Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa announced details of a $1 million renovation of the poker room, including the debut of its exclusive high-limit poker lounge – The Boardroom.

“Since opening in 2006, we have the great distinction of being the busiest, largest and most diverse poker room on the East Coast,” said Stan Strickland, Director of Poker Operations for Borgata. This renovation reinforces Borgata’s commitment to our poker program and the players who comprise it.”

The remodel, which began earlier this year, spotlights Borgata’s dedication to staying fresh, as evident in the addition of 23 new flat-screen televisions along with brand new contemporary carpeting throughout the entire 21,500 square foot poker room.

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Borgata’s high-stakes players will be offered an unrivaled poker experience with the opening of its new high-limit, two-table lounge – The Boardroom – a place where high-stakes resolutions are constantly in action, where every movement is examined and every decision is studied in an effort to gain the upper hand. Offering an extensive variety of games at a minimum buy-in of $10,000; The Boardroom combines dark woods with plush seating, 45 personalized poker lockers, and four 60-inch LED flat-screen TVs, all of which evoke a feeling of prestige in an exclusive surrounding for players to hone their craft under the most thrilling of circumstances.

The newly renovated room opens just in time for the seventh annual Borgata Winter Poker Open tournament series, beginning on January 18 and concluding with the Winter Poker Open Championship, January 29 – February 3. The Championship event will feature a guaranteed $2 Million prize pool with a total buy-in of $3,500.

Last year’s Borgata Winter Poker Open series attracted over 13,000 participants and paid out over $7 million in prize money.  New Jersey resident Vadim Shlez was crowned champion, joining Jeffrey Madsen (2010), Steven Weinstein (2009), Gavin Griffin (2008), John Hennigan (2007) and Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi (2006) on the distinguished list of Borgata Winter Open Champions.

Online registration for the Borgata Winter Poker Open is available now through January 13. To view the event schedule for more information, visit  Follow all of the action on the Borgata Poker blog at or on Twitter

A unique New Year's Eve ritual started in December 2003, when Mount Holly mounted a Year of the Monkey downtown art exhibit. The county seat became the only First Night event in the world to usher in the new year with sculptures tied to the Lunar (Chinese) Calendar. In successive years, it was Roosters, Dogs, Pigs, Rats, Oxen, Tigers, and Rabbits. This upcoming year? Why, it's the Year of the Dragon!

From 5:00 to 9:30 on Saturday, 31 December, First NightBurlington County will be soaring into 2012, the Year of the Dragon, with a unique blend of live music, comedy, kids art workshops, Prison Museum tours, a pet parade, DJ, reptiles, street performers, and the Comcast Fireworks, set in and among the historic civic buildings of the county seat. There will be Dragon masks & tattoos, Dragon origami, and a Dragon Ice Chair.

Through a strategy of affordability and diversity of programming, this celebration of the New Year through the visual & performing arts appeals to a broad range of folks from around Burlington County, and beyond: families & friends, adults & children, residents & visitors. Now in its thirteenth year, First NightBurlington Countyis expected to be a sell-out event, as it was last year.

Entry Buttons are 2-for-$12, on sale starting 26 December at Mugshot Diner (65 High); Rutolo's Gourmet Specialties & Café (35 High); Red, White & Brew (33 High); Hebe Music & BBQ (4 Mill); and Isabella's Olde World Bakery (32 Mill). Proceeds benefit downtown renovation. For more information, log onto

The B-Street Band, the World’s #1 Springsteen Tribute Band, kicks off the Tropicana’s 2012 Grand Exhibition Center Concert Series on Saturday, February 11 at 9 pm in the Grand Exhibition Center at Tropicana Casino and Resort.

The B-Street Band, originally known as Backstreets, was formed in Asbury Park, New Jersey in May of 1980 and is now considered the longest running tribute band in the world entering their 32nd year and also the #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band.

Tickets are $15 and available at the Tropicana Box Office or through Ticketmaster at or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The Grand Exhibition Center is located on the 4th floor of the south tower at Tropicana Casino and Resort. This event is standing room only with no seating. Check out for future concert announcements.