Opening Event Draws 4,482 Entrants, Generates $2,241,000 Prize Pool


ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (September 5, 2013)Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa not only met but exceeded its lofty expectations as it kicked off the Borgata Poker Open tournament series in record-shattering fashion, with 4,482 participants entering into the $2 Million Guaranteed Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em event. The immense turn-out is the largest attendance in the history of East Coast poker, while generating a staggering $2,241,000 in prize money.


Many familiar faces, including Olivier Busquet, were in attendance for Borgata’s inaugural event.  Busquet began his poker career online with Party Poker and Full Tilt and is known as one of the most dominant poker players both online and in live tournaments. 


“I typically play in higher buy-in events, however the tournaments at Borgata are unparalleled with the combination of accessible buy-in and large field size,” stated Busquet, who made his mark at Borgata when he overcame a 20-1 chip disadvantage to win the 2009 Borgata Poker Open Championship. “I plan on playing in the Heads Up and WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship events because I have a good history, feel comfortable and really enjoy being at Borgata.”  


Over the past ten years, the opening event of the Borgata Poker Open has evolved and developed into a must-play for any poker professional or amateur looking to make a name for themselves, as evidence in the sustained years of record-breaking entries (3,705 in September 2012, 3,871 in January 2013 and 4,482 in September 2013).


“Continuing to set attendance records for our poker program is an absolutely incredible feat and a true testament to the structure, service, and overall poker product offered here at Borgata,” said Senior Vice President of Operations, Joe Lupo. “We are thrilled to see more loyal players than ever flocking to the preeminent destination on the East Coast.”


The Borgata Poker Open continues over the next 16 days, culminating with the $3 million guaranteed World Poker Tour® (WPT) Borgata Poker Open Championship, scheduled for September 15-20. The $3,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event is part of the WPT Season XII and will be filmed from Day 1 through the final table and televised on Fox Sports Net.


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





For more information on Borgata, please contact Brian Brennan at brianbrennan@theborgata.com.








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