Borgata Poker: Independent Review and New Player Guide

Everything an online poker player needs to know about Borgata’s New Jersey poker room, and how it stacks up to the competition.

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Borgata Poker, New Jersey

Reasons to choose Borgata Poker:
  • Shares the same player pool as partypoker, so you have the best selection of cash games and tournaments in the state.
  • The best no deposit bonus in New Jersey—$10 instant cash + $10 bonus.
  • A brand you can trust, with support for instant deposit and withdrawals at the Cage in the Borgata casino.
  • Different promotions that run every month often give back lots in extra bonuses, sweetening the VIP program.

New Player Bonuses and Incentives

No deposit bonus: $10 free money + $10 easy-to-clear bonus

If you want to try online poker in New Jersey without making a deposit, Borgata has the best offer in NJ: $10 cash free, plus another $10 bonus.

To claim your free money, just sign up and verify your account. $10 will be added to your account balance, and $10 will go in your bonus account. The free $10 you can use immediately to play any poker games you wish. The only stipulation is that you earn one rewards point (i.e. pay just 50c in rake) to withdraw the bonus.

The other $10 is in the form of a poker bonus—you need to earn 40 iRPs (that is, pay $20 in rake) for the bonus to be “released” into your main account. Once released, it is your money to play with or cash out.

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Deposit match bonus: 100% up to $600 gives 50% rakeback

Borgata’s $600 first deposit match bonus isn’t the biggest offer around, but is among those with the best terms—you get effectively 50% rakeback as you clear the bonus thanks to the low wagering requirement to release the bonus.

The only downside is you only have 45 days to do it, which is less than other sites—so you need to get your grind on! To maximize the bonus, you need to rake an average of $26.27 a day for 45 days.

One big plus is that as you play, you’ll also be working towards up the VIP ladder. You should be able to make Silver tier in your first month, giving you an extra 8% rakeback.

Sign up and deposit today to claim your bonus up to $600 »

Or compare Borgata’s deposit match bonus with its competitors »

VIP Program

Borgata’s bare VIP program is not the best, but most players should be able to get 8-10% cashback without too much difficulty. Add on the frequently generous promotions that Borgata runs each month, and high volume players will find a good home at Borgata.

How it works: In the My Borgata iRewards program, players accrue points, called iRPs, as they play in poker and casino games. At poker cash and tournaments, you earn 2 iRPs for every dollar paid in rake.

All players are automatically started on the entry level—Red Label—and as they earn more points they move up in tiers. There are four monthly tiers and one quarterly tier. iRPs can be spent in the store on various items, including instant cash, poker bonuses, satellite and tournament buy-ins, hotel stays, electronics, and more.

While instant cash is tempting, and casino trips and electronics may attract some, for most people the best deal in the store is cash bonuses. Though you have to play poker to “release” these bonuses, you also continue to accrue points for your next bonus, so this play is basically “free” for long-term players.

The table below and rakeback percentages are based on a player using points to buy these bonuses.

Tiers

Status Points Rake/month Rake/Day Rakeback
Red Label (Everyone) - - 2%
Red Label Plus 150 $75 $2.41 4%
Silver Label 650 $325 $10.48 8%
Black Label 2500 $1250 $40.32 11.01%
Black Label Elite (Quarterly) 15,000 $7500 $82.19 15.02%

Deposit Methods

Depositing money into your online poker account at Borgata Poker is simple and easy. Instant Checks are a great way to fund your online poker account. The money is move directly from your checking account to your online poker account in minutes, and in most cases there are no fees.

Online Banking Transfers are also available. This method is also quick and easy, however there can be fees associated with this method.

Borgata Poker also accepts Visa and MasterCard, but reports of people trying to use these cards have not been promising. Visa cards are readily declined, and even though MasterCard has been a much better success rate, other proven methods to deposit into your online poker account are available.

Using a Borgata Online Prepaid Card is another way that you can get money into your online poker account. However there are fees associated with this deposit method.

Borgata poker also accepts NETELLER and Skrill. So, if you have a NETELLER or Skrill account or, if you desire a degree of separation between your bank account in your online poker account, this method could be right for you. Note: there are fees associated with this deposit method.

Or, if you just like to deal in cash you can stop by the Borgata personally and make a deposit at the casino cage.

Need more info? Learn more about how to deposit at New Jersey online poker rooms with our free guide.

Withdrawal Methods

When it’s time to withdraw your winnings, the fastest, easiest, and most cost-effective way is by using Instant Checks. In an instant, your money will be transferred back to your checking account with no fees incurred.

Since Borgata accepts NETELLER and Skrill, you can withdraw your funds directly to those accounts as well.

You can also withdraw your money to your Borgata Online Prepaid Card. From there you can access your money via ATMs, or spend it on purchases anywhere Discover is accepted.

You can also pick up your money right at the Borgata. Just process the transaction through the online poker client and you can pick up your cash right at the cage.

You can also have a paper check mail to you at the address that you have on file when you opened your online poker account.

Still confused? You can learn more about withdrawing money from New Jersey online poker rooms in our exclusive guide.

Software Platforms

At Borgata you can play online poker from almost any device including:

  • Desktop Computer
  • Laptop
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Android Phone
  • Android Tablet

You can even play on your Mac with their browser-based online poker client.

December 11, 2014
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