$2 Million Live Streamed Opening Event and $3 Million Guaranteed Televised WPT® Championship
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (August 21, 2014) – Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa announced details of its 12th annual Borgata Poker Open tournament series, beginning with a $2 Million Guaranteed Big Stack No Limit Hold’em live streamed event on Tuesday, September 2, and concluding with the televised World Poker Tour ® (WPT®) Borgata Poker Open Championship slated for September 14–19. The $3,500 buy-in Championship No Limit Hold’em event features a guaranteed $3 million prize pool.
For the first time in the history of Borgata poker, the tournament will offer two live streamed broadcasts through the YouTube channel (youtube.com/TheBorgataAC). Final table participants in the $2 Million Guaranteed Opening Event as well as those playing in Event 10; the $1 Million Guaranteed Big Stack No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry will compete live at Borgata with a feed capturing all of the action for audiences worldwide to view.
“We are very excited to introduce our players to two live streaming events as we continue to evolve and enhance our poker program,” said Borgata Senior Vice President of Operations, Joe Lupo. “The advent of our streaming initiative coupled with over $6.6 million in guaranteed prize money will undoubtedly result in yet another tremendously successful Borgata Poker Open.”
The featured WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship has experienced some of the largest fields in the history of the World Poker Tour (1,189 in 2013, 1,181 in 2012 and 1,313 in 2011). Past champions include Benjamin Hamnett, Bobby Oboodi, Dwyte Pilgrim, Olivier Busquet, Vivek Rajkumar, Roy Winston, Mark Newhouse, Al Ardebili, Daniel Negreanu and Noli Francisco. The tournament is the first of four televised WPT events at Borgata during Season XIII and will be filmed from Day 1 through the final table and televised on FOX Sports Net.
In addition to the championship, this year’s 18-day series features a variety of exciting events including Deep Stacks, Six-Max, Bounty, Heads Up, Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha, and HORSE along with the $25,000 Guaranteed Borgata Ladies Championship and the inaugural Mike Sica Memorial Seniors (50+) event. On Saturday, September 13, Borgata will host a special Charity Series of Poker Tournament with proceeds going to the South Jersey Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity Atlantic County Chapter.
Borgata’s online poker site BorgataPoker.com will complement the upcoming tournament series by offering players the chance to compete for seats into the $2 Million Guaranteed Opening Event. Starting on August 24 and running through August 31, nightly satellites will be offered guaranteeing at least two seats into Event #1.
Online reservations for all Borgata Poker Open main events is open now, and will be available 24 hours a day through August 29, by visiting borgatapokeropen.theborgata.com. On-site registration for all Borgata Poker Open events begins Tuesday, September 2.
To view the event schedule or for more information visit borgatapokeropen.theborgata.com and follow all of the action 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; 3,094 slot machines; an 80+ table poker room; 10 retail boutiques; 5 acclaimed fine dining restaurants by renowned chefs; 8 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 market-leading 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. Borgata also offers online gaming within the state of New Jersey through its real-money gaming sites BorgataCasino.com and BorgataPoker.com.
About World Poker Tour
World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 11th season which airs on FSN in the United States. Season XI of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com, a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 35 states across the United States. WPT participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. WPT Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of bwin.party digital entertainment plc. For more information, go to WPT.com.
For more information on Borgata or to obtain a copy of this press release, please visit www.theborgata.com or twitter.com/BorgataAC.
For more information on Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, please contact Brian Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or or 609-317-7160.
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