The Tropicana Atlantic City is elemental in defining the The Boardwalk. With more than 2,000 hotel rooms, the property (which opened originally in 1981) was part of the late-1970s revival of Atlantic City, a locale that has certainly seen ups, downs, and momentous changes throughout its storied history.

Tropicana AC sits on the site of one of New Jersey’s most luxurious and sizable hotels of the early 20th century, The Ambassador Hotel. That property, built in 1919, had 400 rooms and added another 400 just two years later. Eight-hundred-room hotels were rare in that era. Comparatively, the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan opened with about 200 rooms a decade earlier.

After Ramada purchased the Tropicana in Las Vegas, the company took a shot on the newly licensed casino industry in Atlantic City. In subsequent years, the property underwent a series of expansions and renovations. Today, with dozens of places to eat, shop, and three floors of casino gaming space, Tropicana AC is still a highlight of The Boardwalk.


Movie theaters are somewhat common additions to casino-resorts; however, Tropicana AC has the only IMAX theater on The Boardwalk. Movies run every day, and free tickets can even be a perk for casino regulars.  

The property has a complete blend of fine and casual dining, quick service eats, and its 24-hour Marketplace Express. Public reviews hold Tropicana’s room service in high esteem. In-room dining is available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 24 hours over the weekend until 11 p.m. on Sunday. The variety of dining options are expansive, adequate for longer stays.

The Quarter at the Tropicana is an ode to historic Havana. No ordinary shopping mall, the three-story streetscape is complete with shops, restaurants, live entertainment, and Bluemercury spa, which offers a full menu of services for men, women, and couples and is touted as one of the best in Atlantic City.

Twenty-three hundred slot machines, 125 table games, and a 22-table poker room fill the casino floor with action 24 hours a day. Though the poker room is modest in size, players frequently have a chance to compete for a share of a $30,000 or more bad beat jackpot.


Before Tropicana AC, wise guys in Las Vegas were modeling the old Havana casino scene at Tropicana Las Vegas. Though both known by the same name, the two casino-resorts have different owners.  

Carl Icahn has majority ownership of Tropicana Entertainment, which owns the Atlantic City property. Penn National bought the Tropicana Las Vegas in 2015. Remodeling and new marketing efforts improved Tropicana Las Vegas since the recession of 2008-09, yet it may be nostalgia that props up one of the oldest casinos standing in Las Vegas and not necessarily modern elegance or perceived customer value.

Online offers free to play casino games including slots, video poker, and bingo. Mobile platforms are also supported, and TropWorld Casino can be downloaded from the App Store and Play Store. is Tropicana Entertainment’s real-money online gaming site in New Jersey. For those unfamiliar, all real-money gaming must take place within state lines by those 21 years of age and older. Non-residents and non-US citizens are welcome to play any time they’re in New Jersey.

The real-money online casino offers 100 percent cash back (real cash, not bonus funds) for new sign-ups who deposit at least $10 up to $100. Players can also play for free and win free spins on the real money site daily. 90 Ball Bingo is the first of its kind in the New Jersey online gaming space. Players can play one free game every half-hour. All other games are $1, $2, or $5. There are plenty of ways to win: even a super jackpot with a big money prize.


The TropAdvantage Players Club card offers fantastic promotions for new sign-ups and regular players in the casino. Like nearly all casino loyalty programs, TropAdvantage is tiered, giving players better rewards as they gamble more.

Comps can be used at a one-to-one point-to-dollar rate in The Quarter. All players begin with a Green card and work their way through Copper, Gold, Platinum, and Black. Higher tier cards offer free access to certain clubs and lounges. TropAdvantage also has a partnership with Carnival Cruises. The earning period to accumulate tier points resets annually, yet benefits are valid for the full calendar year after they’re earned.