Borgata Poker Open is a success; Schultz, Hill Foundation presents My Way; Frankenstein hits Ocean City in October
Thursday, September 5, 2013 • 5:34pm
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa not only met but exceeded its lofty expectations as it kicked off the Borgata Poker Open tournament series in record-shattering fashion, with 4,482 participants entering into the $2 Million Guaranteed Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em event. The immense turn-out is the largest attendance in the history of East Coast poker, while generating a staggering $2,241,000 in prize money
Many familiar faces, including Olivier Busquet, were in attendance for Borgata’s inaugural event. Busquet began his poker career online with Party Poker and Full Tilt and is known as one of the most dominant poker players both online and in live tournaments.
“I typically play in higher buy-in events, however the tournaments at Borgata are unparalleled with the combination of accessible buy-in and large field size,” stated Busquet, who made his mark at Borgata when he overcame a 20-1 chip disadvantage to win the 2009 Borgata Poker Open Championship. “I plan on playing in the Heads Up and WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship events because I have a good history, feel comfortable and really enjoy being at Borgata.”
Over the past ten years, the opening event of the Borgata Poker Open has evolved and developed into a must-play for any poker professional or amateur looking to make a name for themselves, as evidence in the sustained years of record-breaking entries (3,705 in September 2012, 3,871 in January 2013 and 4,482 in September 2013).
“Continuing to set attendance records for our poker program is an absolutely incredible feat and a true testament to the structure, service, and overall poker product offered here at Borgata,” said Senior Vice President of Operations, Joe Lupo. “We are thrilled to see more loyal players than ever flocking to the preeminent destination on the East Coast.”
The Borgata Poker Open continues over the next 16 days, culminating with the $3 million guaranteed World Poker Tour® (WPT) Borgata Poker Open Championship, scheduled for September 15-20. The $3,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event is part of the WPT Season XII and will be filmed from Day 1 through the final table and televised on Fox Sports Net.
On-site registration will be available daily from 8a.m. through midnight for each event. To view the event schedule or more information, visit www.theborgata.com and follow all of the action on the Borgata Poker blog at www.borgatapokerblog.com
The Schultz-Hill Foundation, in partnership with Atlantic County’s Office of Intergenerational Services, AtlantiCare and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) are proud to present “MY WAY,” The Music and Spirit of Frank Sinatra in Salute of Columbus Day and Italian Culture at Dante Hall Theater, located at 14 South Mississippi Avenue in Atlantic City, on Thursday, October 10, 1:30 p.m.
“MY WAY” is a musical celebration of one of America’s most famous Italian artists, Frank Sinatra (Old Blue Eyes), and one of his all-time favorite songs. Under the direction of Mr. Michael Hartman, “MY WAY” celebrates the region’s Italian culture during Columbus week. The afternoon matinee features an exhilarating performance by a talented ensemble from the Greater Ocean City Theater Company.
Special guest Miss Columbus 2013 Ms. Courtney Charastsaris & the Italian duo of Frank and Dominic from the radio show “Everybody is Italian,” will provide intermission story telling. A Meet and Greet Party will immediately follow the concert with cast members and the show’s director. Refreshments will be provided.
Atlantic County is providing free transportation for Atlantic City’s senior citizens to attend the show. Due to popular demand, please call 1-888-42
Frankenstein, the world’s most famous monster, will visit Ocean City this October.
The appearance is made possible by actor-artist Ron MacCloskey who has gathered the most extensive collection of Frankenstein artwork ever shown at a single venue. It will feature some of the country’s most famous artists and illustrators.
The exhibit will be displayed the month of October in the atrium and adjacent area of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., and serve as its Halloween gift to the community.
The Frankenstein image, made famous by movie legend, Boris Karloff, has been prominent in drawings for over 80 years, notes MacCloskey. It has been used in single panel cartoons, comic strips, greeting cards, advertisements, stamps, political cartoons, Halloween decorations, record album covers, and even lottery tickets.
“You will be amazed about how artists have taken this one kind of look and used it over and over again, but always with a different point of view,” says MacCloskey, who has been an avid collector of Frankenstein memorabilia since he was seven years old.
In conjunction with the viewing, “Jeepers Creepers… It’s Boris, Karloff,” a tribute show dedicated to the life and career of the actor, will be performed on October 25th (Frankenstein Friday) at the Library. The show will feature MacCloskey, his daughter Rachel along with video clips. The same presentation received critical acclaim when it premiered at Lincoln Center in 2011.
Mr. Karloff had a renowned career that included film, radio, television, the stage and Broadway as well as recordings. He won a Grammy and was nominated for a Tony. Karloff was one of the founders of the Screen Actors Guild and was regarded as a kind and generous man and a talented actor.
The original story of Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley 116 years ago when she was just 18. This makes her the youngest teenage author who has never had a book out of print. In her novel she hardly described the look of the monster. This left it to three talented movie men, director James Whale, make-up artist Jack Pierce and Boris Karloff to create the image that lives with us today.
Some of the artist/cartoonists who will be represented with their versions of Frankenstein include Wiley Miller of Non Sequitor, Tom Wilson creator of Ziggy, John McPherson, Close to Home, Joe Martin, Mr. Boffo, Mike Peters, Mother Goose and Grimm, Don Piraro, Bizaro cartoon, Gary Larson, The Far Side, Dana J. Summers, Bound and Gagged, Dave Blazek, Loose Parts, Mike Scott, editorial cartoonist, and Basil Gogos, the artist who drew many of the famous Monster of Filmland Magazine covers.
A total of 25 artists will be represented along with interesting memorabilia including advertisements, greeting Cards, Movie Posters, Postage Stamps, puzzles, CD Covers, political cartoons, album covers and cereal logos all featuring Frankenstein.
Gogos will visit Ocean City during the exhibition to receive the Franky Award presented each year to someone who has paid tribute to Boris Karloff and/or continues to add to the Frankenstein legend. The award was created by MacCloskey. Previous recipients include writer/actor Gene Wilder, make up genius, Jack Pierce, Monsters of Filmland’s James Warren and actor Bela Lugosi. Gogos will receive the award during the show in October.
For information, call 609-525-9300.