Hitting back at critics in a recent blog post by Borgata Poker, the site defends itself against those who says it is “losing ground” to New Jersey new comer, PokerStars.
With a mix of tournaments, satellites and weekly majors and nightly events, Borgata also offers land-based poker in their casino in Atlantic City—making the company feel very much at home in the Garden State.
“It feels like a familiar home for so many players in New Jersey,” writes Jack Sheffield in the blog post. “That’s true whether they’re playing with Borgata online or saying hello in Atlantic City.”
Proof is in the Pudding
But it’s not all talk from the online poker site—they have the stats to prove they aren’t hiding in PokerStars’ shadow. For instance, recently Borgata’s Sunday nightly $10K guaranteed event saw 144 entries—that grew the prize pool to $14,400. It beat PokerStars’ 7pm $10K tournament that week, which only attracted 127 entrants.
In other good news for the company, April 24 saw BorgataPoker.com’s $50K Sunday Major beat its guarantee with a final prize pool of $54,800. PokerStars also exceeded its guarantee that day.
Players in New Jersey who are fans of re-entry tournaments will have their choice to play in either a tournament limited to one re-entry, a tournament with unlimited re-entries, or both.
Traditionally unlimited re-entries within the late registration period are offered by Borgata’s competitors working in the New Jersey market.
Bolstering their online offering and showing growth is The Garden State Super Series. Run in conjunction with partypoker, the series grew from its October 2015 outing, offering a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million—a $200K rise on the 2015 series.
In a new move this year, Borgata Poker will also be running online satellites for the Main Event of “the world’s richest poker tournament in Las Vegas.” The satellites will be open from May 1 to July 9 with buy-ins starting at $12.50 ($11.50 buy-in + $1.00 fee). 1 in 10 players will win a seat into the Step 2 qualifier.
It promises to be an exciting May over at Borgata with promotions scheduled that will include weekly leaderboard competitions, reload bonuses, and incentives for their Sunday Majors.