Showboat Hosting Grand Opening For The Raceway At Lucky Snake Saturday

Written By Bill Gelman on April 11, 2022 - Last Updated on April 26, 2023
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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to include grand opening details. 

The Raceway at Lucky Snake is hosting a grand-opening event Saturday, May 28 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  The ribbon cutting is scheduled for noon.

It’s the new 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art indoor electric go-kart track, located inside the Showboat Hotel.

As far as what the festivities will include,  DJ Caution will begin playing tunes at 11 a.m.

Guests can spin the wheel to win prizes including:

  • $5, $10 and $15 game cards
  • Free go-kart rides and room stays
  • T-shirts

Partygoers can also enjoy free popcorn, giveaways and other surprises.

Bart Blatstein, CEO of Tower Investments & Owner of Showboat, Marty Small, mayor of Atlantic City and performers from this year’s Super American Circus will also be on hand to cut the ribbon and race.

The Raceway at The Lucky Snake held its soft opening last weekend.

Showboat upping family-friendly offerings

For those thinking an indoor go-kart track concept seems out of place, it’s not.

The Showboat is sandwiched between Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Ocean Casino Resort. Plus, Steel Pier is footsteps away.  They each offer entertainment amenities.

But as far as the Showboat goes, the Raceway at the Lucky Snake is part of a bigger business plan.

“We continue to break the mold on what entertainment looks like in Atlantic City, and the recent addition of go-karts to our ever-expanding venue is yet another example of that commitment,”  said Brandon Dixon, president of Tower Investments, the owner of Showboat

Racers of all ages will travel through the theme of ‘escaping Las Vegas’ on high-performance electric go-karts custom manufactured in Italy.

For an added bonus, drivers will have the option of filming their ride experience. All helmets will be equipped with 4k cameras.

After exiting the car, racers can upload the riding experience to Facebook or Twitter.

Here is a rendering of what the indoor raceway look likes.

Adding laps to Showboat Lucky Snake experience

When Bart Blatstein, founder and CEO of Tower Investments, purchased the Showboat from Stockton University in 2016, slots and table games were not an option. A deed restriction prevents the Showboat from offering casino gambling.

When the property reopened during the summer of 2016, it included a vacant casino floor. However, that changed last year when Blatstein unveiled the Lucky Snake Arcade. And we aren’t talking about another run-of-the-mill Atlantic City Boardwalk arcade here.

At over 100,000 square feet, the Lucky Snake is the largest arcade and entertainment center on the East Coast.

For guests who prefer not to get behind the wheel, plans call for various elevated viewing areas where family and friends can watch while playing different arcade games and enjoying food and drinks.

Additionally, the Raceway at the Lucky Snake will host its own go-kart racing league.

There will be an educational component as well in which students and campers can be trained on the mechanics of the go-karts by licensed professionals.

Island Waterpark under construction

Making the Showboat a full-fledged family resort is a several-year transformation.

And the biggest piece of the puzzle – the Island Waterpark – is targeted for a 2023 opening. The official groundbreaking took place earlier this year. Despite taking place outside in the middle of January (swimming pools included), there is excitement surrounding what the finished project will look like.

Here is what we know about the 103,000 square-foot aquatic attraction so far:

  • Estimated cost: $100 million
  • Retractable roof to make it a year-round destination
  • Amenities will include water slides, pools, a zipline and an adult-only area

And a little more than a year from now, guests will be sitting on rafts floating around the lazy river.

For those wondering what are the odds of the Island Waterpark opening around Memorial Day 2023, don’t bet against Blatstein.

“I promise you, this is happening,” Blatstein said during the January press conference.

Rendering provided by Showboat Hotel 

Photo by AP/Wayne Parry
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Bill Gelman has been reporting on the NJ gambling market since 2018, right around when the Garden State launched sports betting. Bill transitioned from lead writer for PlayNJ and NJ Gambling Sites to his current role as managing editor in 2020. Besides offering in-depth analysis on NJ gambling market trends and news, Bill regularly sits down with Atlantic City casino industry executives to offer readers exclusive interviews and comprehensive coverage. Bill received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ithaca College. He has contributed to other Catena Media sites including The Lines, Legal Sports Report, PlayPennsylvania and PlayCanada.

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