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Players File Suit Against Borgata Over Poker Event

Many Are Claiming The Casino Engaged In Fraud And Negligence

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The casino that hosted the canceled tournament due to the counterfeit poker chips is facing a class action lawsuit for allegedly failing to supervise the event properly.

Press of Atlantic City reported that Borgata is facing a suit from 4,000 poker players who played in the $560 buy-in, $2 million guarantee event in January. The event was suspended, and then later canceled, with just 27 remaining. The prize pool has been frozen.

Still, many players were paid money for cashing in the event, but that hasn’t stopped allegations that the casino should have done a better job preventing such a fiasco. The suit reportedly says the casino engaged in fraud and negligence, and that it should pay.

The suit aims to get buy-in refunds, as well as reimbursement for travel costs.

It’s unclear if any of the final 27 are involved with the lawsuit.

“In my 31 years in practice, I have to say this is one of the cleanest claims we’ve had,” the lawyer involved with the suit told Press of Atlantic City. “Borgata holds itself as a respected provider of poker tournaments. They might say this is a learning experience for them, and while that’s laudable, it’s at the expense of the thousands who traveled to Atlantic City and entered this tournament under the expectation that it would be run properly.”

The man arrested for allegedly using the counterfeit chips is Christian Lusardi. He has been charged with rigging a contest in the state of New Jersey. While under investigation for the chips, authorities later alleged that he had been pirating copyrighted material.

It’s unclear when the state of New Jersey will release the remaining prize money, as well as if the class action lawsuit could delay the efforts to resolve that situation.