Borgata Atlantic City, BetMGM To Host Poker Tournament Series

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on November 3, 2022
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High-stakes championship poker will return to Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in January 2023.

Borgata Hotel and BetMGM have teamed up to host “The Return: A Borgata Championship Event,” with $4 million in cash up for grabs.

Starting on Jan. 2, 2023, the event will include four tournament mini-series inside the hotel’s Poker Room and Central Conference Center within seven days.

Vincent Alonge Jr., Borgata’s Director of Poker Operations, said:

“The return of championship poker to Borgata is a long time coming. Borgata is the premier gaming destination on the East Coast, which includes best-in-class poker tournaments.”

What to expect from “The Return”

$3M Championship Tournament

The $5,300 buy-in Championship is The Return’s main event with a guaranteed $3M prize pool. Each participant will compete for a guaranteed $1M first prize with no payout structure adjustments. The action begins on Jan. 4, with the final table taking place on Jan. 8.

$1M Mystery Bounty event

Borgata will host its first-ever Mystery Bounty event on Jan. 2, with $1,000,000 in guaranteed bounties. Mystery Bounty events allow players to win big by drawing a Mystery Bounty envelope, including the main prize of $250,000. Instead of a standard bounty, players draw Mystery Bounties immediately after eliminating another player.

Borgata Bounty and Super Survivor Event

Borgata will host two more guaranteed events between Jan. 6 and Jan. 8. Players can take part in one or both of the following events:

  • $1,000 Borgata Bounty Event
  • $10,000 Super Survivor Event

The poker room will also host multiple live satellites, including a $540+$60 Big Stack No Limit Hold ’em tournament on Jan. 3.

Bringing online qualifiers to “The Return”

Luke Staudenmaier, Director of Poker, BetMGM, said:

“BetMGM recognizes the strong legacy of tournaments at Borgata and is thrilled to collaborate with the team to bring online qualifiers to ‘The Return.’ In the upcoming months, we look forward to offering online poker players various ways to qualify for this momentous event which will kick off 2023 with a bang!”

Early registration available in December

Early tournament registration for the Championship Event and the Mystery Bounty event opens on Dec. 1 through the BetMGM poker app.

In-person sign-ups for all events will begin on Jan. 1 inside the Borgata Poker Room. Poker enthusiasts willing to participate in the tournament must have an MGM Rewards account.

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Katarina Vojvodic is a lead writer for PlayUSA who lives in Toronto. Vojvodic provides coverage of the US gambling industry with a focus on US online casinos. Previously, she covered Ontario’s online gambling industry for PlayCanada.com. Vojvodic holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade. Outside working hours, she can be found near the water with her husband and their two kids.

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