The 100th season of the National Football League kicks off Thursday, but the city's casinos are planning big events for the first full Sunday and the whole season.
Here is a breakdown of some of the things Atlantic City's sportsbooks and casinos have on tap for the upcoming football season, according to the Casino Association of New Jersey.
Bally's Atlantic City
The property will be hosting the grand opening of its new sports book, The Book, which is Atlantic City’s largest sportsbook. The official opening ceremony will be at noon on Sunday in anticipation of the Philadelphia Eagles home opener which starts at 1 p.m. The first 200 guests who place a $100 wager will receive a special gift. Several former Philadelphia Eagles, including two-time Superbowl Champion, 2018 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner and recipient of the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award Chris Long, as well as Hollis Thomas and Fred Barnett, will be on hand.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
The property is celebrating the start of the football season by throwing a Football Kickoff Party on Sunday. The action kicks off at Borgata Beer Garden, where 100.7 FM WZXL’s Jojo & Scotty will host a live radio broadcast from 10 a.m. to noon with games, activities and exclusive Moneyline Bar & Book swag bags available for attendees. A special performance by the Egg Harbor Township High School Marching Band will lead into a full-on football takeover, where guests can bet on their favorite teams at Moneyline and play games, including oversized cornhole, beer pong and more located outside of the Central Conference Center. The party continues at the bars and lounges at Angeline by Michael Symon, Bobby Flay Steak and Wolfgang Puck American Grille, where fans can enjoy gameday food and drink specials between 1-5 p.m. A dedicated 'Football Hotel Package' will be offered throughout the season, including an overnight stay and a $50 food and beverage credit at Moneyline (starting from $129).
Caesars Atlantic City
The property alongside Bally’s and Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, is hosting an NFL pick’em contest from Sept. 3 through Dec. 29. As the official sponsor of the NFL, Caesars Rewards is partnering up to give fans the chance to get off the sidelines and bet on their favorite teams. Each week fans will receive one free pic and be entered to win weekly prizes, including the chance to attend Super Bowl 54. Selections can be made once per week between Tuesdays - Sundays, 15 minutes prior to the first Sunday kickoff. The top 10 guests in Atlantic City who pick the most correct outcomes of the prior week’s game will receive a share of $10,000 in free slot play each week.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City
The property is offering its $1 Million Dollar Golden Gridiron promotion, where customers can play for their chance to win over $250,000 in cash and free play throughout the football season, plus $1,000,000 at the end of the season. For customers that watch the action at Golden Nugget, there are drink specials in Rush Lounge and The Sportsbook during all games.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
The property kicks off the $500,000 Pro Football Pick ‘Em Challenge with $25,000 in weekly prizes. Weekly winners can receive up to $10,000 cash for the most correct picks and 600 participants will win $25 in Free Play.
Resorts Casino Hotel
Resorts invites football fans to DraftKings Sportsbook as the NFL season officially kicks off. On Sept. 6, those who earn two tier points and check-in at the kiosks starting at 1 p.m. can participate in the first $30,000 slot cash Field Goal Mystery Money Game. This will be available every Thursday in September and is complemented by other amazing promotions like the $500 slot cash Guess the Footballs Challenge occurring daily in the Margaritaville lobby now through Feb. 2 and monthly NFL jersey giveaways that start Sept. 8 and run through December.
Tropicana Atlantic City
• Tropicana kicks off the weekend with an offer to place a bet or purchase a bucket at the William Hill Sportsbook and receive a complimentary commemorative William Hill and Tropicana pint glass. Guests can also get in on the action all season long and participate in the $500,000 TFL Pro Pick’em Football Contest beginning Thursday, Sept. 5. Simply earn two promotional points and visit a kiosk to select your winning teams each week. Selections may be made beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday up until 30 minutes prior to the start time of the first game played Sunday. Special room packages are also available to guests for the duration of the season.
Ocean Casino Resort
Ocean Casino Resort is kicking off the football season with a property-wide tailgate party and pep rally on Saturday, including a live ESPN 97.3 remote broadcast. At 7 p.m., join the pep rally at the Firepits @ Lobby Bar and celebrate with a live DJ, trivia, cheerleaders, Bud Lite Girls, ESPN Sports Patrol and giveaways.
I cover Atlantic City government and the casino industry since joining The Press in early 2018. I formerly worked as a politics & government reporter for NJ Herald and received the First Amendment: Art Weissman Memorial NJPA Award two years in a row.
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