Sep 11

Rick Springfield at Borgata’s Festival Park September 12

Rick SpringfieldThere was a time, back in the early ’80s, when Australian singer and actor Rick Springfield seemed to rule the world. Not only was he the singer behind the mega-hit “Jessie’s Girl,” he also played Dr. Noah Drake on the soap “General Hospital,” which back in the ‘80s had a following with young women—not to mention older women—that, looking back, is a little hard to explain. But trust us, it was big.  Very big.

So you would think that when Rick Springfield takes the stage at Borgata’s Festival Park September 12—with guests Loverboy and The Romantics—that it would be a night of nostalgia for the 66-year-old Springfield.

Not exactly. This is the Rick Springfield currently starring in the film “Ricki and the Flash” with Meryl Steep and coming off a notable spin as Dr. Irving Pitlor on “True Detective.” And it’s the same Rick Springfield with an upcoming new album “Rocket Science.”  He’s also the author of the novel “Magnificent Vibration” and his 2010 memoir ”Late, Late at Night” is considered one of the best rock memoirs of all time (though we don’t expect any dramatic readings at Festival Park, just music.)

Could it be that Rick Springfield is trying to put the classic “Jessie’s Girl” and Noah Drake behind and rule the world again?

“Hopefully, some of the new work I’m involved in is changing that perception,” Springfield recently told the Miami Herald. “If not, I’m good with the “Jessie’s Girl”/Noah Drake thing.”

When Springfield takes the stage at Festival Park, it will be a mixture of new and old.

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Sep 10

Borgata at Atlantic City Seafood Festival September 12 & 13

AC Seafood FestivalThe Atlantic City Seafood Festival is back this weekend at Atlantic City’s Bader Field and as always, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is participating and backing this great resort tradition.

The two-day festival, September 12 & 13 is an extravaganza of food and entertainment that celebrates the treasures of the Atlantic Ocean, while highlighting the East Coast’s favorite sea side city. More than 50 restaurants and culinary personalities are participating.

That includes Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Executive Chef Thomas Biglan who appears at the Seafood festival Saturday, September 12 at 4pm for an interactive cooking demonstration.

The stated goal of the festival producers is to give event attendees a reason to spend the day in Atlantic City. Whether it’s trying local restaurants, sipping Jersey beers, paddle boarding, cooking with local chefs, playing in the sand or getting a proper wine education, you’ll find yourself lost in the Atlantic City Seafood Festival and all that it offers.

The festival also includes a Chowder Cook off to benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. After an in-house contest at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Borgata Buffet Chef Angel Torres will be representing Borgata in the cook off.

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Sep 8

Borgata Online Winners for August 24 -30

High Hand ChallengeLooking over the top online winners at and, we came close to hitting a headline writer’s dream.

We all know how creative online poker players at are in choosing their screen names. So when we saw that Turkeyleg was the winner of $10,000 in the Sunday $50K tournament, we started thinking of the possibilities.

Turkeyleg outruns the field at’s $50K.

Turkeyleg kicks it for a $10K win.

Turkeyleg walks away with the top prize.

But alas, the big jackpot of the week went to Patrick of Plainsboro who turned a $3 bet on the Candy Store slots at into $25,768.50.

So we’ll have to go with Patrick is like a kid in the candy store—a kid with $25K.

It’s just not the same. But hey, congrats all around. What headlines will they make this week at and

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Sep 3

Score Big Before the Start of Football Season

Back to School Road Trip GiveawayWe’re just a few days away from the start of football season, but we’ve decided to kick things off early with two big pigskin promos that’ll have you celebrating in the stands.

With the Back to School Road Trip, you could win a road trip to your favorite college town to watch a college football game or just hang out with old friends. Our grand prize package includes round-trip airfare, a 3-night stay in a hotel and $500 spending money. Plus, 49 other players will win between $25 and $100 Bonus Dollars.

To participate, just log in to your account between September 4th and 7th. Then, make a deposit of $50 or more with the bonus code ROADTRIP. Doing so gets you one entry into our drawing, and you can earn one additional entry for every 20 iRewards Points you earn playing any slot game.

That’s not the only sweepstakes happening at Each and every Tuesday in September, we invite you to win tickets to a pro football game. Pick a September or October game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford or Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, it’s your call. To participate, go to your Mac or PC on Tuesday and log in to your account. Then, head to the Promotions tab and opt in to the Game Day Ticket Giveaway promotion for your first entry. You can earn more entries by playing real money games. For every 20 iRewards Point you rack up, another entry is yours.

Your ticket to winning starts with your account, so log in and play now. Not yet signed up? There’s a $20 Welcome Package waiting for you when you join the fun.

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Sep 2

Labor Day Weekend Line-Up at Borgata

Labor Day WeekendThere was a time when Labor Day Weekend was kind of a bittersweet holiday here in Atlantic City. Sure, as a beach resort we partied hard at the unofficial end of the summer, but it was also the end of the season and things we’re about to quiet down until spring.

Well, that quieting down part is long gone and we at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa go full blast 24/7, 365 days a year. But we still love to party on Labor Day Weekend.

So that’s just sweet, no bitter.

To celebrate the end of summer, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has put together a line-up like no other on the Jersey Shore for this Labor Day Weekend. From casino promotions to concerts and shows to the best nightclub action anywhere, we’ve got the perfect holiday celebration to see out a long summer season.

Check it out:

Casino promotions

We start our Pick the Pros Football Challenge—which runs through the season until the Big Game—on Labor Day Sept. 7. That’s also the date of the $100,000 Cash Sweepstakes with a $25,000 grand prize.


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Sep 2 Online Poker Tournament Leaderboard Standings (August Final)

Players earned Tournament Leaderboard Points for participating in qualifying online tournaments during the month of August; 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 August…

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Sep 1

Online Qualifiers Changed My Life!

Asher Conniff WPT WinnerWe welcome Asher Conniff as a guest blogger to Borgata Poker Blog! Asher made Borgata history by winning Borgata Spring Poker Open Kickoff event and Borgata WPT World Championship, both of which he qualified for on online satellite events. 

Coming into Sunday, I had already had one of the best weeks of my life.  Ten days before, I had turned a $60 satellite on into a $560 seat in the Borgata Spring Poker Open $1 million guaranteed kick-off event, a seat which I then turned into the first place prize of $203,231.  After years of grinding poker tournaments full-time, both live and online, it was wildly fulfilling to see the fruits of my labor.  Needless to say, between the large sum of money I won and the sweet, sweet vindication of beating my good buddy Matt Stout heads up, I was pretty damn happy!!

Back to “that” Sunday.  I was at my next-door neighbor’s apartment in Brigantine, NJ, a stones throw away from Borgata.  As we often did, a group of 6 or so of us had gotten together that day to hang out while we all played online poker tournaments.  Our ritual:  we order food, watch sports and talk through hands on our breaks.  Armed with a freshly renewed bankroll and sense of confidence, my levels of relaxation were extremely high, and how could they not be!?    I also was overjoyed to be heading to Europe the next week with my mother and sister, a vacation that was to span over 2 weeks and had been planned over 6 months prior.  Having never been to Europe, I was super excited, and this was obviously the ideal time to be going on vacation.  I even skipped the $3500 buy-in Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship event in anticipation of this trip, knowing that if I was to win/nearly win the tournament I would miss my flight!

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Sep 1

Borgata Online Winners for August 17 – 23

Super Monopoly Money Slot MachineYou know what’s the coolest thing about online slot machines? The bonus spins.

You’re just chugging along making your bets and suddenly something lines up just right, and the game takes on a life of its own. Graphics start appearing, characters in the game start talking to you and suddenly the game just starts spinning turns—and hitting payoffs—you didn’t have to bet on.

And it’s all just a bonus, money won without risking a bet.

Just ask Calvin from Piscataway, who hit the biggest slot jackpot of the week at during the bonus round of Super Monopoly. A few bonus symbols line up, the game goes on a little side trip and the next thing you know Calvin has $8,180 in the bank.

Without betting, because, you know, Bonus.

What bonuses are waiting for you at and

Here’s a look at the big online winners for August 17 – 23:

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Aug 30

Counting Crows at Borgata Festival Park September 5

Counting CrowsIf you’ve never been to a Counting Crows concert, you might innocently ask something like “What can I expect when the Counting Crows play at Borgata’s Festival Park Labor Day weekend?

Ha, you really have never been to a Counting Crows show. What to expect? Who knows?

Oh, sure, there will be Counting Crows music sung by Adam Duritz, but that’s about all you can say for sure.

A set list? They don’t use one.

Exact performances of their songs to match their recorded versions so you can sing along? Nope, they change them—and usually the lyrics—every show.

You’ll hear the band’s signature hits like “Mr. Jones,” “Round Here” and “Accidentally in Love”.  Well, yeah on that one, but after that, there’s about 80 other Counting Crow songs they choose from.

The bottom line is that the Counting Crows have always been known for their live performances and their improvising on stage. It makes every Counting Crows show unique.

Take the set list. Duritz will work it out right before they take the stage September 5 at Festival Park by sending some text messages.

“It goes to the band, the crew and the opening band, if we’re good friends,” he tells USA Today in a recent interview.

At Festival Park, the opening band is Citizen Cope.

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