When it comes to the best bar venues for sitting down with some friends and relaxing, the Borgata has no shortage of options. Many have a particular theme to focus on such as live entertainment, sports betting, or just having a nice view of the surrounding casino floor. Our Long Bar Borgata review takes a look at this rather unassuming little hole in the wall to find out if it’s worth your time or if you should move on to more exciting locales. Here we go!

Narrow but Fancy

Ambiance

Long Bar’s layout is small and narrow, so it can look a bit intimidating at first glance if there are plenty of patrons inside. If you have a large group with you, I’d steer clear of this one for that reason alone. Still, the smaller dimensions give it a more cozy feeling than some of the other larger, more sprawling venues that the Borgata offers.

Drink Selection

Long bar has a passable amount of drinks available, though certainly not as extensive as we like to see. Their menu contains about 12 cocktails with a bend towards the classics (Rob Roy stands out as an example). Their beer selection is decidedly sub-par, the best of which is Cape May’s Coastal Evacuation (Which runs at a steep premium of $10 USD). Wines are available as well, though I can’t speak to the quality as it isn’t our drink of choice.

Food Selection

Long Bar provides a number of snacky, pub-type appetizers on their menu, so don’t expect to grab dinner here. We have stopped in here for a quick bite before and found the pretzels to be good, though the sliders were nothing impressive, especially considering the cost ($20 USD). You can take a look at the full menu here.

Full Review Summary

While Long Bar is nicely tucked away and often flies under the radar at the Borgata (Which I like), it rarely comes up as a first choice when we visit. If the other bars are packed and Long Bar has some seats available, then have at it. Otherwise, I think you can safely skip this one.

I’ve been a big fan of craft beer ever since I was old enough to legally drink. It shouldn’t be surprising then that the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival has been an annual staple for my wife and I. While we had to take 2020 off for obvious reasons (Pandemics are the worst), we were back in 2021 and returned in 2022 to once again see what the state of New Jersey had to offer beer fans. We also stayed at the Borgata, our favorite casino in the city. Here’s how it went!

Atlantic City Beer Festival Review

I look forward to this beer festival every year, and for good reason! Not only is it a fair excuse to spend the weekend in Atlantic City, it also brings together over 100 breweries from the region and puts them into one convenient place. Since the pandemic, the beer festival now takes place outside at Bader field, just a short (10 minute) Uber Ride from the Borgata.

Atlantic City Beer Festival Review
Nicole is always having fun!

The weather was perfect for the beer festival this year (2022). Nice and windy, just below 80 degrees, I couldn’t have asked for a better time. Seriously, go check it out if you have the chance.

Dress Up Time is Optional

Borgata Table Minimums

As always, the Borgata did not disappoint, which is probably why it’s our favorite casino in Atlantic City. Table minimums were definitely on the high side, however. Blackjack and Craps both came in at $15 per throw/hand. We came out ahead, though, which is more than anyone can hope for! Stadium Gaming is also an option for you frugal gamblers out there (hi).

Just about every smart Craps player out there knows the importance of the Odds bet, and Atlantic City is no different. It is the only bet in a casino that eliminates the house advantage (Meaning that the bet offers “true odds” and pays out accordingly) . The house knows this as well, of course, and limits how much a player can put behind their pass line bet. Given that knowledge, 100X Odds seems rather crazy then, right? Why would the casino allow the player such a huge advantage? It’s all about marketing. Casino owners would like to get as many players in as possible and hope that they play enough “dumb” bets to make up the difference.

In times past, 100x Odds Craps could only be found in a select few casinos in Atlantic City. These included the Wild West Casino and Bally’s AC (Bally’s changed hands 2 years ago. The new owners are Twin River Worldwide Holdings).

Where can I play 100X Odds Craps in Atlantic City Now?

Unfortunately, we have bad news for players on this front. Neither of these casinos offer 100X odds anymore. They’ve since lowered their maximum odds to 10x. While this is an unfortunate update, it isn’t all that surprising. A good streak at 100x odds could cost casinos a significant sum, though 10x is still very competitive for the area. Both Wild West and Bally’s also have the lowest craps minimums as well. Just about every other casino in Atlantic City will only cede 5X odds to players.

We recently finished our first trip to Atlantic City and, much to our surprise, stumbled upon a new game: Roll to Win Craps. This variation combines the elements of a real table and electronic versions of the game (Check them out here). The experience is decidedly different than either version and ultimately serves as a good stepping stone for newer players that may not be comfortable yet with the higher minimums and pressure of a live table. Even as veteran players, we had a total blast with this one.

Roll to Win Craps in Atlantic City
Roll to Win Combines Live Play With Electronic Formatting

How It Works

For all intents and purposes, Roll to Win Craps plays very closely to the real thing. Each player has a seat at the table, which has one live casino employee (A stickman). The major difference here is that all bets are handled electronically. Each player has their own terminal to place wagers at, which is really helpful if you’re just getting started and have no idea how to play. You can brush up on rules, take a look at payouts, and there is virtually no chance that you’ll interrupt the flow of gameplay. In short, it’s a win-win! If you’re curious, you can check out a quick video on how the game works here.

This variant also provides a number of bells and whistles. When you place your bet, you’ll see your chips shoot out like a meteor from your terminal to the appropriate spot on the board. If you hit a certain number of points as the shooter, the board will “ignite” and light up so that everyone knows there’s a hot hand at play. It adds some spice to a game that’s normally viewed as old-school and stodgy.

Where to Play Roll to Win Craps in Atlantic City

I’m genuinely surprised this variant of the game isn’t more popular. Maybe it just needs a bit more time to percolate amongst the playerbase, as my wife and I had a blast the last time we went to play in AC! Currently, there is only one casino in Atlantic City that offers Roll to Win Craps: Harrah’s Atlantic City, which is on the Marina side. Harrah’s isn’t our favorite, admittedly, but sometimes it’s enough of a swing to get us to stay there JUST because they have this game available.

Flop Poker

While there are a number of Poker variants out there (Criss Cross Poker, for example), Flop Poker is another fun twist that can be found at a number of casinos in Atlantic City. It’s a pretty straightforward game to play as it uses normal poker rules, with each player at the table trying to get the strongest hand that they can. A full list of Flop Poker rules can be found on the Borgata’s site here.

Flop Poker Basics

To summarize, play starts with a “pot” and “ante” bet from each player. You’ll receive a 3-card starting hand as well as a 3 card community “flop” to complete the best 5 card hand you can put together. Once your cards are received, you have the option of folding and losing their ante bet or raise with a flop bet that’s equal to their ante wager. Important Note: Even if you fold, you still may be able to win the pot, so you retain your cards.

Once all players have completed their actions, the dealer will put up 3 cards on the table. As a player, you’ll need to use 3 of your own cards and 2 of these table cards. Once tallied, if you placed an ante wager and a flop wager, you’ll win with at least a pair of jacks. There’s a pay table that you’ll receive that you can peek at here. The pot continues on like a regular poker game and the player with the best poker hand wins. Simple, right?

Flop Poker Table Minimums in Atlantic City

The pandemic has really thrown table minimums for a loop, but during my last stay at the Borgata in June of 2021, the table minimums were $10 per bet.

Where to Play Flop Poker in Atlantic City

Thankfully, Flop Poker is a fairly popular table game and can be found in most casinos in the marina and on the boardwalk. I prefer the marina properties myself, but your mileage may vary. These include:

When looking for new table games to try out in Atlantic City, you may want to consider Criss Cross Poker. It’s an interesting variant that was introduced to the gambling world in 2014. It’s popularity has only grown since then, so it’s definitely worth checking out. The game is also readily available in a number of casinos in Atlantic City, and we have a full guide for you pointing out where to play and what to expect for table minimums.

If you’re not familiar with how to play Criss Cross Poker, it’s easy enough to learn. You can find a full guide on how to play here. Basically, the player receives 2 hands and gets to use 5 community cards to build them out. The cards are placed in a “criss cross” pattern, hence the name.

Where to Play Criss Cross Poker

While the game is becoming increasingly common, here are a list of places that you can currently play:

If I had to choose where to play, I’d pick The Borgata. They have a classy setup over there in the Marina, and you also have a chance to find the mysterious $5 Blackjack table!

Criss Cross Poker Table Minimums

While minimums for all table games have been skewed upwards thanks to COVID-19, I saw most Criss Cross Poker Table Minimums end up around $10 per hand. You’ll see this spike to $15-$20 during the pandemic or during peak times, however.

Looking to improve your skills at Blackjack? You’ve come to the right place. While Blackjack is a great game that’s a ton of fun with a good group of friends, it can be intimidating to approach at first. Other players at the table will often question your decisions. Worse still, they’ll loudly complain if you make an “incorrect” play that results in them busting. Just a little bit of work will help you avoid these scenarios, however. With that in mind, here are some resources that will help you hone your skills at Blackjack and ensure that no one will think that you’re playing in the wrong manner. Here’s how to get started.

Important Disclaimer: I am not claiming that taking any of the actions below will make you a winning player at Blackjack. Like all casino games, the house retains the edge and you will lose over the long term. Still, it’s important to be prepared and be the best player you can be at the game.

1. Learn Basic Blackjack Strategy

Learn Blackjack!
Don’t take it too seriously.

When playing, you’ll often hear players mention “the book” and what action it dictates they should take. This book is basic Blackjack strategy. Given certain rules of the game, there are optimal actions you can make as a player. This will maximize your chances of winning and other players will take note and nod along even in the face of losses knowing that you made “the right” plays.

The best part about basic strategy in Blackjack is that’s it’s incredibly easy to learn. There’s an exhaustive Blackjack guide that you can view here.

Another common tactic is to bring a “strategy card” that tells you exactly what your optimal play is given certain cards, rules, etc. You can pick up a strategy card over at Amazon here. You can bring these to the Blackjack table with you or simply have them along in case you need to brush up on your strategy before sitting down.

2. Learn to Card Count

21 Movie Blackjack
It doesn’t work like this.

Once you grasp the basics, you may be ready to take your Blackjack game to the next level. While not illegal, card counting is a somewhat controversial practice. The basic jist of it is that as a player, you have the ability to watch and track what cards have come out from the deck. Under the right circumstances, you would increase your bet amount if those conditions are favorable, thus shifting the advantage to the player instead of the house.

Unlike in glorified movies like “21,” the reality of a card counter is that playing is a grind, and you need to be constantly alert in regards to how the game is flowing. Even if you play absolutely correctly, you’ll only be shifting the game edge to a slight advantage to you. I don’t card count myself, but if you’re interested, the best resource I’ve come across can be found over at Black Jack Apprenticeship.

3. Practice Makes Perfect

Casino movie Blackjack
Remember this movie?!

It can be helpful to practice your Blackjack game outside of the pressure of a live table. This is especially true if you’re just starting out and run into scenarios where you’re not sure what the “correct” play is according to the book. Nicole and I prefer to get a little something when we’re practicing, so we recommend using the MyVegas Blackjack app, which can be found over at Google Play and the Apple store. It’s free and allows you to earn comps for the best casinos is Las Vegas and The Borgata in Atlantic City. For a full run down of how MyVegas works, check out our guide here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted a huge number of industries across the country, and Atlantic City Casinos are no exception. Traffic is down, restaurants are closing, and table minimums during COVID are up significantly. Casinos have also needed to take steps to separate players and keep their staff safe. It’s just not a great time to be a gambler.

COVID Means a Lot of Changes

As a result of these changes, casinos are trying to squeeze as much revenue as they can from each player. This means that you’re likely to see increased table minimums across the board in Atlantic City, at least until the pandemic passes and we can return to some sense of normalcy.

Safety Shields Like This One are the New Normal

Still, it’s not all bad. You can still gamble cheaply online in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. My wife and I do a “virtual” casino night every so often and play blackjack, slots, baccarat, or poker. That’s likely your safest play until a viable vaccine for the virus is released.

Table Minimums During COVID

Personally, I’m still not comfortable venturing inside a real casino until this all blows over, but I have been doing some fact finding as to what table minimums to expect while the virus still rages on. As a general rule, you should tack on $10-$15 to whatever normal minimums you see for Craps, Roulette, or Blackjack. I would also be sure to check on New Jersey’s restrictions for travel, as they’ll continue to change over the coming months as well, and often at short notice. Good luck out there!

Atlantic city has a reputation for being very rough around the edges, but that doesn’t mean that the city doesn’t boast a beautiful skyline at night. Most of the boardwalk hotels will have a nice view of the ocean if you’re willing to pay up for an “ocean view” room or a suite, but some hotels have a great view of the sea or the city skyline no matter what room you’re in. Our favorite views can be found below.

Best View of the City: The Borgata

If you’re looking for a great view of the city itself, then you’ll need to get off the boardwalk and head over to the Marina. The Borgata is unquestionably our favorite casino in Atlantic City, and the beautiful view is part of that. No matter where you are in the hotel, you’ll have a nice view of the bay or city skyline. If the view is important to you, make sure you request a higher floor.

This is the view from a suite, though normal rooms are great too!

Best View of the Water: Ocean Resort

Ocean has quite the troubled past, but there’s no question that the billion dollar resort is on the rebound these days. One of the best parts of staying at this hotel and casino is that just about every room has a wonderful view of the sea. No more paying up for an “Ocean View” room that’s still sub-par on many occasions (Looking at you, Tropicana). Unless you’re on the first 3 floors, you’ll have a great view like this one:

View from Ocean Casino Room.
View From The 22nd Floor

While Borgata is my go-to stay when it comes to being in Atlantic City, Ocean Resort comes in at at a close second. Having a nice view is just a great way to round out your stay. Whether you’re looking for a great Atlantic City skyline view or a nice calming look at the ocean, the city has something for everyone.

As a light gambler, I normally stick to the “classic” versions of games when it come to Blackjack and Craps, but there are always exceptions to the rule. I recently discovered a fun variant that I enjoy, Double Attack Blackjack, which I did a write up on here. Today I’m here to write about another popular variant, Blackjack Switch, and run down where you can find the game to play in Atlantic City.

Here’s What a Blackjack Switch Table Looks like

How to Play

I won’t go into too much detail on how to play Blackjack Switch, as you can find a more in-depth guide here. In short, the game plays just like normal Blackjack, with the key exception being that you are dealt two hands instead of 1. Once dealt, the player has the option of switching the second card dealt to each hand. This gives you the feeling of having a little more control over the outcome of the game. Another key difference is that a dealer of total 22 will result in a push rather than a win for the player.

Where to Play Blackjack Switch in Atlantic City

Blackjack Switch was originally introduced to Atlantic City in 2009, but there are a variety of casinos that currently offer this variant. The full list can be found below:

I have not been to the Borgata since the Pandemic, but I’ll have to see if they’re currently offering this the next time I’m in town.

Blackjack Switch Minimums in Atlantic City

These minimums will have undoubtedly change with the onset of COVID-19, but during my last visit I saw the table minimums for this game range from $10-$25, with the higher minimums being found at Caesar’s and the cheapest tables being found at Harrah’s.