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Atlantic City will be the place to be next month for the Borgata Summer Poker Open that runs from July 14-31 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

Players within New Jersey can qualify online for as low as $5.50 for the Kick-Off Event and only $4 for the Championship Event. Both offer prize pools of $500,000 guaranteed. Daily qualifiers began on June 14 and are running now at Those daily online qualifiers will be hosted through July 11 for the Opening Event and July 18 for the Championship.

The online events are step qualifiers, with two steps available for the Summer Poker Open Kick-Off that is scheduled for July 14-17 and three steps for the Championship to be held July 26-29. Players can enter at any step along the way for either or both!

Summer Poker Open Kick-Off

Step 1 is a $5.50 buy-in with daily qualifiers at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Two seats are guaranteed and 1 of every 10 players win an entry to the Step 2 qualifier. That entry to Step 2 is automatic for Step 1 winners.

The Step 2 buy-in is $45 and will be played on four consecutive Sundays at 5:45 p.m. beginning on June 21. The dates of the other three Step 2 qualifiers are June 28, July 5 and July 12. One seat is guaranteed and 1 in 10 win their way into the $400 Summer Poker Open Kick-Off.

Summer Poker Open Championship

Step 1 is only $4 to enter and the daily qualifiers at get underway at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Two seats are guaranteed and 1 of 10 entrants win a pre-registered seat for Step 2.

The Step 2 entry fee is $30, two seats are guaranteed, and 1 of every 10 players will move on to the Step 3 qualifier. The Step 2 qualifiers will be held on five Sundays in a row at 5:15 p.m. beginning on June 21. Those other qualifier dates are June 28 and July 5, 12 and 17. Winners are automatically registered for Step 3.

Step 3 is a $300 buy-in, one seat is guaranteed, and 1 of 10 will be on their way to the Borgata for the $2,500 Summer Poker Open Championship. There are only two Step 3 qualifier dates, Sunday, July 19 and Friday, July 24 at 5:45 p.m. for both.

New Player First-Time Deposit Bonus offers a generous bonus of 100% up to $600 to first-time depositors. That offer is extended to players within New Jersey and allows 45 days in which to earn the required Reward Points (iRPs) needed to clear the bonus.

Players who create a new account at Borgata Online also receive a $20 bonus just for registering. That bonus is distributed as $10 in cash and $10 as a poker bonus.

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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.