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Tropicana Casino
Atlantic City, New Jersey, 08401
United States

(609) 344-6699 | map

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Photo of slander
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I told Steve that I wasn't going to be able to make his wedding. It's in Florida and it's during my Western PA work stint. To fly from Pittsburgh to NYC on a Friday, NYC to Florida on Saturday, back to NYC on Sunday and then back to Pittsburgh on Monday is just too much. He was cool about it but it was a given that I was expected at his bachelor party in Atlantic City. I hadn't been down to AC in about 20 years and there is supposedly a beer scene so I figured I'd better head down early...
Firewaters is located in the Tropicana Hotel in an indoor mini strip mall, kind of. More like a handful of "Boardwalkish" novelty stores. Anyway, here's this bar just down the row from active "casinoing". They're touting 50 drafts (1/2 American & 1/2 imports) and 101 bottles. The selection was most impressive. Some good regionals (Flying Fish Summer Farmhouse, Victory Fest & Weizenbock, Weyerbacher Autumn, Dogfish Head Punkin) to be found, plus Allegash, La Chouffe and it's very unusual that you would find Guinness, Murphys and Beamish all being served. A very good bottled selection as well. All 4 Caracoles, Mc Chouffe, Le Coq Imperial, Kwak, Rochefort 8 & 10, Hansen Oude Kriek & Mead the Gueze, Sam Smiths, Kelpie & Froach Heather, etc. plus Heavyweight, Weyerbacher, Victory, Troegs, Smuttynose.
So, the beer selection is very good but the service was spotty at best. I got my Dogfish Punkin slushy in a big frosty glass and I wasn't too damn happy about it and the bartender just didn't seem to know boo about beer. Lots of traffic here, but more the casino crowd than the beer enthusiast.

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Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

lets face it is pretty hard to find very much "real" in Atlantic City, NJ. This place is an exception, they serve a bunch of "real" beers. Bravo for that, seeing several Stone handles ready to pour is aways a pleasure, but in the heart of an AC casino, c'mon...plenty of good stuff flowing on taps, and in bottles, all on view, I'd be nice if you can get a decent bite to eat, for that you have to order at the adjoining deli, sandwedges etc...two bars the one up front for beer and in the rear for the hard stuff...very black, bleak decor, "casino chic", I suppose, if you find your self cought in AC, its a place to get a good pint

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Firewaters is just a bit down the hallway from the Hooters inside the Tropicana. When I heard they had 50 beers on tap I figured it would be made up mostly of the usual suspects such as Bass, Guinness, Sam Adam's, etc., but I was pleasantly surprised! There were a few basics (Stella Artois, Heineken, Harp) and they did include Coor's Light (the only domestic macro); but the expected Guinness had been replaced by Beamish, and John Courage made a nice replacement for the all-too-common Bass. There were five fairly local beers including Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot and Hunterdon's Jersey Gold, as well as a few unusual imports including Hitachino Nest HefeWeizen, Einbecker Pils, and Reissdorf Kolsch.

The selection of 101 bottles was also good, although it included many basics as well (Dos Equis, Foster's, Tsingtao). Some highlights include Freeminer Deep Shaft Stout (England), Super Baladin (Italy), Hannsen's Mead the Geuze (Belgium), EKU Pils (Germany), Heavyweight Cinderbock (NJ), Rogue Half E Weizen (OR), and Smuttynose Maibock (NH).

The bar itself doesn't serve any food, but you can grab something from the deli next door (which they own). I had a cheese hoagie that was slathered in mayonnaise and topped with a piece or two of lettuce and some small tomatoes. It was a bit soggy, and for $6.50 I felt a bit put out. But hey, everything is expensive in the casino!

The service at the bar was very friendly, but not very knowledgeable; and the beer menu was riddled with errors (misspellings, beers from Belgium listed as English, etc.).

The atmosphere, however, was detracting. It's located in what's a little bit like a food court (bier garten?) and while I tried to pick out some of the more subtle notes in my JW Lee's Harvest ale a clown performed in the hallway behind me. And the lighting is a bit odd. Firewaters also has a martini bar that's sectioned off but entirely visible. The cool blue light emanating from the darkness on my right was greatly contrasted by the bright lights of the hallway to my left. My buddy and I moved over to the "wall of taps" but it was even noisier there next to the deli (which was busy with long lines).

Still, I got to try a few beers I hadn't had before and enjoyed talking with some other beer aficianados while there. If I end up having to spend some time waiting around in the casino I'll be sure to plant myself there, otherwise I'll look for a bar with a little more character - even if they have less beers!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I was forced to revisit some of my prejudices while visiting this place. I am usually not big on corporate establishments; I have an aversion to non-sports related gambling; I had not been to Atlantic City in over twenty years, and yet, this visit would expose me to all three.

Surprise! I found myself really enjoying this place. It is in a corner on the first floor of the Tropicana Hotel and Casino complex, opposite a Starbucks. They have two bars, one solely for martinis, one solely for beer, making for an uncluttered mecca of beer. They feature two upright coolers, an bank of taps that is reminiscent of the old McFly's in Lancaster, PA, and a couple of standard bar coolers. The claim to fame is "50 Draft Beers [and] 101 Bottle Beers" and I was fat, dumb, and happy during my visit.

My server's t-shirt identified her as a "Beer Babe" and who would I be to disagree? She was friendly and attentive without being obtrusive, plus she was kind enough to put on the Bradley/Pitt basketball game for me. My only objections were overhearing her recommend a beer as "light" as opposed to "dark" and offering a chilled glass in place of one at room temperature. I am already a Beer Pest and I just could not bring myself to correct these errors.

The decor is very minimalistic, with a lot of flat black, low-key lighting, exposed ducting and a beautiful marble bar top. The bar is surrounded (mostly) by tables and chairs, although there were a few high tables with stools.

The selection was great and the prices entirely reasonable, so there is every good possibility that I will be back.

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Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

If you are looking for some good beer in AC, this is a place to stop at. The only problem is this is the worst location a bar has ever been in - in a food court. It is surrounded by a wire fence to give you that caged in feeling. The stools are metal tractor seats (uncomfortable). The noise is overwhelming as there is nothing to absorb the sound (all tile and hundreds of people milling around in the food court area).

But the beer - 52 taps, all the usual macros but a nice selection of East Coast micros, including DFH, Weyerbacher, Lancaster Brewing, Victory, and some popular brands as Sierra Nevada (including Celebration), Magic Hat, and Abita. Over 100 bottles to choose from too. A decent beer menu will help you quickly navigate the offerings. The selection score was not given a 5 since there was no real "unique" offerings on tap, other than DFH Pumpkin. The bartender was reasonably knowledgable, but spent a lot of time talking to customers while others were waiting for drinks. Didn't try the food, but heck - I was sitting in a food court !

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Firewaters is a not-so-hidden gem in the Quarter section of the Tropicana. It is in stumbling distance to casinos, Jitney stops and cabs so that is a plus.

The exterior is par for the course for what you would expect in a Casino bar/restaurant. On the plus side the large # of draft handles is viewable to passers-by. Inside it looks like a typical sports bar. The bar area is right at the entrance, and around the corner there is dining room seating. The bar boasts the previously-mention taps, along with their available bottles lining the walls. The establishment is dark with spartan furnishings.

The beer selection is phenomenal, especially when you consider you're technically in a casino. They have 50 drafts with surprisingly few macros. Selections include Smuttynose, DFH, Yuengling, Kona, Brooklyn, De Dolle, Sly Fox and many others. As for bottles they claim 101 from the likes of Heavyweight, Tröegs, Rogue, Victory etc. Glassware is varied and the prices are very reasonable. They also offer samplers of 4 drafts for about $7-8. Included with the sampler is a notes paper which scores extra points in my book.

The service here is good. The bartenders know the beers and know how to serve them. No complaints at all in this department.

We did not have any food on this visit, but the deli with whom they share an entrance looked worthwhile.

Overall this is a place I would definitely make a point to visit any time in Atlantic City.

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Hibernator
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I made a trip down to Atlantic City on Thursday with a group of friends for an evening full of hedonism. Firewaters was on my radar to visit, as I knew that we were staying at Tropicana. This place was located in an area of the hotel with a grouping of restaurants and bars, including Corky's which offers some good BBQ.

Part of me wishes we went here earlier in the night when it has less of a nightclub vibe with loud and crusty top 40 music playing. There is a good sized bar here, but there is a back martini bar/dance club, so considered yourself warned.

Beer selection is good with maybe about 50 drafts with highlights that included Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, DFH 90 Minute IPA, Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot, Rogue Dead Guy, Victory Golden Monkey, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion and Stone Arrogant Bastard. I had a Stone IPA that was served in proper glassware and was delicious.

The key with this place is that it's about as good as I think you'll find if you're craving a nice craft beer in AC.

There is slim pickings for good brews down there. We had a great time strolling the boardwalk, checking out the hotels and even did pretty well at the roulette table.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.61/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

In the lower depths of the Tropicana, past the casino buffet and Hooters, walking past an iron fenced bar in a mall like setting, one may not realize the largest selection of craft beer at the Jersey Shore is upon them. Bar seems to have an identity crisis and half caters to the craft beer enthusiast and the other to the clubby crowd. The atmosphere even lends itself to that, as the front area features a nice long bar and high top tables that appears to be a bad attempt at a Belgian cafe. Rounding the corner, one sees a dark and dimly lit area, with another large round bar, this one only appearing to sell vodka and BMC bottles and a dance floor.

50 taps and 101 bottles they claim, featuring a nice mix of American and Belgian craft and enough BMC products and other liquor options for the other side of the equation. The key is there is something for everyone and enough to keep the craft beer enthusiast happy for an extended time. Prices aint to shabby either with $5-$6 being good for most drafts. Service was friendly but not overly knowledgeable about the beer. Recommended most for a later afternoon or early evening before the loud music and crazy kinda start showing up.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Reasonable prices. Kindof weird location since you will get lost five times looking for the place. Take the elevator, not the stairs off of Atlantic. Best beers on tap are Sclenkerla Rauch and Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot. The atmospher was loud and AC/DC played a lot. If you are in AC check it...otherwise, dont bother.

Could you bring your Mother here? I wouldnt because it is in a casino. I would not drag ma down to this. Seek beer else where. You can tell that the gal behind the bar was new to the game.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.61/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Has an open/sports bar atmosphere, and a back area where they had a live DJ playing contemporary dance music. Plenty of taps (51) and a decent bottle list (80+), but as the previous reviewer noted most were fairly main stream. The layout is simple with a few tables around the edge of the establishment and the main focus on seating at the bar. The bar itself wraps around and then doubles back into the aforementioned back area.

Every beer I ordered was served in the proper glass, which I wasn't expecting at all from an AC bar. They even make a point of mentioning the glassware your drink will be served in on the menu. A for effort, but reading only a few lines further down they forfeited all their brownie points with an absolutely horrid "beer education" section. I wish I had a picture. It's basically 3 lines that say something to the effect of...

"Lagers: top fermented, crisp and light"
"Ales: bottom fermented, fruity and bold"
"All others: porter, stout, lambics, weiss, saison, double..."

The last "catch all" category had us rolling on the floor laughing.

Overall though it's not a bad place to grab a beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Well I was in AC so I figured I had to hit this place to get some good brews in the system before trudging off to the casinos. The bar is part of the "marketplace" area of Tropicana. Feels like a mall kinda place. The bar area is fenced off with wroughtiron gates and there are many tables and chairs spaced around. Took a seat at the bar which is a typical horseshoe shaped bar.
The place was rather quiet since it was Good Friday and only 3:00 in the afternoon but I had a sense that it gets crazy.
There are 50 taps and 101 bottles. Easy to read menu fills you in on what they have and what is new. Great mix of locals and regionals mixed with quality imports. Of course some macros present as well.
SOme brews on tap we La CHouffe, Hitachino, Heavyweight brews, DFH 90 minute.
There were also quite a few corked belgians in the cooler. I ordered a brew and the bartender told me it was pricey, $8 for a hitachino ale I agreed to pricey and got a weyerbacher blithering idiot. Surprised when it came ina pint glass, then I remembered reading that everything here does. Fine, so not proper glassware, but the bartender did know her brews. They had Beamish, Guinness, and Murphys on Nitogen. One guy asked me what a white ale was and when I explained it to him he said oh thanks and ordered a bottle of BUD! JEEZ! why even ask?

The food is from the deli next door which I didnt sample but seemed like good prices and selection. If you are in AC you need to stop here cause I didnt see anything else similar the rest of my stay.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

My wife and I also hit this place up on out first anniversary. Located in the Tropicana casino. We kind of just stumbled on this place and didn't even know BA knew about it. What can I say the music is TERRIBLE unless you like Madonna,hip hop Gwen Stafani not her good stuff from No Doubt,a couple of eighties favorites that just gave me a headache. A very small bar that loops around in a J fashion. Now for the most impressive 51 TAPS!!!. Need I say more. T.V.'s are all over the place which is a good thing for me. Another thing as the same as the Tun tavern. It seems like a seen out of Coyote Ugly but it was pretty cool when we finally looked over the bill they forgot to add one of my wife's beer's. Which is always a plus I am not a thief I would have paid but I wasn't about to walk all the way back there to pay my bill. IF you can stand the music you can definetly have a good time with those taps.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

As noted by a few others, what this place lacks in atmosphere is made up in their selection. Located down on the lower level of the Tropicana and just about 50 yards from the from both the Boardwalk and Hooters and right across from Corky's (where the food is much better...grab it to go and bring it into Firewaters). Tall green metal fence separates this place from the walkway. Once you come in it's nothing fancy...nice long L-shaped marble bar and about a dozen pub tables. They have something like 50 taps and 101 bottles to choose from. The servers could definately be taught a little more about the beers they serve. I had to ask for a glass for my bottle of Oaked Arrogant Bastard I ordered. Once it gets a little later ( 11 PM or so) the place really gets to be more like a night club and the music is blaring. So, unless that's your thing, I would suggest going before then. Also, don't get your hopes up too high when you look at their beer menu as sometimes what you see and want is now sold out...but thay have plenty else to choose from.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.84/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This is a rereview--my first being mid-2004--after several trips in.
I rate atmosphere based on location and the overall feel of a place. Given my normal sensation of "fakeness" in casinos, I was expecting the worst, even with the glowing reviews I read. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised with Firewaters. It wasn't incredibly comfortable, but is perfect for sitting back and putting down some quality beers. As long as you look forward, you see the beers and such and think you are in a new bar. Behind you, however, is a wire fence, a food court, and old ladies in jogging suits on their way to the slots.

I'd generally call it average to slightly above, given that they've really done something with the space and the area. However, sometimes, the place gets a real beat down sort of vibe, filled with morons and blaring music. I do like the fact that you can take a plastic cup of goodness with you, only really wishing that the poker room were better in the Trop. The entire food court/restaurant area here gets crazy packed on the weekends. This is one of the few joints within where you won't have to wait an hour for a table.

The quality and selection of beers were nice and I've downgraded from my initial review. They had about 50 taps and they claim around 100 bottles. They have a good deal of macros tossed in, a decent selection of regional goodies, but unfortunately haven't really seen anything overly rare here. They did hook me up with two HopDevils to go before the Bruce show.

They have a few hotties working the tables at times. Good to look at, helpless with the beer. If you want beer help, talk to the manager. The tenders have always been fast and efficient.

I now have a place to go when I've spent all my money and the ladies are wasting time at the penny slots. Thank you Firewaters, you've filled the void. Most trips to AC are a toss up between here, Tun Tavern and the scrappy Irish joint, depending on how the gambling went. This is the more expensive of the three, with most pints being in the $5-6 range...

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Photo of koopa
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I've been to Firewaters in Atlantic City about half a dozen times in the past couple of years and it remains the staple for good brew in AC.

The interior atmosphere could use lots of improvement IMHO as could the bartenders knowledge and service level. But the selection is near excellent, making up for everything that is lacking.

Pricing is more expensive than a standard bar but not as much as you would expect from a high end beer bar in a casino. Pints range from $4 - $8 bucks fro the most part. 750ml bottles can range from $10 - 25 bucks on average. Obviously they have some selections that are more expensive but I'm just trying to illustrate that lots of offerings are there to be had in the price ranges I've listed.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

No Carton or Kane. Nothing from NJ except a couple flying fish. Poor usage of the taps available.

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Photo of coldriver
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Visited in June 2011. This bar felt oddly out of place in a casino, probably because I can't imagine gambling without cocktails. Fairly decent selection but leaning a little towards a BMC and foreign mega-beer lineup. Pretty pricey, if memory serves $8 a pint for your average IPA and prices aren't mentioned on the menu. We were there in the afternoon and it wasn't particularly crowded and the vibe felt corporate and cold like a lot of airport bars I've been to. Worth a quick thirst quencher but not somewhere you'd want to spend the evening. We departed after one beer and headed outside for the beach bar with the reggae band where the vibe couldn't be beat, despite the lousy beer selection.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of IPA17
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I guess I expected this place to be a little more on the higher end side. It was a little more transient than I would have liked but it is Atlantic City and I understand. The place was ok. The service was ok. All was ok, except the beer selection, which was good. It could have been a little cleaner. So, all else considered, if you like good and rare brews and are in A.C. to leave a little money at the casinos, stop here. If you aren't a beer fan, you may not appreciate what Firewaters has to offer.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Weird beer place. Came here with the blithering one.

Prime example of having tons of taps but not real impressed. Came here for one reason. Schenkerla's Lenten beer was on-tap and I wanted to try it. Parking at the Tropicana is expensive as all get out, but street parking may become available.

I had another beer that was past its prime. Lots of taps, but are you handling your invetory? They gave blitheringidiot a Blithering Idiot in a pint glass for $4. In other words, thanks for the mistake but do you know what you are doing? I'm not so sure.

The server was new and making some mistakes but she was friendly and apologetic.

So let me sum this place up: you are in a mall area of a casino. Your gimick is having tons of taps. You will make money.

Now, this place is not worth traveling to. But if you are in the area, what the hey?

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I had a great time here. The tap selection is very extenisve..50 or so taps and while it isn't the kind of selection that includes anything truly rare there are a lot of high quality American Micros and Imports on draft...many of which are hard to find out of a bottle. The bottle selection is also very nice and I was shocked by some very good Saison and Lambic selections I wouldn't have expected at a bar basically catering to tourists. My wife and I had a very good time and you can bet if I end up in Atlantic City again this place will get my money.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

My second trip to Firewaters in Atlantic City turned out to be shorter than the first, but still enjoyable. There is a martini bar located in the back that looks like it has now been abandoned. There are just seats around the bar and no bottles on the glowing fake-ice structure, I remember it being in use last time I was there a few months back. The selection is large, but unexciting. I would rather have less to choose from with more emphasis on the quality of the beer. The service was great. I ordered a Rochefort 10 and the bartender kindly asked me what type of glass I would like with it and whether I would like the glass chilled or not. I answered, "something that is not a pint glass and is not cold." I was presented with a room-temp Belgian tulip glass. The beer tasted great, so no problems with quality.

The ground level of the Tropicana Casino is truly a unique setting for this bar, but I have to say it does not feel out-of-place there. They also offer beer to go (in plastic cups). And if you're hungry, there's plenty of places close-by to grab some food. I will always come back to this bar when I visit the Tropicana.

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Firewaters in Atlantic City, NJ
Place rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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