5 Reasons Why It’s Still Worth Visiting Atlantic City to Play Poker

By Ivan Potocki
March 12, 2019

If you’re a poker fan and have been keeping up with the news over the past few years, you probably know that Atlantic City isn’t what it used to be. The New Jersey gambling capital has been through some rough times with a number of casinos and resorts shutting down recently. Blame it on the economy, globalization, the proliferation of new casinos in neighboring regions – the fact of the matter is that AC has seen better days.

Nonetheless, Atlantic City is still worth paying a visit to if you enjoy playing poker, whether live or online. The city still offers more options than most locales around the U.S. and the longstanding gambling Mecca of the East Coast knows what it takes to make players feel welcome. Even with all the hardships as of late, you shouldn’t discard the salt water taffy capital of the world just yet.

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Atlantic City skyline

1. Borgata’s Poker Room Is Still Going Strong

Despite multiple casinos and poker rooms shutting down all across Atlantic City, the Borgata has stood the test of time and is still going strong. With a poker room featuring more than 80 tables, you’ll find everything you could possibly ask for – from cash tables across various stakes to daily multi-table tournaments and special events to sit n’ gos.

If you enjoy live poker, visiting Atlantic City specifically to play at the Borgata is probably worth it. It may not have everything you’ll find in Vegas but it is definitely an excellent option for people living in the Tri-state area as well as the rest of the East Coast, for whom a Vegas trip is more logistically complex.

2. Several Other AC Poker Rooms Are Pretty Good, Too

Apart from Borgata, there’s still plenty of good poker action you can find at other Atlantic City venues such as Harrah’s or Tropicana. Although their poker rooms may not be as big or as impressive as what Borgata has to offer, these options still have dozens of tables hot with action. Harrah’s in particular, because of its affiliation with the World Series of Poker brand, hosts some well-regarded, well-attended tournament festivals

It is always nice to have many poker room options within close proximity of one another, whether it’s because a particular room won’t happen to have the game of your choice running at a particular time or just for the sake of having some variety.

3. You Can Play Online Poker in Atlantic City

New Jersey is one of the few U.S. states that have regulated online gambling. So, while staying in Atlantic City, you’ll also be able to play online poker. Notable online poker sites, such as PokerStars NJ and offer a slew of cash game and tournament tables active 24/7 at which anyone within the confines of New Jersey can take a seat. Of course, you can also pass some time engaging in other online gambling activities, playing slots or table games at regulated online casinos, the likes of which you can find by visiting NJ.

4. You Can Stay in Atlantic City without Breaking the Bank

One thing that has always been true of Atlantic City is that it’s a great place to take a relatively inexpensive poker vacation. With so many thousands of hotel rooms within just a couple miles of one another, there’s competition for your hard-earned dollars, which means room rates are never too high, save for national holidays. It’ll never be Las Vegas, but Atlantic City will always have a great Atlantic Ocean view as well as its famed Boardwalk, both of which don’t cost a penny for visitors to enjoy.

Cheaper room rates means you can allocate more of your funds towards your main reason for heading there in the first place, i.e., playing poker. Especially in the off-season months, you should be able to find some excellent deals on meals and accommodation, and who doesn’t love to save a few bucks?

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5. There’s Plenty of Other (Gambling) Action Going On

While poker may be the main reason for your visit, many of us like to engage with other not-so-skill-heavy gambling activities. If you love to try your luck with some table games such as blackjack, roulette, or craps, you’ll find more than enough options in Atlantic City. The same goes for video slots and video poker, as you’ll find hundreds of machines spread across the various casino floors.

Of course, the Garden State gaming capital is still all about having a good time, and it plays host to a number of great shows, comedians, and magicians throughout the year, where you can enjoy a pleasant break from the tables.

So while, its heyday may be in the rear view mirror, let’s not forget that you can still play some great poker and have a good time in Atlantic City.



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Ivan Potocki

Ivan Potocki transitioned to poker writing after playing more or less full-time for about five years. He first discovered poker while studying English Language and Literature at the University of Sarajevo. What started with freerolls and micro-stakes games led to a love for poker, opening gates to a whole different world. After finishing his studies […]


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