Think of a casino and what comes to mind: dark, low-ceilinged, warehouse-like aisles of slot machines and card tables, bathed in cigarette smoke.

Revel, the casino-resort opening April 2 in Atlantic City, breaks all the old casino rules. The smoke-free resort embraces the ocean rather than turning its back on it.

It makes more use of sunlight and sweeping views of the beach and ocean than its competitors; you can even see the ocean from a good part of the casino floor, a no-no in other establishments. And Revel lets guests go right to their rooms without crossing the casino floor.


Gambling is only part of the $2.4 billion resort, along with a luxurious spa, 14 restaurants, 10 pools, and even Beyonce on Memorial Day weekend.

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