Tuesday, April 08, 2014

AP: Borgata to use new hi-tech chips

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A cheating scandal at an Atlantic City casino poker tournament has led to new security measures being put in place, including high-tech chips.

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa tells The Associated Press it is using new chips for its Spring Open poker tournament.

They are more intricate, have more colors, and include an authentication element that can be checked using ultraviolet light.

Borgata vice president Joe Lupo tells the AP the changes are "very expensive but very necessary."
The casino was forced to suspend an event at its Winter Open in January after suspicions that someone introduced counterfeit chips.

A North Carolina man was arrested on charges including theft and rigging a public contest.

An investigation continues, and $1.5 million in prize money is still on hold.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

WSOP National Championships to be played at Bally's Atlantic City

From Poker News:

The World Series of Poker Circuit, currently in its 10th season, will culminate at the new WSOP-branded Bally’s Atlantic City poker room from May 22-24, 2014 with the fourth-annual National Championship. The tournament will be recorded for future broadcast on ESPN, and will also award a WSOP gold bracelet to the winner.   

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Ante Up: We need to stand strong for poker world

From Ante Up:

That’s part of the game, and it’s part of why we love it so much.
But in the “poker industry,” there is no room for lies or deception. Not even if we cleverly describe them as “bluffs.”
This new year is barely two months old, and we’ve seen counterfeit chips introduced to a major Atlantic City tournament, a poker personality sentenced to probation for what police say was fishing dealer tips out of a toke box with chopsticks and top Scandinavian players’ laptops stolen and infected with a virus that exposes their hole cards online.
We urge the poker community — all of us — to strongly and publicly condemn crimes like these. Doing anything otherwise is a threat to the future of the game we love.
Most us want to see the game of poker expand. We want to see it expand online beyond the three states that allow it. But we face a chorus of opposition that says the game can’t be trusted.

Read the full article from Ante Up here.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Borgata Spring Poker Open and WPT Championship dates

From BorgataPokerBlog.comhttp://www.borgatapokerblog.com/2014/02/borgata-spring-poker-open-and-wpt.html

The 2014 Borgata Spring Poker Open has its official dates and will run from April 8 to April 26 in the Borgata Poker Room and Borgata’s other tournament facilities.

The full schedule, including the 2014 Spring Poker Open Championship Tournament, has yet to be finalized, but we wanted to get the early word out.

This year’s Borgata Spring Open also marks a first as the World Poker Tour Championship—separate from the Spring Open Championship—will be played at Borgata April 21-26.

The $15,000 + $400 WPT event carries a $5 Million guarantee—the first prize-pool guarantee ever for a WPT Championship.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Borgata online poker to host $50K guaranteed tourneys

The Borgata announced it will host $50K guaranteed tournaments every Sunday at BorgataPoker.com.

The $50K is now held at 5pm Sundays and we’ve changed the blind structure. Levels are 20 minutes and the starting stack is 10K.

Online poker seems to be picking up in New Jersey -- perhaps getting Garden State residents back to prime days of online poker.

Will you playing in this tournament?

Read more about the BorgataPoker.com tournament here.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Borgata poker tourney suspended on suspicion of counterfeit chips

ATLANTIC CITY — A poker tournament at Atlantic City’s Borgata casino has been suspended while state casino regulators investigate whether someone used counterfeit chips.
Joe Lupo, the casino’s senior vice president, says its first tournament has been suspended for 24 hours as the state Division of Gaming Enforcement investigates.

Read the full story from the Associated Press.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Caesars AC may not host WSOPC National championship: Ante Up

Ante Up is reporting that Caesars in Atlantic City may not host the WSOP Circuit National Championship that was scheduled in May.

Caesars Atlantic City, which closed its poker room just before the start of 2014, will not host its usual World Series of Poker Circuit stop in the spring. But this also means the location of the WSOPC National Championship, which was scheduled to be at Caesars AC in May, is in doubt.
Read the full story from Ante Up here.

Golden Nugget poker rake-free in January

The Golden Nugget will be going rake-free in its poker room through the end of January, according to NorthJersey.com.

“This isn’t a gimmick,” om Pohlman, executive vice president and general manager of Golden Nugget Atlantic City, told NorthJersey.com. “We want to give everyone a chance to come down and see the new room, and discover why they should be playing poker here.”
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