Age, as they say, is just a number.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the largest resort and casino on Atlantic City’s famed Boardwalk, the Tropicana Casino. From the looks of it, the Trop is getting better with age.
And it has been a wild ride for Atlantic City, a fabled beach destination backed by its many real money online casinos available statewide.
Last weekend, the Tropicana hotel and casino, which originated Nov. 23, 1981, marked the official start of its November celebration.
The festivities included an exclusive, invite-only dinner and wine pairing at il Verdi, Trop’s signature Italian restaurant that is still going strong 40 years later. A party at the Grand Exhibition Center with rewards members featured food, cocktails and live entertainment. There also was a time capsule filled with various items from Tropicana and Atlantic City history to mark the occasion with Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr.
The Tropicana, the third-largest hotel in the Garden State, has 2,364 rooms, 3,000 slot machines, 30 restaurants, 30 shops and two 2,500-space parking garages.
Now part of the Caesars Entertainment family, over the next three years more than $400 million will be invested into all three properties (Tropicana, Caesars and Harrah’s). The enhancements will include Tropicana’s 604 West Tower rooms, modernized elevators and escalators, pool and gaming space.
“For almost half a century now, Caesars Entertainment has been committed to Atlantic City and has led the way in positioning the city as a leading gaming and entertainment destination on the East Coast,” said John Koster, regional president for Caesars Entertainment’s Eastern Region. "Tropicana’s 40th anniversary is incredibly special to us, and we attribute much of our success to our team members who deliver top-notch service to our guests every day.”
The past two years have been transformative for the resort.
Last September, Tropicana Atlantic City appointed Jacqueline Grace as senior vice president and general manager, one of only two women in the AC market.
“Since its debut, Tropicana Atlantic City has continued to be a leader in the market with its premier shopping, captivating nightlife venues, and fantastic dining options,” Grace said. “We are equally proud of our commitment to the community we serve – now 40 years strong – helping to do our part to make Atlantic City a great place to work, live and play. We are beyond excited and proud to celebrate this important milestone and look forward to the future of Tropicana.”
This summer, Tropicana completed full integration into Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, Caesars Rewards, joining Caesars and Harrah's Resort to form the city’s most prominent gaming network for New Jersey gaming. In honor of the Tropicana’s anniversary, this Thanksgiving weekend guests will have the chance to win 40,000 Reward Credits in 40 minutes on Nov. 26-27.
Before the start of the NFL regular season, Tropicana’s sportsbook was rebranded to Caesars Sportsbook, which signifies the company’s significant investment in online and retail sports betting with new offerings to be announced in the coming months.
Cheers, Tropicana, on your 40th anniversary.
Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.Read Full Bio