Thursday, May 15, 2014

New lawsuit in Borgata poker scandal

From The Press of Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY – An alleged cheating scandal during the 2014 Winter Open poker tournament at the Borgata casino has led to a second lawsuit.
Six poker players have filed a lawsuit, alleging that the casino did not properly monitor and run the tournament and that the payout to remaining players after the tournament was halted was insufficient.
The suit alleges that Lusardi was able to enter fake chips into play because the casino had moved some tables to an overflow room that was not properly monitored.
A state investigation found that Borgata properly monitored the tournament and was not at fault. 

Read the rest of the story here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Big summer ahead for Bally's new WSOP-themed poker room

From Casino City Times:

Early on a Thursday afternoon in late April, the new World Series of Poker room at Bally's Atlantic City's Wild Wild West casino felt a bit empty. The 42-table room, which also features a large section for tournaments and an additional, closed-off "high limit" area, had six live cash games running. It was quiet.
To its credit, the WSOP room has remained fluid since it opened in late February.
"The traffic's been pretty steady," said Dan Morelli, who manages poker for Caesars Entertainment's Atlantic City properties. "We don't go dark at all, and our weekend tournaments are starting to gain some traction."

Check out the rest of the Casino City Times story here.

It would be nice to see the poker scene in Atlantic City come back to life, but a number of rooms have shut down over the last year, and the Pennsylvania market has taken a big chunk out of Atlantic City. Summers may be good because there are more people in AC, but it's hard to think that the casinos will ever bounce back.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Kevin Stammen wins WPT Championship

From the Borgata Blog:
Kevin Stammen took home his biggest payday ever winning the WPT Championship and $1.3 million. Stammen, of Coldwater, Ohio and no stranger to the Borgata Poker Room, runs his total tournament winnings to $3.6 million.
To see the full story and the final table, click here.

Borgata to host 2014 WPT Championship

From Tight Poker:
The World Poker Tour (WPT) 2014 Championship will be played at Atlantic City for the first time. For the past 12 years, the Las Vegas based Bellagio casino used to host it, but this year, it will be played in New Jersey’s Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.
Tom Ballance, president of the Borgata, said: “With online gaming and the popularity of the Borgata brand, the center of gravity of poker is moving to New Jersey.” The WPT’s decision to shift venues does indicate that Atlantic City has become more popular after the Garden State legalized online gambling in Nov 2013. Most of the gambling companies that sponsor professional live poker events have partnered with land casinos in Atlantic City. Party Poker is the host of the WPT 2014 Championship event, and, which is a partner of Borgata’s online gambling site, owns the company. 

Read the rest of the story from Tight Poker here.

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.com

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

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 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

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

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Borgata COO says Internet gaming not a threat to casinos

Borgata COO Tom Ballance appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box to discuss online gaming in New Jersey.

Internet betting is not a threat to brick-and-mortar casinos, Ballance argued. "When we match up databases, the great majority of players who were playing online have not been to Borgata in well over a year. And the vast majority have made fewer than two trips in the past year. So it's a different customer."
There's also a different demographic for the online gambler, he contended. "It skews more male than the conventional brick-and-mortar customer."
Answering critics who say Internet gaming makes it too easy to bet since gamblers don't have to leave their homes, Ballance said: "Online we actually have more controls. ... You don't extend credit online. You've got to fund your account somehow ... through your checking account or through a credit card."
Read the rest of the story and watch the video here.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

76ers, Devils sign online gaming deal

From the Associated Press:

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA and the New Jersey Devils of the NHL have become the first major U.S.-based professional teams to sign a sponsorship deal with an online gambling company.
Scott O'Neil, the chief executive of the Josh Harris-owned teams, and Norbert Teufelberger, the chief executive of digital entertainment that operates PartyPoker, confirmed the multi-year agreement in a statement Wednesday night.

Read the rest of the article on ESPN here.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

PokerStars: Atlantic Club Casino closing could have been avoidable

The sale and shutdown of The Atlantic Club Casino was announced last week. The casino opened in 1980, but it’s going to shutter its doors on Jan. 13.

PokerStars worked last year to buy the casino for $15 million, but the casino owners canceled it in April when it did not get approval quickly enough.

Eric Hollreiser, Head of Corporate Communications for PokerStars, comments on the situation on the company's blog on Tuesday.

It's always sad when hard-working people lose their jobs, especially during the holiday season. This is particularly sad, though, because it simply didn't have to happen.
At this time last year, PokerStars reached an agreement that would secure a new future for the casino, save the jobs of 1,800 employees and inject new blood, new technology and new finances into the Atlantic City casino economy.
It was a leap of faith and commitment of significant investment for PokerStars to do this considering there was not yet an online bill in New Jersey and we faced a challenging regulatory approval process. Nevertheless, in good faith we immediately began funding the Atlantic Club operations, which provided the current owners with a lifeline and secured jobs in the dark days following Hurricane Sandy and the seasonally slow winter months.
As spring approached, the economic prospects for the Atlantic Club appeared to brighten even more with the newly-enacted iGaming legislation and the promise of summer tourism business on the horizon. That's when the casino's then-owners gambled with their employees' future. In hopes that the improved economic picture could lead to more rewards for them they walked away from our contract rather than wait another few months for the regulatory approval process to be completed.
Now, the Atlantic Club will be stripped for parts and its employees will be put out onto the boardwalk in search of new jobs in 2014.
PokerStars does not share the vulture-like management practices that led to the coming job losses and disappointment of thousands of people in New Jersey with the closure of the Atlantic Club. Instead, PokerStars will continue to pursue our goals and remain confident that we will have a strong presence and positive economic impact in the American market in 2014, whether that is in New Jersey or another state seeking the benefits of being home to a world-class online gaming company.

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