Revel bets on burlesque with Royal Jelly Nightclub

Atlantic City’s “new burlesque” scene will take a large bump-and-grind forward this spring with the opening of Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub inside Revel.

Kane is the West Coast nightlife impresario who pretty much created the “new burlesque” movement in the last decade with his successful (albeit noe-shuttered) Forty Deuce clubs in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. He promised Royal Jelly will take such entertainment—which emphasizes super-sexy young female dancers in provocative attire—to levels heretofore unseen in AyCee.

“We’ll do shows two or three times a night. The shows are 25 minutes,” said Kane at a Wednesday night media bash thrown by Revel in Manhattan that was primarily a showcase for the mega-resort’s roster of restaurateurs including Philly-based Jose Garces and Mark Forgione, both of whom have been “Iron Chef” winners.

“They will be highly choreographed shows with a live band and computerized lights. It’s a big production.”

Kane is especially excited about his nitery’s layout, which will allow the dancers to appear in somewhat unexpected places. “The club is built in the round,” he explained. “There’s a labyrinth of tunnels, so the girls can pop up in any of the VIP sections. You’ll never know when the girls are gonna pop up and [dance]. There will be a lot of surprises.”

Kane’s plans for the dancers’ musical accompaniment involve two bands. “For ‘classic’ burlesque,” he said, “we’ll have a stand-up bass, drums and sax.” He added there will also be an electric-based combo for routines performed to more contemporary sounds. The musicians will be located on a large turntable. When their sets are finished, the turntable will rotate to reveal the house DJ.

While eye candy will be plentiful at Royal Jelly, Kane insisted the talent on display will be nothing less than top-shelf. “The girls from the West Coast have done all the major [pop] tours,” he bragged. “And the ones from the East Coast have been on Broadway.”

 Kane insisted, his is not a lap-dance joint; a “look-but-don’t-touch” policy will be strictly enforced.

 Royal Jelly will be open Thursday through Sunday nights, with the first performance starting at 10 p.m. (the opening date has not yet been announced). Kane said he expects a $20 cover charge most nights.

Currently, Almost Angels, who perform at Ego Lounge inside Trump Taj Mahal, are the standard-bearers for entertainment of this kind in the city. Other properties have taken a stab at such entertainment, but did not have much success.

The opening of Royal Jelly, along with the planned debut of Scores, a “gentleman’s club,” at the Taj, ups the ante for adult entertainment as Atlantic City continues to react to competition from Pennsylvania casinos.

Logic from Garces

During Wednesday’s party, we asked Garces why he decided to go with outlets of his three existing Philly eateries (Village Whiskey, Distito Cantina and Amada) rather than developing a new concept for Revel.

“Why fix it if it ain’t broken?” was the genial uberchef’s reply. “We feel Atlantic City is a ‘home game’ for us, so to bring something familiar made a lot of sense. It’s a quality product, so why re-invent the wheel here?”

Garces added that while Philly pholks may know the trio of brands, visitors from places like New York and Washington D.C. don’t. “They’ll get that experience here,” he reasoned.

Nugget celebrates card parlor

This weekend, the focus at Golden Nugget will be on poker as the bayside gaming hall makes a big deal (get it?) about its new poker room, which actually opened in December.

As part of the Grand Opening festivities, tomorrow will see a $10,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold ‘Em Tournament beginning at noonThe event has a $100+$20 buy-in with a 15,000 starting chip stack and optional $40 add-on for 10,000 in chips. The format will be repeated the following three Saturdays.

Sunday at noon, the casino is hosting a $2,012 Guaranteed No Limit Hold ‘Em Tournament. Entry fee is $40 + $10 with players receiving 10,000 in chips; $20 will get you an additional 5,000 in checks. The event will also be staged the next three Sundays.

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 ‘Lin-credible’ slots promotion


The Taj Mahal has beaten its competition onto the Jeremy Lin bandwagon. Lin, of course, is the Chinese-American basketball player who, in the past couple of weeks, has been the story in the NBA thanks to a string of big-time offensive performances for the New York Knicks.

For the casino’s “Lin-sanity” promotion, Trump One Card holders will receive $17 (in honor of Lin’s uniform number) in Bonus Slot Dollars by presenting their cards and providing their email addresses. The promotion runs through Feb. 29.

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