The World Poker Tour announced this week the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City will host a second WPT event this season, the Borgata Poker Classic. The new tournament is scheduled from January 29 to February 1, 2006. The event brings the total number of WPT stops to 17 in it's 4th season.
The Borgata Poker Classic is the final event of the 2006 Borgata Winter Poker Open, an 11-day tournament that starts on January 20, 2006. The tournament consists of nine No Limit Holdem events and one Limit event. Buy-ins range from $500+$60 to $9,700+$300 for the final WPT Championship event.
The first WPT event earlier this year at the Borgata casino, the Borgata Poker Open, attracted 515 players resulting in a total prize pool of almost five million dollars. The Borgata Poker Open was won by Al Ardebili from Jersey City, who beat a tough final table with poker pros like Daniel Negreanu, Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari, amongst others.
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is the premier poker destination in Atlantic City and it has plans to double the size of it's existing poker room in 2006. Stan Strickland, Borgata's director of poker operations, commented: "As the poker phenomenon continues to gain momentum and Borgata becomes increasingly known as Atlantic City's poker hub, we are thrilled to be hosting yet another high-stakes tournament in conjunction with the World Poker Tour."
The WPT also announced that the Gold Strike Casino Resort will become the exclusive destination for it's annual stop in Tunica at the World Poker Open. The WPO is scheduled from January 19 to 23.
More information on the Borgata Poker Classic, including a detailed tournament schedule, is available at TheBorgata.com