Arrest Made After Chips Block Borgata Toilet Pipe
A blocked pipe at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City led to the discovery of 2.7 million worth of counterfeit poker chips that had been flushed down the toilet. The discovery led to the arrest of a man who authorities are saying brought fake chips into a poker tournament at the casino last week.
Christian Lusardi was arrested on Friday at a motel in Atlantic City on charges including theft and rigging a public contest.
Joe Lupo, the senior vice president at the Borgata said that they first thought something was wrong when they received a warning call from Harrah’s Casino just down the road. Staff then checked the chips being used in the Borgata Winter Poker Open and found 160 fake chips with a total value of 800,000 mixed in with the genuine casino chips. The discovery led to the first event of the Open being cancelled.
In a statement Lupo said, “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. While this is a very positive development, the investigation by the (Division of Gaming Enforcement) and the state police is ongoing.”