Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

Press photo, October 2010

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will once again prove why it’s considered one of the premiere poker destinations in the country, when it hosts the Borgata Spring Poker Open Tuesday, April 2 to April 19.

The fourth annual spring open will feature 53 events culminating with the Borgata Spring Open Championship April 14 to 18, which offers a little spin on some of the casino’s other championship events. The $2,500 game is a Double Play, which offers players the opportunity to play April 14, and if they bust out, they can re-enter and play on April 15.

The championship game, which includes $30,000 in tournament chips for each player, offers a guaranteed $1 million prize, but if past Borgata tournaments have proved anything, it’s that the guarantee will certainly be greatly exceeded.

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“After an extremely successful 2012 poker season and a record-breaking 2013 Winter Poker Open, we are excited to be ushering in our fourth annual Borgata Spring Poker Open,” says Senior Vice President of Operations Joe Lupo. “As the leading poker destination on the East Coast, we look forward to continuing to offer an unrivaled product and experience to our customers.”

The 110-table open will begin with a two-starting-day $500,000 guaranteed Deepstack No Limit Hold ’Em tournament, but there will be a variety of events offered throughout the open, including 6-Hand Max No Limit, H.O.R.S.E., Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha events, as well as qualifier, bounty and survivor events.

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Easter at Revel

Revel will get into the Easter spirit this weekend with its first Eggcellent Egg Hunt Weekend Friday through Easter Sunday.

The $2.5 billion casino’s holiday event encourages guests to visit various venues throughout Revel to receive stamps for lucky eggs containing prizes that include overnight stays, dining certificates and free slot play.

Each stamp collected will also earn hunters an entry into the grand prize drawing, where one lucky winner will receive the “Spring Renewal” Bask package valued at $1,000. Plus participants who visit all venues will be given an egg containing a prize of a minimum $50 value such as a Luke’s Kitchen & Marketplace gift basket, Bask day passes, restaurant dining certificates, reward dollars, and more.

Egg Hunt stamps may be redeemed at the Revel Card Center and participants must be Revel cardholders.

Sounds fun!

April Fool’s day laughs

Have some laughs on April Fool’s Day on Monday, April 1, as The Comedy Stop Cafe & Cabaret hosts an Amateur Comedy Night Contest to crown the No. 1 fool.

The fast-paced, fun-filled event will be judged on five-minute routines performed in front of a full house at the Comedy Stop, which will offer prizes and surprises, including cash gifts and the title of Top Fool.

All of the fun starts inside club located in The Quarter at the Tropicana Casino and Resort at 7 p.m. for 20 bucks, but if you think you have what it takes to make ’em laugh and be crowned No. 1 fool, email your name, address, phone number and date of birth to or call the Comedy Stop for more information at 609-340-8144.

You have to be 18 years old to participate and you will be contacted by phone to participate in a semifinal audition on Sunday, March 31.

Prizes start at $100, and the winner takes home 300 bucks plus a performance during a regular Comedy Stop show during the year. And who knows? Maybe a regular gig. And I will be a judge to keep things even livelier.

Revel room offer

If you want to just relax this weekend, Revel is offering a relaxing Transformation for Two package through Sunday, March 31, that is the ultimate indulgence.

For $579, guests receive an ocean room, 60-minute True Facial at Bask for two,

60-minute Fusion Massage at Bask for two, two drinks at the O2, plus $50 in-room breakfast credit.

Welcome back

Edward Batten, a great culinary professional and cheerleader for Atlantic City, recently returned to the city by accepting the position of executive director of food and beverage for Resorts Casino Hotel.

If his name sounds familiar, it should. As director of food service and executive chef at Harrah’s Resort, he helped open, conceptualize and design Harrah’s Waterfront Buffet and Viking Cooking School, while also overseeing all of its restaurants, including the opening of the former Polistina’s and helping rebrand its steakhouse.

He also served as director of food and beverage and hospitality at Harrah’s Chester, rebranding concepts there and overhauling its entire food and beverage programs, including luring Tony Luke’s cheesesteaks to the property.

“It’s an exciting time to be back in Atlantic City,” Batten says. “Hopefully, the worst is behind the market and there are many great things to come, particularly at Resorts, where I am excited to be part of the team.”

Batten will certainly have his hands full as Resorts will open a food court as well as a Margaritaville-themed bar inside the casino to complement the Margaritaville project that will debut this spring.


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