The $3 Million Guaranteed Borgata Poker Open Championship, which kicked off Sunday, September 14, continues to make its mark in World Poker Tour history attracting the third largest field ever for a WPT event.
The final entries came in at 1,226, beating last year’s Borgata Poker Open Championship field of 1,189 entries. That puts the prize pool at about $4 million, easily outdistancing the guarantee.
Play in Day 2 is underway and you can follow all the action live at our tournament blog.
Summer isn’t officially over yet, but our Sizzlin’ Summer contest has wrapped. On Tuesday, we drew 65 more winners in our second monthly draw. Prizes included Borgata gift cards, 1-night hotel stays at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, bikes, fire pits, Go Pros, Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, Weber gas grills and more. Think those prizes are impressive? Here’s a look at what our top 10 winners took home:
sadiazeeshan91 -> St Lucia Holiday
Smokey14 -> Bermuda Hot Tub
Skeela75 -> Samsung 75″
gambler -> MacBook Air
Lindastav1 -> MacBook Air
Hoboken1 -> Borgata Luxury Weekend
Calliesdad2013 -> Borgata Luxury Weekend
acody420 -> 3 piece Outdoor Wicker Seating Set
ThankYou -> Callaway Golf Clubs
dimagorby -> Callaway Golf Clubs
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.
August is fast approaching and the Borgata Poker Room, along with BorgataPoker.com, has put together one of the best months of tournament play in a non-Borgata Open month.
By non-Borgata Open month, we mean a month that doesn’t include one of Borgata’s five seasonal open events such as the Borgata Poker Open scheduled for September 2-19.
Grinders getting ready for that event will have plenty of chances to sharpen their tournament skills in August.
First up are a series of summer tournaments on Sundays, which we’ve cleverly dubbed Sundays in August. A mix of four different tournaments will be offered at noon each Sunday during the month.
Coming right off Borgata Poker’s Deepstacks Challenge - currently underway (July 7-20) – comes the $150,000 guaranteed PocketFives Poker Tournament July 27 to July 29 in the Borgata Poker Room.
PocketFives.com is an online poker forum and news site and one of the best poker info sites in the country. PocketFives is partnering with Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa to offer up a $350 + $50 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em Tournament with opening days July 27 and again July 28. The tournament carries a $150,000 prize pool guarantee.
“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to present an event like this for our members,” said PocketFives co-founder Adam Small. “As the market leading casino property in Atlantic City, Borgata is the perfect place for us to host a live poker tournament. The PocketFives New Jersey community has been incredible since the launch of internet gaming and this event, along with the party, will be a great way to show our appreciation and give back to them.”
We know that you don’t necessarily live your entire poker world online. Sure, our $10K nightly and $50K weekly tournaments are big draws, but so is the incredible land-based action at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. This month, we’re excited to combine online thrills and live-action adrenaline rushes to bring you Deepstacks Challenge and the $150K PocketFives Open.
Deepstacks Challenge Satellites Now Running
How deep are you willing to go to pocket your share of $50,000? With the Deepstacks Challenge satellite series, you won’t need to reach deep into your pockets at all. From now until July 10th, we’re running satellites for seats in the Deepstacks Challenge $50,000 Guaranteed tournament, set to get underway at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on July 12th. Each satellite takes place nightly at 8pm and guarantees to pay out at least one seat in the live tournament.
Borgata poker players have been left with an interesting choice since BorgataPoker.com went live last November.
Do I get dressed, hit the Borgata Poker Room and stare down the guys I’m going to be winning from? Or, do I just relax at home, order in some pizza and play online all night and stare down some avatars?
Well, here’s a chance at the best of both Borgata poker worlds. Introducing the Borgata Poker Deep Stacks Challenge, which combines live play in the Borgata Poker Room with online play at BorgataPoker.com.
Borgata is also bringing back the Leaderboard Promotion, new and improved. Players have a shot at a free $3,500 value seat to the Borgata Poker Open Championship in September to the leaderboard winner. The series includes 14 different tournaments from July 7 to July 20.
You can never be completely sure when a poker celeb is going to show up in the Borgata Poker Room. From James Woods to Brad Garrett and Michael Phelps—not to mention virtually every poker pro you’ve ever heard of—celebs have always been seen in the poker room grinding away.
But here’s a chance to know when the celebs will be there as former NFL’er Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton of WFAN sports radio in New York host the WFAN $20,000 Guaranteed Tournament June 6 starting at 11am in the Borgata Poker Room.
The Re-entry, No-limit Hold’em tournament carries a $300 + $40 buy-in and starts players with 20K in chips. Antes kick in at Level 5 and levels last 30 minutes. Get structure here.
On-Site Registration begins Friday, June 6 from 9am until the end of Level 6. Re-entries are allowed through Level 6.
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.
May is shaping up to be a huge month for tournament events in the Borgata Poker Room. Or should we say a deep month, as in deep stacks?
All grinders like to see a big stack of chips in front of them, especially at the start of a tournament (and even more so at the end of a tournament).
Well, next week, starting Monday, May 12, your greatest deep-stack dreams will be answered as Borgata presents a six-day, Deep Stacks Challenge. That’s six days of deep stacks (25,000 in tournament chips), deeper stacks (35,000 in chips) and deepest stacks (40,000 in chips).