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   Thursday, July 18 2024 
Scandal at Borgata casino: The DGE decides to compensate 50% of players

Last week, the Borgata hotel & casino in Atlantic City took measures to avoid the repetition of the scandal of false chips, occurring during an event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) approved in the end of April the introduction of new chips for live poker tournaments at the Borgota. Christian Lusardi, accused of cheating for introducing false chips, remains in prison while waiting for his ruling. But these measures weren’t sufficient for the participants, whose prizepool has been frozen by the organizers, while there were still 27 players left. Some players have even decided to bring proceedings against the Borgata.

But after an investigation during three months, the Division of Gaming Enforcement of the State of New Jersey has given a decision which involves the compensation of about 50% of the participants of the $560 NLH Big Stack with a guaranteed prizepool of $2 million. According to the decision delivered by the DGE, all players who have played or were eliminated after Christian Lusardi, or 2,143 participants, are going to receive a reimbursement of the buy-in of this poker event. For the 27 players still in the running at the time of the interruption of the tournament, they will receive $19,323. Compared with the first prize of $372,123, these compensations are weak. This decision remains a good piece of news for the majority of players prematurely eliminated in the tournament, but a large number of players aren’t satisfied about the sharing of these indemnities paid. It’s the case of Nick Guagenti who has finished in the second place of the chipcount before the cancelling of the tournament.

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