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Atlantic Club Casino

Formerly Atlantic City Hilton and ACH, this newly renamed casino and hotel forgoes the glitz of newcomer Revel.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: There are 58 live table games, including blackjack, roulette, mini baccarat and various versions of poker. Close to 1,500 slot machines line the floor.

Entertainment: Atlantic Club's priority is gambling, so don't expect too many options. (An exception: comedian Mario Cantone is scheduled to perform June 23. Ticket info available at atlanticclubcasino.com/events/ticket-information.) The Beach Bar, a no-cover spot for frozen drinks and live bands, opens Memorial Day weekend.

Where to eat: AC Steak & Seafood and the Italian eatery Carmine's Trattoria offer reasonably priced options.

Where to stay: Like most Atlantic City casinos, the Club offers hotel rooms and suites. AAA recently awarded the Club its three-diamond rating.

Information: The Atlantic Club Casino, 3400 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Call 609-347-7111 or go to atlanticclubcasino.com.

Bally's Atlantic City

With 220,000 square feet of gaming areas, Bally's is Atlantic City's largest casino. If you're searching for the extravagance of Las Vegas on the east coast, Bally's is likely the spot.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: Live table games include blackjack, roulette, craps, card games and a separate baccarat room called Baccarat Palace. There are more than 5,000 slot machines.

Entertainment: "The Legends" tribute series — featuring impersonations of Whitney Houston, Adele, Elvis and more — kicks off this weekend, with performances taking place every night except Mondays. Buy tickets at ballysac.com/casinos/ballys-atlantic-city/casino-entertainment.

Where to eat: Looking for a cheap bite? Sack O' Subs and Walt's Primo Pizza offer meals averaging $10 per plate. Arturo's, famous for its veal parmigiana, provides a fancier option.

Where to stay: Bally's has more than 1,700 hotel rooms.

Information: Bally's Atlantic City, 1900 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Call 609-340-2000 or go to ballysac.com.

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

In 2003, the Borgata became the city's first new hotel property in 13 years. Now, the sleek casino-hotel is one of Atlantic City's most popular destinations.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: You'll find 3,475 slot machines and more than 250 table games spread across the 161,000 square-foot floor. The Borgata also hosts daily tournaments in its poker room, the largest in the city.

Entertainment: Concerts and shows range from alt-rock gods Weezer (June 1) to "Parks and Recreation" star/comedian Aziz Ansari (July 13 and 14). Buy tickets at theborgata.com/entertain/event-calendar.

Where to eat: Fining dining restaurants come with celebrity-chef pedigrees, including Bobby Flay Steak and Wolfgang Puck American Grille. The Metropolitan offers an oyster bar and gelato bar.

Where to stay: There are more than 1,500 guest rooms at the Borgata, ranging from "classic rooms" to 5,000 square-foot suites called "Residences." Many of the rooms have been recently renovated.

Information: The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Call 609-317-1000 or go to theborgata.com.

Caesars Atlantic City

Home to boutique shopping and the Boardwalk Beer Garden, Caesars has remained one of Atlantic City's most popular resorts since the Roman Empire-themed casino opened in 1979.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: There are more than 135 table games, including blackjack, poker, craps and roulette. There's also Keno and more than 2,300 slot machines.

Entertainment: Concerts ands shows range from TV host Bill Maher (June 2) to Madonna (Sept. 15). Buy tickets at caesarsac.com/casinos/caesars-atlantic-city/casino-misc/entertainment-index.html.

Where to eat: Like most Atlantic City casinos, Caesars offers a wide range of dining, including Asian (Buddakan) and classics (Morton the Steakhouse). For $20, you can get an Italian meal at Mia.

Where to stay: There are four towers with 1,144 guest rooms, including suites.

Information: Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Call 609-348-4411 or go to caesarsac.com.

Golden Nugget Atlantic City

Formerly Trump Marina, Golden Nugget Atlantic City — the East Coast version of the Las Vegas staple — officially opened in April after a $150 million transformation.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: There are 68 table games (blackjack, roulette, baccarat), 22 poker tables and 1,560 slot machines spread over the 70,000 square-foot casino floor.

Entertainment: Concerts and shows include the power-pop quartet the Smithereens (June 16) and Las Vegas headliner Gordie Brown (June 27 and July 8). Buy tickets at goldennugget.com/atlanticcity/show_performers.asp.

Where to eat: During the summer, The Deck offers live music and food by the water. There's also Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse and Cosimo's Pizza.

Where to stay: There are 725 rooms, including 151 suites.

Information: Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. Call 800-777-8477 or go to goldennugget.com/atlanticcity.

Harrah's Resort Atlantic City

Whether you want to relax at its Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa or want to dance all night at the huge nightclub The Pool, Harrah's offers many options.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: There are 170 table games including craps, roulette and Big Six. There are also 2,722 slot machines.

Entertainment: Concerts and shows include stand-up comedian Ron White (June 16) and Irish folk band Celtic Thunder (June 27). Celebrities also host "Epic Saturdays" at The Pool, including Mario Lopez (June 23) and "Jersey Shore's" DJ Pauly D (July 7).

Where to eat: In the mood for seafood? Try Bluepoint, the resort's raw bar known for fresh catches and martinis. If you're in a hurry, there's the Taste of the Shore Food Court, featuring Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and Philly Soft Pretzel Factory.

Where to stay: With four towers overlooking the bay, Harrah's has 1,630 rooms.

Information: Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, 777 Harrah's Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Call 609-441-5000 or go to harrahsresort.com.

Resorts Casino Hotel

After mismanagement and money issues almost shut it down, Resorts was rebranded in 2010 as a Roaring Twenties getaway spot inspired by the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire." Now under new ownership, Resorts is finding its place on Atlantic City's boardwalk once again.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: There are table games (including Spanish 21, various versions of poker and roulette) and slot machines ranging from penny slots to high limit slots.

Entertainment: Concerts and shows include the Australian soft-rock duo Air Supply (July 21) and a free classic car show (July 28). Buy tickets at resortsac.com.

Where to eat: Those in the mood for light fare can check out the Eastwind Noodle Bar. For a different take on your typical burger, there's Gallagher's Burger Bar.

Where to stay: There are 942 guest rooms, with many in art deco style.

Information: Resorts Casino Hotel, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Call 609-344-6000 or go to resortsac.com.

Revel

With its grand opening set for Memorial Day weekend, the $2.4 billion Revel is Atlantic City's shiniest new toy, offering games, rooms, 10 pools, retail shops, nightclubs, theaters and more. It is also entirely smoke-free, a fresh alternative to other casinos.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: Across Revel's 130,000 square-foot casino floor, you'll find 97 table games, 16 electronic tables, 2,439 slot machines and a poker room with 37 tables.

Entertainment: Concerts and shows include country-pop act Sugarland (June 15) and R&B veteran Seal (July 20). Buy tickets at revelresorts.com/entertainment.

Where to eat: "Iron Chef" Marc Forgione has American Cut while chef Robert Wiedmaier oversees the Mussel Bar.

Where to stay: There are 1,898 guest rooms and suites, all with views of the ocean.

Information: Revel, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Call 855-348-0500 or go to revelresorts.com.

Showboat Hotel and Casino

Home to the House of Blues and the Rooftop Pool, the Mardi Gras-themed Showboat can be a rock 'n' roll destination or a relaxing weekend away.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: There are table games including Spanish 21, blackjack, roulette, mini-baccarat and various types of poker. Showboat offers more than 2,600 slot machines.

Entertainment: Concerts and shows at the House of Blues include R&B group 112 (June 23) and Meat Loaf (July 27). Buy tickets at caesars.com/casinos/house-of-blues/casino-entertainment.

Where to eat: For those in a rush, the Canal Street Bread and Sandwich Company keeps things simple. There's also brick oven pizza at Casa di Napoli and tapas at the Foundation Room.

Where to stay: There are more than 1,300 guest rooms and suites.

Information: Showboat Casino and Hotel, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. Call 609-343-4000 or go to showboatac.com.

Tropicana Casino and Resort

The Tropicana's strongest assets could be its familiarity and prices: You'll find well-known restaurants (Hooters, P.F. Chang's) and shops (Brooks Brothers, A Time for Wine) in The Quarter.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: There are 170 table games, including craps, roulette, blackjack and baccarat. Asian games, including Pai Gow poker and Pai Gow tiles, take place in Jade Palace. Tropicana offers more than 2,600 slot machines.

Entertainment: Concerts and shows include stand-up comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer (July 7) and '80s rocker Bret Michaels (Sept. 21).

Where to eat: There's seafood at FIN, while Carmine's — an Atlantic City version of the New York Italian eatery — offers meals served family-style.

Where to stay: There are more than 2,000 rooms, including 350 suites available to rent.

Information: Tropicana Casino and Resort, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. Call 800-345-8767 or go to tropicana.net.

Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino

Located in the heart of the boardwalk area, Trump Plaza has games, dining and the Plaza Spa, which offers massages and an Olympic-size pool.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: There are table games, including blackjack, craps, Let It Ride and Spanish 21. Slot machines, including Wheel of Fortune and Monopoly, line the floor.

Entertainment: Trump Plaza offers exhibitions, including the Franklin Institute's "Identity: An Exhibition of You" and Beatlemania Now (both through Sept. 3). Buy tickets at trumpplaza.com/entertainment/index.cfm.

Where to eat: Apparently, Donald Trump prefers the beef at Max's Steakhouse. If his thing isn't yours, try the Italian restaurant Evo or 24 Central Cafe's traditional fare.

Where to stay: There are 904 rooms — including 142 suites — all overlooking the water.

Information: Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, 2500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Call 609-441-6000 or go to trumpplaza.com.

Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort

With a variety of shops and restaurants, the Trump Taj Mahal is a large, luxurious resort with plenty of options for fun.

Casino hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Games to play: There are more than 200 table games, including blackjack, craps and a Baccarat Pit. The United States Poker Championship is hosted in the Trump Taj Mahal's smoke-free poker room. There are more than 3,500 slot machines on the Taj's floor.

Entertainment: Concerts and shows include the Commodores (July 7) and soul singer Al Green (Aug. 25). Buy tickets at trumptaj.com/entertainment-clubs/index.cfm.

Where to eat: Saving your money for the tables? There's the White House Sub Shop or even Sbarro. For those who want a little taste of everything, there's the buffet, Sultan's Feast.

Where to stay: There are more than 2,000 rooms and suites.

Information: Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401. Call 609-449-1000 or go to trumptaj.com.

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