Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has made a major commitment to bring a wide range of live acts to our concert venues ranging from the most current to some of the most classic artists in music. And we’re always glad to talk them up here on the Borgata Blog.
But, sometimes, an artist comes to Borgata whose impact on music is so diverse, even we wonder if we can cover it all.
That’s the case with Alan Parsons, who plays Borgata’s Music Box June 5 in a concert dubbed Greatest Hits.
Hearing the name, your mind might instantly go to the Alan Parsons Project, his progressive rock band of the 70s and 80s that churned out hits such as “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You”, “Games People Play”, “Damned If I Do”, “Time” and “Eye in the Sky.”
But to say simply that Parsons formed a band with partner Eric Woolfson and a string of revolving studio musicians that churned out some hits, well, that hardly does it all justice.
For Parson’s you have to start with the Beatles with Parsons working as an engineer at Abbey Road Studios. As an engineer, Parsons worked not only with the Beatles, but also Paul McCartney as a solo act, the Hollies and most famously with Pink Floyd on the album “Dark Side of the Moon,” one of the greatest rock albums of all time.
He then moved into producing, including for the band Ambrosia.
The Alan Parsons Project came about in 1975 when he teamed up with songwriter and musician Woolfson to get a little more control of the music without interference from those pesky musicians. Through the late 70s and 80s the Alan Parsons Project put out 10 albums, but never toured live in support of them (as the band members revolved constantly). Parsons usually played keyboards on these albums, but really you can add vocalist, keyboardist, bassist, guitarist and flutist to his resume.
That next step—that of a live performer—came in the 90s.
Where does the time go? It was just last year at this time that Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa announced the opening of the Borgata Baking Company.
And what a time it was, complete with chocolate sculptures and displays, all to mark the $1.5 million venue where Borgata’s award-winning Executive Pastry Chef, Thaddeus DuBois would unveil his best and brightest confections.
A former Executive Pastry Chef at the White House—during George W. Bush’s second term—Dubois’ mastery is seen throughout Borgata as he oversees pastry and bread production for both the AAA Four-Diamond Borgata and The Water Club hotels including its in-room dining programs, banquets, catering and special events, in addition to the award-winning Borgata Buffet, Bread + Butter and Metropolitan Café.
But that wasn’t enough for us. Chef Dubois needed his own signature space at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and Borgata Baking Company was born.
Immediately, Chef Dubois and Borgata Baking Company began serving up favorites such as classic desserts like Napoleons and Eclairs; fun pastries like Cake Pops, Whoopie Pies and French Macarons; Pullman Sandwiches and warm breakfast pastries such as Cheese steak Croissants; fresh-pressed juices and fresh gelato flavors prepared in-house by Chef DuBois’ team of culinary talents.
And by serving up, we mean serving up a lot. Borgata Baking Company has sold hundreds of thousands of items in its first year of existence, quickly becoming one of Borgata’s favorite eateries for our guests.
There’s one thing tournament poker players love. And that’s winning.
OK, there’s another thing tournament poker players love. Namely chips, which go a long way towards getting to that first goal of winning.
The more you have, the better off you are and the more big blinds you can play.
So, it’s not surprising that one of the most popular types of tournament play at Borgata are our deepstack tournaments—tournaments that start players off with more chips than regular tournaments.
I mean starting with more chips can only help right? OK, that’s probably a theoretical argument for hardcore grinders to figure out, but a least having more chips gives you something to fiddle with in the early rounds. And they just make you feel good.
This June the Borgata Poker Room gives you the chips you love with a Deepstacks Challenge from June 8 – 20. It’s a major Borgata poker event with 13 separate deepstack events with either 25K (deep stack), 35K (deeper stack) or 40K (deepest stack) in starting chips.
Here’s the schedule:
DEEP STACK NLH (RE-ENTRY) $15,000 GUARANTEED MON, 6/8 11AM $100 + $20
DEEP STACK NLH (RE-ENTRY) $15,000 GUARANTEED TUE, 6/9 11AM $125 + $25
DEEP STACK NLH (RE-ENTRY) $20,000 GUARANTEED WED, 6/10 11AM $150 + $30
DEEPER STACK NLH (RE-ENTRY) $30,000 GUARANTEED THU, 6/11 11AM $200 + $30
DEEPER STACK NLH (RE-ENTRY) $40,000 GUARANTEED FRI, 6/12 11AM $260 + $40
DEEPEST STACK NLH (RE-ENTRY) $50,000 GUARANTEED SAT, 6/13 11AM $350 + $50
DEEPEST STACK NLH (RE-ENTRY) $25,000 GUARANTEED SUN, 6/14 11AM $250 + $30
DEEP STACK NLH (RE-ENTRY) $15,000 GUARANTEED MON, 6/15 11AM $100 + $20
DEEP STACK NLH (RE-ENTRY) $15,000 GUARANTEED TUE, 6/16 11AM $125 + $25
DEEP STACK NLH (RE-ENTRY) $20,000 GUARANTEED WED, 6/17 11AM $150 + $30
DEEPER STACK NLH (RE-ENTRY) $30,000 GUARANTEED THU, 6/18 11AM $200 + $30
DEEPER STACK NLH (RE-ENTRY) $40,000 GUARANTEED FRI, 6/19 11AM $260 + $40
DEEPEST STACK NLH (RE-ENTRY) $50,000 GUARANTEED SAT, 6/20 11AM $350 + $50
This week’s look at the big online winners at BorgataCasino.com and BorgataPoker.com reads like an endorsement of Borgata Poker’s weekly guaranteed poker tournaments.
By “guaranteed,” we mean that the total prize pool for the tournament will at least be a certain amount (it can go over depending on the number of players), so you can always be pretty sure of what you’re playing for. BorgataPoker.com, along with our partners at Party Poker, offer up a daily $10,000 guaranteed tournament and on Sunday’s we go whole hog with a $50K guaranteed tournament.
The result? About $16,000 in wins for BorgataPoker.com players this week. Add to that another about $13K in jackpot wins at BorgataCasino.com.
That’s a pretty good endorsement. Winning always is.
One quick note. As Monique from Spring, Texas knows, you don’t have to live in New Jersey to play Borgata Online sites, just physically located in New Jersey when you’re playing.
Here’s a look at the big online winners at BorgataCasino.com and BorgataPoker.com for May 11 to May 17.
– On May 11, Michele from Galloway, New Jersey made a $25 bet playing the Aztec Gold slots game from her mobile device and won $3,265.
– On May 12, Monique from Spring, Texas, made a $19.20 bet playing the Glitz slots game and won $4,887.04 on one spin.
– On May 14, Jody from Hoboken, New Jersey, made a $5 spin on the Loot’EnKhamun slots game and won a $5,006 jackpot.
Who says you have to wait until June to enjoy summer thrills? At BorgataCasino.com, we’re heating things up this weekend with the $5,000 Summer Kickoff Sweepstakes.
As the temperature climbs in Atlantic City from 74 degrees this Friday to almost 80 early next week, we’re giving you the chance to cool off with $1,000 in cold hard cash or a share of thousands in Bonus Dollars – wherever you are in New Jersey.
Just log in to your BorgataCasino.com account between Friday, May 22nd and Monday, May 25th. When you make a deposit of $10 or more and enter bonus code SUN2015, you’ll earn your qualifying entry into Tuesday’s drawing for $5,000 in cash and prizes.
If you want more chances after qualifying, keep playing slots, classic slots, or progressive slots. For every 20 iRewards Points you earn, you’ll receive one entry into the drawing, up to a max of 10 entries per day.
We’re drawing 100 winners on Tuesday and you’ve got until Monday night to earn those entries, so come and play.
Things have been going pretty well for comedian Billy Gardell, these last few years.
You know him as Mike, from “Mike & Molly“, his hit sitcom with Melissa McCarthy which just celebrated its 100th episode and is picked up for a sixth season.
And you may have seen him recently as the host of the syndicated “Monopoly Millionaire’s Club“, a new game show that premiered in March.
Yep, that’s not bad for a Pittsburgh boy who started out as a simple stand-up comic. He’s an overnight sensation.
Well, if you consider “overnight” to mean better than 20 years playing at, as he puts it, “every small town lounge, military base and comedy club along the way.”
Though Gardell coming to Borgata’s Music Box on May 23 for a one-night stand-up show as a big star riding high, you can be pretty sure he won’t land far from the working class routes that kept him in the biz all those years waiting for that “overnight” success.
“You always think that you’re going to make it big,” Gardell recently told the Allentown Morning Call. “At some point, you’re in too far to quit.”
It’s in the trenches of all those comedy rooms and small theaters where Gardell learned how to be a very important thing—funny.
Flash is one of those great words in the English language. It’s just a really neat way to say fast.
After all, the DC comics hero The Flash wouldn’t sound as cool if his name was “That Fast Guy in the Red Suit.” We flash smiles, flash back to the past, flash forward and flash into view.
And sometimes, here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, we have Flash Sales.
Right now, Borgata’s spas are having a flash sale, which means you have to move quickly—you know, in a flash. Book any of these spa specials at Spa Immersion and Spa Toccare between now and May 22. Appointments are available from May 26 to June 25. Call 609.317.7555 for reservations.
Here’s the specials with not a flash in the pan among them.
FLASH SALE SPECIALS
Go Coconuts for Massage ($110/50 min)
Indulge yourself in the scent of summer – coconut will fill the air as hydration engulfs your skin. Using real coconut, we’ll exfoliate your back at the end of this relaxing massage. Treatment includes complimentary Epicuren Kukui Coconut travel size lotion (retail value $15).
Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season.
But then you knew that.
For us here in Atlantic City, however, it’s so much more. Summer is everything in these parts—the start of a three-month party of sun, surf, great music, great food and just constant entertainment.
Of course, we do party 365 days a year at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, but when summer comes, well, we really party. And forget about June 21, summer starts this weekend at Borgata and we’ve got the line-up to welcome the season like it’s never been welcomed before.
Check it out:
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It was another week of big jackpots at BorgataCasino.com and BorgataPoker.com and this week we’ve got a bit of a mixed bag—of cash.
There was another big video poker hit, the pixies of the forest put some cash in Jennifer from Sewell’s pocket and Aztec Gold lived up to its name for Sonia from Fair Lawn.
Meanwhile, BorgataPoker.com players kept racking up tournament wins and cashing in on our online tournament leaderboard promotion.
It’s all pretty routine—that is if you think more than $36,000 in cash and prizes is routine.
But then at BorgataCasino.com & BorgataPoker.com, it kind of is.
Here’s a look at our big online winners for May 4 to May 10.
– On May 4, Larry from Tabernacle, New Jersey, hit it big with a $10,000 win playing Game King Double Double Bonus Video Poker.
– On May 7, Jennifer from Sewell, New Jersey, made a bet playing the Pixies of the Forest slots game and won $8,751 on one spin.
– On May 9, Sonia from Fair Lawn, New Jersey, made a spin on the Aztec Gold slots game from her mobile device and won a $4,927 jackpot.
In 1971, Janis Joplin summed up a lot of people’s feelings and aspirations when her song “Mercedes Benz” hit the airwaves, with the classic a cappella line “Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz.”
That was a long time ago, but not much has changed for Mercedes since Janis sang that. The Mercedes Benz remains one of the great cars and great status symbols in the world.
And we here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa think you should have one. So we’ve declared May 17 Mercedes Day in May. We’ll be giving away five Mercedes Benz ML350s from 12pm to 8pm. To enter, just insert your My Borgata card into any slot machine or open a table games rating.
Then, just listen to the announcements as one winner will be named every two hours.
If you’re wondering if you would like to own a Mercedes ML350, consider this:
The ML350 is an SUV with a 3.5 liter V-6 engine, 302 horsepower and a towing capacity of 6,600 pounds. Standard features include a heated front seat, hands-free Bluetooth interface, 9-way air bag protection and a power lift gate (and that’s just naming a few).