You know how everyone is always waiting for a bona-fide star to emerge from shows like “American Idol” and “The Voice”? Mostly they watch because every once in a while it actually happens — a Carrie Underwood or Katharine McPhee emerges.
Well back in the day—way back in the 80s—there was another kind of show like that, but this one covered all the bases and all the different types of showbiz acts. It was called “Star Search” and it pumped out a bunch of big stars like, uhm, teen star Tiffany and country group Sawyer Brown.
Ok, that’s about it, but the show did much better for comedians, with the likes of Ray Romano and Rosie O’Donnell launching their careers from the “Star Search” stage.
Of course the show eventually flamed out in the 90s, but did make a brief return in 2003 hosted by Arsenio Hall.
So why the long “Star Search” history lesson?
Simple. The 2003 “Star Search” comedy champ, Loni Love, is playing Borgata’s Music Box May 29.
Yes, Love had one shot in the revamped “Star Search” in 2003 to grab a title and she did, parlaying that into a career as a stand-up comic and TV personality. Not bad for a women who has worked on an auto-plant assembly line and also had a career as an electrical engineer.
And while that’s fine, honest work, let’s face it, you know Loni Love from her co-hosting duties on “The Real” talk show or her about fifty million appearances as a panelist on “The Chelsea Handler Show.” Or maybe you saw her in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 or her Comedy Central Special “American Sister.”
Then again, maybe you’ve read her best-selling advice book “Love Him or Leave Him, But Don’t Get Stuck with the Tab.” Or as the host of Café Mocha Radio, where she’s interviewed President Obama.
Every week we put together the list of the big online winners at Borgata’s online sites BorgataCasino.com and BorgataPoker.com.
And every week we learn a little something—like raging rhinos are good and online leaderboards for poker are pretty cool.
Speaking of poker, this week we have a great lesson in video poker from Michael in Wayne, New Jersey. Playing a jacks or better game (no wildcards) at BorgataCasino.com, Mike was confronted with three cards in a royal flush (spades) and a pair of deuces, one of which was the deuce of spades.
What do you do? Go for the royal where the odds are long but the payout is great. Hold the deuces and go for a much smaller payout (three of a kind, two pair), but get much better odds?
Or, hold the four spades and go for the flush, a medium payout?
Well, turns out Michael went for the big money—and hit the royal to the tune of $16K.
Pretty good lesson. What will you learn playing Borgata Online this week?
Here’s the big online winners for April 27 – May 3:
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and we’re celebrating with something special for everyone at BorgataCasino.com.
Just deposit $50 or more on Sunday, May 10th using the bonus code MOM2015. We’ll automatically add $10 Bonus Dollars to your account. You can use it right away to play slots, classic slots and progressive slots at BorgataCasino.com.
But before you make that deposit, don’t forget to opt in to the Spring It On Me Sweepstakes. You’ll earn free entries to our weekly and monthly drawings when you do, and you’ll earn another 50 entries when you make that deposit.
This week’s drawing is for $2,500 cash, so don’t miss out.
Happy Mother’s Day from everyone at BorgataCasino.com!
There are times when you are watching television that it can feel like you’re being invaded by comedian and improv-master Wayne Brady.
There he is in his Emmy-winning stint as host of “Let’s Make a Deal” every day. There he is again on the syndicated improv show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” which seems to have been a staple on TV for about 50 years. Or maybe he’ll show up in his recurring role on “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” or any of the other about 1,000 TV shows he’s made a guest appearance on.
Why even the character of Clover on Disney’s “Sofia the First” sounds just like him.
Yes, sometimes, Wayne Brady seems to be everywhere.
One place you’ll be sure to find him is at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Music Box on May 22 at 9pm.
There, you can expect Brady to do what he does best—improvisation. In fact, Brady calls his show an “improv rock concert.”
“I take suggestions from the audience and nothing is off limits,” he tells the Providence Journal. “That said, there’s no accounting for taste sometimes,” he says laughing. “I like building themes, having conversations with the audience, getting more one-on-one contact with them. It’s the purest form of improv.”
For Brady, there is only one way to describe a pure improve approach to stand-up—be fearless.
“If I really let myself sit there and think about how I don’t know what’s going to happen during the show, I could really get sick to my stomach,” he says. “But I move beyond that. It’s not that I don’t care because I do. If you stop caring, the audience will know.
Every week we give you the list of our big online winners at BorgataCasino.com and BorgataPoker.com because, well, we just love to celebrate our players’ big jackpots.
This week, however, is cause for a major celebration as four—count’em four—Borgata online players scored a better than $10K jackpot. Ok, two scored big payouts at BorgataPoker.com, so technically not jackpots, but you get the idea.
In all, our big winners collected better than $80,000 in jackpots and tournament winnings this week (including a $15,400 entry into the WPT World Championship at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa). And that’s not counting all the Borgata online winners that didn’t make the list.
80 grand. Hey, we’re here every week. You could be too.
Here’s the big online winners for April 20 to April 26:
– On April 20, Cortney from Williamstown, New Jersey, made a bet playing the WMS Black Knight 2 slots game and won $15,295.50.
– On April 22, Debra from Marlboro, New Jersey, made a $4 bet playing the WMS Raging Rhino slots game and won $4,601.
– On April 24, Jonathan from New York, New York, won a $13,975 jackpot playing the IGT Siberian Storm slots game.
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Got plans for Mother’s Day? At BorgataCasino.com, we recommend a day of pampering, dining and relaxation at Atlantic City’s top hotel.
Sound like the perfect getaway? When you play at BorgataCasino.com this weekend, it could be yours for free.
Just play your favorite slots, classic slots or progressive slots games between May 1st and May 3rd. For every 20 iRewards Points you collect, you’ll also earn an entry into a special Mother’s Day Spa Package Giveaway.
We’re holding a random drawing on May 4th and if your name is selected, you’ll win the ultimate gift for mom that features:
• An overnight stay in a Classic Room at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
• A $200 spa package
• A $150 dining credit
We’ve also got hundreds of Bonus Dollars for 24 randomly selected entries. To qualify, you’ll need to opt in to the Mother’s Day promo under the Promotions tab from your PC or Mac. Doing so gets you that first entry, then keep playing to earn even more.
When it comes to months of the year, there’s no month quite like May.
Unless you live in the southern hemisphere, where May is like November. But we don’t.
Nope, here in Atlantic City, May is the ultimate spring month marching itself towards Memorial Day and another glorious summer season at the Jersey Shore. Not that anyone is all that anxious to get through May, of course.
May is the month of May Day, the Kentucky Derby and the Indy 500. It’s also a month of flowers, warm breezes (with any luck) and rejuvenation.
Yes, there’s that word again—rejuvenation—which means May spa specials at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
This month our relaxation experts give you a May Day Get Away, European style facials and pedicures using apple blossoms and kumquats. Look, folks who can get kumquats into a pedicure are absolutely experts.
So in this very merry month, why not take a much-deserved break, brace yourself for the upcoming summer season and basically indulge yourself with a Borgata spa treatment?
I mean really, it’s not like it’s November.
May Spa, Salon & Barbershop Promotions
There was a time when the only place to hear dance music was in a dance club. Sounds simple enough.
But then came groups like Swedish House Mafia, who took dance music the festival route and proved a dance music show could fill American arenas—make that big American arenas.
But for DJs like Steve Angello—the former Swedish House Mafia member who plays MIXX May 16 with Sebjak and opening and closing sets by Borgata DJ Carlos Melange—those old club days never left him.
And Borgata Nightlife is proud to be part of his current North American club tour.
Angello has always worked apart from Swedish House Mafia and produced a string of club hits that stretches back to 2004 when he released his remix of the classic Eurythmics’ tune “Sweet Dreams.”
He’s a Greek-born, Swedish raised DJ that also produces and owns his own record label. From there, it’s hard to keep track of absolutely everything he has produced—sometimes using different names—and put out.
It’s easier to keep track of Swedish House Mafia, which was composed of him, Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell. Together they have produced hits such as “Save the World”, “Antidote”, “Greyhound”, “One”,”Miami 2 Ibiza” and “Don’t You Worry Child”.
Of course, the group has split, but Angello downplays any rumors of a rift between the mates.
This is a tale of two amazing things that when put together, result in a Savor Borgata event that’s going to blow your mind.
First up is the barrel. Yes, the simple barrel of the roll out the, over the, and barrel through variety.
Sure it may seem like some simple construction of wood slats and metal bands, but once constructed—and combined with liquor—it’s one of the most important flavoring agents in the distilling and brewing industry.
Think about it. They age whiskey, bourbon, scotch, rum, tequila, beer, wine and sherry in barrels to add to the spirit’s distinctive taste, color and body. Hey, they even age Tabasco sauce and vinegar in barrels (but that’s another story).
Next up is the simple bartender, the mixologist, the cocktail slinger. These humble purveyor of drinks are always looking to find that edge, that extra ingredient or element that puts their cocktails over the top into new territory.
So it’s not surprising that some of those wily bartenders—including ours here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa—hit on the idea of finding some old whiskey and wine barrels and aging their own cocktails in them.
Thus another trend was born—the barrel-aged cocktail. And on May 16 in Long Bar, the Savor Borgata Series will present a Woodford Reserve Barrel-Aged Cocktails Lunch. Specially made cocktails featuring Woodford Reserve whiskeys will be aged in Woodford Reserve barrels and pared with a menu by Borgata’s Executive Chef Thomas Biglan.