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My recent TR 8/1-3

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My recent TR 8/1-3

My wife and I headed down to AC August 1-3. Took advantage of the comp night at HR and one at Oceans earned from the Tier Match from my CET Platnium card.

Hard Rock:

The good:

- Etess Arena is a cool venue and i like that they let you in/out and bring in your own drinks.

- I love their lobby bar. Solid VP options and great that they had live music going on at 5pm.

- Checked in at 10am and they happily gave me a room.

The bad:

-Some of the seats at Etess had awful views. Even from the floor the stage is so narrow unless youre in the center section its tough to see.

- That said, there was NOBODY at the show. Upper levels nearly empty and lower level had plenty of open seats. We made our way down to row J in the center and there was still plenty of space. We enjoyed the show but if they're only going to sell 2000 tickets (and im sure many of those were comped) I cant see Hard Rock booking big name shows for that much longer.

Oceans Resort:

The good:

- It really is a beautiful space. Clearly this was meant to be a beach resort that happens to have a casino (as opposed to other places that feel like casinos that maybe have a few restaurants). The color scheme, the indoor/outdoor spaces, the separation from the hotel and the casino floor, really just a nice vibe. I'm curious how well this will translate to the AC market and how it will play in the winter but I really enjoyed the stay and would easily stay here next time i wanted a 'getaway' with my wife.

- 12 noon checkin. They wouldnt let me check in at 11 when i showed up, telling me to show up at noon. Sure enough at 1205 i returned and was in my room by 1210.

The bad:

- While the cocktail waitresses made their rounds quickly the drink selection was depressing and may prevent me from making this a 'gambling' destination. Even at the Center Bar the only comp whiskey the can offer is Jim Beam, the only gin is Beefeater, the 'nicest' beer is a Yuengling. I'm at an age where I appreciate better alcohol and really dont like the choice between free mediocre booze or paying $12 for a cocktail when i gamble (Hard Rock had no problem pouring Makers Mark). I cant imagine the cost difference between a cocktail w/ Makers and a cocktail w Beam being more than $0.25 but i can easily see this driving away some customers.

- The sportsbook was limited in the channels it could get. Wanted to watch the Yankees/RedSox but since it wasnt on local TV they couldnt get it. A good sportsbook should be able to show any baseball game regardless of who is playing. I'm hoping this is fixed by my next trip.

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1. Re: My recent TR 8/1-3

What show did you see that was so poorly attended?

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2. Re: My recent TR 8/1-3

Probably should have mentioned it in the post. We saw stone temple pilots and bush. Fun show.

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3. Re: My recent TR 8/1-3

Thanks again for sharing some thoughts of your interesting visit. Sadly, I'm not sure providing cheaper booze will drive away many customers—Have you noticed the inferior and/or chemicalized swill many folk have been advertised to enjoy these days?

I hope you've at least seen this?

nymag.com/nymetro/…

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4. Re: My recent TR 8/1-3

I certainly agree much of Grey Goose's appeal comes from their marketing. Patron relies even more heavily on its image (Grey Goose is still a very good vodka, Patron is not a good tequila). That said, i would gladly drink either of those over the Svedka and Sauza that were on offer at Oceans last night.

I'm not asking to be comped 18 year old scotch in exchange for my 25 cent max play vp. But when the only whiskey available is jim beam i find it a little disappointing. They cant shell out another $3 a bottle to give some better comp options??

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5. Re: My recent TR 8/1-3

thanks for your detailed review...

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6. Re: My recent TR 8/1-3

Interesting to hear about the Etess Arena. I was there for the boxing match and there wasn't an open seat in the place. Great venue and really no such thing as a bad seat with the boxing set up.

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7. Re: My recent TR 8/1-3

SPT and Bush have been having a hard time selling their tour so it might not have just been issues with the Hard Rock. I saw concerts at the venue when it was the Taj and a lot has to do with how the stage is set up.

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