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Borgata Set For Winter Open Poker Tournament

Though poker might not be the highest revenue generating game for the casino – that’s the slot machines—it’s a game that has sparked the most interest both on and off the casino floor. In Atlantic City – the United States’ second largest gaming market-- the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has made a major play to capture card players knowing that they usually wind up spending money elsewhere in the casino resort.

Last summer Borgata opened a major $200 million expansion and part of its expansion was to create the largest poker room in Atlantic City to capture that business. The casino also made a deal with the World Poker Tour to host major events, which are sometimes broadcast on the Travel Channel.

Six months after the debut of its new 85-table poker room, the casino is ready to launch to launch the New Year with its trademark Borgata style and a major two-week long Borgata Winter Open poker tournament starting January 17, 2007, which will culminate with the Borgata Poker Classic, part of the World Poker Tour (WPT), on January 26-30, 2007.

The Borgata Winter Poker Open will mark the World Poker Tour's sixth visit to Borgata. The most recent Borgata Poker Open in September drew a record 540 players with a prize pool over $5,000,000. A virtual who's who of poker stars, the tournament drew such competitors as Michael "The Grinder" Mizrahi, Shannon Shorr, Daniel Negreanu (2004 WPT Player of the Year and winner of the 2004 Borgata Poker Open), Phil "the Unabomber" Laak, Academy-Award nominee Jennifer Tilly, David Williams, Antonio Esfandiari, actress Shannon Elizabeth, David "the Dragon" Pham and Maciek "Michael" Gracz, all vying for the WPT title. However, it was an up and coming amateur from North Carolina named Mark Newhouse, who captured the WPT title and the first-place prize of $1,519,020.

The Borgata's shiny new 21,500 square-foot poker room is home to three major WPT events: Borgata Winter Open/WPT Poker Classic, Borgata Summer Open and the WPT/Borgata Poker Open. The Borgata Poker Room now features an 18-table High Limit Room offering food service; a nine-table tournament area offering bleacher seating for tournament viewing that may be partitioned off as a "reserved" poker area; and a 58-table Main Poker Room offering live poker action. The room is outfitted with over 70 plasma televisions and offers the largest variety of games and limits in Atlantic City. Highlights from 2006 include the first ever Borgata Summer Open, which drew nearly 4,000 entrants and cash prizes totaling $2,517,030; the fourth annual Borgata Poker Open, which drew nearly 10,000 entrants with cash prizes totaling over $10 million; and $50,000 Guaranteed Friday tournaments, a favorite among amateurs and professionals alike.

"At Borgata, we strive to offer our poker players a full destination experience with A-list entertainment, exciting nightlife options, stellar dining, upscale accommodations, a robust poker program and above all, great service," said Larry Mullin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Borgata. "Borgata is excited to partner with the World Poker Tour once again to bring a world-class tournament to Atlantic City and offer our players a unique experience while they are here."

Televised nationally on the Travel Channel and one of the premier stops on World Poker Tour's 17-tournament tour, the Borgata Poker Classic will feature the world's top poker players along with local fan favorites competing in No- Limit Texas Hold'em poker. The buy-in amount is $10,000.

Online reservations are available for Main Events by visiting http://www.theborgata.com/. On-site registration for all events begins Friday, January 12, 2007, and will be available until January 29 at 2PM.

Special hotel room rates are available to tournament players Sunday through Thursday at $100, Friday at $179 and Saturday at $199. Call 1.866. MYBORGATA for more details.

Borgata is a joint venture of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) and MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM) . Located at Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City, it features 2,000 guest rooms and suites, 161,000 square feet of gaming, 200 gaming tables, 4,100 slot machines, 14 destination restaurants, 11 retail boutiques, a 54,000 square foot spa and 70,000 square feet of event space. It’s opening a new hotel tower dubbed The Water Club later this year.

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