DFAW #94: Use Promo Code DFAW

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On episode 94 of the Atlantic Club sale rumor podcast, Kyle and Craig take a look back at the Hollywood Casino that never was, talk about the best use of listener donations, and then get into the news:

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Episode info: [ 0:33:57 | 16.3 MB | download here ]

DFAW #93: Who Wants Tier Credits?

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On Episode 93 of the Atlantic City and Casino Biz Podcast, Kyle and Craig debate the value of Caesars Rewards tier credits before getting into the news.

Episode info: [ 0:40:43 | 19.5 MB | download here ]

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DFAW #92: Not in Compliance

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On episode 92 of the Atlantic City and Casino Biz Podcast, Kyle regales us with stories from Hong Kong and Macau, then Craig and Kyle talk about the news.

Upcoming events:

News:

Also, here’s the article we mention about 24/7/365 gambling being approved in 1992.

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Episode info: [ 0:58:28 | 28.1 MB | download here ]

DFAW #91: Macau Talk

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On episode 91 of the Atlantic City and Casino Biz Podcast, Kyle and Craig talk about some Atlantic City news, then turn the focus toward Hong Kong and Macau! Kyle is heading out for three nights in each city next week, so we talk about his plans.

News:

Also, be sure to check out Craig’s appearance on Morano in the Morning from Sunday, January 27th.

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Episode info: [ 0:43:41 | 21.0 MB | download here ]

DFAW #90: Ocean Has Been Sold

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On episode 90 of the Atlantic City and Casino Biz Podcast, Kyle and Craig talk about the huge news that Ocean will get a new owner just 6 months after opening, plus some other stuff.

Ocean news:

Other stuff:

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Episode info: [ 0:48:58 | 23.5 MB | download here ]

Due For A Win’s “Best Of 2018”

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In episode 89 of the podcast we definitively declared the best things in Atlantic City in 2018 across 20 categories. Except when we disagreed and picked different places, so maybe it’s not that definitive at all.

Here’s the list of categories, what we picked, and why:

Casinos

BEST TABLE GAMES — Borgata
“The huge differentiator for me for Borgata over the other properties is how good the crews are. … That is just head and shoulders better than any of the other casinos, in my experience.” –Kyle

BEST SLOTS — Borgata
“In terms of just the turnover and always having new, fun machines … Borgata still has the best slots.” –Craig

BEST VIDEO POKER — Borgata
“They have the most 9/6 quarter video poker. … The B Bar is by far the best place to go and play video poker if you want to do so at a video poker bar.” –Kyle

BEST ASIAN GAMING ROOM — Hard Rock
“Hard Rock’s Asian room is absurdly gorgeous. … What a great room. It’s honestly where I think about when I think ‘I want to be playing table games.'” –Craig

BEST PLAYER’S CLUB
• Caesars/Bally’s/Harrah’s Total Rewards (Kyle’s Pick)
“If you’re … a newer player and you want to occasionally go to Vegas, which many people would, [Total Rewards] is probably the player’s club to join.”

• Hard Rock Wild Card Rewards (Craig’s Pick)
“That status match was in 2018, it was huge. … The comp dollars that you rack up there — for me at least, and for what I play — seems to be significantly faster than Total Rewards, M life, or any of the other properties.”

BEST CASINO SERVICE
• Borgata (Craig’s Pick)
“It’s never bad.”

• Caesars (Kyle’s Pick)
“The drink service is consistently outstanding there no matter where you are, and I think the ability to order those drinks at slot machines really gives them a leg up.”

BEST HOTEL ROOMS — Ocean
“‘Spectacular’ is really the only word. The floor-to-ceiling windows, the views, just how nice and new and modern they are … for me it’s just incredibly clear it has to be Ocean.” –Kyle

BEST ON-SITE DINING
• Borgata (Craig’s Pick)

“The one thing that Borgata really brings is a bunch of different celebrity chefs … Michael Symon, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay … well-known, very good chefs.”

• Tropicana (Kyle’s Pick)
“The number of restaurants they have is insane, and they’re all right in that price point that I really appreciate, and they’re all in the style that I really appreciate.”

BEST ON-SITE BARS
• Borgata (Kyle’s Pick)

“Long Bar … it was good. They have the Beer Garden outside. But, to me, the thing that just pushes them over the top is B Bar.”

• Tropicana (Craig’s Pick)
“Tropicana is very very good, just in terms of the number of bar spaces they have. … There’s so much drinking space there.”

BEST VALUE FOR LOW ROLLERS
• Bally’s (Craig’s Pick)
“$5 tables all the time. That’s nuts. There’s nowhere else in Atlantic City doing that.”

• Resorts (Kyle’s Pick)
“Value for low rollers is more than just a strict value equation … it also has to be enjoyability of the property, and, for me, Resorts is so much higher than Bally’s. The limits are similar … the rules are a bit better … they give out a sufficient amount of free rooms … there’s a lot of decent cheap food there.”

MOST IMPROVED CASINO PROPERTY
• None (Kyle’s Pick)
“I don’t think any casino has gone above and beyond to the level that makes me feel like this is something that any casino should get.”

• Tropicana (Craig’s Pick)
“Tropicana’s just constantly tweaking stuff and fixing it and making the rooms better. … Maybe it’s a lifetime achievement award for them, but it’s really reflected in the revenue.”

BEST CASINO PROPERTY (OVERALL)
• Hard Rock (Craig’s Pick)
“As a whole package, it’s an excellent package. … I love the vibe of everything in the casino: The Asian room is so good, the Center Bar I love so much … all the upstairs stuff that they added … Hard Rock did a lot to make that space worth wandering around.”

• Borgata (Kyle’s Pick)
“If I’m anywhere on the floor, just anywhere at all — playing a random slot machine, playing a random table game — and I’m at Borgata, I know I’m having a good time.”

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Food & Drink

BEST RESTAURANT (THAT WE’VE BEEN TO)
• Dock’s Oyster House (Kyle’s Pick)
“The food was great, the service was impeccable — just from the valet, to getting in the door, to the waiter, and everything that goes along with it. … That was the best restaurant experience I’ve had in Atlantic City, and honestly one of the best I’ve had anywhere.”

• Izakaya (Craig’s Pick)
“The three AC meals I think about the most often are probably the dinner at Nero’s … Izakaya at Borgata, and … that lunch that we had at KWI [Noodle House]. … So I’m going to stick with Izakaya just because I think it is so so good and I really want to go back.”

BEST RESTAURANT FOR CHEAP EATS
• Tony’s Baltimore Grill (Craig’s Pick)
“It’s really good and it’s really classic, just the neon pink inside.”

• Happy Hour at Bar Olón (Kyle’s Pick)
“It’s not cheap style food, but the prices at happy hour are incredibly low and I think the food is just incredibly delicious, and I just really have loved it every single time I’ve gone.”

BEST BAR
• Pic-a-Lilli Pub (Kyle’s Pick)
“When I think of a bar, what I want is really cheap and cold Miller Lite, and I want to get some wings, and for me no one does those two things better than Pic-a-Lilli. … It’s just everything I’m looking for when I’m in Atlantic City.”

• The Irish Pub (Craig’s Pick)
“I’ve loved every minute I’ve been at The Irish Pub. … I just love everything about all the kitsch and ridiculousness.”

BEST BREAKFAST — Gilchrist
“Such good pancakes.” –Craig
“Mmm, the pancakes.” –Kyle

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Miscellaneous

BEST NON-GAMING ATTRACTION — The Boardwalk
“Going up and down the Boardwalk on a nice cool summer night, just being out there — that’s just what Atlantic City is.” –Kyle

BEST NEW THING IN 2018 — Hard Rock and Ocean dual openings
“It really breathes life into — for me personally — my excitement about Atlantic City and going and being excited to try a bunch of new stuff. … Those [casino openings] are inseparable. … They opened on the same freaking day!” –Craig

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF 2018
• Lower-than-expected gambling revenue at Hard Rock and Ocean (Kyle’s Pick)
“We came in with high expectations for both of them and they’ve both far far far from met those expectations, and it just looks like Atlantic City cannot support the number of casinos it has now.”

• Lack of investment in updating Caesars and Bally’s (Craig’s Pick)
“What I was most disappointed about in Atlantic City was just this fatigue that I felt toward Bally’s and Caesars. … Caesars [Entertainment] puts money into Harrah’s, and they’ve clearly just let those two properties [fall] by the wayside.”

MOST EXCITING THING FOR 2019 — Development of Tennessee Avenue/”The Orange Loop”
“They’ve got the Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall now, Hayday Coffee is already open, [MADE Chocolate Bar], there’s the Bourré bar/restaurant. … It’s starting to happen. … The location is great, especially now that Hard Rock and Ocean are open, and it’s right by Resorts, and it would be great to have another block of the Boardwalk where there’s a bunch of attractions there.” –Craig

So that’s our Best Of 2018! Let us know yours (or what you think might win in 2019) by commenting below, reaching out to us on Twitter, or posting in the Facebook group.

DFAW #89: Best of 2018

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On episode 89 of the Atlantic City and Casino Biz Podcast, Kyle and Craig reveal the prestigious Due For A Win “Best of 2018” awards!  We both provide our choices across 20 categories:

Casinos:

  • Best Table Games
  • Best Slots
  • Best Video Poker
  • Best Asian Gaming Room
  • Best Player’s Club
  • Best Casino Service
  • Best Hotel Rooms
  • Best On-site Dining
  • Best On-site Bars
  • Best Value for Low Rollers
  • Most Improved Casino Property
  • Best Casino Property (overall)

Food & Drink:

  • Best Restaurant (that we’ve been to)
  • Best Restaurant for Cheap Eats
  • Best Bar
  • Best Breakfast

Miscellaneous:

  • Best Non-gaming Attraction
  • Best New Thing in 2018
  • Biggest Disappointment of 2018
  • Most Exciting Thing for 2019

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Episode info: [ 1:29:25 | 42.9 MB | download here ]

DFAW #88: A Royal Trip Report

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On episode 88 of the Atlantic City and Casino Biz Podcast, Kyle and Craig provide a recap of their latest trip, then get into the news.

Reviews:

  • Borgata standard room.
  • Amphora Lounge.
  • B Bar.
  • Long Bar.
  • Tiles, craps, and video poker.

News:

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Episode info: [ 1:03:10 | 30.3 MB | download here ]

DFAW #87: Gonna Take You Right into the Danger Zone

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On episode 87 of the Atlantic City and Casino Biz Podcast, Kyle and Craig discuss their quick AC trip that’s just a couple days away, but first they have to talk about the news:

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Episode info: [ 0:37:18 | 17.9 MB | download here ]

DFAW #86: A Strange Session of Pai Gow Poker

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On episode 86 of the Atlantic City and Casino Biz Podcast, Kyle talks about visiting a couple Maryland casinos, including meeting up with Eric from Vegas Confessions, Tim from The Bettor Life, and several listeners at Horseshoe Baltimore, where they had a unique Pai Gow Poker dealer. Then, Craig gives an update on retrieving his missing Diamond Celebration Dinner, followed by some news talk.

The news:

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Episode info: [ 0:42:45 | 20.5 MB | download here ]