Being from the east coast I spent many years taking trips to Atlantic City, literally would average 3 weekends a month there from about 06-09.
During those years there was absolutely no better place to play poker IMO. Borgata and Taj always had plenty of action and the tournaments they hosted were some of the best run of any I’ve ever played.
I chose Vegas as my current favorite gaming city but I must say there was no better place to play cards during the poker boom than Atlantic City. 2003-2010 Atlantic City poker was an excellent time.