The tournament was cancelled after organizers discovered someone was using counterfeit chips, so now Borgata is reimbursing players.
The event hosted in an American poker room at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa had more than 2,100 participants. But it turned out one of the players had been using fake chips, distorting the outcome of the game.
As ordered by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, the casino will be refunding $560 to each player, an amount which includes the $60 casino entry fee. The remaining prize money will be split among the best 27 players, coming to $19,323 per person. With all these fee refunds and prizes, the total amount adds up to $1.7 million.
Enhanced security measures
After the poker fiasco in January, Borgata introduces enhanced security measures, including new high-tech tournament chips, which can be authenticated under ultraviolet light.
The cheater was identified as Christan Lusardi, a player from North Carolina. Police said the man flushed his fake chips down the toilet after suspecting they were noticed. But the pipes were clogged and hotel guests started to complain that water was dripping into their rooms. Maintenance found $2.7 million worth of chips, although they had no actual cash value.
According to local gambling news, the man was charged with theft and rigging a public contest and is now awaiting trial.