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Winter Poker Open: Poker players sue over counterfeit chips in Borgata Poker event!

In January, an event of the Borgata Poker Open 2014 was cancelled following the discovery of counterfeit chips during tournament. The prizepool of the poker tournament has been frozen by the organizers until an investigation was complete. Three months later, New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has decided to distribute $ 1,721,805 of reimbursement to 2,143 participants in this event. Some players, who were among the 27 remaining players, were not satisfied of that payouts distribution. These 27 players have just received respectively $ 19,323 from Borgata.



That unfair distribution and the entire liability of Borgata in this case led six of the 27 players to lodge a complaint to New Jersey’s Court against Borgata. The complaint is based on four counts: negligence, breach of contract, breach of implied contract and negligence Per Se. Accordingly, Duane Haughton, Michael Sneideman, Cuong Tran, Alvin Vatanavan, Christopher and Korres Cuong Phung sought reimbursement for incidental damages of $ 33,756.44 for each of them. Actually Borgata Casino- Hotel & Spa should pay $ 53,079.44 to each one of those affected players. However, the sought damages are not cumulative, which only equal “Pro Rata Chop Value”. Poker communities are now waiting for the result of the investigation, paralleling what may bring in the call of the plaintiffs ‘lawyers on asking the other affected players to join their action.

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