As much as poker players may love going to first-rate casino rooms like Borgata’s Poker Room to test their skills, you can bet on one thing. Pretty much everybody learned to play poker at home in a game with family and friends.
And whether you started playing for Oreo cookies, matches or pennies, chances are you have pretty good memories of those games—especially the weird ones that seemed made up out of thin air.
You know which games we mean. There’s the game where you stick a card to your forehead or grandpa’s game where all the red cards are wild.
One of those games that you may have played is Crazy Pineapple, a variation of Hold’em. Yes, not only is the game named after a fruit, it’s named after a mentally unstable fruit. But not in a bad way though. You know, wild and crazy fruit.
Dad had to have made that game up, right? Wrong, it’s a real game, though trying to figure out where it came from is anybody’s guess.
But we do know where it’s landed—at Borgata’s Summer Poker Open. Yes, for the 2015 edition of the open, we’re introducing Crazy Pineapple for Event 7 of the open, Saturday July 18. The tournament carries a $300 + $40 buy-in.
Crazy pineapple is a pretty straight-forward game that uses one simple rule change to dramatically change the game play of a Hold’em hand. Each player is dealt three hole cards before the flop. That’s right, three cards. After the flop, any players staying in the pot has to put one of those cards into the muck. The turn and river play out normally.
The main event schedule for the Borgata Summer Poker Open, July 14 to July 31, has been released and as usual, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is making a lot of guarantees.
Specifically, $1.55 million in guaranteed tournaments starting with the $500,000 guaranteed opening event July 14.
It’s a pretty eclectic mix of tournament action for the summer open with bounty tournaments, Omaha, deep stack and turbo tournaments. There’s even some Crazy Pineapple on the schedule (Event 7, July 18). Check out the full schedule here.
The opener is a $500,000 guaranteed, $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit tournament with four opening sessions scheduled for July 14 and 15 (two a day).
Another major event is event 10, a $200,000 Guaranteed, $260 + $40 Almighty Stack (100K starting stack) No Limit tournament that also has four opening sessions split between July 19 and 20.
Of course the other big event is the Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship, a $500,000 guaranteed, $2,300 + $200 No Limit event that starts July 26. Opening sessions are July 26 and July 27 (one each day).
Other big guaranteed tournaments are:
The 2014 Borgata Summer Poker Open is cementing its status as the East Coast alternative to the World Series of Poker, as it once again sets new Borgata records for players.
Event 1 of the Summer Poker Open, a $350 buy-in Deep Stack No limit Hold’em tournament brought out 1,436 entries, breaking the 2013 Borgata Summer Poker Open record of 1,383 entries.
That created a total buy-in of $487,522, easily smoking the event’s $300,000 prize-pool guarantee.
Day 2 of the event—after three separate opening sessions—saw 275 players advance and compete for the first place cash of $101,401. The event pays off the top 140 finishers.
The Summer Open also saw its first online satellite winners playing at BorgataPoker.com in the live field. Online satellites are continuing for Borgata Summer Open events through the weekend.
Online registration for the Borgata Summer Poker Open, is now open and for most Borgata grinders, it’s about time.
After all, it’s been, like, three weeks since the Borgata Spring Poker Open ended and people have been getting a little antsy.
Ok, seriously, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa offers more poker action than any casino on the East Coast including five, count ‘em, five seasonal opens like the Borgata Summer Poker Open.
The summer open offers up 19 main events including a combined $1.1 million in guaranteed prize pools over its 18-day run.
The opening event—always the biggest field, so online reservations are recommended—is a $300,000 guaranteed, $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Tournament that kicks off June 10. The tournament has three opening sessions with one on June 10 at 11am and two on June 11 at 10am and 8pm respectively.