bonus cash? 

Your odds of walking away with a prize are much better in the Tropicana giveaway than in the Virgin online casino giveaway due to all of the bonus money prizes. However, the likelihood of making a big score with this prize is slim due to two major shortcomings.

  • Only the winnings are withdrawable, not the bonus itself.
  • You can only bet the bonus once, so if you get lucky, there is no way to parlay your wager and winnings, as with the traditional type of casino bonus.

On the other hand, because you are only betting the bonus once (instead of many times), there is no further risk of losing your own money. Instead, the casino is giving you a free ride to try to win with the bonus.

Ocean Resort Casino Plans To Make Its Mark On Atlantic City In Summer 2018

Barbara Nathan February 8, 2018
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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino won’t be the only new casino expected to open by the summer of 2018 in New Jersey. With the recent acquisition of the closed former Revel, the property that never turned a profit in its two years of operation will finally, hopefully, be given new life.

Ocean Resort Casino — with a new name and new owner — could actually be the next Atlantic City casino to open.

Brief history of the former Revel

The $2.4 billion Revel will go down in history as one of the worst casino gambling failures of all time. To no one’s surprise, it was one of the four Atlantic City casino closing casualties of 2014, and the loss of jobs from that casino-hotel alone totaled more than 3,000.

However, in August, 2015, developer Glenn Straub purchased the shuttered property from bankruptcy for the bargain price of $82 million, only to do nothing with it. That was despite Straub having such lofty expectations for the facility that he renamed it TEN. Like any other prospective casino owner in Atlantic City, Straub was required to apply for a license.

However, he refused to do so on the grounds that he would not be running the casino himself but would be leasing its operation to a third party. His long, costly, and ultimately unsuccessful court battle with the Casino Control Commission over this issue contributed to TEN not opening on schedule multiple times.

Given those circumstances and no indication of any progress, the odds of TEN ever actually opening became increasingly remote. Then, in January 2018, those odds plummeted to zero as a new buyer snapped up the property.

Colorado firm buys Revel/TEN from Straub

The former Revel, briefly known as TEN, changed hands again. In January 2018 it was sold to AC Ocean Walk, led by a Colorado-based investor Bruce Deifik, for $200 million.

When the hotel and casino reopen, the property will have a new name, Ocean Resort Casino. According to a report from Moody’s Investors, the new owners expect to invest an additional $175 million on top of the $200 million purchase price to get the property ready for a summer 2018 opening. Deifik is also the president and CEO of Integrated Properties, which owns multiple office and retail centers in metropolitan Denver and Phoenix.

A total of at least 2,500 new jobs are expected to become available with the opening of Ocean Resort Casino.

What Ocean Resort Casino is expected to offer the public

Ocean Resort Casino will be a full service resort. The casino will have 100 table games and 2,200 machines. Additional resort amenities are expected to include 1,399 hotel rooms, 13 restaurants, nightclubs, pools and a spa. The restaurants may include some of the more successful ones that previously operated at the Revel.

The 55,000-square-feet of retail space, 165,000-square-feet space for conventions, 5,700-seat concert hall, and parking garage for 7,000 vehicles will be retained as well. If New Jersey wins its case in the US Supreme Court to legalize sports betting in the state, Deifik also hopes to open a sportsbook on the premises.

Deifik doesn’t seem at all fazed by Revel’s bleak history, stating that his firm is “incredibly excited that we were able to take advantage of the opportunity to acquire this tremendous property at a time when Atlantic City is seeing great economic strides.”

He attributed the failure of the Revel to the fact that it “opened at a time when Atlantic City was still in economic recovery, and operationally it just did not cater to the customer base for this destination.”

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Which will open first — Ocean Resort Casino or Hard Rock AC?

As for which casino will open first, Ocean Resort or Hard Rock, that remains to be seen. Obviously, both are hoping to be up and running in time for the big summer crowds. Having both resorts open should be mutually beneficial, too, since their close geographic proximity will assure spillover between the two casinos.

Ever since Hard Rock International purchased the former Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort from Carl Icahn, there has been widespread optimism for Atlantic City’s future.

Hard Rock AC has been approved by the Casino Control Commission to run the casino. The resort seems to be moving ahead, as projected, toward a summer opening. In fact, Hard Rock Atlantic City recently held a job fair specifically for former Taj employees in order to give them first consideration. About 1,400 applicants showed up for interviews.

Another encouraging sign is that both Hard Rock and Ocean Resort Casino have applied for a NJ online gambling license. Since we foresee no reason why these requests should not be approved, this is especially good news for njgamblingwebsites.com readers.

Will two new casinos help or hurt Atlantic City?

The prospect of having two new casinos, instead of simply more news of another one closing, sounds great for Atlantic City.

However, some experts are concerned that the sudden appearance of two new large casinos could backfire. They feel that nine casinos may be too many for Atlantic City. The presence of two new ones could upset the equilibrium that took a long time to reestablish and ultimately lead to a new wave of casino closings.

I have followed Atlantic City’s ups and downs closely since the inception of casino gambling there in 1978 and have lived in nearby Absecon since 2013. Therefore, I feel I am qualified to offer my opinion on the matter. I have to disagree with the naysayers.

I personally believe that the addition of two new casinos will be good for Atlantic City. One very positive outcome will be the creation of thousands of new jobs. However, ultimately a lot will depend on how well these new casinos are run.

On the one hand, each of these casino resorts must offer something unique and special that the other Atlantic City casinos do not. Hard Rock clearly succeeds in this area, as the Hard Rock brand and what it stands for is known worldwide. However, Ocean Resort Casino is a big question mark. The owners and management of Revel also had some innovative ideas, but they weren’t practical and were poorly executed.

In order for a casino property to succeed, it also needs to offer what today’s players want. Otherwise, the novelty will wear off and so will attendance. Hopefully, Ocean Resort Casino will offer the right combination of newness and relevance to resonate with many AC residents and visitors.

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