I had stayed last at Harrah's, but wanted this time to be on the boardwalk and I was happy that I did that. The location was much better and in Atlantic City parking the car once and then not moving it is the cheapest alternative.
I like some shade on the beach and this location was great. Just along side was the new Revel and across from that was a building that jutted out to the ocean and I could put my folding chair under it or near it and catch the shade while still having the beach. The water was cold, but it was refreshing because it was one of these humid times we were having.
I wanted to ride my bike. Riding is allowed on the boardwalk from 6-10. In the autumn I had enjoyed another open time in the afternoon. However, I had a flat tired and did not get to ride. I will next time.
I did walk on the pier and watch the rides and people. It was fine to see that. There are quite a few places out there where you could bring a sandwich and have lunch.
I brought most of the food I ate. I remembered that the prices of food are high in Atlantic City. I did buy one expensive buffet right at Showboat, the seafood night. It was $37 on Sunday. I also ate a more reasonable meal at the Irish Pub just off the boardwalk.
The place is a small museum of articles, photos, and memorabilia. Much of it is focused on baseball and some of that is very unique and rare. Much of it would be valuable on eBay. All was interesting.
Even the ceiling is covered in old newspaper articles although that is too dim to be read.
The food was affordable. It was not exceptional, although the “pub salad” would make a fine meal by itself. It was good. I had a few chicken wings with that salad. They were very good. I also had a couple drafts of Great Lakes amber and those were very good, two draft mugs were just $5.50 for both, so they were priced right.
I ate at the bar and listened to some folks tell a few stories and react to the baseball game on the flat screen. I liked it all.
I had enough salad to take some back to the room for my early morning breakfast.
Poker at the Showboat was disappointing. The bad beat rake is now $2 from every pot, so with tip winning costs $7. Too much. I better liked the 2-4-6 limit game next door at the Taj Mahal.
Along the boardwalk they have reopened those cheap shops where you can find things for a dollar. I bought a new baseball cap from the Negro Hall of Fame shop. It was a large size that fits my head well and just a dollar.
I had read that the rooms were not as good as Harrah's but I did not notice anything that was sub par. Everything was fine. In my offer these rooms were free while Harrah's would have charged me $35. There was a $10 early check in fee. I got in line to time my check in right to 3 PM and did not pay it. The line was about a half hour wait. The clerk said they charged the fee up until 2:50PM.
Using VP Free I did find the full pay jacks or better and did pretty poorly until I hit a royal. So my gambling paid all my trip expenses easily. It was good fun.
I did not see any shows because there were few open on Monday.
This is my preferred casino in Atlantic City. I like Total Rewards, their comp program, because it is good at 4 casinos in town, one in Pennsylvania, and others in Vegas and across the country. The hotel rooms are very nice, many with good views of the ocean. The table game dealers are very professional yet easy going. And the average customer skews much younger than many of the other casinos in town. The place has a party atmosphere especially when you compare it to Resorts which now has a 1920s theme. The buffet is very nice, but getting pricey especially on Saturdays when they have lobster. My only complaint is that they never seem to have enough employees working at the front desk for check-in.
Tend to go to Atlantic City once a month and always find myself going to the Showboat. I like the fact that if you are at one of the poker bars you actually get your beverage comped!!! It is also the place that I hit my first Royal Flush!!
The buffet is great and the new promotion on Monday and Wednesday makes it even better (25 credits gets you 2 free buffet tickets!)
Showboat has undergone some drastic changes over the last few years. Chief among these are the addition of the House of Blues. This changed the layout of the casino to add floorspace for the restaurant and night club and a themed section of the casino. The main floor is large with plenty of table games (craps, roulette, blackjack, 3 card poker, 4 card poker, let it ride, Texas Holdem Bonus) and there is a nice Asian pit with Bacarrat, mini-bac, Pai Gow Tiles and Pai Gow Poker). Minimums are typically $10 and up (higher on weekend). Slots are what you'd expect in AC. All the new ones, mid-90's payout, VP abounds, not a whole lot to speak of there but does include the progressive Spin Poker (linked to all AC casinos).
This also includes a themed poker room on the second floor (next to the House of Blues theatre) that hosts different limit games, daily tournaments (2-3x a day) and even WSOP circuit events. Once side dedicated to tournaments, other side for live games. Small menu for poker table dining (sandwiches and pizza).
Showboat is still owned by Harrahs and maintains the Total Rewards card. Like all other properties in the Harrahs chains, being a higher status is king. Quicker lines for cash outs, better seating in the buffet.
Buffet - a very good buffet featuring a seafood (lobster) on Friday night. Other nights are also good with different sections (italian, chinese, seafood, carving station).
Restaurants - there is a the standard 24-hr a day cafe on the second floor and a quick take-out cafe near the bus lobby/parking garage. Sub-par but passable. There is an excellent Italian and Chophouse on the bottom floor along with the House of Blues restaurant. There is also an excellent noodle bar next to the new high-limit room in the Asian area.
Parking - Valet is free for Platinum/Diamond (and only available to them on weekends). Self-parking free to all rewards members all week, $5 for others. There is also a Total Rewards shuttle - free to cardmembers - to other Harrahs properties in AC (Harrahs, Caesars, Ballys)
Showboat is my home casino in AC. Some great video poker in the House of Blues area, although they recently changed some of the games on the machines.
It really helps that it's non-smoking in that area. They also have a number of double bonus double jackpot ($2,000 for the royal on quarters) VP machines at the Boat.
The Buffet is good, but has gone downhill some in the past few months. It is even closed on Wednesdays and Thursday in the winter, which stinks because those are my days off. They wil make a special dish for Diamond card holders.
Diamond Club is decent but the lines can get nasty and sometimes, especially if you are a woman, the drink service can be slow. Bourbon Tower rooms have been renovated. they are bit smaller that the Orleans Tower but are much closer to the heart of the casino and have great flat-screen TVs with some HD channels.
Good selection of slots but it can get crowded when the buses pull in. Free parking for Platinum and Diamond card holders and golds can get it by putting 25 points on your card (it's probably better to just pay the $5).