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Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
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Borgata and The Water Club
Location Atlantic City, NJ 08401-194
Address 1 Borgata Way
Opening date July 2, 2003; 15 years ago (July 2, 2003)
Theme Tuscany, Modernism
No. of rooms 2,002
Total gaming space 161,000 sq ft (15,000 m2)
Permanent shows Borgata Comedy Club
Signature attractions Borgata Poker Room
Notable restaurants Bobby Flay Steak
Old Homestead Steakhouse
Casino type Land-based
Owner MGM Resorts International
Renovated in 2005, 2007, 2011

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is a hotel, casino, and spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. The casino hotel features 2,002 rooms and is the largest hotel in New Jersey. Borgata opened in July 2003 and is the top-grossing casino in Atlantic City.


Borgata was part of a major project in Atlantic City nicknamed "The Tunnel Project", started around 1999. When Steve Wynn planned the Le Jardin 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 cut through a residential neighborhood; competitor Donald Trump sued Wynn for it saying that it was a "driveway" to Wynn's casino. The Tunnel Project did progress, even after Le Jardin was cancelled, and finally opened in 2001.

Borgata opened on July 2, 2003 at 11:45pm, as a joint venture between MGM Mirage and Boyd Gaming. The main tower - the third tallest building in Atlantic City - is visible from many miles away due to its facade of reflective gold glass. The firms Marnell Corrao Associates of Las Vegas, and Philadelphia’s Bower Lewis and Thrower Architects (BLT) worked on the project.[1]

In late 2005 and early 2006, Borgata underwent a $200 million casino and retail expansion, and the new wing opened in June 2006. As part of the expansion, Borgata installed a poker room, the largest in Atlantic City. In June 2008, Borgata opened its second hotel, The Water Club.[2]

In early 2010, it was reported that MGM Mirage might sell its ownership share in Borgata.[3] On March 12, 2010, MGM Mirage announced it would sell its stake in Borgata and stop doing business as a gaming licensee in New Jersey.[4] 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 would sell its 50% ownership interest in the Borgata.[5]

In September 2014, the CCC reversed its earlier decision and allowed MGM back into the state, after finding that Pansy Ho's role in MGM Macau had been reduced.[6]

MGM agreed in May 2016 to purchase Boyd's 50 percent stake in the Borgata for $900 million in cash and assumed debt.[7] MGM then sold the property to its affiliated real estate investment trust for $1.18 billion and leased it back.[8] The sale to MGM Resorts was completed in August 2016.[9]


The casino area of Borgata

The 161,000-square-foot (15,000 m2) casino floor offers about 4,000 slot machines, 180 table games, and 50 poker tables. Borgata’s poker program features daily tournaments and high-stake tournaments in conjunction with the World Poker Tour. For weekly events, buy-ins range from $30 to $1,000, but the hotel also hosts other major events throughout the year.[10] The Borgata also has the only racebook in Atlantic City.

Borgata has extensive online gambling operations.[11]

In August 2018, Borgata launched a mobile sports betting app, PlayMGM. It was the second such app to launch in New Jersey's history.[12]

Hotel towers[edit]

Main tower[edit]

Exterior of The Borgata and The Water Club, 2016.
Borgata from the back

The Main Tower at Borgata stands 431 ft. tall and contains 2,000 guest rooms and suites. It was opened in conjunction with Borgata in 2003. Suites include the Fiore Suite with a 52” television, the 1,000 square foot Opus Suite which includes a natural wood foyer, and the 1,500 square foot Piatto Suite with a multimedia entertainment center. The rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, HDTVs, and large bathrooms with granite countertops.

The Water Club[edit]

"The Water Club" is a 38-story, $400 million boutique hotel connected to Borgata. It features 800 guestrooms and suites; Immersion, a two-story spa on the 32nd floor, 18,000 square feet of meeting and event space, three residences, five heated pools (indoor and outdoor), and boutique retail shops including Hugo Boss, Fixation, and Just Cavalli. All rooms feature ocean views.


Casual dining[edit]

Borgata offers six casual dining options on the casino level, a lower level food court with seven eateries, and one option in the Water Club lobby. Many of these locations offer extended hours to cater to patrons of the casino, which operates 24/7. These locations do not take reservations.

  • Borgata Buffet, a typical casino buffet, offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a Sunday brunch.
  • Bread+Butter is a counter service sandwich and beverage restaurant.
  • Gypsy Bar, mainly a tequila bar, offers limited food selection.
  • N.O.W. or "Noodles of the World" is a waiter service Asian Fusion restaurant.
  • Roma is an Italian cuisine cafe offering counter service.
  • Sunroom, in the lobby of the companion hotel, The Water Club, is a tapas and appetizer restaurant.
  • The Metropolitan is a contemporary, waitress service, American restaurant themed as a European Bistro which also offers an Oyster Bar and Gelato bar.

A lower level food court called The Marketplace Eatery, offers fast food style offerings with walk up counter service. The area includes Ben & Jerry's, Burgers & Fries, Asian Fusion, Chop & Toss, Casa Taco Express, Pizata: Pizza and Pasta, and Philly Steaks and Subs.[13]

Fine dining[edit]

The property offers five fine dining restaurants:

  • Bobby Flay Steak, named after its celebrity restaurateur, is an original property
  • Fornelletto, Chef Stephen Kalt's Italian restaurant, is an original property
  • Izakaya, a Japanese cuisine restaurant billed as a "Modern Japanese Pub", is an original property
  • Old Homestead, an expansion location from its original site in New York City
  • Wolfgang Puck American Grille, named after its celebrity restaurateur, is an original property


Borgata Event Center[edit]

The Borgata Event Center is the main music venue for the resort. This intimate venue contains 30-foot ceilings, giving the space extraordinary acoustics and optimal sightlines. Seating varies from reserved to general admission. The capacity is 2,400. All music acts are promoted via Live Nation Philadelphia.[citation needed]Depeche Mode performed at the concert hall on December 3, 2005 and May 20, 2006 during their Touring the Angel, and on August 1, 2009 during their Tour of the Universe, in front of a crowd of 2,500 people. The 2006 and 2009 shows were recorded for the group's live albums projects Recording the Angel and Recording the Universe, respectively.[citation needed]

The venue can be converted into the Borgata Ballroom, a special events center for formal dinners, receptions, training, or business presentations. It has a capacity of 3,200 (theatre) and 1,700 (banquet).[citation needed]

Borgata Festival Park[edit]

Opened in 2015, the Borgata Festival Park, an outdoor venue, is used during the summer months and has a capacity of 4,500.[citation needed]

Borgata Music Box[edit]

The Borgata Music Box is a versatile venue used for music and comedy acts. The capacity is 1,000. It converts to the Borgata Theater, a private venue designed for meetings and presentations.[citation needed] The theater is designed for crystal clear sound. Capacity 1,000. In 2013, comedian Lewis Black performed his ninth stand-up comedy special at the Borgata Music Box.[citation needed]


The clubs at Borgata are:

  • B Bar, an ultra-lounge on the casino floor
  • Gypsy Bar, a private music venue with a casual bar setting; capacity 150
  • Long Bar, a narrow bar with long bar top
  • Premier, an intimate nightclub designed for parties and cocktails receptions that features state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems; capacity 600


Borgata's spa, named Spa Toccare, is a 54,000-square-foot (5,000 m2) spa with a salon, a barbershop, a fitness center, and an indoor pool.

In popular culture[edit]

The Borgata appears in multiple popular culture works, such as:

In films[edit]

Several scenes in the film, The Bounty Hunter (2010), were filmed on the premises of the Borgata[14]

In television[edit]

  • The Borgata has been featured three times on the TruTV series Impractical Jokers, in the Season 3 episodes, "Look Out Below", "The Great Escape", and "Fe-Mail"
  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey held its Season 2 reunion there in 2010 and its Season 4 reunion there in 2012
  • The hotel and the club mur.mur. were featured in The Real World: New York (Season 21), wherein the roommates from Brooklyn took a road trip to Atlantic City
  • The casino scenes in The Sopranos episode, "Chasing It" (2007), were held at the Borgata

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Full House on the Boardwalk". Interior Design News. 10 February 2005. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Sloan, Gene (July 7, 2006). "Travel Destinations: Atlantic City is building a Las Vegas image". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  3. ^ "MGM may exit Atlantic City". LVRJ. 
  4. ^ "MGM Mirage to sell Atlantic City casino stake". The Associated Press. March 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Settlement Agreement Approved in New Jersey MGM MIRAGE to Sell Interest in Borgata Hotel & Casino". 
  6. ^ Parry, Wayne (September 10, 2014). "New Jersey lets MGM keep half of Borgata casino". Las Vegas Sun. AP. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  7. ^ Heitner, Darren. "MGM Buys Boyd Gaming's Share Of Borgata For $900 Million". Forbes. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Morris, J.D. (May 31, 2016). "Boyd Gaming selling its stake in the Borgata to MGM". Vegas Inc. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  9. ^ Parry, Wayne (August 1, 2016). "Boyd Gaming finishes sale of its half of NJ's Borgata casino". Las Vegas Sun. AP. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  10. ^ "Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa a Fan Favorite Among East Coast Poker Rooms". All In Magazine. November 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Brandon Shane MOved to NJ to Play Online Poker". September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Borgata Casino Launches Mobile NJ Sports Betting Through PlayMGM". Play USA. 2018-08-22. Retrieved 2018-08-28. 
  13. ^ "The Marketplace Eatery". Retrieved August 17, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Gerard Butler Inspires OMG Press Release of the Week". Zagat. March 11, 2010. [permanent dead link]

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

Preceded by
Trump Taj Mahal
Tallest Building in Atlantic City
431 ft
Succeeded by
The Water Club