Friday, December 26, 2014

Valley Forge Casino opening set for tonight

What will be the region's newest casino for all of 54 hours has received the green light from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to get the party started.

Valley Forge Casino opening set for tonight

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Comedian Whitney Cummings will be at Tropicana Atlantic City May 11. Photo: www.nbc.com

What will be the region’s newest casino for all of 54 hours has received the green light from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to get the party started.

The dice will begin tumbling at 12:01 a.m. Saturday at Valley Forge Casino Resort, located at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia. In all, visitors will get to court Lady Luck at 600 slot machines and 50 tables offering blackjack, craps, roulette, pai gow poker and baccarat (poker players will have to suffice with tournaments that will be staged no more than once a month).

If you can’t wait until midnight to get inside, the property’s new disco, 7 The Nightclub, opens at 9 p.m. for three hours of pre-gaming fun.

Come 6 a.m. Monday, VF’s debut will be old news as the massive, $2.4 billion Revel resort opens on the eastern end of the Boardwalk (Valley Forge’s price tag is a “mere” $150 million).

Just a reminder that as a “category 3” casino, Valley Forge can only admit people who are guests at one of the complex’s two hotels, spend at least $10 in any of its retail outlets or restaurants or purchase memberships. You cannot just walk in off the street as at Pennsylvania’s 10 other gambling dens.

For more info, go to www.vfcasino.com.

Let’s eat!

Food Network star Aaron Sanchez is the latest big-time stove-jockey to enter Atlantic City’s ever-expanding culinary arena.

Friday, Sanchez—whose on-screen credits include “Chopped,” “Next Iron Chef” and “Best Thing I Ever Ate”--opens the doors to Crossroads at the House of Blues inside Showboat Atlantic City.

The restaurant is being touted as “a tribute to the sights, sounds and tastes of every corner of America.”  The offerings include such dishes as a citrus-marinated steak taco with Cotija cheese and roasted tomatillo salsa appetizer and such entrees as lobster macaroni & cheese, slow-cooked ribs and buttermilk fried chicken.

No joke

Sunday (April Fool’s Day), the cast of the Style Network reality show, “Jerseylicious,” will be at Trump Taj Mahal to film the current season’s final episode. The public is invited to attend the shoot, which is scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. at the Mark Etess Arena. Admission is free.

Ravonettes christen Revel venue

While much has been made about the zillion-dollar bookings of Maroon 5, The Black Keys and Beyonce, the fact is a far-lesser-known act, The Ravonettes, will be the first musical act to play Revel.

The Ravonettes are two Danish women, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo, whose noisy indie-rock is tempered by intricate two-part harmonies. They’ll plug in and rock out beginning at 9 p.m. Monday at The Social, Revel’s 400-seat, casino-side venue where admission is always free.

Cummings coming to Trop

With Revel making big splash after big splash on the entertainment front, and Borgata still a major show biz player, Tropicana Atlantic City has pulled off a booking coup of its own: May 11, stand-up comic and ubiquitous sitcom presence Whitney Cummings will play there. Cummings created and stars in NBC’s “Whitney” and created and co-executive produces CBS’s “2 Broke Girls.” Tickets for the 9 p.m. set—one of only two she currently has scheduled—are $75, $50, $45 and $35, and can be had by calling 800-736-1420, or at www.ticketmaster.com.

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