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Archive: April, 2010

POSTED: Friday, April 23, 2010, 12:24 PM

Tickets went on sale this morning for a June 24 joint appearance by Fox News stars Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly at the Atlantic City Hilton. And word is former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Dick Cheyney are also headed to the casino.

Admission for the right-wing dynamic duo is $300, $175 and $85. The limited $300 passes include access to a one-hour, post-show cocktail party where fans can get up-close-and-personal with the cable TV firebrands, who are coming to AyCee on their "Bold & Fresh" tour. It is expected the pair will offer scripted remarks, then take questions from audience members.

But the two pundits are sure to be overshadowed by subsequent visits by Clinton and Cheyney. While their gigs are yet not confirmed, it's believed Clinton will hit the Hilton July 23, with Cheney coming Sept. 18. Each is expected to follow the same format as O'Reilly and Beck.

POSTED: Saturday, April 10, 2010, 5:43 PM

"American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi made it look easy Friday night as she staged her first-ever public singing performance at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa.

After the set at the Music Box, where she'll encore at 8 tonight, DioGuardi told me she replied, "I don't want to do this, I'm scared, I'm nervous," when the subject of performing live was first broached by her management team. But her turn certainly belied those sentiments.

Sitting on stools set up in front of a living room arrangement complete with lamps and plants, DioGuradi and her sole accompanist, acoustic guitari player  Mitch Allan (of the rock band SR-71) took the seemingly sold-out audience on an intimate and engaging trip through DioGuardi's relatively brief, but ultra-impressive, career as a pop composer.

POSTED: Friday, April 9, 2010, 10:02 AM

Gaming tycoon Steve Wynn's rejection of the Foxwoods project could signal the stars may be aligning to rescue Atlantic City's largest-ever casino construction project.

Fox29 is reporting this morning that Tuesday, Wynn toured the partially built Revel casino-hotel complex on the Boardwalk adjacent to the Showboat, just days after Wall Street giant Morgan Stanley announced it was selling its stake in the half-built mega-resort--and expected to do so at a huge discount.

There is plenty of logic in reporter Steve Keeley's suggestion Wynn bailed on Philly in order to assume ownership--and complete construction--of Revel.

POSTED: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 5:13 PM

Anything is certainly possible, but it won't be surprising if Steve Wynn's stunning withdrawl from the  Foxwoods casino project rings the death knell for the long-controversial intention of building it along the South Philly waterfront.

That's because it's hard to figure why any gaming industry operation would swoop in on a project abandoned by the man who essentially invented the modern gambling business. Logically speaking, who in the world would think, "Well, Wynn doesn't believe he can be successful there, so it's a perfect opportunity for me?"

To put it another way: Would any software company invest in technolgy that Bill Gates or Steve Jobs publicly rejected? Of course not.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 4:48 PM

Today was a particularly good day for two eastern Pennsylvania gambling dens. The state's Gaming Control Board okayed table games for Mount Airy Casino Resort and Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. In addition, Las Vegas Sands Corp., the Bethlehem casino's corporate parent, announced it is resuming plans to erect a 300-room hotel on the property located on the site of the old Bethlehem Steel Works.

According to reports, the Sands has targeted May, 2011 for the facility's opening. The casino, which opened last May, was originally supposed to include the hotel and a retail and entertainment complex, but the sour economy put a hold on those plans.

There was no word about when the Sands expects to introduce poker, blackjack, craps and the like, but some time in July is a good bet. That, said a Mount Airy spokeswoman, is when her property hopes to start dealing cards and rolling the dice, and other gaming halls have also targeted early summer..

POSTED: Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 8:13 PM

They may not be "homeward bound," but Simon & Garfunkel are definitely Boardwalk Bound.

Tickets go on sale Saturday for the venerable folk-pop duo's May 21 concert at the 5,200-seat Arena at Trump Taj Mahal. The show is something of a coup for the property and its entertainment chief, Steve Gietka: The Taj not only got the AyCee exclusive for the legendary act, but the team's upcoming spring "Old Friends" tour is primarily a Canadian affair, with a few Midwestern U.S. dates and a New Orleans festival appearance included. The only other East Coast gig is a May 20 show at Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn.

Tickets go on sale Saturday; admission is $325, $225 and $175. To order, call (800) 736-1420, or go to www.ticketmaster.com.

About this blog
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.”

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