Apr 1

NJCOP II brings you $1 million in Guarantees April 16 – 26

NJCOPAt BorgataPoker.com, we’re known for our big $50K Sundays. But from April 16th through April 29th, every day will feel like Sunday night as we drop $1 million in guarantees on the table.

The second installment of the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOP II) packs 34 big guaranteed poker tournaments into 11 days to bring you the most heated online poker series in New Jersey. That’s on top of our regular lineup of big guarantees you know and love.

Love No Limit Hold’em? You’ll love NJCOP II. Into Pot Limit Omaha? We’ve stacked the schedule in your favor. Big on bounties and deepstacks? NJCOP II is built for you.

NJCOP II kicks off on Thursday, April 16th at 6pm with a $100 buy-in Player’s Choice tournament. The series runs until Sunday, April 26th and features a total of $1 million in guaranteed prize money.

On the NJCOP II schedule are several big events:

• NJCOP #10 -> $100,000 Guarantee -> $200 buy-in
• NJCOP #30 -> $150,000 Guarantee -> $200 buy-in
• NJCOP #32 ->   $75,000 Guarantee -> $1,000 buy-in

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Mar 31

Recap of Holy Ravioli with Stephen Kalt on March 14

Chef Stephen KaltYou know what’s a great indication that a particular dish is a hit with the masses?

How about if it’s been served for more than 800 years and great chefs such as Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Stephen Kalt are still devising new and innovative ways to serve it up?

That’s staying power friends, and when it comes to Italian cuisine, few things have stood up like the ravioli. Yes the ravioli, that little doughy Italian dumpling that can be stuffed with anything—though ricotta cheese is the traditional starting point—to devise the perfect bite of food.

Stephen Kalt, Borgata chef/partner at Fornelletto’s Cucina & Wine Bar, recently highlighted the savory little bites, along with some perfect wine matchings at a another of his Holy Ravioli demonstration and luncheon events on Saturday, March 14 as part of the Savor Borgata Culinary Series.

It’s a formidable task, of course, to come up with a new take on an 800-year-old standby like the ravioli.

Legend has it that though “riavvolgere” means “to wrap,” most believe the dish was actually named after Ravioli, a renowned 13th-century chef in the Repubblica di Genova.

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Mar 30

Borgata Free Throw Tournament Recap

The first Borgata $10,000 Guaranteed Basketball Free Throw Tournament is in the books and it can be summed up in one simple word—swish.

Well, actually, a lot of the 1,022 contestants that turned out for the inaugural event on March 21 went the bank-shot route, but the winner, Al Callejas, 37 of Archbald, PA definitely went for the swish as he won first prize and $10,220.

Callejas told the Scranton Times Tribune that he got a little nervous watching competitors take advantage of the springy backboards used for the contest in Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa’s Signature room.

“It was the greatest strategy in the world,” Callejas said. “If you hit it square, the backboard falls back and ball drops right through. It started playing mind games with you. You wonder if you should be banking them.”

Instead, he stuck with the way his basketball coach father Al had taught him.

“He always said if you don’t hit the rim it will go in,” Callejas said.

The other key to winning was endurance as Borgata’s first-ever skill-based contest—the first anywhere really—proved a remarkable success with a turnout large enough to bump the $10,000 guaranteed prize pool to $20,000.

For Callejas, a day of foul shots came down to one last shot—the difference between an outright win and a tie with Wayne Nelson, local Cedar Creek High School boys basketball coach and Smithville resident.

He made it.

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Mar 26

Borgata Online Winners for March 16 – 22

Money-Boat-Game-ScreenshotThere are a lot of cute slogans that come to mind when announcing the top online winners at BorgataCasino.com and BorgataPoker.com.

You know, stuff like “It pays to play at BorgataCasino.com,” “We’ve got the best jackpots in New Jersey” and “You don’t even have to put on pants to win big at BorgataCasino.com.”

Well, how about “Take a ride on the Borgata Money Boat?”

Looking at the big online winners for March 16 – 22, BorgataCasino.coms Money Boat slots hit for $20,000 in jackpots. Add to that another big video poker win and you could say “There’s a lot of winning going on at BorgataCasino.com.”

See, they just come naturally.

Here’s a look at the big online winners for March 16 to March 22:

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Mar 26

Up to $1,000 Bonus Dollars Now Blooming at BorgataCasino.com

Spring Bonus Slot DollarsIt’s officially springtime in New Jersey, and now that the snow is melting and the sun is shining, something big is blooming at BorgataCasino.com.

We’re not talking about flowers – we are talking about lots of green. From Friday, March 27th through Sunday, March 29th, we’re handing out guaranteed Bonus Dollars to everyone, no deposit required. You could win as much as $1,000.

Just sign in to your BorgataCasino.com account this Friday, Saturday or Sunday and opt in to the Spring Bonus promotion under the Promotions tab. When you do, we’ll show you a card. Just click it to reveal your prize.

New to BorgataCasino.com? We’ll set you up with an account for free and load it with $20 to get you started.

Happy spring from everyone at BorgataCasino.com.

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Mar 26

Borgata Festival Park Concert Line Up

Borgata Festival ParkBorgata Hotel Casino & Spa promised you a summer of amazing outdoor concerts and shows when we announced our new Borgata Festival Park Outdoor Concert Venue.

And we weren’t kidding.

The first announcements for this summer’s line-up at Festival Park includes a South Jersey dream concert in June—The Hooters, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, G. Love & Special Sauce—one of the hottest acts currently in music in July—Meghan Trainor—and a country music extravaganza  in August with Darius Rucker and Willie Nelson playing concerts on consecutive nights respectively.

“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce Festival Park as the newest entertainment amenity here at Borgata,” said Joe Lupo, Senior Vice President of Operations for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “In booking such tremendous artists to perform in a fun, energetic outdoor space, this new concert venue and festival grounds effectively adds yet another dimension to what we can offer our guests and reinforces Borgata as the East Coast’s premiere location for concerts and nightlife.”

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Mar 26

Five Questions with Michael Schulson

Michael-Schulson-updatedThere are few chefs as talented and diverse as Michael Schulson. Since the 2008 debut of his first restaurant endeavor – Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – Schulson has earned a sterling reputation for his expert hand at modern Asian cooking. In 2009, Schulson opened his second restaurant, Sampan, in Philadelphia’s bustling Midtown Village, which was promptly named one of Bon Appetit’s “Top Six Places to Taste Asian Fusion.” As a strong advocate of healthful, mindful eating who is passionate about remaining fit, Schulson recently got into the best shape of his life by updating his already nutritious make-at-home recipes. We recently caught up with Schulson to chat about everything from his time living in Japan to maintaining a healthy lifestyle – including Izakaya’s recipe for a delicious new cocktail that tastes like a tropical treat without all of the calories!

 

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Mar 26

10 Best Treats Across Borgata

Drinks with a Kick

If there’s one thing we know, it’s sweets… mouth-watering, crave-worthy, taste-in-your-dreams sweets. Here are our picks for the 10 best treats across Borgata. Enjoy!

Borgata Baking Company: Sips with a Kick
Borgata Baking Company is now serving spiked gelato shakes! Try the “Drunken Monkey” (rum, bananas, honey, and vanilla gelato), “Frozen Cappuccino” (Irish Cream, Kahlua, and vanilla gelato), or the “The Ultimate ‘Root Beer” (Oatmeal Stout, Irish whiskey, and vanilla gelato).

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Mar 25

Mother’s Day Brunch

Everything you need to plan a gorgeous Mother’s Day celebration… including decoration and gift ideas, as well as recipes by one of Borgata’s most celebrated chefs, Bobby Flay.

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  • Mother’s Day Décor…
    • Create a variety of flower arrangements using flowers from your garden or fresh flowers from your local market. Keep tissue paper and twine nearby so you can remove from vases after brunch and gift each mother in attendance.
    • Frame several photographs of the mothers in your family, including pictures throughout time – ie, your grandmother as a child with her mother, your mother with your children, and everything in between. Editors Tip: If framing isn’t an option, hang twine throughout your entertaining space and clip photos to string with clothespins.
    • Cut pieces of pastel construction paper into the shape of tulips or sunflowers. Write each guest’s name or initials on respective pieces for table place cards.

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Mar 25

Old Homestead BBQ Tips

As Executive Chef of Borgata’s award-winning Old Homestead Steak House, Romeo DiBona knows a thing or two around the grill. And now, he’s sharing his 5 best BBQ tips to kick start your grilling season.

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Romeo DiBona’s BBQ Tips:

  1. Invest in a chimney starter (about $14.99). Do not use lighter fluid ever. With the chimney, you fill up with the desired amount of charcoal and use either paraffin cubes ($4.99 for 24) or loosely crumpled up newspaper to light coals.
  2. When I make ribs at home on my Weber Kettle Grill, I use a rub and cook over indirect heat – searing the meat on the hot side then cooking them the rest of the way on the cool side, adjusting vents to slow the fire down and spraying them with a 1-part-vinegar/1-part-water solution every once in a while. This will add a nice zing to the rub!
  3. Coffee gives a rub or BBQ sauce a complex, earthy flavor. Use grinds in a rub or brew a strong cup to add to your BBQ sauce.
  4. The minion method is the most popular method in a kettle grill. For low and slow, arrange charcoal around the bottom of your grill, shingled 3 deep into a horseshoe, then start your chimney. When coals are glowing, place them at the top of the horseshoe so they light in succession.
  5. Make your own BBQ sauce! It’s really easy. Store-bought versions have a ton of sugar and can ruin all of your hard work! Only put BBQ sauce on protein in the last 10-15 minutes of cooking.

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