ShowBoat Owner Moves To Launch The Lucky Snake Arcade in 2021

Showboat joins the list of Atlantic City properties to announce its big plans for the summer season. The property owner, Bart Blatstein, made an unusual appearance at a press conference with a giant yellow snake hanging from his shoulders.

While that would raise a few eyebrows, the cameo appearance by the reptile does represent a part of the big news. The property is looking towards the  May 15 opening of the Lucky snake at Showboat which will be New Jersey’s largest arcade measuring over 100,000 square feet.

Bart Blatstein received license approval last week for the arcade which is said to feature a 25,000-square-foot sports bar with an e-sports gaming area, and even more entertaining, a boxing ring.

The Lucky Snake will take over the former Showboat Casino which shut its doors in 2014.

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The Lucky Snake Arcade Comes With Nice Surprises

The Atlantic City Boardwalk is already home to several arcades, however, the Lucky Snake is more than just another arcade that adds to the number.

Atlantic City players can look forward to classic games from the 1980s, virtual reality games, pinball machines, skee ball, and basketball games when the arcade goes live.

Customers will also be able to redeem tickets for prizes which could be anything from candy to designer jewelry.

There will also be more luxurious prizes like cars, motorcycles, and for more loyal customers, all-inclusive vacations.

According to the release, “the arcade’s reward program will be comparable to the most advanced and favored customer loyalty programs in the casino industry.”

“This is a very exciting time for us,” said Blatstein. “We at Tower Investments are extremely proud of this hotel and are thrilled to further expand on its offerings for guests of all ages, especially families. It has always been our mission to deliver an unforgettable experience for our guests and we are delighted to bring a family-friendly and year-round resort option to Atlantic City.”

The Showboat gaming floor has also been redesigned to reflect the new changes. It now features the famous Riviera sign which makes for a better look than before.

Blatstein Looks to Revive Showboat

The Showboat has been around for quite a while. It opened in March 1987 as a hotel, casino, and bowling alley and saw a hint of success. Unfortunately, it became one of the four Atlantic City casinos to shut down in 2014.

It was left untouched until Blatstein purchased the property in January 2016 for $23 million. That same year, it was reopened as a non-gaming hotel.

One of such casinos to rebrand was the Trump Taj Mahal which closed in late-2016 before being rebranded and reopened as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

Unlike the other properties that were rebranded but still operate as casinos, Showboat seems to be taking a different path. Blatstein has made some hints about bringing back gambling to the former gaming area, however, he is more centered on building an indoor water park which could be the main attraction to the property.

The project has an estimated price tag of over $90 million and has been approved by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA).

There has been no news as to the groundbreaking date for the water park but considering the moves that Blatstein continues to make on the property, it should be anytime soon.

Among his plans are a domed outdoor concert hall and a beer garden that would create the buzz around the Lucky Snake and attract more customers.

As Atlantic City rises once again after the big hit by the Pandemic, we can all but wait to see how Showboat turns out.

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