Borgata Winter Open starts Jan. 17 in Atlantic City

The 2006 Borgata Poker Open was the biggest poker tournament in Atlantic City's history. So how do you keep that kind of momentum going? By starting the next year off with the second annual Borgata Winter Open, a 14-day tournament beginning Jan. 17.

Building on the success of the last open in September - which drew a record 540 players and a prize pool over $5 million - the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa announced it will kick off the New Year with a two-week tourney culminating in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Borgata Poker Classic Jan 26-30.

This will be the WPT's sixth visit to Borgata, with last year bringing the debut of its new, 85-table poker room - the largest in Atlantic City - to the attention of the masses.

Among the pros who took a shot at the 2006 title were David Williams, Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu, but it was relative unknown Mark Newhouse who took the win and the first-place $1.5 million.

This year's Borgata Poker Classic will again air on the Travel Channel as one of the premier stops on the WPT's 17-tournament tour, and will have a buy-in of $10,000.

"Borgata is excited to partner with the World Poker Tour once again," says Larry Mullin, President and COO of the Borgata, "to bring a world-class tournament to Atlantic City and offer our players a unique experience while they are here."

For more information on the upcoming tournament registration or the Borgata itself, visit

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