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Sex and the City

The heat rises in Atlantic City. No, I don’t mean the outdoors temperature; I’m talking about sex…and sex, and more sex. While the attendance at casinos has diminished to the point where some look like airplane hangars housing slot machines, the Atlantic City sex industry is pumping along just fine.

Now, morally, I am not opposed to prostitution or promiscuity. A woman or man should have the right to treat or mistreat their bodies as they see fit or unfit. So, I would legalize prostitution – even though it is a truly disgusting activity. If you were a prostitute just think of the disgusting men you’d take to bed; those sickening, perhaps blubbery, sometimes wrinkled, perhaps truly smelly blobs with bad breath; those beasts who figure if they can’t get what they want for free because of their stinking personalities, by gosh, they’ll pay for it.

Yes, disease is a factor as well. In 1993 (or thereabouts), I read a report in the Las Vegas Review Journal that 83 percent (83 percent!) of the street prostitutes in Las Vegas had various kinds of STD’s, with a monstrous number having HIV.

Now, I know that some of the Nevada brothels state that their "girls" are tested once a month (or so) and that they are free of disease. Well, HIV does not show for six months (or so) but during those six months, it can be transmitted. Yes, disease is one thing that can be taken home with you from Las Vegas and Atlantic City. So, prostitution should be legal but no one should go to prostitutes so there is no prostitution.

Okay, enough of my legalizing, rationalizing, and moralizing. What about the sex trade in Atlantic City? Well, for escort and massage services (excluding the ones associated with the casino hotels) there are over – hold your breath – 22 million (yes million!) listings on Yahoo. Now, true, many of these are national services, kind of like franchises, but you get the picture. You want it; you can get it – for a price.

The classic prostitution gig is the escort service. New Yorkers will happily recall our former Governor Elliot Spitzer (known as Client #9) paying something like $1,400 a night to be escorted to a hotel room to be laid. You might also know about the escort "madam," who supplied escorts for outrageous sums to spend some time with the richest men in the City, in her apartment building of little rooms with big beds.

Now with an escort service, you can set up a "date" with a beautiful woman; usually young, often Asian, and she will be your escort for the night or the weekend or whatever you want to pay her for. It’s rare to see advertising about ugly women: "Our women are disgusting and smelly and loaded with diseases in the flab of their monstrously horrifying bodies! They come cheap too!"

There are peculiar delights that are advertised as well. You can get boys who dress like girls; you can get women who will beat you senseless; you can get folks with physical handicaps; they offer small folk, tall folk, fat folk, straights, gays, lesbians, you get the picture. With 22 million listings, you can get just about anything you want – except maybe animals on the endangered list.

Naturally, no escort service promotes itself as a beeline to hot and horny prostitutes, some even advertise that they are strictly an escort service. Therefore, to find out if your date will bone you all night long, you have to ask them. Doing this means you can’t be a cop because that is considered entrapment.

Massage visits can also be prostitution ploys. You can get exotically named massage, often with telling Asian names – for some reason Asians are big in this business; there isn’t too much call for mustachioed Peruvians – and even get massages that are labeled "sensual" or "erotic." That’s not too obvious.

Now, if you are staying in the casino-hotel and you’re a big player, what if you want to play around? Will your host simply supply you with what you want? The answer is – I haven’t got the faintest idea. Every host that I asked said, "No. Absolutely not." And then, some of them winked. Either the guy (I only asked male hosts as I was too embarrassed to ask females) had something in his eye or he was telling me off the record, "Hell, yeah, you want a leprechaun, I can get one for you!"

If you are in Atlantic City and you don’t want to spend time looking up the names of escort or massage services on the Internet, you can pick up one of the free papers and they usually have a host of these businesses advertised on their pages.

Okay, there it is – sex and the city down at the Shore. Do I recommend you use these services? No. I’m not a prude, but seriously – a leprechaun? I’ll pass.

Atlantic City Is Drowning

This is no surprise; Atlantic City’s revenues are down – but the depth of the downturn is drastic. Excluding the opening of Revel, Atlantic City’s revenue is down 14.3 percent from last year, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Revel’s results were underwhelming, as well. It grossed nowhere near what the predictions had been. So far, it is a loser.

Atlantic City is drowning and there doesn’t seem to be any lifeguards around.

Our Readers Report

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We have many readers who send us their reports on various aspects of Atlantic City and we do have some that give us reports just about every month – so we have decided to give them the fame and glory (as opposed to "fortune and glory") of their own columns. I also give them a free subscription to my private web site at

You will note that our correspondents tend to have somewhat different views. Always it is up to you to decide which games you want to play by scouting them for yourselves.


Dear Frank and Alene:

It is the summer in Atlantic City, but things are down. Even though the crowds are much larger than in the winter, compared to other summers, the place is still showing that it is hurting. The blackjack games are okay because I am so used to them that I now see games that I used to think sucked and say to myself "this isn’t so bad." Yes, that is how bad things have gotten.



Dear Frank and Alene:

Went to Revel. The place is spectacular but the blackjack was typical of AC. There were a few six-deck games at $25; they even had eight decks for $10. A lot of tables were empty. Looks to me that they are underperforming.



Dear Frank:

The "New" Golden Nugget is a nice place but the blackjack is nothing special. Go for the Chart House restaurant and enjoy the new bars but I’d look for better blackjack games.



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Here are our ratings for blackjack July 2012. We thank many of our readers for helping us to stay as updated as possible. There may be some disagreements in ratings among our correspondents but all these reports are based on individuals’ experience. A word to the wise: it’s always best to check out the casinos for yourselves.

Rating system:

***** = Excellent

**** = Very Good

*** = Good

** = Fair

* = Poor.

BALLY’S PARK PLACE: No change from last issue. I am getting used to the hitting on soft 17 and my ratings are starting to change as I take this fact for granted. That is not a good thing. Good cuts of about 80 percent. Could be a happy time for card counters. This might be a good time to check this casino out. All 8-deck games except for the high roller room action. The hitting on soft 17 is now a sad fact. Crews are friendly. Craps games are quite good. High roller minimums can go as high as $200. Three stars: * * *

BORGATA: In a fight to the death with Revel. The 6-deck games are now almost everywhere again and the penetration is starting to look like the old Borgata, if you can call a relatively new casino "old." A mixture of S17 and H17 were found. This is a happening place and caters to a swinging 30-something crowd that Revel is trying to attract. You’ll enjoy the night clubs and the beautiful people. We’ll see what happens. This is still a good casino for blackjack. Not a good casino for craps. Three stars: * * *

CAESARS: No change from last issue. The main floor of eight-deckers has some of the upper-limit tables ($25 and $50) with no mid-shoe entry. All the games in the high roller pit are also no mid-shoe entry with $100 and higher minimums. Six-deck games in high roller room have 75 percent penetration just as most of the regular floor does. High roller room is S17; the main floor is H17 when we were there. The craps games here are good with 12-foot tables. The tables are high so smaller controlled shooters should wear their "special shoes." Two and one-half stars: * * ½ *

CLARIDGE: Closed most of the time. This is an historic hotel. If it weren’t, we think it would be torn down and be another empty lot across from the empty lot that used to be the Sands.

HARRAH’S: The more things change the more things change but there is no change for this issue. The blackjack games are so-so with eight decks and penetration of about 70-75 percent. Good place for craps. Two and one-half stars: * * ½ *

ACH [formerly the Hilton]: This place is going for low rollers. The gourmet restaurants are only open on weekends. Wild swings in penetration with more eight-deck games throughout the casino. Penetration is between 70-80 percent depending on the dealer. The hitting of soft 17 brings this place down a peg as well. High roller room is 6-decks; rest of the casino is 8-decks with a few $25/$50 6-deckers on occasion. No mid-shoe entry on the six-deckers. For craps, we are dealing with 13-foot tables and a couple of 12 footers. The casino is now actively promoting to the locals and if by local they mean the baggy pants worn under the buttocks folks laundering their drug money, this place may rival Trump Plaza in lowlifes. Two and one-half stars: * * ½ *

RESORTS: No change from last issue. They have ghosts of the past and a new theme that goes back even further. Resorts is now going all out for that 1920’s look! The reports are in and out about this casino’s games. Many H17 games on main floor; high roller room is S17. Penetration on all games is about 70-75 percent which is not bad considering this is AC. Decent craps games. Has opened the first Atlantic City gay nightclub and is courting the gay community, which is a smart move as gay vacation resorts and nightclubs seem to make a good go of it.. Two stars and one-half stars: * * ½*

REVEL: One of our letter-writers said it best – this place has been "underperforming." But it is new and it is spectacular and certainly worth a visit. The theme of the new place is simple, "Kick Borgata’s ass!" Some games are good and some are bad. Look for the six decks with S17; the eight deckers are hit on soft 17. The six deckers are in the minority. Penetration is 75 percent at most. Two and one-half stars: * * ½ *

SHOWBOAT: Slots dominate this place now. The blackjack has deteriorated considerably with little penetration – maybe you play 60-66 percent of the shoe. All games are hit on soft 17. High roller room is passable with better penetration, about 75 percent, and at some slow times the minimums are $25 – although you won’t see this much in the summer. Pass this place by unless you are walking Fido since they are now the animal friendly hotel – disgusting! One star: *

TROPICANA: This place is going in the opposite direction from Trump Plaza and ACH by bringing the highest rollers into AC. Now the place is H17 on all games except those outside the high roller room. Still has some good penetration, maybe 75 percent; sometimes excellent penetration of 80 percent. Three stars: * * * (for penetration)

THE GOLDEN NUGGET: The blackjack games in the high roller room are excellent with penetration of 80 percent and top rules such as splitting and resplitting; and standing on soft 17. The eight-deck games in the casino are ho-hum and basically the same as all the other casinos in AC. The craps games are excellent and – as always – this place has the nicest and most professional dealers you will find. Give it a whirl but the report is blackjack paranoia now reigns supreme here; just ask a suit named Michael. Three stars: * * *

TRUMP PLAZA: This place is beginning to resemble an empty parking lot midweek even in the summer. We kid you not, it is starting to be called "Dump Plaza" or "Trump Dump" but it does have fairly good games when those games are open. Still something has to be done with the dark casino and the low-life scum skulking through it. Maybe the time has come to raze the place? Six-deck games are back outside the high roller room. The penetration is 70-75 percent. No mid-shoe entry on games outside high-roller pit but you can find $25 (a few) to $50 minimums on these. Allows resplits, except aces. All tables are $10 and higher. Craps tables are 12-footers. The dealers range from professional and friendly down to arrogant and ignorant. Two and one-half stars: * * ½ *

TRUMP TAJ MAHAL: No change from last issue. Now they are hitting soft 17 except in high roller room. First they screwed up the craps tables so the dice go flying off the table every third roll and now they have decided to give the blackjack games a wicked colonoscopy with barbed wire. Great hotel and great restaurants and great entertainment. Also, great dealers and pit personnel. Too bad it isn’t the premier place to play any more because it is a great place to stay. Two and one-half stars: * * ½*

WILD, WILD WEST: Another ghost town that had no table games when we last went there. Tumble-weed is blowing through this place.


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Best Craps in Atlantic City: All except: Borgata, Taj Mahal, Showboat, and Wild, Wild West.

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