Borgata’s $200K Tournament Blemished By Long Lines & Frustrated Players

It wasn’t moderately the Fyre Competition, however Sunday’s $200,000 assured poker event on the Borgata in Atlantic Town used to be marred by means of controversy and pissed off buyers.

The $400 buy-in multi-flight event all over the on line casino’s Presidents Day mini-series kicked off with Day 1a at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. A 2nd Day 1 consultation used to be scheduled for 7 p.m. with the Day 2 restart at midday on Monday.

Since COVID-19, the Northeast has executed with out many main poker occasions. Avid gamers within the house have been passionate about having a chance to compete in a six-figure assured event within New Jersey’s most well liked card room. So, they confirmed up in droves on Sunday morning, however the on line casino wasn’t ready to house the call for.

Whilst Borgata has an extended historical past within the poker global, its skilled team of workers used to be laid off all over the pandemic, with many veterans failing to go back. As such, Borgata used to be, in a large number of tactics, left to rebuild their event choices.

Unfortunate Situation

There were numerous angry players on social media, especially those who stood in line for hours and then were told both Day 1 flights were full. Some showed up as early as 7 a.m. to register. Others arrived a few hours later but still couldn’t even get a seat in the 7 p.m. session.

Poker vlogger and WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Depaulo, who said he wasn’t in attendance, shared a second-hand video of the line that appears to cover most of the large casino.

The first session had over 800 players, but hundreds more were sent home without getting the opportunity to compete. One hopeful player (@HomieSenior on Twitter) wrote that he drove three hours to Borgata and spent the entire weekend at the hotel, but by the time he got through the line his starting stack was only valued at 25 big blinds.

His story was still better than many others who were unable to compete altogether. The line was so long that players near the front were reportedly selling off their spots in line.

What Went Wrong?

As previously mentioned, when Borgata closed during COVID-19 the poker room lost most of its experienced staff. By all accounts, the Sunday tournament was understaffed and there simply weren’t enough dealers and tables available to accommodate high demand. Perhaps, they anticipated a lower turnout, but with the lack of big events in the area the past two years, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise thousands would show up.

Large guarantee tournaments with buy-ins under $2,000 almost always attract massive fields. Many players complained that they had to stand in line to register because MGM Resorts, the company that owns Borgata, didn’t have an online pre-registration option available. If pre-registration were in place like it for World Series of Poker (WSOP) occasions, possibly such problems will have been have shyed away from.

Despite many players failing to get a seat, the tournament itself will still benefit from a massive turnout, meaning the eventual winner should enjoy a nice ROI on their $400 buy-in. Still, poker rooms around the country should take note of the high demand for low-to-mid-stake buy-in tournaments and plan according.

To paraphrase an iconic movie line… if you host it they will come.”

Author: Bradley Watson