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 Bwin.party, which is a partner of Borgata’s online gambling site, owns the company.
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