Recently the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL hosted the World Poker Tour’s “Tournament of Champions” which was a $15k buy-in event exclusively for players who’ve won WPT main events. While the shot clock has been tried before in the occasional preliminary tournament and super high roller event, this marked the first time it has been used such a prestigious tournament and has led to a lot of discussion about the idea and implementation in poker circles.
Each dealer was given a tablet with a timer and players were given 30 seconds to act on their hand regardless of what street the decision was being made on. In addition to these 30 seconds to act, each player received 5 “time chips” which could be used to extend the amount of time they were given to act for tough decisions. Players who made the televised final table were reset to a total of 4 time chips whether they’d used their previous 5 or not. If you weren’t facing a bet and time ran out, your hand was automatically checked. If you were facing a bet and ran out of time, your hand was declared dead.
Players earned Heads Up Tournament Leaderboard Points for participating in qualifying heads up tournaments on BorgataPoker.com. Low Heads Up Leaderboard: Qualify May 2 – 20, 2016 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 earns…
Players earned Heads Up Tournament Leaderboard Points for participating in qualifying heads up tournaments on BorgataPoker.com. High Heads Up Leaderboard: Qualify May 2 – 20, 2016 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…
Vegas in the summer is hot — and we’re not talking about the desert heat that easily reaches 110 degrees Fahrenheit (but don’t worry, it’s a dry heat). We’re talking about the action on the tournament floor of the world’s richest poker tournament, unfolding in the heart of Sin City.
But you can get there through the comforts of any place you call home – as long as you are physically in New Jersey. You can win your way to Las Vegas for the Main Event right here in the Garden State. At BorgataPoker.com, we’ve got online satellites that lead to Las Vegas. In just three steps, you could find yourself playing against thousands for a multi-million-dollar prize pool and that coveted gold bracelet.
Players earned Tournament Leaderboard Points for participating in qualifying BorgataPoker.com online tournaments during the month of April 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 April 2016 Tournament…
There’s new online poker competition in New Jersey, but one of the most respected poker rooms around is proving to be more of an attraction than ever for serious grinders.
With the emergence of PokerStars in the Garden State just a few weeks ago, some publications have argued that the best value is over at the new site, and that BorgataPoker.com is losing ground.
But with a healthy mix of player-pleasing poker tournaments, satellites to the best land-based poker tournaments, and opportunities to win a piece of millions in prize money, that couldn’t be further from the truth. And the numbers presented haven’t told the whole story.
One re-entry means a smaller field
On Sunday, April 24th, BorgataPoker.com’s $50K Sunday Major beat its guarantee, seeing a final prize pool of $54,800. PokerStars also exceeded its guarantee. Good news for online poker players in New Jersey!
Fans of re-entry tournaments have their choice to play in either a tournament limited to one re-entry, a tournament with unlimited re-entries, or both. Currently, BorgataPoker.com caps re-entries at one, while the other sites are offering unlimited re-entries within the late registration period.
A bigger nightly $10K at BorgataPoker.com
Also following the one re-entry format is the BorgataPoker.com nightly $10K GTD. On Sunday night, 144 entries fueled the prize pool to $14,400. And here’s the most interesting part. The BorgataPoker.com tournament actually beat PokerStars’ 7pm $10K tournament, which attracted 127 entries.
But it’s not just about weekly Majors and nightly events. It’s about the bigger picture — one that includes the opportunity to win your way to major land-based events around the world.
The World Series of Poker recently announced that many bracelet events this summer in Las Vegas will start at 11am rather than the usual noon start time. I expected to hear complaints from poker players, pros especially, when this change was announced but I couldn’t have predicted just how much backlash there would be from the poker community.
I personally would prefer to keep the noon start times, but as with any change that impacts many people it’s important to look at the overall effect(s) of the change rather than one’s personal preference. I believe it’s a bit short-sighted to complain about the change in start times in much the same way that it’s short-sighted to complain about the slower pace of play, bright lights, showing your cards to the camera/RFID reader, and other annoyances associated with being on a streamed or televised table. When you look at the big picture, tournament poker has flourished in the past 13 years mainly due to televised poker bringing in masses of people who watched poker on TV, especially the WSOP and WPT.
When it comes to the 11am start times, I think it’s important to consider which demographics are more likely to prefer which start time. I can tell you from many years of experience playing Borgata tournaments, which typically start at 11am, that recreational players tend to be on time much more frequently than pros and they don’t seem to mind the earlier start time. The earlier start time at WSOP is accompanied by an earlier bagging time, which is a big consideration for recreational players who aren’t used to being up until 2am, much less playing high stakes tournaments at that hour. I think Borgata has been getting this right all along and I’m glad the WSOP has caught up from a “good of the game” perspective.
As the seasons change in the Borgata Poker Room so do our seasonal Borgata Poker Opens. Put more simply, it’s April and time for Borgata’s Spring Poker Open.
We start with an Event 1 qualifier on April 11 and then the Borgata Spring Poker Open April 12 to April 29. That’s 19 main events and 39 total events counting evening events and qualifiers.
Borgata $1 Million Guaranteed Live streamed Kickoff Event
Tuesday, April 12 – Saturday, April 16
Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$500 Buy-in + $60 Entry
Almighty $500,000 Guaranteed Live streamed Event
Wednesday, April 20 – Saturday, April 23
Almighty Stack No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$400 Buy-In + $50 Entry
Borgata $1 Million Guaranteed Borgata Championship Live Streamed
Sunday, April 24 – Thursday, April 28
$2,500 Buy-In + $200 Entry
Players earned Tournament Leaderboard Points for participating in qualifying BorgataPoker.com online tournaments during the month of March 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 March 2016 Tournament…