Take a look at Michael Gagliano’s top five poker tournament cashes and you’ll quickly realize that there’s something special about Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
The New Jersey online poker pro’s second biggest career cash came back in 2013 at the Borgata Spring Poker Open in Atlantic City, where Gagliano pocketed $169,029 for a 2nd place finish. And most recently, this past April, Gagliano finished 3rd in a $2,500+200 NLH Championship event for $128,768.
It gets more impressive. Between 2009 and 2016, Gagliano has found success in 13 major Borgata Poker Open events in Atlantic City. He’s finished 2nd in two Borgata Poker Open tournaments — one in 2013 and one in 2014. And he’s notched a 3rd and 4th place finish at the famous Atlantic City casino. Gagliano is as much a fixture of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa as the boardwalk is a fixture of Atlantic City…
If you think our weekly $50K Guarantee is big, wait until you see what’s happening at Borgata in Atlantic City on September 20th. That’s Day 1A of the televised $3 Million Guaranteed WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship. It’s the big one in the Borgata Poker Open and lots of online poker players have already secured a spot in it.
The buy-in for the tournament is $3,500, and BorgataPoker.com is guaranteeing a minimum of one seat for each of the five remaining online satellites.
On the first weekend of online satellites, two players secured seats into the Championship. With five more chances this weekend to steamroll a $405 entry in an online Super Satellite into a coveted seat in the live tournament, there should be a lot of online action.
This weekend, you’ll find Super Satellites on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5:45pm, with each one guaranteeing at least one seat for every 10 players in the tournament. Can’t make it for 5:45? There’s another Super Satellite at 7:30pm on Saturday and Sunday with the same 1 in 10 shot at moving on.
For all the important info, check out the Borgata Poker Open page.
We 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 BorgatPoker.com 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 BorgataPoker.com 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!
This is it. This is the land-based tournament series you’ve been waiting for. Millions of dollars are on the table in the upcoming Borgata Poker Open, set to get underway this September in Atlantic City. The journey to securing your seats in several events begins online at BorgataPoker.com.
The Borgata Poker Open 2015 is a 22-event live series that begins with a $2 million guaranteed Texas Hold’em tourney. Hallmark events include the Almighty Million and the much-anticipated televised WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship where $3 million is guaranteed.
It all kicks off at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa this September and we’ve got loads of online poker satellites on our schedule to help you secure seats for a fraction of the buy-ins.
Satellites to several events are available only at BorgataPoker.com beginning Saturday, August 29th for just $45. Starting Monday, August 24th, you can also win your way through qualifiers for a small $5 buy-in.
For the televised WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship event, you’ll find qualifiers for $45 that lead to Super Satellites, where ~ 1 in 10 players wins a $3,500 seat in the land-based Championship tourney.
There are tons of events worth playing in, so check it all out on our Borgata Poker Open promotion page.
We can’t wait to see you online – and in Atlantic City.
The 2014 Borgata Poker Open is in the books and once again Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa proved that it simply has the best poker room in Atlantic City and on the East Coast.
More than $6.6 million in prize money was awarded over 24 main events including the massive World Poker Tour Championship that drew more than 1,200 players. Darren Ellis of Cherry Hill won the event—which will be coming to a TV near you as part of the WPT’s TV schedule—and $843,744.
It was Elias’ biggest tournament cash since he took a fifth place at the 2011 BPO Championship and about $230,000. The win takes his career earnings over $2.5 million.
You can retrace Elias’ win at our tournament blog.
The 2014 Borgata Poker Open has started out with another amazing turn-out for its opening event as 4,158 entries were made in Event 1 to start two and a half weeks of tournament action.
That’s better than $2 million on the line for one event and millions more spread over 50 events from September 2 to September 19, including the $3 million guaranteed WPT Borgata Open Championship starting September 14.
But even with thousands of grinders vying for all that cash, there’s one thing poker players are always ready to do—and that’s give a little back to the community.
So this year’s Borgata Poker Open features two charity events with one honoring a long-time friend of Borgata Poker—and the poker world in general—and the other from the newly formed Charity Series of Poker.
Event 14, September 12, is the inaugural Mike Sica Memorial Seniors Tournament to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Sica passed away in November at age 69 from cancer. A WSOP Bracelet holder and a fixture at Borgata poker events, Sica was an East Coast pro known for his big heart, easy smile, trademark coordinated outfits and ever-present container of toothpicks.
At this point, the Borgata Poker Open, scheduled for September 2 – 19, doesn’t need all that much of a publicity push.
If you play live poker, you know what the Borgata Poker Open is. It’s simply the biggest poker event on the East Coast, a record setter for the World Poker Tour and one of the most anticipated two and half weeks of poker anywhere.
For grinders, it’s really all about scheduling the tournaments you want to play.
Online registration is open for all main events, so let’s look at that schedule.
The Open begins September 2 with Event 1, a $2 million guaranteed, $500 + $60 opening event that includes five opening sessions split between September 2 – 4. The first event of the Borgata Poker Open is always the most well attended and the Borgata Poker Room has been adding opening sessions to accommodate the huge field for the last few years.