Mar 9

Kathy Griffin at Borgata Event Center March 14

Kathy GriffinWhen it comes to stand-up comedians, you always kind of wonder what they’re going to talk about onstage.

You know, will it be that observational humor—What’s up with kitchen magnets?—or are they the storyteller kind of comic—One time I went to a Red Lobster with my friends and ordered chicken, well let me tell you.

With Kathy Griffin, who appears at Borgata’s Event Center March 14, you know exactly what she’s going to talk about – celebrity dirt.

It is storytelling, but storytelling with backstage celebrity buzz and gossip … you know, the good stuff.

Fans of Griffin and her gazillion Bravo comedy specials—including her 2011 special “Tired Hooker“ filmed on location at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa—get the inside dirt on everything Griffin sees, hears and experiences as she works her way around Hollywood on the D-list.

Which makes it all the more interesting that she’s been mysteriously quiet on the recent controversy at–and now her decision to leave–E’s “Fashion Police.”

We don’t want to hit this too hard on our friendly little blog—you can Google it—but we just have to wonder, how long can Griffin ever stay quiet about anything?

Just saying.

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Mar 6

Love multi-table tournaments? March is your month

Poker TournamentIf you’re all about playing for big money, then you’re going to want to clear whatever you’re doing on Sunday, March 15th. That’s the date of the next BorgataPoker.com $100,000 Guaranteed tourney.

For the same $200 buy-in, you get twice the guaranteed prize pool and way more adrenaline rush with every deal.

While the $100K isn’t until the 15th, there’s good reason to play multi-table tourneys right now at BorgataPoker.com. Aside from the obvious chance to conquer a tourney and walk away with a big cash prize, we’re handing out $7,800 in leaderboard cash and prizes. You’ve got until March 31st to make your way to the top, so play now.

Not yet a member of BorgataPoker.com? Get $20 just for signing up.

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Mar 6

Win a trip to Dublin with BorgataCasino.com’s Ireland Getaway Giveaway

Ireland Getaway GiveawayWe want to make this St. Patrick’s Day one to remember. We’re not talking about finding a four-leaf clover on March 17th. We’re talking about winning your way to Ireland.

With the Ireland Getaway Giveaway, you could win a trip to Dublin, Ireland just by making a deposit. Here’s how it works.

Between March 10th and 16th, make a deposit of at least $50 and enter the bonus code IRELAND. You’ll automatically receive one entry into our drawing. You can also rack up additional entries by playing your favorite slots, classic slots and progressive slots between March 10th and 16th.

On St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th), we’ll draw one winner and award them our Ireland Getaway Giveaway package, which includes two roundtrip airline tickets to Dublin, Ireland, hotel accommodations for 5 nights and $500 spending cash. We’ve also got over $2,000 Bonus Dollars for the next 49 player accounts we draw.

The luck of the Irish could be on your side, but you need to make a deposit to qualify. Don’t have an account yet? Sign up for free now.

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Mar 5

Borgata Online Winners for February 23 – March 1

Money BoatHere’s a quick riddle. What would happen if you were taking a boat trip to a candy store when you were suddenly attacked by zombies? Answer: About $11,000 in slot jackpots would be awarded at Borgata’s online casino.

Ok, bad riddle, but a look at our big online winners for February 23 – March 1 shows the wide array of slots themes at BorgataCasino.com that amp up the fun. The jackpots, however, are always amped up as this week’s winners shows once again that small bets can pay off big.

Here’s the online winners for February 23 – March 1:

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– On February 23, Janice from Orange, New Jersey, bet $10 while playing the Dawn of the Dead slots game and won $3,045.

– On March 1, Thomas from Newark, New Jersey, turned a $2.70 bet into a $4,063.50 jackpot while playing the Money Boat slots game.

– On March 1, Chris from Clifton, New Jersey, wagered $3 playing the Candy Store slots game and won a $ 4,544.10 jackpot.

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– Sveinbinder099 took home $15,210 for a second place finish in the Sunday $100K Guaranteed tournament on March 1.

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Mar 4

Laidback Luke at MIXX March 20

Laidback LukeFor a guy who sports the name Laidback, veteran DJ Laidback Luke comes off as anything but.

Consider that he’s just released a new collaboration alongside Tujamo titled “S.A.X.”, just released a 2015 remix of his Mixmash Records classic “Rockin with the Best” and is currently on a world tour—a tour that comes to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa at MIXX March 20 as part of our Winter Music Series.

And that’s just to start 2015 after a very busy 2014. But then, Laidback Luke has been doing this for 20 years, so it’s kind of what you’d expect from the former graffiti artist turned DJ.

Since 1995, Luke has a reputation for evolving with the changing face of dance music whether through technical innovation or just plain artistry. And despite his many, many releases (including three albums, the last being “Cream Ibiza Super You & Me” in  2011), Laidback Luke is above all about the live show, as he explains in a recent interview with joonbug.com.

“When I dove into this music, it was all about the cutting edge, new technology. It’s always been about that. It doesn’t matter if you play with vinyl, it doesn’t matter if you play with CDJs, it matters if you play a good set and people enjoy it. I for one am more of the traditional DJ, so I actually like it when I can see people. I was trained as a traditional DJ, but I’m very much open to new techniques.”

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Feb 27

Borgata Online Winners for February 16 – 22

CashAnother week and another about $90,000 in online winnings to report at Borgata’s online casino sites BorgataCasino.com and BorgataPoker.com.

It’s getting to be par for the course.

But if there’s one lesson to be learned from the online winners for February 16 – 22, it’s that while you can bet as much — or as little — as you want, sometimes shooting the works in a big bet, say $30, brings the biggest jackpot of the week.

Food for thought. Here’s a look at the big online winners for February 16 – 22.

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– On February 16, John from New York City won 2 jackpots totaling $26,400 while playing the Cats slots game.

– On February 17, Chris from Dayton, New Jersey, hit a $13,530 jackpot while playing the Melon Madness slots game from his mobile device.

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Feb 27

Earn 5X iRewards Points at BorgataCasino.com — Saturday Only!

5X iRewards PointsStart doing some finger stretches because you’re going to want to hit the Spin button over and over and over again this Saturday. For one day only, we’re quintupling your iRewards Points. That’s 5x iRewards Points, just for playing slots.

Just sign in to your BorgataCasino.com account on February 28th. Then, head to the Promotions tab and opt into the 5X iRewards Points promotion. That’s it. As you play slots, classic slots and progressive slots, you’ll earn iRewards Points at a rate of 5X the usual.

Remember, you can spend your iRewards Points at the My Borgata iRewards Store. Swap them for cash, electronics, and more. You can also use them to buy a luxurious getaway to Borgata in Atlantic City.

For more info, visit our iRewards page.

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Feb 26

Meet Borgata DJ Mel DeBarge

mel-debargeMel DeBarge, who is DJing at MIXX on Sunday, March 15 and a household name on the international party scene, recently sat down with Borgata to answer some questions.

The New York-based DeBarge has emerged as a fixture at exclusive film, music, fashion, philanthropic and private events with clients including Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, GQ, Calvin Klein, Nike, Jennifer Lopez, Missy Elliott, Heidi Klum, Kimora Lee Simmons, NBC and Vogue. He’s also a regular at some of America’s most recognizable nightclubs including Avenue and PH-D at The Dream Downtown (New York City), LIV (Miami) and, of course, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

He has an encyclopedic knowledge of music that allows him to draw on a myriad of influences as he seamlessly merges hip-hop, rock, soul, funk, disco and reggae.

“I make sure my personality comes across in my performances,” he explains. “The personal connection with the audience is not only what I enjoy most about deejaying, it’s also the reason I keep the dance floor full.”

Here’s our interview with Mel DeBarge.

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Feb 25

Dessert in a Jar with Chef Thaddeus Dubois February 28

Dessert in a JarEveryone has their own idea on what’s the most amazing invention in human history. You’ve got your traditionalists who vote for the wheel, your internal combustion engine enthusiasts and a lot of more current people who think it’s the app that allows you to order pizza anywhere in the continental U.S. 24/7.

But have you ever considered the simple Mason jar?

Yes the jar — or roughly a jar that can be tightly sealed with a screw-on top — invented by Philadelphia Tinsmith John Landis Mason in 1858.

From delicious jellies and preserved veggies to some good old down-home moonshine, what don’t we get out of jars? They let us transport food safely, keep food in the pantry for decades and give us a container to hold spare nails after we eat whatever was inside of them to begin with.

And now, we get desserts in a jar. No, not desserts we make out of stuff that comes from jars, but actual individual desserts made up of several ingredients served in jars.

If you haven’t heard of this new trend (well, relatively new as it’s been going on for a couple of years) it’s become all the rage and has been highlighted on a number of your better morning TV network talk shows.

There’s cake in a jar, pies in a jar, cupcakes in a jar, parfaits in a jar, a bunch of desserty stuff in a jar … it can be pretty much whatever you want.

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Feb 23

Sarah McLachlan March 13 at Borgata’s Event Center

Sarah McLachlanFor many music fans—especially female fans—hearing a song by an artist like Sarah McLachlan can be like stepping into a time machine. Not a time machine that travels through history. No, it’s much more personal than that.

Who that’s had their heart broken in the 90s and on, or suffered some terrible loss, hasn’t found solace in McLachlan’s ballads? From “In the Arms of an Angel” to “I Will Remember You,” McLachlan’s mezzo-soprano can take you back to the most vulnerable, but also sentimental times in your life.

And at 47, McLachlan is marking a new phase in her life with her Shine On Tour which comes to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in the Event Center on March 13. The world tour is in support of her 2014 album “Shine On,” her eighth studio album which was written after McLachlan’s father passed away.

“It’s about going through your 40s and all the changes,” McLachlan tells CNN. “We don’t get to that point in our lives unscathed. We’re losing our family members. I lost my brother last November to bowel cancer so there are so many big changes that happen in our 40s, and it’s sort of that tipping point of I’m in the second half of my life.

“To a certain degree I get to choose what this is going to look like,” she says. “How do I want it to look? And it’s sort of a reassessing of everything and I thought, I’m so lucky, I’m so blessed. I have so many amazing things that have happened to me. I have my health, I have my kids’ health, I have great friends and family. I just want to suck the marrow out of every day that I have left because you just don’t know. You don’t know when your time is and I want every day to count.

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