Poker Craze Still Going Strong in Atlantic City (and The Borgata Casino)

With countless casinos popping across in Pennsylvania and New York, Atlantic City casinos are doing everything they can to maintain their large customer base (gamblers, diners, tourists, etc.)

One selling point casinos offer to bring traffic to their establishment is the poker room. Compared to the other table games, casinos do not make a lot of profit off of these rooms, but poker is a proven method to entice visitors to enter the casino. This strategy leads poker players to other areas of the casino where they can make purchases such as food, hotel stays, and gambling at slot machines and blackjack tables.

Poker games are a staple at all casinos; especially the big ones. This summer, The Borgata is hosting their ‘Borgata Summer Poker Open 2016’, which consists of 20 different poker events between July 12th and July 29th. Buy-ins range from $200-$2,500 which shows just how expensive these games can get. Simply by entering three of the 20 games you’d be spending over $600 in the hopes of winning that back (and more).

The biggest event of the month is their Borgata $1 Million Guaranteed Championship, which is from July 24th until July 28th. This event has a $200 entry fee and a $2,500 buy-in. This may seem like a lot of money (and it is), but it is a drop in the bucket compared to the biggest poker tournaments of all time (the top five all were within the last decade):


  • The 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event had a $82,512,162 prize pool with $12,000,000 going to the first place winner on August 10, 2006 (Jamie Gold).


  • 2010 WSOP Main Event – $68,699,059 prize pool.
  • 2011 WSOP Main Event – $64,531,000 prize pool.
  • 2008 WSOP Main Event – $64,333,600 prize pool.
  • 2014 WSOP Main Event – $62,820,200 prize pool.

Casinos love these events because of the publicity they receive. It creates hype and generates business. Often times casinos provide free perks to incentivize patrons staying longer. This can become troublesome of gambling addicts across the country. The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ) provides hope and resources for affected individuals by providing them with a list of gamblers anonymous meetings in NJ and beyond.

We also offer a 24/7 help line and text line that problem gamblers can utilize at any time. Neva Pryor, Executive Director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, stated; “Our passionate, experienced team members are waiting with open arms to provide a place for gamblers and their families to confidentially discuss their gambling habits and potential treatment options. This applies not just for poker but for also for people who have experienced problems controlling behaviors ranging from fantasy sports to betting on horses.” Whether you’d like to view a listing of gamblers anonymous meetings around Monmouth, NJ, or you need somebody to talk to, feel free to call 1-800-GAMBLER for instant support today.


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