Posts Tagged ‘World Poker Tour Borgata’

Borgata Introduces State-of-the-Art Poker Chips Following January Scandal

by | Published: Friday, April 11th, 2014

Poker enthusiasts out there may remember the counterfeit chip scandal that rocked the Borgata Winter Poker Open $2 Million Guarantee. The event was suspended, and later cancelled, after counterfeit chips were found in a player’s hotel toilet. Christian Lusardi, 42, was ultimately charged for the crime.

Borgata aren’t willing to let anything like it happen again. In preparation for the 2014 Borgata Spring Poker Open, which is happening right now, the Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa has introduced a new range of poker chips.

The new state-of-the-art chips were created for the 17-event series running from April 8 – 26 that culminates with the $5 million guarantee World Poker Tour Championship.

Tournament Director Tab Duchateau tweeted a picture of the new chips on Monday, along with the message “Borgata Spring Open Event 1a 1 mill guar. starts tom. at 11am. will be using new chips with enhanced security #warned.”

The poker chips have distinct special markings when viewed under a blue light, making it instantly easier to spot counterfeit ones. Since Monday, the tournament staff has been verifying chips at every table during each break.

“This was very expensive, but very necessary,” Borgata Senior Vice President Joe Lupo told the Associated Press. “In order to have the biggest tournaments in Atlantic City and as the market leader, we need to ensure the integrity of the games.”

“We will be checking chips randomly throughout the day using a new process involving the UV lights,” Lupo concluded.

The European Poker Tour (EPT) recently used similar blue-light technology in its most recent stop in Vienna.

A member of the Borgata staff also spoke to PokerNews Live Reporting Team, and revealed there are “other” means of verifying chips in their power. To keep these a secret from possible cheaters, the verification process was no further explained.

We will see during the rest of the Open if these anti-counterfeit measures find any potential cheaters.

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Hamnett and Kerignard Claim World Poker Tour Victories

by | Published: Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

It has been a busy week for the World Poker Tour with tournaments running in Malta and Atlantic City simultaneously.

Ben Hamnett conquered a field of 1180 other players to win the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City.

Hamnett went into the final table as the short stack but won a massive pot against chip leader Matthew Burnitz in just the third pot of the day.

From that point forward Hamnett was able to dominate the final table and faced off against Burnitz in a heads-up battle.

Hamnett slowly ground Burnitz’s chip stack into the ground and claimed the victory when his King-Queen held up against Burnitz’s Jack-Ten.

The $ 818,847 prize was easily the biggest of the American Professionals poker career with his previous highest cash being $38,453 earlier this year in the World Series of Poker Main Event.

On another continent Yorane Kerignard also won his maiden World Poker Tour tournament in the World Poker Tour Malta Main Event.

The Frenchmen need a slice of luck to claim the tournament when it got down to the heads-up battle.

He pushed with ace high and was called by Jackson Genovesi who held a pair of tens.

Kerignard hit two pair on the turn and the river to leave an emotional Genovesi distraught.

Kerignard has been a regular on the European Poker Tour in the last few years and has had a number of strong results.

He finished fourth in the 2010 Copenhagen Main Event, sixth in the 2011 San Remo Main Event and fourth in the 2012 Deauville Main Event but this was his first tournament victory.

Kerignard will head back to France with $182,292 and a seat worth $25,500 in the season-ending World Poker Tour World Championship.

The World Poker Tour now heads to South Africa for the Emperors Palace Poker Classic.

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