Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City received high praise from the gaming community this week.
The casino won Property of the Year as part of the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. This year marked the first time the Global Gaming Awards occurred.
The honor came after Borgata turned in an excellent year in Atlantic City. Among its accomplishments, Borgata was the first Atlantic City casino to offer NJ sports betting. The former racebook opened its board for sports events on June 14.
A short two months later, Borgata’s parent company, MGM Resorts International, launched its mobile betting platform, playMGM, using Borgata’s NJ license.
Borgata president and COO Marcus Glover was honored to be singled out:
“This award is welcome validation of the hard work contributed by every member of our Borgata team as we celebrate 15 years of leadership and innovation in Atlantic City. Since entering the market in 2003, Borgata has made it our mission to grow and invest in not only our property and product, but in our team members and guests (by) offering an unrivaled experience to anyone who walks through our doors.”
The global contest recognizes land-based and digital businesses for gaming achievements during the previous year. Borgata was one of 10 finalists for Property of the Year.
Borgata is the leader in Atlantic City
Obviously, members of Borgata’s staff are excited to receive the award. In its 15th year, Borgata retains the lead as most profitable Atlantic City casino.
In August, the property took in more than $70 million in NJ land-based casino revenue. That number fell to $60 million in September but still miles ahead of the other eight casino properties.
But that revenue distinction may come from the property’s unique vibe in the New Jersey market, too. Borgata opened its doors in 2003, and since its inception, it has a distinct Las Vegas style to its decor, entertainment, and customer experience.
Said David Cook, editor of Gambling Insider, which hosted the awards:
“Borgata is a stalwart of the Atlantic City market. To have Borgata and MGM here with us is an absolute honor and a sign of the stature of these awards. It’s great to see Borgata and MGM victorious here today.”
Borgata AC one of 10 finalists
A panel of 60 judges from various parts of the gaming industry voted to award Borgata with the honor. They chose from a group of 10 finalists from around the world including two in Connecticut and one in Pennsylvania.
Those properties were:
- Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
- Casino de Tigre
- The Cromwell Las Vegas
- Eldorado Reno Resort Casino
- Foxwoods Resort Casino
- Mohegan Sun Casino
- Mount Airy Casino Resort
- Palms Casino Resort
- Studio City, Macau
- Viejas Casino and Resort
The award goes to the property that is “pushing the boundaries with the land-based casino experience.” The addition of sports betting and Borgata’s status as the earliest adopter and the undisputed king of AC casinos likely played a huge part in the decision.
Nicely done, Borgata. Nicely done.