Borgata Winter Poker Open WPT-less…and On Sale!

by , Dec 2, 2008 | 11:07 pm

The World Poker Tour dropped another tournament from its already-trimmed Season 7 schedule, and it just happens to be a player favorite – the Borgata Winter Poker Open. Even players who hate Atlantic City love the Borgata, and while the other event stayed on the schedule in September, the January tourney is no longer a WPT event.

A press release from the Borgata noted that the main event is now a $3,000 buy-in, reduced from the going WPT rate of $10,000. Thus, the drop from the WPT schedule could have been a result of indicators that player turnout would be low. Economy? Damn right.

Almost all major tournaments, with the exception of the WSOP main event, have been lower in 2008, the most sad embarrassing obvious was the 2008 U.S. Poker Championships in September that only brought 52 players to the $10K main event, as compared to 164 players in 2007 and 261 players in 2006. Turns out that when the lights and cameras go away, not to mention people’s IRAs, stocks, and day jobs, people are less willing to plunk down $10K for a poker tourney.

So, if you want a WPT title, you won’t be getting it at the Borgata next month. There are other choices, however, like the Five Diamond event coming up at Bellagio, which will cost you a mere $15K to enter. The rest of the revised WPT Season 7 schedule can be viewed by clicking this handy link below:

Dear Friend of WPT,

Below please find the updated World Poker Tour Season VII tournament schedule for 2009. We will be kicking off the post-holiday season with the following listed tournaments.

1. Southern Poker Championship at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS
a. January 14th – 17th, 2009
b. 12pm Start Time
c. January 17th Final Table

2. Los Angeles Poker Classic (LAPC) at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, CA
a. February 21st – 26th, 2009
b. 12pm Start Time
c. February 26th Final Table

3. The WPT Celebrity Invitational at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, CA
a. February 28th – March 2nd, 2009
b. TBA
c. March 2nd Final Table

4. Bay 101 Shooting Star at Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, CA
a. March 16th – 20th, 2009
b. 10:45am Start Time
c. March 20th Final Table

5. Foxwoods Poker Classic at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT
a. April 4th – 9th, 2009
b. 12pm Start Time
c. April 9th Final Table

6. WPT World Championship in Bellagio in Las Vegas, NV
a. April 18th – 25th, 2009
b. 12pm Start Time
c. April 25th Final Table


6 Comments to “Borgata Winter Poker Open WPT-less…and On Sale!”


  1. Poker Shrink
    says:

    The “other” Borgata event stayed on the schedule in September because it’s already over. The real question is are there going to be any events on the 2009-10 schedule, not any Borgata events.. any events at all? There is now a near zero revenue stream from the tv shows, other than ego what would motivate WPT to try it again?


  2. California Jen
    says:

    But Shrink, I don’t think the other Borgata event has a particularly bad turnout. Sure, it was down from last year, but not horribly.

    That 2009-10 schedule will tell it all. But since we don’t even know when the current season will air on TV, I doubt we’ll hear about the next season anytime soon.


  3. DanM
    says:

    Perhaps most shocking is that you get “Friend of WPT” status. I don’t even get their press releases any more!


  4. California Jen
    says:

    Yeah, I think I’m being shunned from WPT press releases as well. I only got this because I specifically inquired about the Borgata event being off the schedule. I got no personal response to that – only the “friend” e-mail. Haha.


  5. Dan
    says:

    Will the Borgata Poker Open still hold its lesser buy-in events? If so, has a schedule been posted anywhere? I have been looking all over this internet thing and can’t find any answers.


  6. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    The Borgata Poker Open was in September. The Borgata Winter Open schedule (with its corresponding lower buyins) can be found at http://tinyurl.com/borgatawinteropen