Chip Faker Sentenced

Chip Faker Sentenced

Friday, 23 October 2015

The man responsible for sabotaging the 2014 edition of the Borgata Winter Poker Open by introducing more than 500 fake casino chips has been sentenced to serve five years in prison.

Christian Lusardi was already serving time for a separate offence related to the bootlegging of DVDs and this most recent sentence follows his admission of guilt earlier in the year.

Lusardi's downfall began when staff at the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa suspended the event and began an investigation after noticing that the $2 million tournament had more chips in play than was physically possible given the number of entrants. At the same time, footage surfaced of the 43-year-old stuffing fake chips down the toilet of the neighbouring Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City.

Local police traced the incident to Lusardi and soon charged him with a separate offence relating to the importation and selling of fake DVDs. While serving a five-year term for this transgression, the North Carolina native was indicted for the counterfeit chips and will now additionally be required to pay damages of $463,540 to the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa alongside $9,455 to Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City.

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