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After almost two years of strange and stressful world events, high- and low-rollers alike are absolutely itching to get back on the casino floor and place their bets. The great news? Casinos are ready and are rolling out the red carpet for groups, whether they're feeling like getting lucky at the blackjack table and slots, want to soak up some luxurious spa time, or dine in undeniable style.

When you think of a world-famous Boardwalk, you undoubtedly think of Atlantic City, a destination that's home to world-class accommodations, tax-free shopping, endless amounts of entertainment, thrilling sports, spectacular attractions and pristine beaches.

An island with nine casino resorts—including six right on the beach—Atlantic City has something for everyone. Take in the more than 15 restaurants and Topgolf Swing Suite at Ocean Casino Resort, feel the rock and roll spirit and pull up to the over 120 table games and Sportsbook at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, watch the top names in music and comedy perform at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino and more.

"If gambling isn't your speed, take in a show, pamper yourself at one of our many luxurious spas or dine at some of the best dining establishments," said Heather Colache, Tourism Account Director, Tour AC/Meet AC.

With over 100 years of premier Thoroughbred racing history, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is the state's only casino resort, offering groups amenities that are truly unique.

"Oaklawn has become a major regional destination for all things horse racing," said Doug Kacena, Director of Sales, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. "Paired with the high energy of the casino floor, featuring slots, table games, high limits and sports betting, guests can win in a multitude of ways."

Oaklawn recently opened a new luxury hotel and event center featuring elegantly appointed rooms and suites, the spacious Astral Spa, an outdoor pool with cabanas, a multipurpose event center with banquet space and meeting rooms, and several dining options. From wagers to Wagyu, it's safe to say groups won't have a problem finding something to their liking!

Bingo, poker, keno, slots and traditional and specialized table games abound at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. It's here groups could really spread out and explore whatever they're in the mood for—whether it's a 75-minute CBD massage at the Soaring Eagle Spa & Salon, the best bingo action in the Midwest, a mouthwatering steak from Ruth's Chris or an entertaining show from a nationally-known artist.

Have younger members of your group? No worries. Soaring Eagle offers amenities and care that make any visit to the resort truly family-friendly.

Located in the heart of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is ​​one of the country's largest tribally owned and operated casinos and welcomes more than six million guests a year. Options for fun and high-energy excitement are plentiful, thanks to the casino's more than 2,500 video and reel slot machines, nearly 100 table games, 20 poker tables, 1,350-seat bingo hall and 5,000 square-foot off-track betting room.

With incredible experiences at every turn, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut offers groups a truly elevated experience at their two unique casinos, Casino of the Earth and Casino of the Sky. With more than 255,000 square feet of gaming space—which also now includes the all-new Mohegan Sun FanDuel Sportsbook—groups could try their luck in countless ways. Wander to the high limit lounge, have your pick of more than 1,900 slot machines, enjoy Tuna Sashimi and Lobster Wontons at the newly launched high-end dining experience, TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge and more.

"This new restaurant and lounge is located off the Sky Tower Hotel Lobby and is also home to the lux bar & lounge, called the Ink Bar, ideal for a pre-dining cocktail or late night outing," said Jeff Hamilton, President & General Manager, Mohegan Sun.

Don't forget to also visit nightlife hotspot, Vista Lounge at Wombi Rock, which offers the best martinis on property, in addition to being home to blackjack tables that overlook the rest of Casino of the Sky. Drinks and view? Sign us up.

Of course, who could forget about Las Vegas? The iconic casino destination has much to offer groups looking for a full-service casino experience, not to mention a plethora of exciting casino-adjacent attractions, including the second-tallest observation wheel in the world—The High Roller—and SlotZilla—a zip line that carries thrill seekers through the canopy of the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas.

No matter if your groups are looking for high stakes adventures or a more low key energy, Vegas has got your back—from the glitz of the Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino and the glamour of The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort, to the party vibes at Caesars Palace and lavish ARIA Resort & Casino.

SAFETY
Many casinos and resorts are taking extra measures to ensure the health and safety of guests remain the highest priority. Groups could anticipate finding measures such as enhanced sanitation and UV light disinfection technology, varying mask policies for staff and guests, updated smoking restrictions and more. Please be sure to check in ahead of time with each individual establishment for the most current guidelines.

HAVE A GAMBLING PROBLEM?
Call or text the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at 1.800.522.4700 or visit ncpgambling.org/chat for 100% confidential help, 24/7/365.

Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for Groups Today.

This article originally appeared in the Jan/Feb '22 issue of Groups Today.

 

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