On Monday, a source close to the situation told PokerNews that Stan Strickland, director of poker operations at Borgata in Atlantic City, was asked to 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 the source.
At that time, PokerNews reached out to Ray Stefanelli, director of poker marketing for Borgata, but received no comment. PokerNews also reached out to human resources, again receiving no comment.
At 3:36 p.m. EST, after this article was initially published, Liza Costandino, public relations manager for Borgata offered PokerNews the following statement:
"As a matter of company policy, Borgata does not comment on personnel related matters. I can tell you that Stan is still employed at Borgata."
At 4:32 p.m. EST, 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.
Soon after, Joe Lupo, Senior Vice President of Operations for Borgata Hotel & Casino denied the report that Strickland was asked to resign.
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.
In February, for the first time ever, the Borgata Poker Room earned less than the Parx Poker Room in Bensalem, PA.
PokerNews is still awaiting word from Isle Casino. A representative informed PokerNews that they can neither confirm nor deny this story, but they should be able to comment by the end of the day.
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