Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Showboat’s final weekend

After more than 27 years of actual wheeling and dealing, the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City will shut down on Sunday.

The property on the north end of the boardwalk is being remembered as one of Atlantic City’s most innovative casinos.

Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City
Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Opened in 1987, Showboat was equipped with not only gaming and lodging, but a bowling center that lasted several years.

It wasn’t until the 1990s that Showboat truly “took off,” according to James Karmel, author of Gambling on the American Dream: Atlantic City and the Casino Era.

“They came up with this Mardi Gras theme, basically to make it like a 24-hour party,” Karmel said, noting the effort helped Showboat separate itself from Atlantic City’s several other casino-hotels.

Karmel said Showboat was one of the first Atlantic City casinos to provide appealing amenities that go beyond slots and table games.

The facility, facing the threat of competition from Indian casinos in Connecticut, also helped itself by expanding the number of hotel rooms to more than 1,300.

According to Karmel, middle-class gamblers were the target for Showboat, along with Harrah’s, which purchased the property in the late 90s. Karmel said Showboat did a tremendous job making mid-level players feel pampered and celebrated every day.

Roger Gros, an original Showboat dealer, said any momentum was clouded when the casino introduced the House of Blues restaurant and concert venue nearly 10 years ago.

“That brought in a whole different type of clientele,” Gros said. “The problem was that it kind of clashed with their existing clientele.”

As much as the addition increased Showboat’s business, Gros said, it caused a lot of friction between customer bases and may have led to the casino’s demise.

Showboat will become the first of three Atlantic City casinos to cease operations over the next few weeks. Revel follows closely behind, and Trump Plaza is scheduled to close Sept. 16.

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!