Borgata Hotel Casino pays back $1.7 million following poker tournament scandal
In an unexpected turn of events the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa was ordered to pay back $560 to all who took part in its poker tournament after it transpired that one of the players, Christian Lusardi was cheating throughout the games by using false chips.The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement found that the tournament hosted by the casino was compromised by Lusardi’s actions who now has to face charges of deception and theft.
According to the NJDGE, Lusardi put thousands in phony chips on to the table during the tournament and then proceeded in trying to get rid of them by flushing them down the toilet.
In the wake of the scandal the NJDGE is considering strengthening security on counterfeit chips by introducing cutting edge technology including chips that have to be checked under UV light.
Kerry Langan, spokesperson for the NJDGE said that “The division is engaged in an industry-wide comprehensive review of all the existing tournament standards and those related to future tournament events”.