It looks like it's going to be an unbelievable spring and summer when it comes to headliner entertainment in Atlantic City.
Hot off a much buzzed-about, sold-out concert by Jay-Z, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa seems to have released the floodgates this week with a slew of big-time headliner announcements.
For starters, the Kings of Leon, one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, will kick off its much-anticipated summer tour at Borgata June 5. Of the 35-plus dates that have been announced, Borgata's Event Center is by far the smallest venue on the tour, which will mostly play to outdoor amphitheatres.
The Kings of Leon score is reminiscent of last year's No Doubt tour, which kicked off its summer trek at Borgata.
"Kicking off the summer with the Kings of Leon by opening one of the most prominent tours of the year is extremely exciting for Borgata," said Joe Lupo, senior vice president of operations for Borgata. "Our entertainment program continues to bring the biggest and newest stars of music in working with our friends at Live Nation."
Another amazing show should be the return of Sting on July 9. The Police frontman will not only bring his arsenal of solo and Police hits back to Borgata, but he will also bring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with him. Sounds amazing.
One of my favorites, Weezer, also will return to Borgata May 1, and former late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien will bring his quirky tour to the Event Center on May 30. That show has already sold out.
Other noteworthy Borgata concerts include "American Idol" judge Kara Dioguardi (April 10), Johnny Rotten's Public Image, Ltd. (May 15); former Guns 'n Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash (May 22); and guitar god Jeff Beck on June 5.
But Borgata isn't the only one getting in on the entertainment action.
Its booking partner, Live Nation, will bring Lady Gaga to Boardwalk Hall July 4. Lady Gaga was originally scheduled to play at Borgata in January, but she had to cancel because of exhaustion and dehydration. Local fans won't miss out in the long run, however, as she brings her summer tour - which is possibly the biggest tour of the summer - to Atlantic City for more than 12,000 people to enjoy.
Harrah's Entertainment properties throughout Atlantic City are also going all out.
Boardwalk Hall also will be jammed on April 3 when Nickelback and Shinedown rock the joint in a Caesars Atlantic City-sponsored concert. Caesars also will sponsor the Black Eyed Peas at Boardwalk Hall on Aug. 7, which will surely be a top summer show.
Diva Diana Ross returns to Caesars Atlantic City May 21, followed by Elvis Costello and The Imposters April 16, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band July 3, and country legend Willie Nelson making a long overdue return Aug. 6.
Other big shows includes: Paramore at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort April 30; the Barenaked Ladies May 8 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort; and Wynonna Judd at Harrah's Resort oMay 15.
Man, can Jay-Z draw a crowd. Not only did the hip-hop performer sell out Borgata March 13, but he attracted some major celebrities, including Motown legend Stevie Wonder, who surprised Borgata executives by making an impromptu visit, Olympic medalist Michael Phelps, former Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon, and "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Jacqueline Laurita and Teresa Giudice. After the show, Jay-Z, Wonder and Robin Thicke, who also was performing at Borgata, had dinner at the Old Homestead Steak House and watched the televised Manny Pacquiao fight. DJ Samantha Ronson joined the group before heading over for her set at mur.mur, where Bobby Flay, fashion designer Charlotte Ronson, Phelps, Thicke and Angela from MTV's "Jersey Shore" partied late. Finally, Beyonce arrived, and Jay-Z and their entourage drew a crowd of more than 50 people playing blackjack in Borgata's high-limit salon.
Also, Lynne and Frank Curtin of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" made an appearance at Tropicana March 13. The reality TV couple stayed for the weekend at the resort and even appeared on Trop Live Radio, where they interacted with fans and discussed their show.
And "90210" heartthrob Trevor Donovan hosted a party at Dusk at Caesars on March 13. He was joined by friend Eric Fellows from "Days of Our Lives." They had dinner at Mia, watched the televised Pacquiao fight and hung out with some female fans at their VIP table inside Dusk.
Red Square deal
Red Square, the Russian-themed hot spot inside The Quarter at the Tropicana, has some great deals worth checking out.
"Fresh Squeezed Fridays" features any Ketel One drinks made with fresh-squeezed orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime juices for $5.50 all day Friday.
And if you haven't had enough of Restaurant Week, Red Square always offers its three-course menu - which is exactly the same as the one during Restaurant Week - for $35 Sundays through Fridays.
A.C. Country Club
extends prix-fixe menu
The Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield, owned by Harrah's Entertainment, also is extending its Restaurant Week menu through March. The country club is offering the fixed-price, three-course meals at lunch for $15.10 per person Thursdays through Sundays, and Saturday night dinner for $33.10 per person. Call 609-236-4465.
If you're a golfer, online winter golf rates are still available for $60 Sundays through Fridays before noon, $40 after noon. On Saturdays, fees are $99 before 1 p.m. and $75 after 1 p.m. Reservations must be booked online at
www.accountryclub.com up to seven days in advance to qualify for the special rate, and each player must provide a valid New Jersey drivers license at check-in. The offer expires March 31.
Resorts offers optional bet for 'Lucky Ladies'
Resorts Atlantic City is offering an optional side bet on two of its blackjack tables called "Lucky Ladies." The bet pays a bonus if a player's first two cards total 20. The minimum side bet wager is $1, and the maximum is equal to the blackjack wager or up to $25. Payouts include 4-to-1 for any 20, 9-to-1 for a suited 20, 19-to-1 for any match 20, 125-to-1 for a queen of hearts pair, and, 1000-to-1 for a queen of hearts pair and a dealer blackjack.
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Resorts Casino roars into March with lucrative casino promotions, plus a chance at winning a vacation to "Excellence Punta Cana"
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - February 26, 2010 - Resorts Casino Hotel announced that it will offer its card holders a chance to win Apple Macintosh Notebook computers and their share of thousands in free slot play in March. To be eligible to win, players must activate their Resorts card on the date of the drawing. Players can activate their Resorts card by playing their favorite table game or slot machine with their card inserted into a card reader at any time on the date of the promotion. Winners will be randomly selected.
Resorts Card holders can participate in "Mac Madness" for their chance at winning an Apple Macintosh Notebook computer. Each Saturday in March, Resorts will give away one Apple MAC Notebook every 30 minutes from 6pm to 10pm.
Every Sunday, Resorts Card holders can win their share of thousands in free slot play. Resorts will randomly select one winner every 30 minutes from 1pm to 6pm to receive $1,000 in free Slot Cash. Players are eligible to win multiple drawings.
To enter these sweepstakes, players must be members of the Resorts Casino Club. Winners will have 10 minutes to claim their prize. Casino players can sign up for their free Resorts card at the promotions center located in the casino. Slot Cash is non-cashable slot credits that cannot be converted into cash and must be wagered or abandoned once credited to the slot machine. Non-cashable credits will be automatically wagered prior to cashable credits. Complete rules on each promotion are available at the Resorts promotions center.
Resorts will also award a five-night, six-day vacation to "Excellence Punta Cana" through its web site from March 1 through March 31. The vacation, provided by Berman Travel, includes lodging, food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and non-motorized water sports. Flights and transfers are not included. To enter the vacation sweepstakes and to find out further information on "Excellence Punta Cana" and Berman Travel, simply visit www.resortsac.com/sweepstakes.
The winner will be selected at random on April 1, 2010, and notified by email. Winner will have 14 days to claim prize. One entry per person. Winner and guest must be at least 21 years of age. Airfare and transfers not included. Prize is non transferable and has no cash value. Amount of casino play does not affect chances of winning. Employees of Resorts Casino Hotel and their family members are not eligible for this promotion. Berman Travel is not affiliated with Resorts Casino Hotel. Resorts Casino Hotel is not responsible for the vacation package. Based on availability. Holidays excluded. Blackout Dates may apply. Bet with your head, not over it. Gambling Problem, call 1.800.GAMBLER.