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Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is a hotel, casino, and spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. The casino hotel features 2,002 rooms and is the largest hotel in New Jersey. Borgata opened in July 2003 and is the top-grossing casino in Atlantic City.
|Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa|
Borgata and The Water Club
|Location||Atlantic City, NJ 08401-194|
|Address||1 Borgata Way|
|Opening date||July 2, 2003|
|No. of rooms||2,767|
|Total gaming space||161,000 sq ft (15,000 m2)|
|Permanent shows||Borgata Comedy Club|
|Signature attractions||Borgata Poker Room|
|Notable restaurants||Bobby Flay Steak|
Old Homestead Steakhouse
|Owner||MGM Resorts International|
|Renovated in||2005, 2007, 2011|
Borgata was part of a major project in Atlantic City nicknamed "The Tunnel Project", started around 1999. When Steve Wynn planned the Le Jardin in Atlantic City, he wanted to connect a $330 million 2.5-mile (4.0 km) tunnel from the Atlantic City Expressway to the new resort, later named the Atlantic City-Brigantine Connector, which would funnel incoming traffic off the Atlantic City Expressway into the city's marina district. This caused major controversy, as it would cut through a residential neighborhood; competitor Donald Trump sued Wynn for it saying that it was a "driveway" to Wynn's casino. The Tunnel Project did progress, even after Le Jardin was cancelled, and finally opened in 2001.
Borgata opened on July 2, 2003, at 11:45 pm, as a joint venture between MGM Mirage and Boyd Gaming. The main tower - the third tallest building in Atlantic City - is visible from many miles away due to its facade of reflective gold glass. The firms Marnell Corrao Associates of Las Vegas, and Philadelphia’s Bower Lewis and Thrower Architects (BLT) worked on the project.
In late 2005 and early 2006, Borgata underwent a $200 million casino and retail expansion, and the new wing opened in June 2006. As part of the expansion, Borgata installed a poker room, the largest in Atlantic City. In June 2008, Borgata opened its second hotel, The Water Club.
In early 2010, it was reported that MGM Mirage might sell its ownership share in Borgata. On March 12, 2010, MGM Mirage announced it would sell its stake in Borgata and stop doing business as a gaming licensee in New Jersey. On March 17, 2010, MGM Mirage announced that the New Jersey Casino Control Commission (CCC) approved the settlement agreement between the Company and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under which the Company would sell its 50% ownership interest in the Borgata.
MGM agreed in May 2016 to purchase Boyd's 50 percent stake in the Borgata for $900 million in cash and assumed debt. MGM then sold the property to its affiliated real estate investment trust for $1.18 billion and leased it back. The sale to MGM Resorts was completed in August 2016.
The 161,000-square-foot (15,000 m2) casino floor offers about 4,000 slot machines, 180 table games, and 50 poker tables. Borgata’s poker program features daily tournaments and high-stake tournaments in conjunction with the World Poker Tour. For weekly events, buy-ins range from $30 to $1,000, but the hotel also hosts other major events throughout the year. The Borgata also has a sportsbook called the Race & Sports Book that offers sports betting.
Borgata has extensive online gambling operations.
In August 2018, Borgata launched a mobile sports betting app, PlayMGM. It was the second such app to launch in New Jersey's history.
In 2009, a player at the casino broke records at the craps tables, rolling a pair of dice 154 times continuously without throwing a seven. Patricia Demauro, a New Jersey grandmother, had a lucky streak which lasted four hours and 18 minutes, breaking the world records for the longest craps roll and the most successive dice rolls without "sevening out."
The Main Tower at Borgata stands 431 ft. tall and contains 1,997 guest rooms and suites. It was opened in conjunction with Borgata in 2003.
The Water ClubEdit
The Water Club is a 38-story, $400 million boutique hotel connected to Borgata. Built in 2008, it features 800 guestrooms and suites; Immersion, a two-story spa on the 32nd floor, 18,000 square feet of meeting and event space, three residences, five pools (indoor and outdoor), and retail shops.
Borgata Event CenterEdit
The Borgata Event Center is the main music venue for the resort. The capacity is 2,400.
The venue can be converted into the Borgata Ballroom, a special events center for formal dinners, receptions, training, or business presentations. It has a capacity of 3,200 (theatre) and 1,700 (banquet).
Borgata Festival ParkEdit
Opened in 2015, the Borgata Festival Park, an outdoor venue, is used during the summer months and has a capacity of 4,500.
Borgata Music BoxEdit
The Borgata Music Box is a versatile venue used for music and comedy acts. The capacity is 1,000. It converts to the Borgata Theater, a private venue designed for meetings and presentations. The theater is designed for crystal clear sound. Capacity 1,000. In 2013, comedian Lewis Black performed his ninth stand-up comedy special at the Borgata Music Box.
Boxing and Mixed Martial ArtsEdit
Boxing and mixed martial arts matches are held at the casino.
Borgata's spa, named Spa Toccare, is a 54,000-square-foot (5,000 m2) spa with a salon, a barbershop, a fitness center, and an indoor pool.
In popular cultureEdit
The Borgata appears in multiple popular culture works, such as:
- The Borgata has been featured three times on the TruTV series Impractical Jokers, in the Season 3 episodes, "Look Out Below", "The Great Escape", and "Fe-Mail"
- The Real Housewives of New Jersey held its Season 2 reunion there in 2010 and its Season 4 reunion there in 2012.
- The hotel and the club mur.mur. were featured in The Real World: New York (Season 21), wherein the roommates from Brooklyn took a road trip to Atlantic City.
- The hotel, casino, the restaurant Izakaya and club mur.mur were featured in The Real Housewives of New York City (Season 7), wherein all the ladies left New York City for a girls weekend retreat for Ramona Singer's birthday.
- The casino scenes in The Sopranos episode, "Chasing It" (2007), were filmed at the Borgata.
- Gurbir S. Grewal, (May 22, 2019). "DGE Announces 1st Quarter 2019 Results" (PDF). State of New Jersey.
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- "MGM may exit Atlantic City". LVRJ.
- "MGM Mirage to sell Atlantic City casino stake". The Associated Press. March 12, 2010.
- "Settlement Agreement Approved in New Jersey MGM MIRAGE to Sell Interest in Borgata Hotel & Casino". phx.corporate-ir.net.
- Parry, Wayne (September 10, 2014). "New Jersey lets MGM keep half of Borgata casino". Las Vegas Sun. AP. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
- Heitner, Darren. "MGM Buys Boyd Gaming's Share Of Borgata For $900 Million". Forbes. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- Morris, J.D. (May 31, 2016). "Boyd Gaming selling its stake in the Borgata to MGM". Vegas Inc. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
- Parry, Wayne (August 1, 2016). "Boyd Gaming finishes sale of its half of NJ's Borgata casino". Las Vegas Sun. AP. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
- "Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa a Fan Favorite Among East Coast Poker Rooms". All In Magazine. November 18, 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
- "Sports Betting & Off-Track Wagering In NJ". Borgata. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
- "Brandon Shane MOved to NJ to Play Online Poker". PokerNews.com. September 2016.
- "Borgata Casino Launches Mobile NJ Sports Betting Through PlayMGM". Play USA. 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
- Michael Kaplan (October 3, 2017). "Patricia Demauro - the woman who broke craps world records". 888casino. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
- Claire Suddath (May 29, 2009). "Holy Craps! How a Gambling Grandma Broke the Record". Time Magazine. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
- Wittkowski, Donald. "10 years later, Borgata still Atlantic City's top casino". The Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
- "Undisputed Middleweight Champion Bernard Hopkins Announces First Official Fight Card Under Golden Boy East Banner; Company Forms Alliance With Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City". theborgata.com. Retrieved 2019-03-24.
- "Gerard Butler Inspires OMG Press Release of the Week". Zagat. March 11, 2010. Archived from the original on January 24, 2018.