Borgata Online Poker Room Review
If you’re a poker player and have ever been to Atlantic City, chances are you’ve played poker at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Long recognized as one of the top places to play poker on the east coast, the Borgata has recently partnered up with Bwin.Party to create an online gaming experience in New Jersey to match its casino’s long-standing reputation. Borgata Poker shares a gaming network with NJ Party Poker. This means that while you get to share in the benefits of added liquidity and more games being offered around the clock, you still are offered all the branding, customer support, and promotional offers that Borgata Poker has to offer.
Thanks to recent reinterpretation of federal laws, and new technological advances allowing websites to verify the location of its users via Geo Locating, online poker is now back in full swing in a few US states, including New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. New Jersey, however, is at the forefront of the online poker comeback, thanks in great part to poker.theborgata.com. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has granted the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa an interactive gaming license, and there was no time lost in unveiling its online casino on November 26th, 2013, the very day they were granted access. The new law dictates that the player must be physically present in the state of New Jersey (though permanent residence is not required), and must be over the age of 21 in order to participate in online gaming. By allowing online gaming, the state of New Jersey is hoping to gain some additional tax revenue, meanwhile providing a safe, fun, and regulated gaming experience for those located in New Jersey.
Borgata Poker Bonus and Promotions
Borgata Poker offers a nice little new player bonus, where you receive a $20 bonus just for creating an account at poker.theborgata.com. Upon registering your account, you will receive an instant $10 credit in your account, no deposit or bonus code required, as well as a $10 poker bonus that you can work off by playing real money poker games. They have historically offered a sizeable new deposit matching bonus, so keep your eyes open as the promotions change on monthly basis. During the month of May, Borgata Poker is running a Mega Missions promotion. All you have to do is complete a series of missions by earning progressively more points during the month, and receive progressively larger cash prizes, from $2 up to $1200, for completing each consecutive mission.
Borgata Poker is also currently running a $1000 New Depositor Freeroll promotion where any first-time depositor is automatically given a New Depositor Freeroll Tournament Ticket. All you have to do is deposit money, head to the tournament lobby, open the “New Depositor Freeroll,” and click “Register.” It takes place every Sunday at 5:00pm. No bonus code necessary. Make sure to stop by their Facebook page as well and pick up a secret password that you can use to register for their Facebook Freeroll, with a 1st prize of $25. This freeroll takes place three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 6:00pm.
The Borgata Poker VIP program is a loyalty program that enables you to earn 2 iRewards points for every $1 you spend in poker tournament fees and table charges. There are five levels of loyalty tiers, from Red to Black Label Elite, each level offering you access to different rewards for the remainder of that month, as well as the next. You can spend your points at the My Borgata iRewards store to purchase anything from clothing to electronics to hotel rooms and spa packages. You can also use your points to buy into online tournaments, or satellites for live events.
There are plenty of options for depositing money securely on Borgata Poker. Payment methods include bank transfer (ACH), online banking transfer, Mastercard, Visa, Neteller, Borgata Online Prepaid Card, and, most uniquely, with cash at any cashier window at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. You can withdraw funds from your online account via a cashier window at the Borgata, bank transfer, request a check by mail, Neteller, or your Borgata Online Prepaid Card.
Creating an account is easy, secure, and free. Just go to poker.theborgata.com, click on the “Download” button and follow the on-screen prompts. Once you have completed the installation, Borgata Poker will automatically open. Click on the button to “Create an Account,” fill in the registration form, and you’re all set to play!
Borgata Poker Software
The software for Borgata Poker is provided by bwin.party, the parent company of PartyPoker. The Borgata software is smooth and aesthetically pleasing, offering all the amenities of any good online poker site. Unfortunately, the software is not compatible with Macs, though there are rumors that it is in the works. In the meantime, they do offer a “Play in Browser” option that will run the software in an internet window. A highlight of their software features includes “FastForward” poker, which is their version of the faster, no-waiting game that deals you into a new hand as soon as you fold. They also have a neat single click option that enables multi-tablers to sit out, fold, or post blinds at all their tables at once with a single click. They have anonymous heads-up tables, a “fold and show” feature that allows you to show one or both of your cards after you fold and there is no future betting action, and any multi-tabling tournament player will be glad to know that Borgata Poker has synchronized breaks in its tournaments. They have also launched a mobile app for both iOS and android that enables users on-the-go access to all the features of the Desktop App including easy banking and FastForward poker.
Borgata Poker has a customer support phone number and email address listed on their website. Most importantly in my opinion, they offer 24/7 live chat customer support, which enables you to solve any problems immediately with live support.
Like other major US poker rooms, Borgata Poker is a safe and secure place to play. They use random card generators to ensure that the games are fair, and they have independently audited financial statements to prevent internal dishonesty. As far as playing on their website, gamblers must be 21 years of age or older, and verify their identity and mailing address before being granted access to real money games. All information is sent and stored using banking grade encryption to ensure that your data is secure. They also promise never to sell your data to third parties.
Available Poker Games
Borgata Poker offers a wide variety of tournament structures, including multi-table tournaments, Sit & Go’s, shootouts, one-on-one (where you face your opponents one at a time), knockouts, and rebuys. As of right now, they offer all the standard cash games, such as Limit Hold’em, No-limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, and Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo.
There are frequent tournaments offered at Borgata Poker with buy-ins as low as $1, where you can compete against a dozen players or thousands of players. They run a daily $200 buy-in tournament with a $10k guaranteed prize pool, as well as a Sunday $50k guaranteed with a $200 buy-in. The SNG’s offered at Borgata Poker have buy-ins starting as low as $1.50. These can be fun to play, as all you need to do is sit at a table, and once it fills up, the tournament begins, so no waiting around! You can also play an entire tournament within an hour since there are so few players involved, especially if you sit at one of their Turbo games! The cash games run from $.01/$.02, a great place to begin and hone your skills, all the way up to the nosebleeds. The only drawback to the Borgata cash games is that the rake is unusually high compared to other online sites, especially at the lower stake levels, with a $1 cap on even the $.01/$.02 games, a $3 cap on $.10/.20. They use the standard $3 cap on their $1/$2 games, however, the rake increases from there as you move up stake levels as well, up to $5 at $15/$30 and above.
There is no longer any need to go all the way to Atlantic City to enjoy a poker game now that Borgata has launched its online gaming website in the state of New Jersey. Take advantage of the online promotional offers Borgata Poker has to offer while enjoying all your favorite poker games from the convenience of your own home (or mobile device!). Thanks to the recent regulations, you can now rest assured knowing that your gaming transactions are safe and secure, as well as fully legal within the state borders. With their smooth software and awesome VIP rewards program, it’s a pleasure to play at Borgata Poker. Make sure to give it a try next time you happen to be in New Jersey!