By John McDevitt
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) – People are shelling a lot of money outside the casinos in Atlantic City too. Operators of novelty games on the boardwalk are offering prizes to appeal to a wide variety of folks.
A lot of the stuffed toy prizes and games along the boardwalk correspond with popular movies or TV shows to entice people to play.
“‘The Walking Dead,’ that’s our new stock that just came in,” Raul Coreas, manager of Central Pier Arcade and Speedway at Tennessee and the Boardwalk, said. “The show is very popular right now, so we try to go with the trend. I think ‘Despicable me’ is coming out, so we are waiting for that to bring it out.”
Giant doughnuts and rasta bananas and frogs complete with dread locks are also popular.
There are also plenty of electronics at stake:
“We have the new mini iPads, the PS Vistas, PS3’s , Xboxes, flat screen TV’s, computers,” Coreas said.
Many people playing games of chance with those types of prizes say winning is challenging and more expensive to play. You get two softball-sized balls and have to get both of them into a tilted red bucket to win.