Hi Everyone - we're just back home from a week in Cape May and several assorted forays to the casinos. For the first time, I actually saw someone win the Triple Play quarter progressive jackpot - a massive $63,000 - on Thursday night at Showboat. She was sitting two seats away from Hubby and me, who were both playing and holding our own. I became aware that a machine nearby was ringing quietly. The lady next to me said "she got it" and I thought she meant that the lady had scored 3 5 of a kinds - which is $3,000 and a handpay. No, she said, she got the progressive! Well, how weird is this situation......the machine is quietly ringing and NO ONE COMES FOR 10 MINUTES!! And when they DO come, they say "Oh, we didn't know you won the progressive" and start scurrying around. Meanwhile, the winner is absolutely stone faced. I mean, this woman had NO REACTION at all. My husband (who is familiar with psychaitric patients) thought she was on lithium. She wasn't drunk, just sat there staring into space and as people came by to congratulate her she just had no reaction.
Anyway, I know from someone else who won this that the casino has to get the CCC/DGE involved and also a representative of the machine's manufacturer (apparently they are on call) has to attend and they remove the mother board and verify that it hasn't been tampered with etc, so this process takes about an hour.
Needless to say we cashed out after this went off and played elsewhere. When we walked by about an hour later they were just finishing up. The woman was just standing there totally zoned out. No, I don't think she was in shock. I have no idea what I would do if I ever won that kind of money but I guess it was kind of sad to see this person being so not excited or happy.
We stayed overnight at Showboat on Weds and Thurs because hubby had to work in Philly unexpectedly. The casino was crowded on Weds night but empty on Thurs night. We had dinner at Rib & Chop on Weds night and it was good as usual. Walked over to Bally's for the Virginia City Buffet on Thurs night. Bally's was much busier than the Showboat. We tried our luck but basically had a two day dry spell no matter where we went or what we played.
I took the opportunity to really look over the Bally's facility since hubby and I are getting tired of the limited dining choices at the Boat. Also tried the new Diamond Club which I'm told had just been opened the day before. It is a stunning large room with a full bar oceanfront, absolutely gorgeous and makes the Boat's Diamond club seem kinda crummy.
Since I am not familiar with Bally's I am wondering if this room used to be something called the Roaring 20's supper club? Does anyone know? And have any of you eaten at Prime Place, Arturo's or Mr. Ming's? We're thinking of taking a room at Bally's in August just to give it a try. From reading all of your posts I gather that the Tower is the place to stay at Bally's.
On Saturday night since we had a friend visiting who wanted to go to AC, I reluctantly agreed to take her. Reluctantly only because I hate going there on Saturday nights. She wanted to go to the Trop - where I used to play exclusively until 3 years ago and I hadn't been back since they opened the Quarter. Well, the noise level was deafening, hoards of seriously drunk kids swarming all over, a really bad band playing and the usual grotesquely dirty slot areas.. ah yes, now I remember why I left the Trop. Just the same only bigger, louder and dirtier. Ugh. A shame too, because they have a wonderful selection of video poker games which the Boat doesn't have. Since I had to kill a couple of hours so my friend could play slots, I sat down at a nickle joker poker mini progressive, 5 play. As soon as I sat down, a burly man rudely informed me that the machine was "taken"...so I moved to the one next to it and put in a $10 bill. On my first bet of $1.25 I got 5 sevens and won $200. Mr. Burly Man saw my smirk as I cashed out and left. Hope he enjoyed his "taken " machine...nyah nyah.
Parlayed that into $450 as I got 4 deuces on a quarter Deuces Wild. All told, made $450 on $10 bet....not a bad haul. After that I decided just to watch the drunk kids while waiting for my friend. One guy was literally taking his clothing off. No security in sight. Another kid was vomitinginto a potted palm. What a place. Not for anyone over 30.
Anyway, thos of you who can guide me about the fine points of Bally's dining choices, pool, spa, etc. please do.
Hope you all have a great week coming up!