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Suspect Arrested In Borgata Fake Poker Chip Case

Christian Lusardi Charged Friday With Rigging A Contest In New Jersey

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A suspect has been arrested in the case of the counterfeit chips in the Borgata poker tournament. The $2 million guarantee was canceled on Jan. 18 with just 27 players left.

According to reports, the situation began when casino officials at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City discovered that someone had flushed 2.7 million worth of counterfeit poker chips down the toilet in a hotel room. The Borgata was then notified and the tournament was suspended. Tournament staff discovered an additional 800,000 chips in play.

Forty-two-year-old Christian Lusardi of Fayetteville, N.C. was the man staying in the room, and he was arrested on Friday by police at a motel in Atlantic City.

He has been charged with multiple crimes, including rigging a contest. His bail is $300,000.

“This is the first time we’ve had anything like this happen in our 10 years in business, and it’s the first time I’ve seen this in my 27 years in gaming,” Borgata Senior Vice President Joe Lupo told Press of Atlantic City.

Lusardi cashed for $6,814 in the tournament. He was the chip leader going into Day 2.

In 2008, Lusardi fell into hot water for running an illegal gambling house in North Carolina.

A total of 4,814 players put up the $560 to enter. The remaining prize money was frozen after the tournament was canceled. It’s unclear what the final resolution will be.

“The investigation by the [Division of Gaming Enforcement] and the State Police is ongoing and Borgata remains under the order the DGE issued last week,” Lupo said in a statement. “Borgata will continue to work with the DGE and the State Police until this matter is concluded and a final order is issued by the DGE concerning the resolution of Event I.”

 
 
 
 

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mjdj45
almost 8 years ago

What a idiot!!!! Why after cashing would you flush the chips in a toilet???? What does he normally use an outhouse?!!! Of course they would clog the toilet...I guess it is true criminals are really the dumbest section of society....

 
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jspencer612
almost 8 years ago

Yeah, I don't get flushing them down the toilet. Why was that the smart move? Sounds like he would have most likely got away with it otherwise. If they would have noticed the extra chips at the end of the tourney, they most likely would have paid out everyone already and even if they "investigate it"... it would not of been mentioned. I don't understand why he thought flushing them was the best idea.

 
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TandG21
almost 8 years ago

A real dirt bag

 
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bparmalee
almost 8 years ago

It's a setup...hear me out. As a resident of NC I can tell you.. for a fact.. if they did not find meth in his hotel room.... he could not possibly be from Fayetteville :). I mean how could he get that far north without his "medicine"? Hmmmmm

 
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bparmalee
almost 8 years ago

It's a setup...hear me out. As a resident of NC I can tell you.. for a fact.. if they did not find meth in his hotel room.... he could not possibly be from Fayetteville :). I mean how could he get that far north without his "medicine"? Hmmmmm

 
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