Don’t necessarily believe what you read: they just remodeled the Taj bac pit and are now calling it a salon. For a laugh, check in there and ask for an appointment for a cut and color. From the AC Press:
This is no mere gambling den or baccarat pit, but rather, ahem – French accent required – a gaming salon.
Drawing inspiration from the chic gaming parlors of Monte Carlo, Paris, Macau and other cities worldwide, it features tuxedo-clad dealers, crystal chandeliers and gently cascading fountains.
Gamblers are pampered in elegant surroundings, but they also should know that it may not be all fun and games. Some serious money will be spread around in the new high-stakes gaming salon at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.
“When you step down there, youve got to ante up. This is not for the faint of heart,” said Mark Juliano, chief executive officer of Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., the company that operates the Taj Mahal and Donald Trumps two other Atlantic City casinos.
Bets range from $100 to $6,000 per hand at the nearly 30 baccarat, blackjack, craps and roulette tables in the salon. Rosalind Krause, Taj Mahal general manager, also noted that special games for ultra-high rollers can be set up consisting of top bets of $100,000 for baccarat and $25,000 for blackjack.
That much money may be unthinkable for gamblers who are used to plugging away at penny or nickel slot machines, but Juliano said the typical customer in the gaming salon will be $200,000 to $500,000 players, and, in some cases, $1 million to $2 million.
“Most of them are men. They are domestic and international gamblers. Many are Asian or Latino customers, primarily from the Northeast – Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C.,” Juliano said.
The Taj Mahals gaming salon is part of a trend toward high-end gambling attractions to separate Atlantic City from the low-stakes slot parlors popping up in Pennsylvania and New York. Atlantic City is reinventing itself as more of a Las Vegas-style, overnight tourist resort of upscale gambling, retail shops, restaurants and nightclubs to counter extra competition from surrounding states.
“What distinguishes us from those markets are our hotel rooms and table games. Thats why were making such a big investment in table games and rooms,” Juliano said. “High-end customers are very important to us. More important than ever before.”
The $5 million gaming salon continues the transformation of Trumps flagship Taj Mahal from a gaudy pink- and purple-hued throwback to the 1990s to a more sophisticated casino decorated in softer brown, gold and beige tones. Next on the list is a new high-limit slots area scheduled to be completed by this summer.
New gaming salon at Trump Taj Mahal features big bets, lavish decor
That’s a very specific target group the Taj is shooting for: “domestic and international.” And they might be…Asian. Speaking a language that might be…Asian. That’s a rare Cable Guy reference, if you didn’t catch it.
They should just be honest and say, “We don’t really care who comes in here, as long as they’re gambling big money.”
Also, I get a kick out of “gaudy pink- and purple-hued throwback to the 1990s” for two reasons. First of all, it makes it sound like the 1990s were fifty years ago. Second of all, when I think “1990s” in design, gaudy pink and purple hues don’t automatically come to mind. In fact, I can’t think of too many places besides the Taj that had a big pink and purple thing going on. So it’s not a throwback to a grunge aesthetic, just the design choices of the previous managers.