Borgata Entertainment, Atlantic City, N.J.

<b>Distance from Baltimore:</b> 154 miles, about three hours' drive<br>
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<b>Why it's worth the gas:</b> The sleek casino-hotel, opened in 2003, is one of Atlantic City's most popular destinations. The Borgata accounts for nearly half of the poker market share in A.C.; you'll find 3,475 slot machines and more than 250 table games spread across 161,000 square feet. The entertainment is hip, including concerts by well-known headliners like Santana and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0000271" title="Keith Urban" href="/topic/entertainment/music/keith-urban-PECLB0000271.topic">Keith Urban</a>. The fine dining restaurants come with celebrity-chef pedigrees, including Bobby Flay Steak and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0017764644" title="Wolfgang Puck" href="/topic/lifestyle-leisure/cooking/wolfgang-puck-PECLB0017764644.topic">Wolfgang Puck</a> American Grille. The Metropolitan offers an oyster bar and gelato bar. More than 1,500 guest rooms range from "classic rooms" to  5,000-square-foot suites called "residences."<br>
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<b>Don't miss (if you're loaded):</b> The casino this year introduced The Boardroom, a high-limit poker lounge that requires a minimum buy-in of $10,000. The room is decorated in dark wood with plush seating, four 60-inch LED flat-screen TVs and personal lockers.<br>
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<b>Information:</b> Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J., 08401; 609-317-1000 or theborgata.com&#8206;.

( Borgata Photo, The Baltimore Sun / May 11, 2012 )

Distance from Baltimore: 154 miles, about three hours' drive

Why it's worth the gas: The sleek casino-hotel, opened in 2003, is one of Atlantic City's most popular destinations. The Borgata accounts for nearly half of the poker market share in A.C.; you'll find 3,475 slot machines and more than 250 table games spread across 161,000 square feet. The entertainment is hip, including concerts by well-known headliners like Santana and Keith Urban. The fine dining restaurants come with celebrity-chef pedigrees, including Bobby Flay Steak and Wolfgang Puck American Grille. The Metropolitan offers an oyster bar and gelato bar. More than 1,500 guest rooms range from "classic rooms" to 5,000-square-foot suites called "residences."

Don't miss (if you're loaded): The casino this year introduced The Boardroom, a high-limit poker lounge that requires a minimum buy-in of $10,000. The room is decorated in dark wood with plush seating, four 60-inch LED flat-screen TVs and personal lockers.

Information: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J., 08401; 609-317-1000 or theborgata.com‎.

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