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Borgata Winter Poker Open Counterfeit Chips lead to Arrest

by | Published: Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Last week it was reported the Borgata Winter Poker Open $2 million Guarantee had been suspended, pending an investigation into the use and resulting discovery of counterfeit chips by one or more players.

On Friday, the investigation accelerated when it was revealed 2.7 million worth of counterfeit chips were discovered in a blocked sewer pipe at Harrah’s Resort and Casino the previous Sunday.

A thorough investigation revealed that 42-year-old poker pro Christian Lusardi had been staying in the room producing the clog, who had entered the event on Day Two with the chip lead.

Police say that Lusardi introduced the counterfeit chips into tournament play several times, however was still eliminated from the event on day of entry, claiming only ‘$6,814’; as published by the Press of Atlantic City.

“We are very pleased that the New Jersey State Police Casino Gaming Bureau has apprehended a suspect in connection with the counterfeit chip activity that compromised Event 1 of the Borgata Poker Open” Joe Lupo, Senior Vice President of Borgata said.

“While this is a very positive development, the investigation by the Division of Gaming Enforcement and the state police is ongoing.”

At this stage, the DGE has revealed they have not made a decision as to the event’s continuation, the remaining 27 players and the unclaimed prize pool.

“The division is committed to ensuring confidence and integrity in all gaming operations and will continue to work with Borgata and the New Jersey State Police until this case is closed” The DGE revealed in a statement.

After leaving Harrah’s Hotel and the discovery of the chip blockage and warrant was produced for the apprehension of Lusardi, who was found a short time later at an Atlantic City Motel.

The investigation is set to continue, meanwhile Lusardi’s bail from the Atlantic County Justice Facility has been set at $300,000. Don’t forget to check back at Poker.com frequently, as we will be following this story until conclusion.

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by | Published: Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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Counterfeit Chips Lead to Borgata $2 million Cancellation

by | Published: Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Following a 24 hour investigation, the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa and New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement cancelled the Borgata Winter Poker Open $2 million Guarantee event after it was found that one or more entrants had used a large amount of counterfeit chips throughout the duration of the tournament.

The opening event of the 2014 Borgata Winter Poker Open, the $2 million guaranteed tournament was initially suspended last Friday when a total of 27 players remained in the running for the lucrative crown; however it was quickly found the tournament had been compromised and must be called to a premature close, with all unpaid prize money frozen pending a complete investigation.

Tom Ballance, President and COO of the Borgata Hotel outlined the situation via a press release on Saturday evening.

“Thus far, investigators have found that one or more tournament entrants improperly introduced a significant number of counterfeit chips into the tournament, gaining an unfair advantage and compromising the integrity of play for the event” Ballance said.

“It is extremely unfortunate that the criminal actions of these individuals can have a detrimental impact on more than 4,000 other entrants.

“We fully understand and regret the disappointment this cancellation causes our valued customers, and we will work diligently with DGE investigators to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. The integrity of our games and the confidence of our players is of the utmost importance to us.”

Despite this major setback to the first event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open, Ballance revealed the remainder of the series will continue on schedule.

“We thoroughly verified all remaining chips in our inventory, and are confident in moving forward with our tournament schedule as planned and approved by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement”.

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WPT Venice Carnival Announced for March 2014

by | Published: Sunday, December 29th, 2013

March 2014 has turned into a particularly big one for the World Poker Tour following the announcement of the Gioco Digitale WPT Venice Carnival, to take place from the 5th-16th and becoming the fifth official event of the month.

In production with Tilt Events, the Gioco Digitale WPT Venice Carnival is set to feature 25 events, peaking with the €3,000 Main Event running from March 10-15. In a salute to the history of poker, the event will take place in the world’s oldest Casino; Casino di Venezia.

Other major events set to take place are the €1,500 WPT National Venice High Roller, the €5,000 WPT High Roller and the €990 WPT National Venice, which boasts a guarantee of at least €200,000.

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