On Monday, a source close to the situation told PokerNews that Stan Strickland, Director of Poker Operations at Borgata in Atlantic City, will resign. Strickland, who has headed the poker room since 2006, is rumored to be heading to the Isle Casino in Pompano Park, Florida, according to sources.
As director of poker operations, Strickland oversaw the growth of both the spring and winter tournament series, partnered with the World Poker Tour, and helped initiate a $1 million renovation to create an exclusive high-limit poker lounge now known as The Boardroom.
After PokerNews first received no comment from Ray Stefanelli, Director of Poker Marketing for Borgata, he later denied reports that Strickland was asked to resign. Joe Lupo, Senior Vice President of Operations for Borgata Hotel & Casino, also denied these reports.
Later, Strickland posted on TwoPlusTwo that he was not forced to resign, but is indeed headed to Isle Casino:
This is not true. I was not asked to resign. It is true that I turned in my two week notice Saturday night so that I could take the offer of Director of Poker operations at Pompano Beach Florida. Since I turned in my two week notice, I will be at the Borgata until I leave for Florida on April 6th. Please stop by and see me before I leave. Or, say hello in Florida.
In February, for the first time ever, the Borgata Poker Room earned less than the Parx Poker Room in Bensalem, PA.
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