The state of New Jersey canceled the first event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open Tournament with 27 players left, because of an investigation regarding the usage of forged chips.
NJ representatives commented that at least one player used a “substantial amount” of counterfeit poker chips at some part of the tournament. The prize money was frozen due to the investigation, according to American gambling laws.
There are even further suspicions that an additional one million in tournament chips could have been used in the event.
Investigators and casino representatives put a lot of effort into resolving the case
The total number of players who put down $560 to enter the tournament is 4,814. It is not clear yet if any of them will be reimbursed after the tour was suspended last Friday.
Tom Ballance, president and chief operating officer of the online casino and poker provider commented: “Thus far, investigators have found that one or more tournament entrants improperly introduced a significant number of counterfeit chips into the tournament, gaining an unfair advantage and compromising the integrity of play for the event.”
He said further: “It is extremely unfortunate that the criminal actions of these individuals can have a detrimental impact on more than 4,000 other entrants.”
Ballance added: “We fully understand and regret the disappointment this cancellation causes our valued customers, and we will work diligently with DGE investigators to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. The integrity of our games and the confidence of our players is of the utmost importance to us.”