Championship Poker Tournament to Offer $3 Million Guaranteed with $1 Million Top Prize

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (November 1, 2022) – High-stakes championship poker returns to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in 2023. Borgata and BetMGM present "The Return: A Borgata Championship Event." Four tournaments will take place within seven days inside the Poker Room and Central Conference Center starting on January 2nd, 2023.   

"The return of championship poker to Borgata is a long time coming," said Vincent Alonge Jr., Borgata’s Director of Poker Operations. "Borgata is the premier gaming destination on the East Coast, which includes best-in-class poker tournaments." 

Boasting a $5,300 buy-in, the Championship Tournament begins on Wednesday, January 4th, and Thursday, January 5th. The event will feature a guaranteed prize pool of $3,000,000, with players competing for a guaranteed $1,000,000 first-place prize with no payout structure adjustments. The final table will be on Sunday, January 8th. 

BetMGM will offer a host of online qualifiers, with Borgata Poker hosting multiple in-person qualifiers leading up to "The Return," including a $540+$60 Big Stack No Limit Hold’Em tournament on Tuesday, January 3rd. Players can find details on future online qualifiers on the BetMGM poker platform. Details on additional qualifiers will be announced online and through the Borgata Poker Twitter page @BorgataPoker.  

"BetMGM recognizes the strong legacy of tournaments at Borgata and is thrilled to collaborate with the team to bring online qualifiers to ’The Return,’" said Luke Staudenmaier, Director of Poker, BetMGM. "In the upcoming months, we look forward to offering online poker players various ways to qualify for this momentous event which will kick off 2023 with a bang!"

Borgata will host two additional guaranteed events on Friday, January 6th through Sunday, January 8th: a $1,000 Borgata Bounty Event and a $10,000 Super Survivor Event. Tournament room rates are available for players participating in The Return, based on availability.

On January 2nd, Borgata will shuffle up and deal for its first-ever Mystery Bounty event with $1,000,000 in guaranteed bounties. Mystery Bounty events allow players to win big by drawing a Mystery Bounty envelope with a top prize of $250,000. Instead of a standard bounty, players draw Mystery Bounties immediately after eliminating another player.

Early tournament registration for the Championship Event and the Mystery Bounty event opens on Thursday, December 1st, through the BetMGM poker app. In-person sign-ups for all events will begin on January 1st inside the Borgata Poker Room. Poker enthusiasts must have an MGM Rewards account to participate in the tournament.

For more information about “The Return” and all other poker events, visit the poker section of


About Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa 

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is an MGM Resorts Luxury Destination and market-leading casino resort, offering an unparalleled travel and entertainment experience on the East Coast. Features and amenities include 2,000 luxurious hotel rooms and suites; 106,000 square feet of meeting and event space; 161,000 square feet of gaming space; 2,400-seat Event Center; 900-seat Music Box theater; Premier Nightclub; two race and sports books; 11 retail boutiques; 13 fine dining and casual restaurants; Spa Toccare, connected to an indoor pool and adjacent outdoor garden; a Roman-style outdoor pool and Borgata Beer Garden. The Water Club at Borgata features 800 guestrooms and suites; Immersion Spa, a two-story spa and infinity-edge indoor lap pool on the 32nd floor; 18,000 square feet of meeting and event space; two indoor and two outdoor heated pools with distinct experiences; and five boutique retail shops. Borgata is located at?1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, New Jersey. For more information, please visit?, or follow Borgata on @BorgataAC on?Facebook,?Twitter, and?Instagram. Borgata offers online gaming within the state of New Jersey through its real-money gaming sites,?,?, and? Borgata is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). 


About BetMGM 

BetMGM is a market-leading sports betting and gaming entertainment company, pioneering the online gaming industry. Born out of a partnership between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Entain Plc (LSE: ENT), BetMGM has exclusive access to all of MGM’s U.S. land-based and online sports betting, major tournament poker, and online gaming businesses. Utilizing Entain’s US-licensed, state of the art technology, BetMGM offers sports betting and online gaming via market-leading brands including BetMGM, Borgata Casino, Party Casino and Party Poker. Founded in 2018, BetMGM is headquartered in New Jersey. For more information, visit?