Upcoming Borgata Poker Tournament 2023

posted by NJCosminS
November 15, 2022

There have been some rumors about the Borgata Poker Tournament, but now the poker players in the Northeast finally have some updates. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will host a live major series once again. BetMGM Online Casino Poker and Borgata Online Casino have partnered together to present “The Return” series from January 4-8. There are four great events in Atlantic City for poker players.

“The return of championship poker to Borgata is a long time coming.”

Vincent Alonge Jr -Borgata’s Director of Poker Operations.

Moreover, a live qualifying event will also be available for all poker players. The prize pools for the January tournaments will total over $4 million. On the BetMGM mobile app you will find the full list of qualifiers, with the first one set for November 20. The Borgata Poker Room and Central Conference Center will host all live events for The Return.

Borgata Poker Tournament 2023 – $5 Million Prize Pool

The Borgata’s Main Event takes place from January 4 through January 8. The $5,300 buy-in event features a $3 Million guaranteed prize pool. The event also guarantees a minimum of $1 million to the winner! On January 2, the series will also have a well-liked mystery bounty event. Players that eliminate another player are given an unknown prize. Players can win big with mystery bounties, but until the package is opened, they are unaware of the prize they received. For this competition, the top mystery prize will be worth $250,000. The highlights of the series, as the BetMGM Brand Ambassador Darren Elias mentioned, are:

Darren Elias tweet about The Return, Borgata Poker Tournament.
  • $2,200 NLH Mystery Bounty (Event 1, Jan. 2-3) – $1 M guaranteed
  • $560 NLH Satte Qualifier to Main Event (Event 2, Jan. 3) – 1 in 10 win
  • $5,400 NLH Main Event (Event 3, Jan. 4-8) – $1 M guaranteed
  • $2,100 NLH 1k Bounty (Event 4, Jan. 6-7) – $150,000 guaranteed
  • $1,100 NLH Survivor (Event 5, Jan. 7-8) – $100,000 guaranteed

Online Satellites & Buy-ins for Borgata Poker Tournament 2023

Players will now have the opportunity to access the Borgata Poker Tournament through online satellites in addition to the live qualifications. Online registration for the Main Event is open between December 1 and December 31. All events’ in-person registration will start on January 1 in the Borgata Poker Room. Players can sign up through the Borgata Poker app, according to the Borgata website. Moreover, players can now enter for a lower price thanks to the Borgata online satellites. 

“BetMGM recognizes the strong legacy of tournaments at Borgata and is thrilled to collaborate with the team to bring online qualifiers to ‘The Return. In the upcoming months, we look forward to offering online poker players various ways to qualify for this momentous event which will kick off 2023 with a bang!”

Luke Staudenmaier – Director of Poker, BetMGM

Borgata Players Reactions

The players shared some mixed reactions on social media regarding the Borgata Poker Tournament 2023. One of them, Zach Gruneberg, showed his excitement about the tournament, saying: “Been waiting for Borgata to come back since COVID. I’ve always considered it my home casino even though I’m a little over four hours away. I’ve been very lucky historically at Borgata and I’m excited to be back playing with home field advantage.”  

On the other hand, there were some players that were not pleased. On Twitter, a player named John Ferguson expressed his concern regarding the tournament prices, tweeting:  “Agreed. NOT the smartest move to have just the main event… at $5,000 no less! Bring back the 2-3 week Borgata Poker Open series with a variety of NLH and mixed games.”


The gambling community is already buzzing about the Borgata series, which is set to premiere in the following days. The January competitions are expected to have huge fields. According to past events such as the Borgata World Poker Tour, these kinds of events have always attracted a lot of players. The Borgata Poker Tournament “The Return” is one of the most anticipated poker tournaments in 2023 and we’re really excited to see how the event roll-out and how the poker players will receive it.

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