Wendeen H. Eolis
By: Wendeen H. Eolis
Since January 18th, the 27 remaining players in the Borgata Winter Open's first event have been waiting for their money while the authorities investigate the particulars of 160 counterfeit chips (5K tournament chips), introduced into the tournament. While the fake chips amounted to a bit less than 1% of the total chips in play, the intrusion into the integrity of the competition put the Borgata, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, and law enforcement personnel in overdrive--in a determined search for the culprit(s) and a a collaborative effort to bring the matter to a full resolution.
by : Wendeen H. Eolis
Bulletin: Borgata's Determination to Help Catch a Thief Pays Off
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.
By Barbara Rogers
FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan has a poker room manager who knows what the players want, and she delivers! With Kelley Bailey at the helm, FireKeepers has delivered 7 on 7; that is, a tournament for each day of the week. Now a second deepstack tournament has been added to the mix. On the second and fourth Sundays of each month you can play a nice $200+$20 thirty minute blind NLH tournament with 15k in starting chips. Kelley has even made arrangements for the players to pre-register for this Deep Stack “Stacked Sunday” tournament in advance at the poker room cashier cage. So now you have the opportunity to play NLH tournaments Sunday-Friday at 12 pm, Saturday at 10 am as well as Monday through Wednesday at 6:30 pm. A PLO plays out on Thursday at 6:30 pm.
With a very positive feedback regarding the daily High Hand Promotion, Kelley will keep it going into 2014. Players can win $250 up to 5 times a day, paying out $1,250 every day in high hand promotions. Watch for more tournament action to be announced. FireKeepers Casino Hotel has opened a highly anticipated 242 guest room, world class hotel.
by Barbara Rogers
There is still time for January High Hand promotion at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. The 50 table poker room, one of the largest in Florida is giving away $200 for each high hand. You have until January 31st to be a part of this. Mark this one on your calendar, Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown with a big 5 Million Dollar Guarantee in Hollywood, Florida. The date to mark is April 10-16th.
By Wendeen H. Eolis
Four thousand + players journeyed to the Borgata Winter Open, for its first tournament -- a $560 buy-in, deep stack confection, with a two million dollar guaranteed prize pool. The numbers proved themselves; it was a “must play” event. But with twenty-seven players remaining in the field, the tournament was suspended before the commencement of day three, last Friday. One day later Event 1 was canceled.
The Big Guns Get Involved
The tournament had been compromised, said Joe Lupo, Senior Vice President of Operations at the Borgata. He explained that the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement made the decision to cancel the tournament and place the remaining unpaid prize monies in a trust pending a further resolution. Lupo has had his hands full since revealing the discovery of "significant counterfeit chips" in play at the tournament. He has been juggling his time among competing priorities. He must cope concurrently with expectations of top management, availability to DGE and other investigative professionals, continued oversight and collaboration with his teams, and extensive attention to the plight of players whose dreams were smashed by a compromised tournament or its cancelation, and maybe both.
Players Put Men "The Master" Nguyen On Stage
by Haley Hintze
The Borgata’s annual Winter Poker Open suffered a blow when New Jersey gaming regulators ordered the cancellation of the WPO’s opening event after a large quantity of counterfeit chips were discovered. Twenty-seven players remained in the event, a $560 buy-in tourney which drew a massive 4,814-player field, when the full extent of the cheating was uncovered. No arrests have been made in the matter, nor has a final resolution been made regarding a possible distribution of more than $1.4 million in prize money to the event’s remaining players.
Caesars Interactive Entertainment Launches Three Online Casino Websites for New Jersey Residents & VisitorsNovember 21, 2013 - 4:40pm
Marks 1st Time in U.S. that Caesars & Harrah’s Offer Real-Money Online Gaming
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (November 21, 2013) – On June 26, 1979, Caesars Atlantic City first opened its doors. Now 34 years later, a new era of gaming in New Jersey begins, as three online real-money gaming offerings under the Caesars umbrella begin entertaining New Jersey residents and visitors.
Adam Friedman of Gahanna, Ohio returned to Belterra Casino Resort over the weekend to improve on his fourteenth-place Heartland Poker Tour finish in March. A successful pro player, Friedman has accumulated over $1.3 million in winnings and four World Series of Poker Final Tables. A WSOP bracelet winner, Friedman was one of many accomplished players at Monday’s HPT Final Table at Belterra. He was the only one with well over a million in chips. If I take my time and pick my spots, I have a chance at winning this event,” he said before action began.
Little time was needed as Friedman took down the nine-handed Final Table in record time. The heads-up match was a quick affair as Friedman held 85% of the chips in play. The battle was over in four hands when Friedman moved allin and was called by Jason Andrews of Pittsburgh, who in turn was all-in. Andrews cards were good for a straight but it was Friedman’s flush that won the hand and the championship worth $83,439. The runner-up collected $51,453.
by Wendeen H. Eolis
As exclusively reported at pokerplayernewswpaper.com, on November 7th, PokerStars will not be part of the iGaming fraternity operating in New Jersey on its historic scheduled launch date of November 26th.
Look for statements from PokerStars and/or DGE pledging that the dance continues—but for more on the back story to this state of affairs, stay tuned to pokerplayernewspaper.com.
by Wendeen H. Eolis
This past week has seen a frenzy of activity over the license application submitted by PokerStars to New Jersey regulators.
This morning previously proven sources with direct knowledge of current affairs reconfirm PokerStars remains shut out of the starting line up for online gaming in the Garden State.
"No approval tomorrow," say law firms with direct knowledge of late breaking developments. Insiders closely associated with PokerStars say founders Isai and Mark Scheinberg are actively preparing for worse news on the near horizon.
More news coming shortly on the pressure brought to bear by competitors outraged by "unfair competition." One lawyer peripherally involved says current "mess" is made by New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement making promises to PokerStars that we're not in concert with New Jersey regulatory tradition of stringent suitability requirements.