Back in the *old* days during the poker boom there was a silly debate that raged in poker circles and circled around one question: Who’s better at poker, the east coast or the west coast? (Apparently the South and Midwest were automatically disqualified from contention.)
Even though I bought a house in Las Vegas in 2010, I’ve always been repping the east coast in this argument. I grew up in Bayonne, New Jersey and had been into card and board games including poker and chess my entire life. When I was 19 I became deeply engrossed (read: addicted) to poker during the 2003-2004 poker boom especially since I had just given up playing college hockey at that point and was in dire need of a competitive outlet to replace it.
I spent two years — much of which should have been spent studying my majors of business and psychology at The College of New Jersey — cutting my teeth in every game I could find around campus, and when that wasn’t enough I turned to online poker. After dumping a lot of money on $5-10 tournaments and spending a semester eating Easy Mac and ramen noodles, I decided to dedicate myself to improving my game because I’m a fan of meat and other foods that weren’t cheap, and being a broke college student who was losing money at online poker was pretty far from sustainable as far as business models go.
Within three months of turning 21 and becoming a fixture in Atlantic City tournaments, I had managed to scrape together just enough a bankroll to play the WSOP Circuit when it came to town. I busted the first $340 event but then won a $75 sit-and-go into the 2nd event, a $560 NL. That tournament changed my life forever, because I ended up chopping at the final table with Matt Glantz for $34K. I went on to win two seats to the $10K main event later that week in the only two $200+rebuys I played, sold one seat to Nicky Frangos, and played my first $10K. That’s when I was able to quiet the 20% of my brain that kept telling me I was out of my mind for wanting to try to make a living playing poker and I knew that I was going to pursue this dream that I still haven’t woken up from after 9 years.
Players earned Tournament Leaderboard Points for participating in qualifying BorgataPoker.com online tournaments during the month of October and earned Tournament Leaderboard Bonus Points based on cash placed finished, buy-in amount and total number of tournament entries. Congratulations! The top 30 place finishers won monthly leaderboard prizes, and the top 500 place finishers for the October 2015 Tournament…
If you only play one poker tournament this weekend, make sure it’s the biggest one in New Jersey. And we’ve got it at BorgataPoker.com with the $150,000 Guaranteed No Limit Hold’em Main Event. It’s all part of the tail end of our Garden State Super Series III, which wraps up this Sunday with over $315,000…
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National Nut Day is October 22nd (seriously, this is a thing) and at BorgataPoker.com, we know there’s nothing better than hitting a flop that’s guaranteed to hand you a victory because you’ve got the nuts. So on October 22nd, we’re celebrating big time with our $1,000 Poker Nuts Reload Bonus. Just make a deposit to…
The Garden State Super Series continues this weekend at BorgataPoker.com with $222,500 in guaranteed prize money on the line, not to mention bragging rights and pride for those who turn their small buy-in into a GSSS III championship title. In addition to the daily tournament offerings on BorgataPoker.com, this Friday the GSSS features a $1,000…
Players earned Heads Up Tournament Leaderboard Points for participating in qualifying heads up tournaments on BorgataPoker.com. High Heads Up Leaderboard: Qualify September 21 – October 4, 2015 Play in any $20, $50, $100, $200 or $500 buy-in qualifying Heads Up tournament on BorgataPoker.com and earn valuable Heads Up Tournament Leaderboard points Every Heads Up online tournament entry…
Players earned Heads Up Tournament Leaderboard Points for participating in qualifying heads up tournaments on BorgataPoker.com. Low Heads Up Leaderboard: Qualify September 21 – October 4, 2015 Play in any $1, $2, $5 or $10 buy-in qualifying Heads Up tournament on BorgataPoker.com and earn valuable Heads Up Tournament Leaderboard points Every Heads Up online tournament entry…
Players earned Tournament Leaderboard Points for participating in qualifying BorgataPoker.com online tournaments during the month of September and earned Tournament Leaderboard Bonus Points based on cash placed finished, buy-in amount and total number of tournament entries. Congratulations! The top 30 place finishers won monthly leaderboard prizes, and the top 500 place finishers for the September 2015 Tournament…
The Borgata Poker Open dominated play in the Borgata Poker Room in September, but with the return of regular daily tournament play there’s still room for some special tournament events in October.
First up is the $100,000 guaranteed Borgata Mini Series October 12 – 17. The Mini Series is a $150 + 30 No Limit Hold’em tournament with six opening sessions. You can choose to buy-in for multiple flights and take your best stack forward.
Here’s the schedule:
$100,000 GUARANTEED MINI SERIES
$150 + $30 No Limit Hold’em
Borgata Poker Room
Day 1A: Monday, October 12- 11AM
Day 1B: Tuesday, October 13- 11AM
Day 1C: Wednesday, October 14- 11AM
Day 1D: Thursday, October 15- 11AM
Day 1E: Friday, October 16- 11AM
Day 1F: Friday, October 16- 7PM
Day 2: Saturday, October 17- 12PM
But October really explodes with Borgata poker action when we hold the DeepStacks Challenge—with 12 daily Deep stack tournaments from October 19 – October 31.
Here’s that schedule: