We all know the old saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” However, if something is not working as well as it could, one should fix it, or at least try. And that’s exactly what Ocean Casino Resort is doing now in a big way.
Ocean Casino Resort not only has a new principal owner, Luxor Capital Group, but a new name. Originally it was called Ocean Resort Casino, but on April 10, 2019, the property officially switched the order of the second and third words to reflect the new owner’s intention to be first and foremost, a casino.
But what good is a new name without an exciting new image to go along with it? In my January 14, 2019 article on NJ Gambling Websites entitled “Can Ocean Resort Casino Be Saved?”, I described some of the problems that might have contributed to this casino’s lackluster revenue in 2018.
Casinos aren’t just for gambling – they offer a lot more
One of the most obvious of these was that, compared to other Atlantic City casinos, Ocean Resort offered little top quality entertainment. I also mentioned the shortage of special events and promotions like prize drawings and holiday celebrations that invariably draw more people to the casino.
A third area I highlighted was the pressing need for lower cost dining options and discounted specials that would give restaurant goers more bang for their buck.
I am delighted to report that Ocean Casino Resort is starting to implement these changes.
Innovations are already in the works–with many more coming
Since the start of 2019, scheduled entertainment at the resort has increased substantially in both quality and frequency. In addition, starting this weekend—just in time for Mother’s Day–you ‘ll be able to take advantage of new dining and spa specials.
But that’s not all. Over the coming weeks, Ocean Casino Resort will be unveiling a wide array of other enhancements, including all of the following:
- Additional dining and shopping deals at numerous outlets throughout the property
- Many more ways to earn and redeem comp dollars
- Weekly prize drawings
Despite the resort’s focus on being first and foremost a casino, with all this and more happening, before long, Ocean Casino Resort won’t be just a casino anymore, but a hubbub of activity.
Treat your mom to a Mother’s Day she won’t forget
Mother’s Day is fast approaching. But for all of you who would love to treat your mom or any other person in your life who’s like a mom to you to something special, yet still haven’t made plans, no need to panic. Ocean Casino Resort has you covered!
Treat her to brunch at Amada
I can’t imagine a surer way to start this special day for your own special someone on a winning note than to be waited on hand on foot, savoring the exquisite Spanish cuisine of celebrity chef Jose Garces while enjoying breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
If you had any doubts before about the appropriateness of the Ocean Casino Resort name, brunch at Amada overlooking the ocean will convince you otherwise.
Starting on Mother’s Day, May 12, and every Sunday thereafter, Amada will be serving brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $49 per person. Reservations are a must.
Visit TheOceanAC.com ASAP to reserve your table.
Recently I enjoyed a delicious dinner at Amada. But rather than go on and on with my own accolades for this acclaimed restaurant, I’ll let chef Garces himself do the talking.
“We’re excited to bring brunch with a view to Amada at Ocean. With the spectacular views and our delicious Spanish food, featuring our house specialty, roasted suckling pig, there’s something for everyone.”
Sunday brunch options will include Andalusian inspired fare such as Tortilla Espanola (a traditional Spanish omelet with saffron aioli), and Sangria Pancakes, along with a carving station, assorted breads, and other traditional breakfast and brunch favorites.
Treat her to a luxurious facial and massage at Exhale Spa & Bathhouse
Mother’s Day is all about being pampered. So any gift that offers escape from the pressures of everyday life and a day of ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift.
It’s also a gift you should consider for yourself, to reward you for and get your mind off your own hard work year-round.
Of course, a day at the spa can get quite expensive. However, Exhale Spa & Bathhouse at Ocean Casino Resort offers two money-saving specials at $99 each.
- 50-minute Swedish Fusion Massage
Rhythmic Swedish massage movements combine with powerful aromatherapy oils to give you almost a full hour of unparalleled relaxation.
- 50-minute True Facial
Some salons and spas offer facials with all kinds of weird ingredients for those adventurous enough to try them. But for a Mother’s Day gift, I think it makes more sense to go with a tried and true treatment.
Start with a thorough cleansing and application of a custom enzyme exfoliation, in the expert hands of a skilled esthetician, that will prep the skin perfectly for the next step. That will be a soothing mask, selected specifically for your skin type.
50 minutes later, your face will feel refreshed and restored, and you’ll be ready to face the day.
- The $99 spa treatment offers are available Tuesday -Thursday only, cannot be substituted for or combined with any other services, and end May 31, 2019.
- Tax and gratuity are not included in the quoted $99 price.
Take advantage of lots of new ways to earn, redeem, and use comp dollars
If you’re not a big player, you will inevitably be disappointed at times that you are not earning comp dollars at the rate you expected and feel you deserve. You may also feel inconvenienced by the casino’s rules and restrictions regarding when and where you are allowed to use your comps.
These are common complaints. The good news is that both earning comp dollars and using them at Ocean Casino Resort will soon become a lot easier.
But what if you don’t have any comp dollars available? Does that mean you have to pay full price for everything? Absolutely not! As long as you sign up for a Player’s Club Card and bring it with you, you can get lots of free and discounted stuff simply for showing up!
At Ocean Casino Resort, it pays to have a Player’s Club Card
If you’re not a member yet of the Ocean Premier Players Club, what are you waiting for? Joining is completely free, and once you have your card, earning comps for your play isn’t the only benefit.
You can start taking advantage of a whole host of rewards, offers, and freebies–more than ever before. Even if you don’t play a lot, simply having a card entitles you to a free rebate bonus offer on sign-up, plus free self-parking, special dining and retail discounts, daily promotions, and the chance to win huge prizes every time you visit.
New Member Rebate: Now through December 31, 2019
Anyone signing up for an Ocean Casino Resort Player’s Club Card for the first time between now and the end of the year gets this special offer. If your early play doesn’t go well, no worries. The casino has your back.
New members who lose between $50 and $500 on their first visit will receive a refund of their losses in the form of two equal free play offers in four to six weeks. Video poker, video roulette, and keno are excluded. Certain other restrictions may also apply. Visit the Players Club for more information.
Dynamite Dining Deals
- $2 Tacos
Taco Tuesdays were great. But starting June 1, the offer will no longer be limited just to Tuesdays. Show your Player’s Club Card at Distrito and enjoy a $2 taco and margarita between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. any day of the week!
- Discounts at Cafe 500 and Rocco’s Italian Kitchen & Market
All Players Club members will get a discount at these restaurants. The amounts are 20% for Black Card holders, 15% for Platinum Card holders, 10% for Gold Card holders, and 5% for Blue Card holders.
Super Shopping Savings
If you wish, you can now redeem your comp dollars at participating Shops at the Row. As of this writing, the shops that accept comp dollars include all of the following:
- Time After Time (jewelry and watches)
- Hooligan’s (kids’ clothing and accessories)
- O-Man (gentlemen’s clothing and accessories)
- Rocket Fizz (soda pop and candy)
- Renee and Bangz Salon & Blow Dry Lounge
- Flying Point Surf Shop
You’ll also be able to start using your comp dollars soon at Ocean Wine & Spirits and other retail outlets.
$250,000 May and June Giveaway
From now through the end of June, playing your favorite slots & table games, and getting in on some NJ sports betting action at the William Hill Sportsbook won’t be the only way you can win big at Ocean Casino Resort.
Every Friday and Saturday in May and June through June 29, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., five lucky players will each win up to $1,000 every hour. They will also be entered in the Grand Prize drawing taking place at 11 p.m. Sat., June 29 where three Grand Prize winners get to choose from a Mercedes C 300, CLA 250, or GLA 250.
After this promotion ends, I bet there will be many more big giveaways of this type at Ocean Casino Resort.
Other special offers
Free Play every day
Winning $1,000 and then a Mercedes on top of it is a long shot to be sure, but here’s another reward that isn’t. In fact, as long as you have $50 or more comp dollars available, you can count on it every time you visit because it’s guaranteed!
Players may now exchange comp balances from $50 to $500 for free play. However, it’s at a 2-1 ratio. In other words, you get $1 free play for every $2 in comps redeemed.
You might prefer to save your comps for something else where you can redeem them dollar for dollar.
Additional benefits for higher level cardholders
You can now pick up your Players Club gifts at the new Gift Redemption Center.
In addition, Black card members may park in designated Black Card members only parking spaces on the casino level and 11th floor of the self-park garage.
Black and Platinum players also never have to wait on long lines. Preferred lines exclusively for them are now available at all restaurants, shows, and special events.
Summary and Conclusion
Casino Player readers voted the Ocean Premier Players Club No. 1 in comps. After reading about all of the wonderful benefits this program has to offer, I can see why.
However, as I pointed out in my review of this casino’s William Hill Sportsbook, the comp program for sports bettors can be a lot better. It needs to be combined with the casino comp program so that players who enjoy both casino games and sports betting, who are not necessarily big gamblers, can derive some tangible benefit.
Hopefully, this much needed improvement can be implemented in time for the 2019 fall football season.
In any case, it’s wonderful to see Ocean Casino Resort back on track. If you haven’t visited in a while, be sure to come back soon and experience everything about the new, improved Ocean Casino Resort that makes it a standout New Jersey casino resort destination.