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    Fake chips from NJ poker tournament found in clogged pipe; man arrested

    A clogged pipe at an Atlantic City casino hotel room led to the discovery of counterfeit poker chips with a tournament value of 2.7 million that had been flushed down a toilet.

    That, in turn, led authorities to a man they say sneaked fake chips into a poker tournament at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, prompting the cancellation of one of its events last week.

    Christian Lusardi, of Fayetteville, N.C., was arrested Friday at a motel in Atlantic City on charges including theft and rigging a public contest. It was unknown if he had a lawyer. A phone registered to his name in Fayetteville was answered by a recording indicating it was no longer in service.

    Borgata senior vice president Joe Lupo said the first indication that anything was amiss came when his casino received a call from Harrah's, nearby it in the city's marina district, about a mile away from Atlantic City's Boardwalk.

    Borgata staff then checked the chips being used in the Borgata Winter Poker Open and found 160 of the counterfeit poker chips with a tournament value of 5,000, totaling 800,000, among the genuine casino chips. The compromise forced officials to cancel Event 1 of the tournament, while dozens of uncompromised events were allowed to continue.

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    the fakes were so bad.

    ironically there was a show on recently,

    these guys took lower denomination chips-
    hand painted them to the colors of high dollar ones,
    steamed off the denomination decals,
    printed high dollar decals and got away with it the tune of millions-
    they only got caught because of a jilted woman.
    the authorities still believe many of the fakes are still in use as they were that good.


    this idiot probably got the idea from the show but his work was laughably awful.
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