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Headliners a laughing matter for Borgata

There's no question the folks at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa aren't laughing at the prospect of the opening-April-2 Revel mega-resort taking away any of its business (something that most AyCee insiders expect to happen to some degree or another). But Big B officials are doing their best to keep their customers laughing this spring and summer.

Headliners a laughing matter for Borgata

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Wanda Sykes is one of the comics Borgata is betting on this year. Photo: www.facebook.com/

There’s no question the folks at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa aren’t laughing at the prospect of the opening-April-2 Revel mega-resort taking away any of its business (something that most AyCee insiders expect to happen to some degree or another). But Big B officials are doing their best to keep their customers laughing this spring and summer.

Friday at 10 a.m., the casino—in conjunction with house promoter Live Nation—is putting tickets on sale for a slew of comedy headliners: John Pinnette (May 25 and 26), Wanda Sykes (June 15), Cheltenham Twp. native Bob Saget (July 6), Howie Mandel (July 21) and Jay Leno (Aug. 11).

To order, call 866-900-4849, or go to www.theborgata.com.

Taj has Hart

Saturday at 10 a.m., Live Nation will start peddling tickets to the May 25 and 27 performances by Philly phunnyman, Kevin Hart. If you want to see him, call 800-736-1420 or go to www.ticketmaster.com.

Revel rumors

While we’re talking show biz, we’re sure locking in headliners is more of a priority among existing AyCee gambling dens than ever because of Revel’s imminent entry into the headliner sweepstakes. The $2.4 billion adult playpen, which is scheduled to begin an eight-week “preview” period April 2, has yet to release any booking information, but names are whipping up and down the Boardwalk like paper plates in a Nor’easter.

According to our pal Scott Cronick of The Press of Atlantic City, Revel has at least four acts in its sights: Pop-rock chart-toppers Maroon 5, Black Keys and Coldplay, as well as ‘70s arena-rock avatars Journey. Actual booking announcements are expected any day.

Showboat goes to the dogs

It’ll be competing canines Saturday at Showboat Atlantic City as the gaming hall hosts its first “Best in Show”-Boat contest.

Six finalists chosen from an ongoing audition process will be vying to be the ‘Boat’s top dog. They’ll compete on an obstacle course, in a talent segment and in a “best costume” contest. The winner’s owners (parents?) will take home a grand prize package that includes five overnight stays at Showboat in a Pet Stay room, $250 food and beverage credit, two tickets to the House of Blues Atlantic City concert of their choice and a one-year subscription to Fido Friendly magazine

The actual pageant champ will not be forgotten: He or she will cop the job as as Showboat’s official “spokes-dog” and will be awarded a jewel-and-gem-encrusted collar.

Among those entrusted with the task of deciding which Canine-American is the best is a certain dogged reporter who covers the casino beat for the Daily News and Philly.com.

Arf.

Long haul for ‘Legends’

The latest edition of the popular “Legends in Concert” mimic-fest at Bally’s Atlantic City is up and running at the Palace Theater inside the Claridge Tower.

The revue’s roster—in effect through May 17—is the first of five lineups the casino will host through Dec. 31. It consists of singers portraying Ray Charles, Tina Turner, The Blues Brothers, Liza Minnelli and, of course Elvis Presley (apparently, it’s against the law to not have an Elvis impersonator close an AyCee version of “Legends”

For tickets and more info, go to http://www.ballysac.com/casinos/ballys-atlantic-city/casino-entertainment/index.html

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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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