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Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa
Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa
Aerial view of Borgata
Aerial view of Borgata
Facts and statistics
Address 1 Borgata Way
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
Opening date July 2, 2003
Theme Tuscany
No. of rooms 2,802 (including 800 in The Water Club
Total gaming space 161,000 sq ft (15,000 m2)
Permanent shows Borgata Comedy Club
Signature attractions The Borgata Poker Room
Notable restaurants Bobby Flay Steak
Izakaya
Mixx
Old Homestead Steakhouse
Ombra
SeaBlue
Casino type Land
Owner Marina District Development Corporation, LLC
Previous names None
Years renovated 2005-'06: $200 million - Casino and Retail Expansion
2007-'08: $325 million - The Water Club
Website www.theborgata.com

The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa is a hotel, casino, and spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey owned by Marina District Development Corporation, LLC, a joint venture between Boyd Gaming and MGM Mirage. Its name means "little village" in Italian. The $1.1 billion casino hotel features 2,000 rooms at Renaissance Pointe.

The Borgata opened in July 2003, and is the only resort opened in Atlantic City following Trump Taj Mahal in 1990 up to the present day (to the year 2010). It is the top grossing casino in Atlantic City.

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History

The Borgata was part of a major project in Atlantic City nicknamed "The Tunnel Project" around 1999. When Steve Wynn had planned the new Mirage Resort 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 go through a middle-class African American neighborhood. Competitor Donald Trump sued Wynn for it saying that it was a "driveway" to his casino.

The Tunnel Project did go on, finally opening in 2001 to foot traffic. Four days later it opened to vehicular traffic. The Borgata opened on July 2, 2003 at 11:45pm. The main tower is the third tallest building in Atlantic City and is visible from many miles away.

In late 2005 and early 2006, the Borgata underwent a $200 million casino and retail expansion. The new wing opened in June 2006. In June, 2008, the Borgata opened its new signature hotel, The Water Club.[1]

In July 2006, the Borgata opened its new poker room, the largest in Atlantic City.

On January 2010, it was reported that MGM Mirage may sell its ownership share in the Borgata.[2] On March 12, 2010, MGM Mirage announced it would sell its stake in the Borgata and stop doing business as a gaming licensee in New Jersey.[3] 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 will sell its 50% ownership interest in the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and related leased land in Atlantic City.[4] Boyd Gaming has right of first refusal, but Boyd is also engaged in its own high profile bid to purchase Station Casinos, and may not be able to raise the capital to make two large purchases at the same time.

MGM Mirage's decision to sell its ownership share and exit the Atlantic City market is a result of New Jersey's plans to hold a public hearing on the suitability of its business partner, Pansy Ho. As part of an Initial Public Offering on the Hong Kong Stock market to advance a new casino in Hong Kong, MGM-Mirage would increase its business relationship with Pansy Ho. Her 88-year-old billionaire father, Stanley Ho, was granted a monopoly on all gambling activities in Macau in 1962 which lasted 40 years when licenses were granted to foreign operators as well. In the intervening 40 years, Mr. Ho allegedly had contact with Chinese organized crime. Nevada and Mississippi gaming regulators previously approved of the relationship.

Features

Hotel

Designed in classic Italian style, the hotel’s 2,000 guest rooms and suites include six tiers of luxury accommodations — 1,600 Classic Rooms (460 square feet); 313 Fiore Suites (700 square feet); 8 Studio Suites (900 square feet); 39 Opus Suites (1,000 square feet); 40 Piatto Suites (1,500 square feet); and two Residences (4,000 square feet). In-room amenities include floor-to-ceiling windows; 300-thread-count cotton sheets and cotton bath sheets; custom-made Sealy mattresses; large bathrooms with granite countertops; glass-enclosed showers with upgraded showerheads and body sprays; high-speed internet access, and three phones, each with dual lines.[citation needed]

The Water Club

"The Water Club" is an upscale boutique hotel-within-a-hotel that opened in June 2008. The expansion includes 800 additional guest rooms, four unique pool environments, a two-story, 36,000 square feet (3,300 m2) spa, 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) of meeting space, and additional retails shops.[5]

Casino

The 161,000 square feet (15,000 m2) casino floor incorporates 4,100 slot machines and 200 table games. Among the available table games are poker, blackjack, roulette, Baccarat,Mini Baccarat,Craps, Pai Gow, Pai Gow Tiles, Spanish 21, Three Card Poker, Four Card Poker, Let It Ride w/bonus,Texas Holdem, Caribbean Stud, Racebook. Borgata’s poker program features daily tournaments in the 85-table Poker Room, the largest in Atlantic City and high-stake tournaments in conjunction with the World Poker Tour.

My Borgata Rewards

My Borgata Rewards is the Borgata's comp card club. The club has three levels:

  • Red Label: Free to all guests 21 and older.
  • Black Label: $1000 comp dollars earned in a calendar year.
  • Titanium Club: Invited black label players only.

Dining

Borgata’s 13 destination restaurants include the Italian eateries, Fornelletto; the New York–landmark Old Homestead Steakhouse. Also on-site: The Metropolitan Café, Oyster Bar and Gelato Bar; Gypsy Bar; Roma; B Bar; Borgata Buffet, Izakaya and Noodles of the World (N.O.W.).

On the 5th season of the FOX reality series Hell's Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay announced that Danny Veltri will be the sous Chef of the new Italian restaurant Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar at the Borgata, where he will receive a $250,000 yearly salary. Stephen Kalt is Executive Chef. [6]

Entertainment

The 2,400 seat Borgata Event Center has been host to the likes of Mariah Carey, Jim Norton (comedian), 311, Avril Lavigne, Journey, Artie Lange, Depeche Mode, Pearl Jam, Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Sting, Def Leppard, Carly Simon, Stevie Nicks, Kelly Clarkson, Idina Menzel, Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, Smashing Pumpkins, Bon Jovi and New Kids On The Block. The Music Box, a 1,000-seat theater hosts more intimate events and is home to Borgata's nightly Comedy Club. Live bands and pulse-pounding beats can be found at Borgata's four nightlife hotspots: Gypsy Bar, B Bar, MIXX, and mur.mur.

Nightlife

The clubs at Borgata include the Gypsy Bar, a rock and tequila bar; B Bar an ultra-lounge; MIXX; and mur.mur, an intimate nightclub with celebrity guest DJs.

Spa Toccare

Borgata’s European-style, 54,000-square-foot (5,000 m2) Spa Toccare is complete with salon, fitness center, an indoor pool and outdoor gardens.

Retail

The 11 specialty stores located in “Via Borgata,” are Whim, Misura, Carina, Borgata Jewels,Borgata & Co., Borgata Collection, Ciao!, Essentials, Starbucks, Bambino and A. Kadenn.

Convention and meeting space

The resort boasts 180,000 sq ft (17,000 m2) of meeting space, most of which built along with the Water Club. Facilities include 2 glass- enclosed boardrooms and 2 additional boardrooms, 9 meeting rooms, state-of-the-art technology, and advanced computer electronic systems.

Controversy

In 2005, the Borgata issued a policy that it would fire any cocktail waitress who gained more than 7% of their body weight and didn't lose it within 90 days.[7]

On November 14, 2007, authorities charged twenty-three people in connection with an illegal sports gambling ring that was allegedly run out of the Borgata's poker room. Six of the twenty-three were Borgata employees, and four of the others were known mob associates.[8]

In popular culture

Several scenes in the 2010 film The Bounty Hunter were filmed on the premises of the Borgata.[9]

Structural detail

Does not include The Water Club

References

  1. ^ Sloan, Gene (2006-07-07). "Atlantic City is building a Las Vegas image". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/travel/destinations/2006-07-06-atlantic-city_x.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  2. ^ "MGM may exit Atlantic City". http://www.lvrj.com/business/mgm-may-exit-atlantic-city-82543512.html. 
  3. ^ "MGM Mirage to sell Atlantic City casino stake", The Associated Press, March 12, 2010.
  4. ^ "Settlement Agreement Approved in New Jersey MGM MIRAGE to Sell Interest in the Borgata Hotel & Casino"
  5. ^ "Borgata Appoints Key Executives to Senior Management Team". Borgata. 2007-03-07. http://www.theborgata.com/Main.cfm?Category_1=10000&Category_2=10100&ReleaseID=46E379FC-F9F5-DDB6-1445AE50E1159118. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  6. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell%27s_Kitchen_(U.S._season_5)
  7. ^ "N.J. casino to fire weightier waitstaff". USA Today. 2005-02-17. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-02-17-casino-staff_x.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  8. ^ Chen, David (2007-11-14). "23 Are Charged With Illegal Sports Betting at Borgata Casino in Atlantic City". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/15/nyregion/15bust.html. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  9. ^ "Gerard Butler Inspires OMG Press Release of the Week". Zagat. March 11, 2010. http://www.zagat.com/Blog/Detail.aspx?SCID=42&BLGID=26852. 

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Coordinates: 39°22′39″N 74°26′06″W / 39.37749°N 74.43510°W / 39.37749; -74.43510








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