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'Off The Press' with Darryl McEwen

I guest-hosted Scott Cronick's "Off The Press" radio show Wednesday, July 10. Check back for a summary of some of the topics we covered.

AC Casinos running summer-long promotions

The following Atlantic City casinos are running summer-long promotions – some through Labor Day weekend. Visit the casinos’ player loyalty card centers for details.

Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & MarinaEarn entries through Sunday, Sept. 1, to win a 2019 Maserati Quattroporte. The drawing will be held at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Golden Nugget’s Main Atrium. One finalist will win the Maserati; five others will win $1,000 in free play.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic CityHard Rock is giving away $1 million at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Hard Rock Live. Wild Card Rewards cardholders earn entries by playing their favorite slots or table games through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.

Harrah’s ResortHarrah’s is holding a $200,000 Summer of Jackpots promotion through Saturday, Sept. 7. Caesars Rewards cardholders will get one entry for every 25 tier credits earned during the promotional period. Entries must be activated on the finale day.

Ocean Casino Resort - Earn entries through Saturday, Aug. 31, to win $250,000 in cash and prizes -- including a 2019 Porsche Boxster or Macan. Every Friday and Saturday in July and August from 6 to 10 p.m. five winners will be chosen every hour to receive up to $1,000, plus qualify for the grand prize drawing. The grand finale drawing for the cars will be held at 11 p.m. Aug. 31. Earn 5X entries every Tuesday.

Resorts Casino HotelPlay daily through Monday, Sept. 2, for a chance to win $1 million or other prizes in the Hot Summer Fun High-Low Challenge.

Through 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, guess the number of fish in the container on the casino floor to win up to $1,000 in slot cash

Every 15 minutes from 2 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 26 in the Margaritaville Lobby one name will be called from all active slots and tables players to drop a chip on the Plink-It board to win slot cash or match play prizes.

Participate in free slot tournaments every Tuesday through Aug. 27. Tournaments are held from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on the casino floor. Players can play in one slot tournament per day for free or earn two tier points to play in both.

Through July 31, earn one tier point on Wednesdays to receive a free Hot Summer Fun T-shirt.

Through Aug. 29 earn two tier points each Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5:59 the next morning to play Beach Ball slot cash at any kiosk and win up to $30,000 in slot cash.

Every Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. through Aug. 30 in the Margaritaville Lobby play head-to-head blackjack with the dealer and win up to $200.

July 27 activate your entries in the You’re A Star $50,000 Sweepstakes by inserting your Star card into any slot machine. From 4 to 9 p.m. five winners will be chosen every 30 minutes, one from each tier level.

Earn entries through Sunday, Aug. 25, to win a 2019 Jeep Wrangler Sport. The drawing will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 25.

Tropicana Atlantic CityTropicana’s Winning Ticket promotion continues through Sunday, Sept. 8. Trop Advantage cardholders receive one free ticket by visiting any comp machine. Players can choose their own lucky numbers or select a quick pick option that will randomly assign six numbers and a bonus ball. A Zoom Ball machine in Palm Walk will conduct five drawings daily at 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays an extra drawing will be held at 11 p.m. Anyone who picked a Winning Ticket number will have five chances daily and can win prizes from 25 Bonus Slot Dollars to $2 million.

Film festival

Free Movies Under The Stars has returned to Gardner’s Basin and Bartram Avenue. Bring a chair or blanket, a soft drink and popcorn, and enjoy a free family-friendly evening. Among the films scheduled are Jaws, Black Panther, Mary Poppins Returns and Dumbo. All movies begin at dusk.

Born in the USA Thursdays

The Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & Marina’s Deck Bayfront Bar & Restaurant hosts Born in the USA Thursdays with drink specials from 6 to 8 p.m., and music by the B Street Band beginning at 7:30.

For more information on how the Golden Nugget is celebrating the summer click here.

Look, up in the sky!

Saturday night fireworks by Grucci in front of the Tropicana continue every week through Sept. 14, beginning at 10 p.m.

I want to be happy

Check out this new constantly-being-updated guide to Atlantic City’s Happy Hours. Click here.

Tiers of joy

Bally’s and Caesars Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Golden Nugget, Hard Rock, Harrah’s Resort and Ocean Casino Resort are matching and upgrading player loyalty cards from select competitors. Eligible cards and valid dates vary by casino. Visit the casinos’ player loyalty card centers for details.

Looking ahead:

Aug. 1: The Burlesque Show, Borgata
Aug. 2 and 3: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Hard Rock
Aug. 2 and 3: Joe Bonamassa, Borgata
Aug. 2 and 3: Woofstock Atlantic City, Showboat
Aug. 2: Eric Jaffe, Showboat
Aug. 2: The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, Borgata
Aug. 3: Stray Cats 40th Anniversary Tour, Ocean Casino Resort
Aug. 3: Jay Pharoah, Borgata
Aug. 4 and 5: The Modern Gentlemen, Resorts
Aug. 7: KIX with Special Guest Guest Ever Rose, Showboat
Aug. 8 to Sept. 1: Legends In Concert, Harrah’s
Aug. 8: Professional Fighters League MMA, Ocean Casino Resort
Aug. 8: The Burlesque Show, Borgata
Aug. 9 to 14: The Modern Gentlemen, Resorts
Aug. 9 and 10: ABBA the Concert, Resorts
Aug. 9 and 10: Jerry Seinfeld, Borgata
Aug. 9: Brad Paisley, Hard Rock
Aug. 9: Dark Star Orchestra, Tropicana
Aug. 9: The Bearded Ladies Cabaret + Guests, Showboat
Aug. 9: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Hard Rock
Aug. 10 and 11: Deckstock, Golden Nugget
Aug. 10: Dom Irerra, Tropicana
Aug. 10: Joey Diaz, Borgata
Aug. 10: Iliza Schesinger, Ocean Casino Resort
Aug. 10: Sinatra Meets The Sopranos, Golden Nugget
Aug. 10: Dragapalooza, Hard Rock
Aug. 15: The Burlesque Show, Borgata
Aug. 16 and 18: Aerosmith Deuces Are Wild – East Coast Run, Borgata
Aug. 16 and 17: Howie Mandel, Hard Rock
Aug. 16: America, Borgata
Aug. 16: Last Podcast On the Left, Caesars
Aug. 16: Chippendales, Resorts
Aug. 16: The Bearded Ladies Cabaret + Guests, Showboat
Aug. 16: Martin Nievera, Ocean Casino Resort
Aug. 17 to 21: The Modern Gentlemen, Resorts
Aug. 17: Keith Urban, Hard Rock
Aug. 17: Frank Stallone, Showboat
Aug. 19: Taste of the Quarter, Tropicana
Aug. 20: Billy Ray Cyrus, Borgata
Aug. 21: GIs of Comedy, Borgata
Aug. 21: Atlantic City Air Show
Aug. 22: The Burlesque Show, Borgata
Aug. 23 and 24: International Wine Fest, Golden Nugget
Aug. 23: Ron White, Ocean Casino Resort
Aug. 23: Boyz II Men, Borgata
Aug. 23: Sheena Easton, Resorts
Aug. 23: The Bearded Ladies Cabaret + Guests, Showboat
Aug. 24: Jim Gaffigan, Borgata
Aug. 24: Jake Owen, Ocean Casino Resort
Aug. 24: Glen Burtnik’s Summer of Love Concert, Hard Rock
Aug. 24: Nickelback, Hard Rock
Aug. 24: Rock the Yacht, Borgata
Aug. 25 to 30: The Modern Gentlemen, Resorts
Aug. 29: The Burlesque Show, Borgata
Aug. 30: Gabriel Iglesias, Borgata
Aug. 30: Daryl Hall & John Oates, Hard Rock
Aug. 30: The Bearded Ladies Cabaret + Guests, Showboat
Aug. 31: Reba McEntire, Ocean Casino Resort
Aug. 31: Miranda Lambert, Borgata
Aug. 31: Daughtry, Hard Rock
Aug. 31 and Sept. 1: AC Meat Fest (The Atlantic City Meatatarian Festival), Showboat


Here are other “insider” tips about what’s happening in Atlantic City during July:

Boardwalk Hall

Entertainment and Events
Atlantic City Blackjacks (July 21). For tickets visit Ticketmaster.com.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Entertainment and Events
Borgata Comedy Club (check for dates in July), The Burlesque Show (July 25, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29), Gladys Knight (July 26), Brit Floyd (July 26), Rob Thomas (July 27), Kenny Wayne Shepherd (July 27). For tickets visit TheBorgata.com or call 866-900-4TIX (4849).

Promotions
Earn 15X Slot Dollars by playing slots from 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. every Friday and Sunday in July.

Enter Borgata’s July slot tournaments by playing slots July 23 and 24 by earning $5 in Express Comps. Visit the slot area adjacent to Angeline between 2 and 8 p.m. to enter the tournament(s). Grand prize is $5,000; the remaining 499 places will win cash or Bonus Slot Dollars.

Borgata is giving away Bonus Slot Dollars to five winners (one winner from each M life Rewards card tier) every 15 minutes from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, July 21 and 22. Insert your M life Rewards card into any slot machine from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a chance to win.

Details on all promotions are available at the Mlife Rewards Center.

Caesars Atlantic City
Entertainment and Events
Kirk Franklin (July 27). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.

Promotions
Earn entries through Saturday, July 27, for a chance to win free spins on a high limit slot machine in Caesars $75,000 Cleopatra’s Treasures. Activate entries between 11 a.m. and 8:45 p.m. at designated promotional kiosks. Finale drawings take place from 1 to 9 p.m. in the hotel lobby July 27.

Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & Marina
Entertainment and Events
Flashback Friday, free entertainment by tribute bands on The Deck [Queen Flash (Queen) – July 26, Alive 75 (KISS) – Aug. 30].

Tommy James & The Shondells (July 27). For tickets call 800-736-1420 or visit Ticketmaster.

Promotions
Earn entries through Sunday, Sept. 1, to win a 2019 Maserati Quattroporte. The drawing will be held at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Golden Nugget’s Main Atrium. One finalist will win the Maserati; five others will win $1,000 in free play.

$10,000 Bingo Bonanza July 22 and 29 at 2 and 7 p.m. in The Grand. Free entry for all Elite and Chairman cardholders. All others must earn at least 20 tier credits that day for the player and one guest.

For details on all promotions, visit the 24K Select Club or GoldenNugget.com.

Free self-parking continues.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Entertainment and Events
Jersey Boys (through July 21), Three Dog Night (July 25 and 26), The Beach Boys (July 27). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.

Promotions
Hard Rock is giving away $1 million at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Hard Rock Live. Wild Card Rewards cardholders earn entries by playing their favorite slots or table games through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.

Hard Rock continues its Wild Card tier match program until further notice. Details here.

Harrah’s Resort
Entertainment and Events
Legends In Concert (select dates July 24 to Sept. 1). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com or call 800-736-1420.

Promotions
Harrah’s is holding a $200,000 Summer of Jackpots promotion through Saturday, Sept. 7. Caesars Rewards cardholders will get one entry for every 25 tier credits earned during the promotional period. Entries must be activated on the finale day.

Ocean Casino Resort

Entertainment and Events
Professional Fighters League MMA (July 25), Scotty McCreery (July 26), Beatstock (July 27). For tickets visit TheOceanAC.com or Ticketmaster.com, or call 800-745-3000.

Promotions
Earn entries through Saturday, Aug. 31, to win $250,000 in cash and prizes -- including a 2019 Porsche Boxster or Macan. Every Friday and Saturday in July and August from 6 to 10 p.m. five winners will be chosen every hour to receive up to $1,000, plus qualify for the grand prize drawing. The grand finale drawing for the cars will be held at 11 p.m. Aug. 31. Earn 5X entries every Tuesday.

Ocean continues its Premier tier match program through Tuesday, Dec. 31. Details here.

All Ocean Premier cardholders get free self-parking daily.

Resorts Casino Hotel
Entertainment and Events
Best of Broadway (July 21 to 24, 27 to 31). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, the Resorts Box Office, or call 800-745-3000.

Promotions
Play daily through Monday, Sept. 2, for a chance to win $1 million or other prizes in the Hot Summer Fun High-Low Challenge.

Through 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, guess the number of fish in the container on the casino floor to win up to $1,000 in slot cash

Every 15 minutes from 2 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 26 in the Margaritaville Lobby one name will be called from all active slots and tables players to drop a chip on the Plink-It board to win slot cash or match play prizes.

Participate in free slot tournaments every Tuesday through Aug. 27. Tournaments are held from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on the casino floor. Players can play in one slot

Through Aug. 29 earn two tier points each Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5:59 the next morning to play Beach Ball slot cash at any kiosk and win up to $30,000 in slot cash.

Every Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. through Aug. 30 in the Margaritaville Lobby play head-to-head blackjack with the dealer and win up to $200.

Earn entries through Sunday, Aug. 25, to win a 2019 Jeep Wrangler Sport. The drawing will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 25.

During all Phillies regular season games, $5 foot-long hot dogs in DraftKings sportsbook.

Premiere cardholders who earn two tier points during a gaming day park free in the self-park garage at Resorts. Check any promotional kiosk to confirm the points and present a valid Star card at the exit.

Visit the Promotions Booth for details.

Showboat Hotel Atlantic City
Entertainment and Events
Joliet Harris (July 26). Click here for tickets.

Tropicana Atlantic City
Entertainment and Events
Primal Men Male Revue (every Saturday at Boogie Nights), Chris Isaak (July 27).

Paying tribute to some of the best rock bands of the last decades, Band on Tour performs at Tropicana on select dates through Friday, Aug. 30, The band will be accompanied by six musicians and perform in a multimedia rock set-up.

For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, call 800-745-3000 or check with the Tropicana Box Office.

Another entertainment option at Tropicana is Atlantic City’s only IMAX® Theatre. Moviegoers receive a discounted parking rate of $5 to park in the enclosed Tropicana self-park garage, but first must obtain a parking voucher from the IMAX Box Office at the time of ticket purchase. Plus, every Tuesday college students can enjoy $10 movie tickets and 50 percent off all concession purchases, excluding merchandise. Must present valid college I.D. to redeem offer.

Under the Sea 3D runs through Sept. 30, The Lion King: An IMAX 2D/3D Experience runs through Aug. 1.

For show times and tickets, visit Tropicana Entertainment IMAX Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the IMAX Box Office, through Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

Promotions
Tropicana’s Winning Ticket promotion continues through Sunday, Sept. 8. Trop Advantage cardholders receive one free ticket by visiting any comp machine. Players can choose their own lucky numbers or select a quick pick option that will randomly assign six numbers and a bonus ball. A Zoom Ball machine in Palm Walk will conduct five drawings daily at 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays an extra drawing will be held at 11 p.m. Anyone who picked a Winning Ticket number will have five chances daily and can win prizes from 25 Bonus Slot Dollars to $2 million.