The Return: A Borgata Championship Event Kicks Off the New Year

Every poker player around the world is putting together plans to have their best ever year at the tables. What better way to kick-start 2023 than by reeling in a guaranteed $1 million prize during the first week of the New Year? It is possible thanks to The Return: a Borgata Championship Event at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa at Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The Borgata is known for hosting incredible tournaments and it continues that trend into 2023 with The Return festival. Running from January 2 through January 8, The Return: A Borgata Championship Event features four action-packed tournaments, including a $3 million guaranteed Main Event that guarantees $1 million to the eventual, worthy champion. Will that champion be you?

The Return is a $5,300 buy-in $3 million guaranteed No-Limit Hold’em event that features a brace of Day 1s. Day 1A shuffles up and deals at 11:00 a.m. on January 4 with Day 1B starting at the same time on January 5. Days 2 and 3 get underway at 11:00 a.m. on January 6 and January 7, respectively, with the final table commencing on January 8; the final table’s starting time depends on when Day 3 concludes.

The structure of The Return is superb. Everyone sits down with 35,000 chips and plays to blinds starting at 100/100 with a 100 big blind antes. Levels 1-8 last 60-minutes, with Day 1 ending after the tenth level. Levels 9-10 and Day 2 last 75-minutes, with Day 2 concluding at the end of the 20th level. Blind levels on Day 3 onwards are 90-minutes long!

The Return: A Borgata Championship Event Schedule

Date Time Tournament
Mon 2 Jan 11:00 a.m. $2,200 NLHE Mystery Bounty Day 1A
  7:00 p.m. $2,200 NLHE Mystery Bounty Day 1B
Tue 3 Jan 12:00 p.m. NLHE Mystery Bounty Day 2
  4:00 p.m. $600 NLHE Big Stack The Return Qualifier
Wed 4 Jan 11:00 a.m. $5,300 NLHE The Return Day 1A
Thu 5 Jan 11:00 a.m. $5,300 NLHE The Return Day 1B
Fri 6 Jan 11:00 a.m. The Return Day 2
  3:00 p.m. $2,100 NLHE $1,000 Bounty Day 1
Sat 7 Jan 11:00 a.m. The Return Day 3
  1:00 p.m. NLHE $1,000 Bounty Day 2
  2:00 p.m. $1,100 NLHE Super Survivor
Sun 8 Jan TBD The Return Final Table
  12:00 p.m. NLHE Super Survivor Day 2

Before $3 million The Return, there is the Borgata’s first-ever Mystery Bounty event. It costs $2,200 to enter, and guarantees at least $1 million worth of mystery bounties. Rounding off the week-long series are a $2,100 buy-in Bounty Event where you receive $1,000 for every opponent you send to the showers, and a $1,100 Super Survivors tournament where one in ten will walk away with $10,000.

PokerNews‘ live reporting team will be on the ground throughout the series, bringing you all of the action as it happens. Our team is providing updates on the $2,200 Mystery Bounty, the $2,100 Borgata Bounty, and, of course, the $3 million guaranteed The Return Main Event.

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