By Wendeen H. Eolis
Poker Player Newspaper
January 24, 2014

This afternoon official word was out. Christian Lusardi, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was nabbed in an Atlantic City motel room, as a suspect in  a  more bizarre-by-the-minute case of counterfeit 5K chips that compromised Event 1 at the Borgata Winter Open. And, more 5K chips created havoc at nearby Harrahs where the plumbing system was fouled up with a mass of Borgata labeled tournament chips that were thrown down a toilet only to clog the hotel’s sewage system.

The complete picture is yet to unfold, but a few things are clear: Borgata took this matter seriously, it refused to sweep the issue under the rug, and it is living up to its mantra in its intense cooperation with investigators. Last week, Joe Lupo said in an exclusive interview with PPN “For the Borgata, integrity is everything.” Lusardi was reportedly looking for a bail bond of 10% of the $300,000 amount required. But he found out that he would need 300K to avoid continued detention. As of the writing of this bulletin Lusardi is cooling his heels or singing a song inside a jail cell.

More to come in the coming days and the next edition of PPN.