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AC to Delaware Casino

Any if the AC regulars ever try Delaware casinos?

Which did you like? Why?

Which us closest to NJ

Table limits?

Any good restaurants?

I am interested in getting the perspective of an AC player

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1. Re: AC to Delaware Casino

I have been to The one in Georgetown and Delaware Park. I thought that Delaware Park was nice, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Apparently everyone else thinks the same since the MD and PA casinos have pretty much siphoned off most of their customers. as to why I trued them in the first places was because there were no casinos closer to me at the time.

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Yes; all three of them. Delaware Park, Dover Downs, & Harrington.

From the three, I liked Dover Downs the most. It's casino & hotel was built brand new from the ground up. Dover Downs' casino is nice & so are their hotel rooms.

The closest one to NJ is of course Delaware Park.

Haven't been back to Delaware Park or Harrington in a few years. When Delaware Park first opened, I liked it's casino & it's slots at first; but a couple years ago, I thought it was boring & have never returned back since. Harrington likewise. As for Dover Downs, went there more often instead. I remember when Dover first started up their table games, they began at $5.00 minimum. But after their first few months of success, they decided to raise the table limits to the point whereas, they are as much as AC or LV during the weekend. While it's been 3 months since I've last been to Dover, I did notice their business tremendously level off from what I used to notice.

Any good restaurants? At Dover Downs, Doc Magrogan's Oyster House (seafood) & Frankie's (Italian) are about the best there. Doc's is ok, but nothing worth writing home about. They have Michelle's for finer dining during the evening; I believe dressier attire is required.

My own personal opinion, I can really care less about going to any of these singular casino properties; even though they are closer, from within 1 hr. 40 mins. to almost a 2 hr. drive. I've even tried out the new Maryland Live Casino off the BW Parkway. While new & nicely done & near shopping, I could also care less about it too. For me, I want a more comprehensive & much enjoyable experience; & only AC can provide me with that! I hate being chained inside one casino with nowhere else to go. Not only do I enjoy AC's multiple gaming properties, but also it's boardwalk, the restaurants (including the privately owned off the boardwalk), & the shows (basic &/or headliners). Plus, AC has The Steel Pier Amusement Park for those of you who have kids. What do the local or singular casinos have other than their slots & table games? Zippo...Nada!!! Even with the comp room & play offers I receive from Dover Downs & the fact that it's closer; plus it doesn't cost me near as much in gas & tolls, I still prefer to cough up the extra driving expenses just to DO AC! It's the next best thing to LV.

Just my two cents worth. :-D

Edited: 09 September 2013, 21:22
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Oops; slap me silly! I forgot to include the fact that AC has the beach as well.

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Delaware Park has two restaurants with table service. One is on the second floor of the casino and the other overlooks the racetrack. Very similar menus and the food is surprisingly good. VERY good crabcakes. Their deli sandwich place has amazing three-inch-high sandwiches. Two people can split one and still be stuffed.

Dover Downs is the only Delaware casino with a connected hotel. It's a pretty nice hotel; AAA 4 diamonds. I get free room offers for not very much gambling. Nice stop on the way to Delaware beaches, which are less than an hour south.

I go to AC about 10 times a year for two nights. I consider Delaware Park my "local" casino -- I pop in a couple times a month for a few hours. DP is on two levels, which is more appealing to me than the airplane hangar-type casino like Harrah's Philadelphia.

AC is two hours from me. DP is 40 minutes. Dover Downs is a little over an hour. If the Delaware casinos were just as far as AC, I'd never go anywhere but AC. But that's partly because I like large casinos -- 3,000+ machines -- and a hotel that's an integral part of the casino, like Borgata and Taj.

One big difference often cited is that Delaware has VLTs -- video lottery terminals. I've tried and tried to understand why those are less desirable, but I've never seen an explanation that makes sense to me. But if you get it, it might make a difference to you.

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Delaware’s three pari-mutuel facilities all feature slot machines. Technical­ly, the machines are video lottery terminals (VLT’s) because they are operated in conjunction with the Delaware Lottery. Unlike VLT’s in other states, however, Delaware’s machines pay out in cash. The VLT’s also play other games including: video poker, video keno and video blackjack.

By law, all video lottery games must return between 87% and 95% of all wagers on an annual basis. Games can return above 95% but only with the Lottery Director’s approval.

According to figures from the Delaware Lottery for the one-year period from July 25, 2011 through June 26, 2012 the average VLT return at Delaware Park was 92.42%, at Dover Downs it was 92.00% and at Harrington Raceway it was 91.54%.

For the slot player these #'s would appear to be at least as good or better than AC.

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I have been to Delaware Park but it was around 2004-2005, when I was in the Wilmington DE area. Obviously ac was the only other gaming spot then, but I wouldn't go all the way to Delaware just to play a few slots. The casino is ok, nothing really special or exciting. It's situated in a racetrack

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7. Re: AC to Delaware Casino

Delaware Park is the most convenient casino for me to visit (and the closest and most convenient Delaware casino if you're coming from New Jersey), and I've been there a few times. It's fine, but I much prefer Atlantic City. Delaware Park is just a casino -- a big building with slots and table games in the middle of suburbia. There's nothing special about it. For me, gambling is a big part of the reason I visit casinos, but it's not the only reason. I like the resort atmosphere and amenities of Atlantic City and Las Vegas, and you don't get that kind of experience at a place like Delaware Park.

Edited: 11 September 2013, 12:52
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