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Hard Rock named best of the best

Hard Rock named best of the best

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Darryl McEwen

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After more than three years as No. 1, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa dropped to third place as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City was voted by Casino Player magazine readers as Atlantic City’s best overall gaming resort. Ocean Casino Resort took second place.

Hard Rock also received first-place awards for best suites, spa, casino, players club, promotions, video slots, video poker, and bingo; second-place awards for best hotel rooms, hosts, comps and high limit room; and third-place awards for best hotel, slot tournaments and craps.

In addition, Hard Rock was judged “Favorite Casino Resort To Vacation At,” followed by Ocean, and Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & Marina.

Voters also recognized Ocean for best hotel lobby and rooms, as well as best comps. Ocean’s second-place awards included best hotel, pool, VIP services, race/sportsbook and non-smoking casino/area. Third-place awards included best hotel staff and suites.

In addition, Ocean was deemed “Casino Where You Feel The Luckiest,” followed by Golden Nugget and Tropicana Atlantic City.

Among Borgata’s other honors were best hotel, VIP services, table game and poker tournaments, high limit room, blackjack, and live poker. Borgata’s second-place awards were for best hotel lobby and spa, and third place for best hotel rooms, pool, casino, video slots, carnival games, bingo and non-smoking casino/area.

Resorts Casino Hotel took five first-place awards, for best hotel staff., dealers, race/sportsbook, slot tournaments and craps, as well as second-place recognition for best suites, casino, players club, table game tournaments, reel slots, blackjack and carnival games, and third-place for best comps, video poker and roulette.

Golden Nugget followed Resorts with four first-place awards: best hosts, roulette, carnival games and non-smoking casino/area. Among its second-place awards were best hotel staff, slot and poker tournaments, video slots, video poker, craps, and bingo. Third-place awards included best hotel lobby, spa, players club, VIP services, promotions, dealers, reel slots and blackjack.

Both Tropicana and Harrah’s Resort and each took one first-place award: Best reel slots for Tropicana and best pool for Harrah’s.

Tropicana’s other awards included second place for best promotions, dealers and roulette, and third place for best race/sportsbook, table game tournaments, high limit room and live poker.

Harrah’s other awards included second place for best live poker, and third place for best hosts and poker tournaments.

Casino Player magazine is available at or by calling 800-969-0711.

Recreational gambler Darryl D. McEwen, a former professional journalist, is president of his own consulting firm that manages several small national and international trade associations, and provides public relations and fundraising services for a number of charitable organizations. Have a comment on this or a question specifically related to an Atlantic City casino, players club or other promotion? Email Darryl at and he’ll try to respond to you personally. Your question — without your name — may appear in a future column. Visit his website,, and follow him on Twitter @MrACCasino. Your question — without your name — may appear in a future column.


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