Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Golden Nugget gets in the headliner game

When he assumed ownership of what was then Trump Marina last May, Tilman Fertitta, owner of Golden Nugget Atlantic City, promised live, headliner entertainment would be a crucial component of his bayside casino.

Golden Nugget gets in the headliner game

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Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling brings his seemingly endless supply of jokes--dirty and otherwise--to Mount Airy Casino Resort tomorrow night. Photo: Mount Airy Casino Resort

When he assumed ownership of what was then Trump Marina last May, Tilman Fertitta, owner of Golden Nugget Atlantic City, promised live, headliner entertainment would be a crucial component of his bayside casino.

For various reasons, including a delay in converting the Shell, an old-school casino showroom into a state-of-the-art theater, such bookings have been few and far-between. But the Nugget has announced several shows.

The first act of the year is comic Paula Poundstone, who performs March 3. She’ll be followed by a March 10 oldies package featuringThe PlattersCornell Gunter’s Coasters and The Marvelettes. April 14 brings jump-’n’-jivers Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to the property, with master Pink Floyd acolytes The Machine spacing out April 28.

For information and tickets, call 866-746-9336 or go towww.goldennugget.com/AtlanticCity/show_performers.asp.

‘Jokeman’ does Mount. Airy

And speaking of casino shows, if you’re hanging out in the Pocono Mountains tomorrow, be advised former Howard Stern lieutenant Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling is headlining at Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mt. Pocono.

If you’ve never seen Martling, his act is unique because he is not a typical “observational” comic who cracks wise about various aspects of everyday life. Instead, he tells often-hilarious jokes (most of which are varying degrees of filthy; the ones that aren’t tend to be derogatory about pretty much every ethnic group, religion and nationality extant).

Show time is 8 p.m. Admission is $30 and $20. For tix and info, call 866-468-7619, or go towww.mountairycasino.com/entertainment/index.cfm.

Revel’s restaurant of the week

Another week brings news of another eatery coming to Revel. The latest addition to the mega-resort’s culinary roster is Lugo Caffe (that is not a typo!), a spin-off of the popular eatery located within a slap shot of New York’s Madison Square Garden.

According to www.revelresorts.com, “Lugo Caffé will bring a fresh take on Italian classics…where diners can enjoy La Dolce Vita, "The Sweet Life," that the restaurant embodies, whether it be a five-course dinner, a relaxed lunch or a glass of prosecco at the bar.”

Incidentally, the Web site’s home page now sets the opening of the $2.5 billion adult playpen on May 11.

Winged victory at Harrah's

If you are a chicken wing fanatic, get yourself  to Sammy D’s, the newly opened 24-hour casual dining room at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, ASAP.

As someone for whom hot wings are one of the four main food groups, I can say unequivocally the restaurant’s “Lollipop Wings” are absolutely the best wings ever served in an AyCee casino.

So-called because the fresh-tasting meat is reshaped and then impaled on a bone, the wings are perfectly spiced (plenty of heat, but not enough to overwhelm the taste of the chicken and sauce), and served with cucumber slices rather than the tradition celery.

Then again, maybe you shouldn’t try ‘em so there will be more for me!

 

 

Chuck Darrow
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Philly native Chuck Darrow has literally covered Atlantic City’s casino scene since Day One: He was there on assignment the night in November 1976 when voters approved legalized casinos.

Since then, Chuck has covered the town and its gaming industry for several area newspapers -- which is why, in some circles, he’s known as “Boardwalk Charlie.”

You can reach Chuck at darrowc@phillynews.com. Reach Chuck at darrowc@phillynews.com.

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