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    Last stop on the Atlantic City playing tour brings us to downtown on the boardwalk and the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. This is one of my favorite poker rooms in AC and is the third largest room in AC with 42 tables spaced nicely giving plenty of walkabout room. The decor is unlike anything else in town with dark wood trim and a general look that reminds me a little of an old library. The room is well lit, non-smoking and all the tables/seats are in great condition. The staff is helpful and know thier operation very well.
    The games offered in this poker room range from low limit HE to 20/40 limit HE, 1/2,2/5 NL HE and Stud 10/20. There were also some spread limit Stud games available with the higher limit being 15/30/45/45. They also offer Omaha HI/LO and Omaha HI in the evenings primarily on weekends or on request. There is a very active tournament schedule with a variety of structures:
    Sunday NL HE 11:15am $100+$20 5000 chips no rebuys or add-ons
    Monday NL HE 7:15pm $20+$10 1000 chips unl rebuys, 1 add-on
    Tues NL HE 7:15pm $100+$20 single add-on guar. $10,000
    Wedn NL HE 7:15pm $30+$10 2000 chips unl rebuys, 1 add-on
    Thur NL HE 7:15pm $20+$10 1000 chips unl rebuys, 1 add-on
    Friday NL HE 4:15pm $50+$15 2000 chips unl rebuys, 1 add-on
    Sat NL HE 11:15am $200+$25 5000 chips no rebuys or add-ons

    Last Monday of the month - Club Championship Invitational Stud 10:15am - Invitation based on hours played during daily tournaments.
    Entries limited to 220 for all events

    I like the Tuesday night tournament but it goes into the wee hours of the morning. I'll stay awake for the 10 grand guaranteed but I have yet to make the final table in this tourney and I usually get to bed early I've never played enough hours to get into the monthly club championship.
    The "Trop" has one of the best comp rates in town. You need to apply for a Trop card when you first sit down at the table for the first time. With a Trop card, room rates Sun-Thur $60, Fri. $85, Sat. $89 (requires 4 hrs. play during a 24hr. period prior to stay). Call 1-888-765-3722 to make a reservation, book early at least one week prior to your intended stay (tournament time doesn't count).
    As I wrote above this is one of my favorite poker rooms in town. The cocktail service is great, except during the current strike, and the staff is exceptional. There is no waiting area per say but I usually don't have to wait very long and the staff is really great about letting me sign up for more than one game. If you want to take a break, have a smoke, there is a nice bar just outside the rear entrance to the room that makes good drinks. There is usually some live entertainment going on,typically soft jazz/rock, that drifts into the poker room and overshadows the sound of the nearby slots. The rest rooms are also just outside the rear door makeing a quick dash between hands possible. The only negative is that the casino is located downtown which is a good distance from the Showboat where my significant other routinly gets free rooms(slot queen). But hey.. a nice walk down the boardwalk after a long session of cards with the ocean breeze in my face and a jingle in my pocket is a good thing , except in winter

    As this is our last stop on the tour of Atlantic City I would like to take a few lines to summarize our tour. There are currently 6 poker rooms in AC. Two in the marina area (Harrahs, Borgata), one uptown(Trump Tajmahal), two midtown(Sands,Ballys) and one downtown(Tropicana). Two of the rooms, Harrahs and the Borgata, have definite plans to expand thier poker operations and some other casinos like the Showboat have plans to add a poker room. Harrahs currently owns the Showboat and there is a rumor they are buying Ceasars Palace. Harrahs has a policy of offering the same gameing choices at all thier properties so given thier decision to expand the poker room at Harrahs in the marina area they will probably be adding significant sized poker rooms to the Showboat and any other property they aquire. During this tour I also stopped in every casino in AC and asked about thier plans for poker. None of the other casinos had plans they would discuss but I also sit at blackjack tables once in a while and it seems that just about every casino has a rumor pertaining to future poker room plans. It seems there are alot of ballrooms sitting unused and many of the rumors revolve around converting a ballroom to a poker room. I must add these are all rumors but usually come from the blackjack dealers so who knows. As corporate sponsership for major poker tournaments gains steam I have to believe all these casinos will see the dollars to be made and we will all benefit with more choices and better services.
    As for," where is the best place to play in town?", it depends. I had to stick in one "it depends", it's a poker thing. If you like a big room and high limits your best bet is the Borgata or the Taj. If you like a small sociable room with low limits and a friendly atmosphere I would send you to Harrahs. If you like to smoke while you play then Ballys is your spot, although you will have to content yourself with low limits. As for my favorites I have two. I love playing at the Trop for it's atmosphere, comp policy, tournament schedule and I just seem to do well there. My second favorite is the Borgata. The hotel is the best in town with beautiful rooms, a great layout, great places to eat and a very complete fitness center. The fitness center may not be important to many but to someone who has my health problems it it very important. The Borgata also has a very modern high tech poker room complete with a deli/snack bar that actually sells good/healthy food at a reasonable price, a nice waiting area and a good poker room rate policy. This is another place I just seem to do well in. Wow! what a revelation, I do well in rooms that I feel comfortable in. Hmm....
    So... thats it. This playing tour of Atlantic City has been aimed at those of us who are making the move from the internet poker scene to the brick and mortar casinos. My goal was to educate myself and to provide the information I discovered to my playing friends at PSO. I hope that these posts have demonstrated the variety of playing options we all have when we go out to play cards and will make it easier for the new players among us to make the move to B&M poker. The game of poker is sweeping the casino industry and is alive and well in Atlantic City. If you live near an area with several casinos I encourage you to take your own tour of the area as I have, ask lots of questions and find out what choices you have. You never know, you may just find a favorite place of your own. See you at the tables.

    Bill F

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    Bill, I say this sort of "tongue in cheek", but do you work for the Tropicana? I've played there quite a bit, mostly because I like their tournaments. But, the place is a dump and many of the low-life degenerate local gamblers play poker there. I've played poker everywhere it's offered in AC, and the Trop is definitely the worst atmosphere, mostly due to the crowd that plays there. They are loud, rude, obnoxious, etc., etc. HOWEVER, they generally are not very good poker players, so if you can stand the stench, there's lots of $$$ to be won.

    My favorite is the Borgata, by far, no question whatsoever. How you can even compare the Borgata to the Trop, let alone rate it below the Trop, is beyond me.

    PS. Everyone has an opinion...we just disagree. That said, your post was one of the most thorough reviews I've read...well done.

    Interesting thing from your post, though...I see that they've upped the buy-ins at the Trop tourneys. Used to be mainly low buy-in events, like $20, $50, etc.

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      I dont work

      No I dont work for the Trop. I lost my sense of smell in a motor vehicle accident four years ago so I dont mind stench.lol I didn't intend to imply that I liked the Trop more than the Borgata. The Trop is just a room I like because of the was it's layed out, the comp policy and I WIN $$. I actually play more at the Borgata because I love the Hotel and the poker room. I agree that the level of poker is much better at the Borgata and the poker room has things going for it that can't be found anywhere else in AC. Thanks for the coments.
      8)

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        Re: I dont work

        Originally posted by Durham
        No I dont work for the Trop. I lost my sense of smell in a motor vehicle accident four years ago so I dont mind stench.lol I didn't intend to imply that I liked the Trop more than the Borgata. The Trop is just a room I like because of the was it's layed out, the comp policy and I WIN $$. I actually play more at the Borgata because I love the Hotel and the poker room. I agree that the level of poker is much better at the Borgata and the poker room has things going for it that can't be found anywhere else in AC. Thanks for the coments.
        8)
        At the end of the day, it's about the $$$...that alone is a good reason to play at the trop.

        I read your other AC casino reviews---very well done.

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