10th Annual Borgata Poker Open Kicks Off with Record Turnout

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Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa celebrated its decade-long poker series in record-breaking fashion, as the tournament’s $1 Million Guaranteed Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em event experienced the largest attendance in the history of East Coast poker – a record-breaking 3,705 participants entered into event 1 of the Borgata Poker Open, generating $1,852,500 in prize money.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa celebrated its decade-long poker series in record-breaking fashion, as the tournament’s $1 Million Guaranteed Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em event experienced the largest attendance in the history of East Coast poker – a record-breaking 3,705 participants entered into event 1 of the Borgata Poker Open, generating $1,852,500 in prize money.

“I came in early for this event because I absolutely love Borgata; from the accessibility to the structure to the variety of games, everything is done with the utmost priority given to the player and their needs,” said John Racener, poker pro and 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up. “This is without a doubt the largest single-event turnout anywhere on the East Coast. It reminds me of the Sunday Million tournament we used to play online, where you buy-in for $200 and try to beat out thousands of players for that quarter million dollar score.”

“We are absolutely ecstatic with the number of poker participants who came out to our opening event,” said Senior Vice President of Operations, Joe Lupo. “With more properties in the regional market today, this record-breaking single-event turnout really reinforces Borgata’s position as the market leader.”

The Borgata Poker Open continues over the next 15 days, culminating with the $3 million guaranteed World Poker Tour® (WPT) Borgata Poker Open Championship, scheduled for September 16-21. The $3,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event is part of the WPT Season XI and will be filmed from Day 1 through the final table and televised on Fox Sports Net.

Last year’s Borgata Poker Open Championship boasted a record 1,313 entries – one of the largest fields in the history of the World Poker Tour. Past champions include Bobby Oboodi (2011), Dwyte Pilgrim (2010), Olivier Busquet (2009), Vivek Rajkumar (2008), Roy Winston (2007), Mark Newhouse (2006), Al Ardebili (2005), Daniel Negreanu (2004) and Noli Francisco (2003).

On-site registration will be available daily from 8a.m. through midnight for each event. To view the event schedule or more information, visit http://www.theborgata.com and follow all of the action on the Borgata Poker blog at http://www.borgatapokerblog.com/ or on Twitter, @BorgataPoker.

About Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Located at Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa features 2,000 guest rooms and suites; 161,000 square feet of gaming; 182 gaming tables; 3,475 slot machines; an 85-table poker room; 11 retail boutiques; 6 acclaimed fine dining restaurants by renowned chefs; 6 casual dining options; a 54,000 square foot spa; 70,000 square feet of event space; 4 signature nightlife experiences; and parking for 7,100 cars. The resort also features Atlantic City's first cosmopolitan hotel experience, The Water Club at Borgata, with 800 guest rooms and suites; a 36,000 square foot spa; 18,000 square feet of meeting space; 6 designer retail boutiques; and 5 heated indoor and outdoor pools.

For more information on Borgata or to obtain a copy of this press release, please visit http://www.theborgata.com.

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For more information on Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa, please contact Brian Brennan at brianbrennan(at)theborgata(dot)com

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